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UNO Theatre Records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UNO-0131

Scope and Contents

The UNO Theatre records include production binders (circa 1986-2003), set plans, stage designs, artwork (drawings and paintings of set plans and stage designs), programs (circa 1917 to the present), posters, flyers, publicity material, news articles, reviews, photographs, negatives, and miscellaneous material related to dramatic productions by students at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and its predecessor the University of Omaha, covering the period from 1917 to the present.

New material added May 31, 2017: UNO Theatre Photographs.

New material added April 12, 2018: UNO Theatre Blueprint Collection.

New material added September 9, 2018: 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).

New material added September 9, 2021: Posters, schematic drawings, photographs, video recordings (VHS, Betacam-SP, and DVD), and marketing material for UNO Theatre productions along with routine records of the Department of Theatre.


  • Creation: 1917-2018


Language of Materials


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


43.4 Cubic Feet (2 file cabinets; 3 map case drawers; 11.5 boxes; 36 binders; 12 rolled blueprints)

98 Gigabytes : Digital images.


Materials in the filing cabinets and boxes are arranged by date. Posters, production binders, and miscellaenous material have not yet been further arranged and described.

Custodial History

Materials collected by Edwin L. Clark, the long-time head of the drama department, formed the basis of collection. The materials were transferred to University Archives by Bob Welk.

New material added April 12, 2018: These blueprints were in Professor Glasser’s storage closet and were removed because the space was needed for other materials. Transferred to University Archives by Scott Glasser.

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 September 9, 2021: Stored in the Weber Fine Arts Building. Received on September 9, 2021, by Claire Du Laney and Amy Schindler.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Robert W. "Bob" Welk, professor of dramatic arts (and later dean of the College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media) of the University of Nebraska at Omaha.


New materials are transferred to the Criss Library on an irregular schedule.

Existence and Location of Copies

Selected materials from the UNO Theatre Records have been digitized by UNO Libraries staff and made available online through Islandora at

Separated Materials

Video recordings (10 VHS, 4 Betacam-SP, 1 DVD) from accession 2021-022 were transferred to UNO Media Collection (UNO-0021).

Processing Information

Processed by Criss Library staff prior to 2014.

UNO Theatre Records
Amy Schindler; Angela Kroeger; Claire Du Laney
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
Edition statement
8th 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