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Santa Cruz County Theatre collection
MS 108  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Santa Cruz County Theatre Collection
    Dates: 1955-2003
    Collection number: MS 108
    Collector: Sheaffer, David L.
    Collection Size: 19 boxes
    Repository: University of California, Santa Cruz. University Library. Special Collections and Archives
    Santa Cruz, California 95064
    Abstract: Actor and writer David Sheaffer's collection of documents and memorabilia related to theater in Santa Cruz County, California, especially the Bear Republic Theater.
    Physical location: Stored offsite at NRLF: Advance notice is required for access to the papers.
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English


    Collection open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Property rights reside with the University of California. Literary rights are retained by the creators of the records and their heirs. For permission to publish or to reproduce the material, please contact the Head of Special Collections and Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    Santa Cruz County Theatre Collection. MS 108. Special Collections and Archives, University Library, University of California, Santa Cruz.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of David Sheaffer, 1985, and Bertha Kennedy, 2002.


    David Shaeffer was an actor and writer. He started in local theater as soon as he arrived in Santa Cruz, in 1954. He was a charter member of the Santa Cruz Community Players, the seminal theater group in Santa Cruz. As the Community Players splintered and other companies started up, Sheaffer moved from production to production, company to company. He worked building sets, designing programs, writing reviews and as an actor on stage and later in movies filmed in Santa Cruz.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    This collection contains actor and writer David Sheaffer's collection of documents and memorabilia related to theater in Santa Cruz County, California.
    Series 1 contains albums documenting Shaeffer's acting career, as well as local reviews about his acting and reviews written by Sheaffer about performances for the local newspapers.
    Series 2 contains material on the Bear Republic Theater [BRT], especially the performances, photographs and oversize material.
    Series 3 contains performance materials, programs, photographs and posters from other theater companies mostly in Santa Cruz County.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Shaeffer, David L.--Archives
    Bear Republic Theater
    Cabrillo College
    Theater--California--Santa Cruz County