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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Thr 443

People's Theatre (Cambridge, Mass.) records


Correspondence, scripts, photographs, and clippings relating to the People's Theatre of Cambridge, Massachusetts.


  • 1964-1982

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.

This collection is not housed at the Houghton Library but is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. Retrieval requires advance notice. Readers should check with Houghton Public Services staff members to determine what material is offsite and retrieval policies and times.


6.5 linear feet (16 boxes)
Contains business correspondence, scripts, photographs, and clippings relating to the People's Theatre of Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Biographical / Historical

The People's Theatre was founded in 1964 by Ruth Elder, a former professor of speech and drama at Tufts University. The company was dedicated to multi-racial casting, a policy established by Elder and adopted by her successors, Chris Connaire (1967-1980) and June Judson (1980-1982). When it closed in 1982, the People's Theatre was the oldest continuously operating small theatre in the Boston area.


Organized into the following series:
  1. I. Photographs
  2. II. Clippings and Programs
  3. III. Scripts
  4. IV. General Files

Physical Location

Harvard Depository


Immediate Source of Acquisition


Gift of People's Theatre Cambridge, through June Judson, and Brook Lipset, 220 Marlboro Street, Boston, MA; received: 1985 February 26.

General note

This collection is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. See access restrictions below for additional information.

Processing Information

A portion of this collection is unprocessed (Series IV, boxes 7-14).
Link to catalog
People's Theatre (Cambridge, Mass.). People's Theatre (Cambridge, Mass.) records, 1964-1982: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library

Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

Houghton Library is Harvard College's principal repository for rare books and manuscripts, literary and performing arts archives, and more. The library's holdings of primary source material are managed by an expert staff and shared with scholars, students and the public in the reading room.

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