In addition to publications, the Child Drama Collection also includes manuscripts as follows:
*The personal papers of playwrights, professors, authors, managing directors, designers, K-12 arts specialists, puppeteers, arts advocates and directors.
*The business records of professional theatres for young audiences, youth theatres, play publishers, national theatre for youth organizations, theatre education programs and foundations.
Included are: programs; posters; play and book typescripts; production schedules; set and costume renderings; light plots; set elevations; promptbooks; class syllabi and notes; production, personal and publicity photographs; study guides; play research; grant proposals; costumes; props; set models; puppets; budgets; lesson plans; curricula; conference programs; videotapes; correspondence; audiotapes; DVDs; meeting minutes and agendas; reports; conference proceedings; scrapbooks; season brochures and more.
Manuscript collections are sorted into series, then arranged by subject or chronologically and placed in document boxes. A finding aid, which lists the folder titles in each box, a biography or history, copyright owner, size of the collection, provenance and scope and contents note is created so scholars can search for materials. The collections highlighted below have electronic finding aids. Those that are not online have paper copies that are available in the Luhrs Reading Room on the 4th floor of Hayden Library or via email from the Curator. For a list of Child Drama collections by genre, see the Manuscript Table of Contents below.
*Professional theatre companies: Childsplay, Inc. (Tempe, AZ); Children’s Theatre Company (Minneapolis, MN); The Coterie Theatre (Kansas City, MO); Creative Arts Team (New York, NY); Dallas Children's Theater (Dallas, TX); Everyman Players (touring); GEVA Theatre Center (Rochester, NY); Graffiti Theatre (Cork, Ireland); Honolulu Theatre for Youth (Honolulu, HI); Indiana Repertory Theatre (Indianapolis, IN); John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Theatre and Arts Education Programs (Washington, DC); Laguna Playhouse (Laguna Beach, CA); Living Stage Theatre Company (Washington, DC); Metro Theater Company (St. Louis, MO); Nashville Children's Theatre (Nashville, TN); Open Eye Theater (Margaretville, NY); Paper Bag Players (New York, NY); People’s Light and Theatre (Malvern, PA); Seattle Children's Theatre (Seattle, WA); Seem-To-Be Players (Lawrence, KS); Serendipity Theatre (Los Angeles, CA); Wheelock Family Theatre (Newton, MA)