Finding Number (Click this to view full catalogue structure)MS109
TitleTheatre Collection presented by Ruth Williams
Extent10 standard boxes, 1 large box
DescriptionCollection of programmes, presscuttings and other printed material relating to theatre productions mostly in Birmingham and Stratford on Avon, but also elsewhere. The collection also includes materials relating to opera, ballet, light musical and film productions.
Access ConditionsAccess to all registered researchers
Finding AidsA catalogue of this collection is available on the online archive catalogue. Click on the Finding Number to display the summary contents list of the catalogue and to view the full catalogue. A paper copy is also available in the Cadbury Research Library: Special Collections Department.
Access StatusOpen
Physical DescriptionSome of the material is bound in scrapbooks; other material is loose
Custodial HistoryThis gift was formerly incorporated into a collection called the Theatre Collection and the items were given the following numbers within that collection: 6631-6902. However, the material comprising this gift has now been identified as an unconnected acquisition and catalogued as a discrete collection.
AcquisitionThe collection was presented by Miss Ruth Williams of Bristol. This gift was reported in Librarian's Annual Report for 1984/85
Archival NotePapers arranged and described by Margaret Roper, September 2018, in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description (ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; and in-house cataloguing guidelines.
Related MaterialThe Special Collections Department holds other personal and artificial collections of theatre playbills, programmes, newscuttings and associated materials. These smaller collections, which were formerly incorporated into the Theatre Collection, include the following:

Theatre Collection, MS38;
Heron-Allen album of playbills, MS107;
Colyer-Fergusson albums, MS108;
The Williams Theatre collection, MS109;
Volume of playbills, MS110;
Album of programmes, MS111;
Louis Cohen Collection, MS112;
The Kemp album, MS113;
Volume of Shakespearian souvenirs and programmes, MS114;
Album of presscuttings, photographs and theatre programmes, MS808;
Theatre programmes, MS897;
Birmingham Repertory Theatre programmes, MS934,
Theatre programmes collected by Andrew Leigh, MS937;
Collection of miscellaneous theatre programmes, playbills, and related items, MS939;
Regional theatre programmes: artificial collection, MS991;
Theatre programmes and ephemera, MS1016;
Theatre programmes, MS1035;
Scrapbook for the 1912 production of 'Twelfth Night', MS1058;
Ephemera relating to Victoria Wood, MS1061;
Theatre programme of 1912 production of 'Twelfth Night', MS1062.