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Department of Theater and Dance records

 Record Group
Identifier: A03.02

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Scope and Content

The Department of Dance and Theater records contains audiovisual recordings of performances sponsored by the Department of Theater and Dance, as well as records, programs, posters, and flyers. The administrative files consist of notes on faculty participation, visiting choreographers, and flyers and announcements from workshops and other events. The Performance records include a large collection of programs and other material from the department about dance and theater productions. The photographs contain a large variety of images from various productions, arranged chronologically.


  • Creation: 1902 - 2020


Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Biographical/Historical Note

The student theater organization, Masque and Gown, founded in 1903 as the Bowdoin Dramatic Club, and the Bowdoin Dance Program founded in 1971, combined in 1987 to form the Department of Theater Arts. An academic department, the Department of Theater Arts was composed of the Division of Theater directed by Ray Rutan, and the Division of Dance, directed by June Vail. Each division retained their historical autonomy, with separate curricula, facilities, staff and budget. Effective with the 1995-1996 academic year, and following Ray Rutan's 1994 retirement, the Divisions of Dance and Theater merged to form the Department of Theater and Dance, with June Vail as department chair. For budgetary purposes, theater and dance remained separate, but for all administrative and publicity purposes there no longer was a separation.

For related records see Masque and Gown (Student Theatrical Organization).

The Department's administrative records largely reflect the period after the merging of dance and theater.


4 Linear Feet (2 ovsz-boxes and additional oversized material in Ovsz-Box Shared Box.)

281 Media Items (Video recordings of performances)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred from the department administration or found on campus.

Guide to the Department of Theater and Dance Records and Publications
Emma Barton-Norris
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Repository Details

Part of the George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine 04011 Repository

3000 College Station
Brunswick Maine 04011 USA
(207) 725-3288