Chorus line from the Charles H. McCaghy Collection of Exotic Dance from Burlesque to Clubs

The Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee Theatre Research Institute serves as an archive for performers, playwrights, choreographers, designers, producing organizations, and theatre and dance companies, among others, and advances the study and inspiration of the performing arts. In association with the Department of Theatre, the Institute acquires, preserves, and makes accessible materials documenting the performing arts for the purposes of scholarship, education, and enjoyment; provides an active teaching component; serves as a source for new works creation, development, and reconstruction; and enriches patrons' experiences of these materials which reveal our performing arts culture and history. Our collections include personal papers; organizational archives; costume, scene, lighting designs, and technical theatre documentation; costumes; models of stage sets and theatres; photographs; posters; artwork; film, videotape and sound recordings; realia; and other types of documentation.

The Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee Theatre Research Institute is in the Thompson Library in the Jack and Jan Creighton Special Collections Reading Room on the main floor, just off the Oval. The address for visits and for mail is:

Jerome Lawrence & Robert E. Lee Theatre Research Institute
Room 119
Thompson Library
1858 Neil Ave Mall

BoccacioScene design for European production of Boccaccio, ca. 1900

"Theatre is the universal means of expression. It embraces all of the arts through which human minds seek to reach one another."
Jerome Lawrence, Robert E. Lee - November, 1986


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