Scope and Content Note
The Adams Memorial Theater Production Records, 1974-2001, contain material used in the development and performance of shows, and photographic records of the performances. These records include correspondence regarding the production process, audition materials, scripts, box office records, calendars, etc. Documenting approximately two hundred (200) shows, not all folders contain exactly the same files. Some are missing audition materials or box office records, while others have only these forms. In addition to Williams productions, programs and records of outside performance groups are also included.
Series I. Williams College Theater Productions includes records, organized chronologically, of performances produced through AMT and their associated members, such as the Williams College Theater Department. (See Appendix A for an alphabetical index to production titles.) The types of productions vary and have included Shakespeare productions as well as musicals and one act plays. Also included is information regarding the Freshman Revue that the student group Cap and Bells produced. The correspondence in the files includes letters with companies holding the rights to the performed shows, the producers, and those working in the productions. There are also audition sheets filled out by those, including students, faculty, staff, and local residents, who auditioned for performances. When available, a folder is included behind each performance folder containing photographs taken of the set, cast, and other production processes.
Series II. Non-Williams College Productions contains records of groups that AMT or Williams College brought to perform on campus. These files are organized chronologically and include multiple shows by Mabou Mines and The Talking Band, as well as one-time performances by groups such as the Vusisizwe Players and the National Theatre for the Deaf. Such performances were not frequent, usually only once a semester. The folders frequently include a program of the performance, box office records, and occasionally photographs. When these photographs are present, they are housed in a separate folder behind the production folder.
Series III. Administrative Files includes records of visits from famous directors, producers, and actors such as Jonas Jurasas and Coco Fusco, which the Williams College Theater Department brought to speak or perform on campus. These folders include information on previous productions, and biographical information. If photographs were available, they were placed in a folder behind the main folder. There are also folders that contain miscellaneous information, such as a Winter Study Tour and Graduate School information.