Description of the Archives’ Holdings
The Stratford Festival’s Archives is one of the world’s largest and most complete
institutional performing arts archives. Read
It houses records and artifacts representing all aspects of production and administration
at the Festival, dating back to the Festival's first season (1953).
Very few in-house performing arts archives are as complete as the Stratford Festival Archives. Materials come from all departments, including the Directors’
Office, Voice/Movement/Theatre Training Coaches, Music, Production, Design, Wardrobe,
Wigs and Makeup, Properties, Scenic Art, Scenic Carpentry, House Managers, Education,
Publicity, Communications, Graphics, Marketing and Audience Development, Advancement,
Human Resources, Finance, Facilities. Some materials have use restrictions.
Types of materials include:
The Archives is part of the Festival’s day-to-day activities, and materials are
delivered to Archives throughout the year, so the Archives’ holdings are always
up to date.
- records from all departments and all productions
- photos (production, rehearsal, events, etc.)
- video recordings of productions (from 1968 on)
- a great array of sound and audiovisual material dating back to 1953
- press clippings
- stage management scripts
- dramaturgy material
- design sketches
- design bibles (costume, set and props, wigs and makeup, lighting)
- set pieces
- maquettes (set models)
- plans and drawings (prop drawings, technical drawings, architectural plans)
- and more!
Those interested in studying and researching in a performing arts environment
are invited to access the Stratford Festival Archives.
The Archives is open to the public throughout the year (except for statutory holidays and a short holiday break in December), Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is located at 350 Douro Street, Stratford, Ontario N5A 3ST. Currently, more than 1,800 users and visitors come to the Archives every year.
Access and Activities for Students and Teachers
The Archives is open for research, consultation and visits.
Instructors can come on their own to conduct research or bring their students here
for on-site teaching sessions at no charge. Internships and other opportunities
are also available. The Archives can provide materials for on-site use, and provide
hard copies and/or digital images for in-class use. Groups of students and instructors
who wish to book the Archives for teaching sessions or request materials for a
class can contact the Director, Dr. Francesca Marini, by
email or at 519.271.4040, ext. 4301. Dr. Marini is also available as a speaker.
For research and other questions please contact
Nora Polley, Archives Assistant, ext. 4315, Lois Quail, Archives Coordinator, ext. 4311 or
Christine Schindler, Archives Coordinator, ext. 4328.
Renewal of the Archives
Under the new Archives Director, Dr. Francesca Marini, the Archives has undergone
a thorough renovation and re-organization.
While we work on making our holdings accessible in digital form, we will be able
to assist you remotely with your research and provide you with copies (within the
limitations due to Canadian Actors' Equity Association's regulations, and
to privacy and confidentiality concerns).
Access to the Archives is free. Read
If materials need to be photocopied, there is a charge of $0.15 per page. Instead
of requesting a photocopy, users can take their own digital photos.
Production photos and other materials protected by the Canadian Actors’ Equity Association
have to be cleared through Equity, which might charge a fee to be paid to actors
($122.06, or higher, per actor). The fee might be waived, but the decision
is up to Equity and the Archives has no control over it.
The Archives charges a basic reproduction fee of $30 per photo (publication, etc.).
The Archives can consider waiving this fee based on use (for example, a student
in-class presentation), but Equity’s clearance is still required when applicable.
For commercial use – including use in film, documentaries, television programs,
etc. – we charge $50 per image.
If you cannot come in person and substantial research must be conducted on your
behalf, we charge $25 per hour.
Our fees are consistent with or lower than those of other archives services.
350 Douro Street, Thursdays and Fridays, June 19 to September 26, 2014. 10:45 a.m. (one hour) Cost:
$8 per person; $6 for students and seniors.
The history of the Stratford Festival is explored through film, photography, documents and our large scenery and props display area. This collection is one of the world’s largest performing arts archives. One-hour tours begin at 10:45 a.m. Photography restricted in some areas. Space is accessible. 20 people per tour. Larger groups may be accommodated by special arrangements. Special individual and group tours for different days or times may also be booked through the Box Office, depending on availability.
ALL NEW! Exhibition: Festival Treasures
Stratford Perth Museum, 4275 Huron Road, Stratford
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
July 1 through September 30, 2014
Admission to the Museum: $5 adults, $4 seniors/students, $3 children; free for Museum members. Space is accessible. No photography. www.stratfordperthmuseum.ca
The Stratford Festival is partnering with the Stratford Perth Museum for this exhibition showcasing unique pieces from the Festival Archives’ collection: props, costumes, sketches, photos, videos, and other outstanding materials from Festival productions.