Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee Theatre Research Institute
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 supports researchers, students, and life-long learners in journeys of discovery that lead to new knowledge, scholarship, and creative works through exploration and deep engagement with extraordinary performing arts resources.

Our holdings include personal papers; costume, scene, lighting designs; technical theatre documentation; costumes; models of stage sets; photographs; posters; artwork; dance notation; video and sound recordings; realia and so much more, making this special collection an extraordinary resources for researchers, students, and life-long learners.

The Lawrence and Lee Theatre Research Institute is associated with The Ohio State University Department of Theatre and the Department of Dance.  

Some Lawrence and Lee Theatre Research Institute holdings are available digitally. Many more holdings are accessible on-site only in the Jack and Jan Creighton Special Collections Reading Room. 


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