Hello, Readers. As I'm sure you have heard by now, the Wisconsin Union Theater is undergoing a much needed renovation starting at the end of this month! We are still in the process of cleaning out every nook and cranny in this wonderful place. This, of course, is true for our archives. Because of our very limited space in the proposed plan for an archive room, we've decided to move our entire collection to the UW Archives in Steenbock Library. This is a win-win situation because it will allow the public to view them at any time (as long as they are open)!
I've been working hard with our student staff to go through every single box, de-duplicating items, making xerox copies of old, crumbling newspaper articles, and generally gawking with amazement at all the incredible performers who have graced our stage. We've come across some incredibly interesting and unexpected items along the way including: a letter sent to the New York Times in the 1920s, before the Union Theater was built, stating the potential importance of a theater on a University campus; a large photo of Uta Hagen and her Father standing in front of the Union Theater; countless scrapbooks from Haresfoot; larger-than-life posters sent by agencies; and many signed photographs and autograph books.
During the time the WUT is being renovated, we will be working on some permanent displays and possibly an addition to the 75th Anniversary book written by former director, Fan Taylor. And we'll keep sharing some of the treasures with you through this blog. Stay tuned!