The Stratford Festival Archives house
materials pertinent to the history of the Stratford Festival, documenting its
inauguration, evolution and contribution to the theatre community at large.
Archival holdings at the Festival are
wide-ranging and prolific. In addition to collecting administrative records from
the day-to-day operations of the company, the Archives holds several
collections relating to our productions, artists, venues and creative
processes. These materials include scripts, schematics, blueprints, promotional
material, photography, design artwork, musical scores, audio-visual recordings,
props, costumes and much more.
A number of special collections are also housed at the Archives, chronicling the work of prominent artists such as designer Tanya Moiseiwitsch, actor and director Richard Monette, and composer Stanley Silverman.
TOURING THE ARCHIVES
Public tours of the Archives Exhibition Space and adjoining Costume and Props Warehouse are offered annually on select days from June to October. Find more information on this year’s tour.
RESEARCHING AT THE ARCHIVES
The Archives is open for in-person research by appointment, Monday through Wednesday, 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Location: 350 Douro Street, Stratford, Ontario, N5A 3S7
Research Appointments: If you have a research need or inquiry that you feel can be assisted by consulting the Festival’s archival collections, please contact a member of the Archives staff to book a research appointment. There are no fees associated with in person
Remote Research: If you are unable to visit in person, staff may conduct
research on your behalf at an hourly rate. Contact us for more information.
Online Catalogue: A select range of our materials can be viewed via our online catalogue. The catalogue
currently contains production credits, artist credits, production photography from
1953-2004 and a sample of other archival holdings, including props, wardrobe
pieces, press clippings and behind-the-scenes photography from the early 1950s.
While the database is updated frequently, not all material available in the
Archives is represented therein. Contact the Archives for more information.
Accessing Materials: While the Archives endeavor to make as much material available as possible, some areas of the
collection are restricted, meaning permission must be obtained before access can
Due to copyright restrictions, there is no photography permitted in the Archives Reading Room. Staff
may assist you in obtaining copies of material when desired. Copyright is
observed on all materials and reproductions must be appropriately credited when
published, referenced or publicly displayed.
The Archives holds an extensive collection of photographic material. Restrictions apply to the reproduction of images from
all our seasons, as per our agreements with professional unions, associations
and other theatre organizations.
Permissions for use are granted exclusively
on a case-by-case basis.
To use photography from the Archives:
- Submit a detailed request in writing. Requests should be submitted well in advance of project deadlines, as arranging clearances for images can be time-consuming. Requests should include the following information:
- Await the results of the review process. The request will be reviewed for the context of intended use in order to determine if Canadian Theatre Agreement (CTA) fees apply.
- Sign and return the photo release form. After receiving your request, the Archives Department will provide a photo release form, which must be signed and returned before the process can continue.
- Obtain usage permissions. In most cases, every actor whose likeness is depicted in an image must approve the image’s use in writing; researchers may be asked to pursue these permissions.
- Receive high-resolution imagery. Once permissions are in hand and submitted to the Archives, high-resolution versions of the requested images will be supplied.
- Pay the invoice. An invoice will be issued from the Stratford Festival’s Finance Department. See our rate card for more information.
- Supply a copy of your work to the Archives. As part of our standard photo release procedure, we require a copy of any publication in which an image appears.
EXHIBITS AND LOANS
Heritage institutions and other professional organizations are welcome to submit requests for loans from our collection for use in exhibits and other installations. Proof of insurance, security and adequate environmental conditions must be met. Loan requests must be submitted at least six months in
advance of the opening.