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San Francisco Players Guild records
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  • Conditions Governing Access
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  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: Department of Special Collections and University Archives
    Title: San Francisco Players Guild records
    Identifier/Call Number: M1150
    Physical Description: 9 Linear Feet (23 boxes)
    Date (inclusive): 1949-1976

    Scope and Contents

    The San Francisco Players Guild records consists of programs, newspaper clippings, correspondence, scripts, promotions, photographs, contact sheets, slides, research materials, prop sketches, audio recordings, and other materials. A significant portion of the collection consists of binders for each of the Players Guild's productions.

    Biographical / Historical

    The San Francisco Players Guild was an organization created to provide live theater performances to a wide audience: schools, communities, senior centers, and other locations. It was one of the first theater organizations to provide study materials to accompany the performances.
    The San Francisco Players Guild was started by Martha Bigelow Eliot in 1949 at the Municipal Theatre of San Francisco (operating under the Adult Division of the San Francisco Unified School District) to teach adult class in a children's theatre. In 1950-1951 it continued to do the same work under the name San Francisco Children Theatre with volunteer actors. In the 1952-1953 season the name was changed to the San Francisco Players Guild. The Players Guild would typically put on 1-2 plays per season, with around 150-225 total performances per season. The Players Guild was active from 1949 to around 1974.

    Conditions Governing Access

    The collection is open for research. Note that material is stored off-site and must be requested at least 36 hours in advance of intended use.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item] San Francisco Players Guild records (M1150), Department of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

    Conditions Governing Use

    While Special Collections is the owner of the physical and digital items, permission to examine collection materials is not an authorization to publish. These materials are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. Any transmission or reproduction beyond that allowed by fair use requires permission from the owners of rights, heir(s) or assigns. See: http://library.stanford.edu/spc/using-collections/permission-publish

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Theater -- California -- San Francisco.
    Theater -- California -- San Francisco -- History
    San Francisco Players Guild