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David Kiefer Theatre Collection

Identifier: 118

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of newsletters, programs, publications, and other materials related to Washington, D.C. theatres.


  • Creation: 1903-2000
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1952-1994


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Conditions Governing Use

There are no restrictions on this collection.

Biographical / Historical

The theatre community has been a rich contributor to the cultural and social life of Washington, D.C. since the beginning of the city’s history. This collection of theatre programs and other related materials belonged to David Kiefer, a local Washington, D.C.-area resident and avid theatre buff.


2 Boxes


Series 1: Performance programs
The series contains performance programs and playbills from various Washington, D.C. theatres. Some are notable venues like the Source Theatre and Kennedy Center; others are small and less prominent.

Series 2: Theatre seasons
The series contains seasonal programs detailing a particular theatre’s schedule of shows and highlighted performances.

Series 3: Printed material
This series contains theatre publications, newsletters, and clippings from Washington, D.C. newspapers on issues related to the theatre community. It is divided into four sub-series: 1. Publications, 2. Newsletters, 3. Clippings, and 4. Press releases.

Sub-series 1: Publications
This sub-series contains publications, such as magazines, by local theatres.

Sub-series 2: Newsletters
This sub-series contains newsletters published by local theatres.

Sub-series 3: Clippings
This sub-series contains clippings from D.C. newspapers on issues related to the theatre community.

Sub-series 4: Press releases
This sub-series contains press releases related to the theatre community.

Series 4: Miscellaneous
This series contains advertisement campaigns, jazz event advertisements, newsletters, performance flyers, publications, and theatre calendars, surveys, and questionnaires.

Custodial History

David Kiefer donated this collection to the DC Public Library in 2008.

David Kiefer Theatre Collection
An inventory of David Kiefer Theatre Collection at DC Public Library
Finding aid prepared by Derek Gray.
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Repository Details

Part of the The People's Archive, Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library Repository

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