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Yale Rockefeller theatrical prints collection

Call Number: DRA 9
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:


A Theatres

B Scenes

C Groups (stage groupings)

D Costumes

E Masks

F Properties

G Machines

H Lighting

I Audience (people or auditoria)

J Dances (most ballet under D)

K Portraits (non-theatrical)

L Fairs

M Commedia

MA Pantomimes

N Pageants & Processions

O Marionettes

P Circus

Q Makeup

R Film

S Misc (including non-theatrical costume)

T Ceremonials


A Greek

B Roman

C Medieval

D 16th Century

E 1600-1650

F 1650-1700

G 1700-1750

H 1750-1800

I 1800-1850

J 1850-1900

K 1900-1914

L 1914-1934

M 1935-


1 Italy

2 France

3 England

4 Spain

5 Germany

6 United States

7 Austria

8 Russia

9 Poland

10 Sweden

11 Norway

12 Denmark

13 Holland

14 Belgium

15 Switzerland

16 Finland

17 Czechoslovakia

18 Greece

19 Hungary

20 China

21 Japan

22 India

23 Byzantine

24 Turkey

25 Java

26 Mexico and Central America

27 Canada

28 Africa

128.75 Linear Feet (103 boxes)
Related Names
Nicoll, Allardyce, 1894-1976
Language of Materials