Yale Rockefeller theatrical prints collection
Scope and Contents
The collection comprises photographic prints and reproductions of theatres, costumes, scenes, companies, masks, properties, and portraits documenting the classical stage to the mid-twentieth century from around the world. The collection also contains journals recording the origin of the photographic prints by print number.
Conditions Governing Access
The materials are open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
Copyright has not been transferred to Yale University.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The Rockefeller Collection was housed in the Yale School of Drama Library until its transfer to the Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library in 2008.
Organized into three series: I. Card Files. II. Prints. III. Miscellaneous.
The card files and prints are arranged sequentially by print classification and number. For example, “D.D.1.#” corresponds to “Costumes, 16th Century, Italy, Print number.”
A guide to the original classification system is provided below:
C Groups (stage groupings)
I Audience (people or auditoria)
J Dances (most ballet under D)
K Portraits (non-theatrical)
N Pageants & Processions
S Misc (including non-theatrical costume)
D 16th Century
6 United States
26 Mexico and Central America
128.75 Linear Feet (103 boxes)
Language of Materials
A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog
The collection comprises photographic prints and reproductions of theatres, costumes, scenes, companies, masks, properties, and portraits documenting the classical stage to the mid-twentieth century from around the world.
Biographical / Historical
The Yale Rockefeller Theatrical Prints Collection was created in the 1930s under the guidance of Allardyce Nicoll, then chair of the Department of Drama in the School of Fine Arts. Funded by the Rockefeller Foundation, graduate students in Drama accompanied Nicoll to Europe and generated thousands of photographic prints from libraries, museums, and private collections relating to all aspects of theatre history. The collection was supplemented by visual material collected from all over the world.
- Guide to the Yale Rockefeller Theatrical Prints Collection
- Compiled by Colleen Reilly
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.
Part of the Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library Special Collections Repository
Arts Library Special Collections
180 York Street
New Haven CT 06511