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Living Theatre ephemera collection

Identifier: MSS 0099-F0827

Scope and Content Note

A collection of thirty-five ephemeral documents, such as photographs, flyers, posters, announcements, stationery, and programs, detail performances, readings, recitals, parties and other events sponsored by the Living Theater of New York City during the 1950s and 1960s.

Programs are for various versions of performances such as Faustina, The Brig, Beyond the Mountains, and The ConnectionAnnouncements and posters for appearances by David Tudor, "Wagner Poets" (Malanga, Lima, Ceravolo), William Masselos, Spencer Holst, Cecil Taylor Quartet, Robert Duncan, Bruce Conner, Dan Drasin, and others are included. A photograph of Richard Wagner is inscribed by him to "Jo-Ann." The second photograph is a group shot of a wedding party.


  • Creation: 1953-1968


Language of Materials

Materials entirely in English.

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Use of materials from this collection beyond the exceptions provided for in the Fair Use and Educational Use clauses of the U.S. Copyright Law may violate federal law. Permission to publish or reproduce is required from the copyright holder. Please contact Special Collections, University of Delaware Library,

Living Theatre

The Living Theatre was founded in 1947 as an imaginative alternative to the commercial theater by Judith Malina and Julian Beck. The Living Theatre has staged nearly a hundred productions performed in eight languages in 28 countries on five continents.

During the 1950's and early 1960's in New York, The Living Theatre pioneered the unconventional staging of poetic drama - the plays of American writers like Gertrude Stein, William Carlos Williams, Paul Goodman, Kenneth Rexroth and John Ashbery, as well as European writers rarely produced in America, including Cocteau, Lorca, Brecht and Pirandello.

Today the Living Theatre has a home at 21 Clinton Street, which is the company's first permanent home since the closing of The Living Theatre on Third Street at Avenue C in 1993. "History." The Living Theatre. (accessed May 20, 2008).


35 item


Ephemeral documents (photographs, flyers, posters, announcements, stationery, and programs) which detail performances, readings, recitals and other events sponsored by the Living Theater of New York City.


The collection is arranged chronologically with undated material following.


Purchase, August 2006. Purchase, November 2016.

Shelving Summary

Box 55, F0827: Shelved in SPEC MSS 0099 manuscript boxes.

OCLC Number


Processed and encoded by Anita Wellner, May 2008. Further encoded by George Apodaca, October 2015.

Finding aid for Living Theatre ephemera collection
University of Delaware Library, Special Collections
2008 June 27
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Delaware Library Special Collections Repository

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