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Nebraska Shakespeare Records

Identifier: MSS-0006

Scope and Contents

The records of Nebraska Shakespeare includes material from its founding in 1986 to before its closure in 2022 documenting the history of the organization, its administration, and its productions. The collection includes production binders (1987-2007), programs, posters, publicity material, reviews, photographs, slides, meeting minutes, bylaws, schedules, fiscal information, inventory information, staff information, correspondence, planning documents, board of directors records, press releases, news clippings, and other documentation related to Nebraska Shakespeare. Nebraska Shakespeare was formerly known as the Nebraska Shakespeare Festival and is also commonly referred to as Shakespeare on the Green.

The collection also includes the files of Dr. Cindy Phaneuf, one of the co-founders of Nebraska Shakespeare. Among Phaneuf's files are materials related to the Shakespeare Theatre Association of America, for which she served as president in 2000. This accession is not arranged and described.

New material added September 9, 2018: This accrual includes materials from retired UNO Professors of Dramatic Arts Doug Patterson and Cindy Phaneuf. Included in this collection are binders for Nebraska Shakespeare Festival/UNO Drama productions; Shakespeare financial materials; Shakespeare/UNO Drama publicity materials; departmental correspondence, notes, and minutes. Because students and faculty worked in both the UNO Department of Theatre and the Nebraska Shakespeare Festival, these meatirals are intermixed. When the collection is processed, these materials may then be separated between the UNO Theatre Records (UNO-0131) and Nebraska Shakespeare Records (MSS-0006). This accession is not arranged and described.

New material added November 30, 2022: Records of Nebraska Shakespeare including production binders, marketing material, posters, programs, newspaper editorial cartoons by Jeff Koterba, video and audio recordings, photographic images (slides, prints, and digital images), set designs, costume designs, and office files in paper and digital formats. This accession is not arranged and described.


  • Creation: 1986-2022


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research use. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the Nebraska Public Records Statutes (Neb. Rev. Stat. §§ 84-712 through 84-712.09), and other relevant regulations. Confidential material may include, but is not limited to, educational, medical, and personnel records. Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of Nebraska Omaha assumes no responsibility.

Conditions Governing Use

The researcher assumes full responsibility for conforming with the laws of copyright. Whenever possible, Archives & Special Collections will provide information about copyright owners and related information. Securing permission to publish or use material is the responsibility of the researcher. Note that unless specifically transferred to the University of Nebraska at Omaha, any applicable copyrights may be held by another individual or entity. Further information about copyright policy is available at


85.33 Cubic Feet (16 file cabinets drawers, 126 binders, 17 boxes (unprocessed), 21 record cartons (unprocessed), 2 flat boxes (unprocessed))

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Collection is currently arranged physically by accession. The records received in the first accession have been arranged chronologically by season and then topically within the year.

Custodial History

Prior to acquisition by UNO, the initial records received by the repository were held by the Creighton University Drama Department.

New material added March 9, 2016: Programs from performances, marketing material, board of trustees material, press releases, press clippings, and other promotional material for the organization from circa 2000-2010, from the home of Shari Hofschire who worked for Nebraska Shakespeare before her retirement.

New material added September 9, 2018: These materials remained in department storage after the retirement of Theatre Professors Doug Patterson and Cindy Phaneuf. Professor Scott Glasser gathered together these items and transferred them to University Archives.

New material added November 30, 2022: Records received from the Nebraska Shakespeare offices via Board Chair Adrian Blake after the organization announced its closure.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Nebraska Shakespeare Festival is a joint operation of UNO and Creighton University. The materials in this collection were initially acquired from Creighton University.


Additional accruals for the collection were sent by Nebraska Shakespeare to Archives and Special Collections on an irregular schedule. The final accrual from the offices was transferred in 2022.

Processing Information

Processed by Criss Library staff during and prior to 2007. Newer accessions have not yet been processed.

Nebraska Shakespeare Records
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4th edition

Repository Details

Part of the University of Nebraska at Omaha Archives & Special Collections Repository

Archives & Special Collections
Dr. C.C. and Mabel L. Criss Library
6001 Dodge St.
Omaha Nebraska 68182-0237 United States