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  • Contributing Institution: University of California, Santa Cruz
    Title: Santa Cruz County Theatre collection
    Creator: Sheaffer, David L.
    Identifier/Call Number: MS.108
    Physical Description: 21 Linear Feet 18 half cartons, 1 oversize flat
    Date (inclusive): 1955-2003
    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.
    Language of Material: English


    Collection open for research.

    Use Restrictions

    Copyright for the items in this collection is owned by the creators and their heirs. Reproduction or distribution of any work protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires permission from the copyright owner. It is the responsibility of the user to determine whether a use is fair use, and to obtain any necessary permissions. For more information see UCSC Special Collections and Archives policy on Reproduction and Use.

    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.

    Processing Information

    Processed by M. Carey, May 2014. Encoded by M. Carey.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Theater -- California -- Santa Cruz County
    Bear Republic Theater