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Performing Arts

The performing arts collections contain materials documenting a wide variety of performance genres, particularly from the United Kingdom and America. The collections feature holdings in theater, dance, music, costume and scenic design, opera, and popular entertainments, such as the circus, vaudeville, pantomime, minstrel shows, puppetry, and magic. The creative process, from concept and staging to publication and revival, constitutes the primary focus of these collections.

The Ransom Center has extensive holdings of major American and British dramatists, performers, directors/choreographers, composers, designers, stage managers, and critics. The Performing Arts holdings cover the widest range of formats including manuscripts, books, unpublished playscripts and drafts, promptbooks, correspondence, playbills and programs, clippings, photographs, set and costume renderings, posters, prints, set models, and audio and moving image recordings. The Ransom Center has over a hundred puppets in its holdings and a modest but important collection of costumes, props, and personal effects relating to the performing arts.

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Manuscript page. Click to enlarge.

Title page to manuscript of "The Gentleman Caller" by Tennessee Williams, a precursor to The Glass Menagerie. Undated. Tennessee Williams Collection.

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