Jump to Content

Collection Guide
Collection Title:
Collection Number:
Get Items:
Finding Aid of the Robert Richardson collection on Southern California Theater 0242
View entire collection guide What's This?
Search this collection
Collection Details
Table of contents What's This?
  • Preferred Citation
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Acquisition
  • Historical Note
  • Other Finding Aids
  • Scope and Content

  • Title: Robert Richardson collection on Southern California Theater
    Collection number: 0242
    Contributing Institution: USC Libraries Special Collections
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 12.5 Linear feet 10 boxes
    Date (bulk): Bulk, 1930-1990
    Date (inclusive): 1896-1991
    Abstract: This collection consists of the research files on Los Angeles and Southern California theaters compiled by Robert Richardson. The focus of the files, which contain clippings, statistics, and ephemera, is the physical venues themselves (the theaters).
    creator: Richardson, Robert

    Preferred Citation

    [Box/folder# or item name], Robert Richardson collection on Southern California Theater, Collection no. 0242, Special Collections, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.

    Conditions Governing Use

    The collection contains published articles; researchers are reminded of the copyright restrictions imposed by publishers on reusing their articles and parts of books. It is the responsibility of researchers to acquire permission from publishers when reusing such materials. The copyright to unpublished materials belongs to the heirs of the writers. Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.

    Conditions Governing Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE. Advance notice required for access. Consult finding aid for additional information.


    The Robert Richardson collection on Southern California Theater was compiled and donated to USC by Robert Richardson.

    Historical Note

    Robert Richardson created the Robert Richardson collection on Southern California Theater to document the history of both the theaters and the theater in Southern California.

    Other Finding Aids

    A detailed paper file list is available on-site.

    Scope and Content

    This collection originally consisted of 193 binders created by Robert Richardson. The contents have been removed from the binders and foldered; however, the folders retain the original order and titles of the binders. This collection provides information about Southern California's stage theaters, theater companies (including those in San Diego), and actors. Most files consist of newspaper clippings printed from the microfilm of local papers and industry publications on a specific topic or theater. Some contain original newspaper clippings, correspondence pertaining to Richardson's research, and advertising material from theaters. Also included are Richardson's compilations of theater statistics, lists, and data sheets on particular topics. The theaters represented include the Belasco Theater, the Los Angeles Civic Light Opera, the Mason Opera House, the Mason Theater, the Mayan Theater, the Music Box Theater, the Ahmanson Theater, the Pasadena Playhouse, the Las Palmas Theater, the Biltmore Theater, and the La Jolla Playhouse.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Richardson, Robert -- Archives
    Actors--California, Southern--Archival resources
    Actors--California--Los Angeles--Archival resources
    California, Southern--History--Archival resources
    Los Angeles (Calif.)--History--Archival resources
    Performing arts--California, Southern--Archival resources
    Performing arts--California--Los Angeles--Archival resources
    Theater--California, Southern--Archival resources
    Theater--California--Los Angeles--Archival resources
    Theaters--California, Southern--Archival resources
    Theaters--California--Los Angeles--Archival resources