Founded in 1967, the Archives hold records of our story right back
to 1952. We house many rare and unique artefacts, including the robe worn by
Alec Guinness in the inaugural 1953 production of Richard III, archival videos of productions, a chair reputed to have
been owned by William Shakespeare and a copy of the Fourth Folio of Shakespeare’s
We also hold the personal archives of such Festival artists as Tanya
Moiseiwitsch, Brian Jackson, Richard Monette and Stanley Silverman.
Using The Archives
We encourage researchers to contact us directly about archival material that we have. Information on some sections of the Archive can be accessed via our online catalogue. Please be aware that the catalogue is a work in progress and we will be adding more to it on an ongoing basis.
While most of our material can be easily accessed, a few of our holdings have been designated “restricted access,” meaning that permission must be obtained in order to use them. Therefore, in order to avoid disappointment, please contact us before you come.
Photocopies and Reproductions
Where copyright permits, we can make photocopies and reproductions for users, for which we will charge.
If you can’t come in yourself and need a member of staff to help with research,
a charge for this also applies. Please contact us for more details.
Please also be aware that restrictions
apply to photographs and other materials covered under agreements governed by Canadian
Actors’ Equity Association and other professional associations.
Photo Release Procedures
As part of our standard photo
release procedure, we require a copy of any item in which the photograph appears.
To use production photographs from the Stratford Festival Archives,
you must follow these steps:
- Submit your detailed request in writing.
We will send you a photo release form that you will need to sign and return to us.
- We will forward your request to Canadian Actors’ Equity Association
and ask for permission to release images to you. You will have to follow the procedure
outlined by Equity, and Equity will also let you know if you have to pay a fee to
the actors: this is currently a minimum of $122.06 per actor per image.
- Once Equity responds, we will ask you to contact the actors in the
relevant picture for their permission. We will provide contact information for
their agents, if we have it. Actor contact information is also available from:
- Canadian Actors Equity: 416-867-9165, or by email.
- American Actors Equity: 212-869-8530
- British Actors Equity: 011-44-207-379-6000, or email.
- ACTRA: 416-489-1311, or 1-800-387-3516
- Screen Actors Guild (USA): 855-724-2387
Once you have the actors’ written permissions, please forward them
to the Archives. We will then send you the images and credit captions. We generally
provide photos via email unless another method of delivery is requested. You may not archive the photos or re-use them
for other projects. If you want to use them again, you must get back in touch with
us and get new permissions.
Note that our basic photo fee for processing your request is $30 per
image; please contact us for more information on rates for commercial use, including
use in film, documentaries and television programs.Please note that HST will be added to all fees and that payment is
due upon receipt of invoice.