Description of the Archives’ Holdings
The Stratford Festival’s Archives is one of the world’s largest and most complete institutional performing arts archives. 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.
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. Internships and other opportunities may also be available. The Archives can provide digital material for in-class use, depending on the copyright status of the material. Groups of students and instructors who wish to book the Archives for teaching sessions or request materials for a class can contact the Director by email. For research and other questions please contact Nora Polley, Archives Assistant, ext. 4315 or Christine Schindler, Archives Coordinator, ext. 4328.
Access to the Archives is free. If materials need to be photocopied, there is a charge of $0.15 per page.
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, during the season. 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.