Founded in 1852 Westminster College is steeped in a rich history and everyday I come to work I get to touch a part of that history. When I learned that Theatre Westminster needed an archivist I jumped at the chance to become part of the theater community. From a young age I have had an interest in historical documents, photos, and other items. They give one such insight into the time period and a connection to the past. Which is why I’ve enjoyed this job immensely. I have found some wonderful things in our archives such as this photo from the 1929-1930 season.
When I first started working in the archives I was given free reign to organize the archives the way I saw fit as long as I created a record of what was there. I started creating a spreadsheet for the which led me to discover the amount of time our records covered and how many shows have been performed by Westminster’s students. I also discovered that our records are incomplete we are missing items from a number of shows. Thanks to Professor Scott Mackenzie we discovered some of the missing items were in Thompson-Clarke instead of Beeghley Theatre. We’ll try to find a way to get a hold of the the other records of the shows after some brainstorming.
With the new project I’m working on most days I can be found working at the box office desk digitizing the numerous photos, playbills, posters, articles, etc.into digital files. Were hoping this will make the archives more accessible and is a back up if anything should ever happen to the original copies. This also helps my job of organizing and labeling easier since some photo are small it is hard to identify who the students were. My goal is to try and contact the alumni we have identified to see if they could help us to identify the unknown cast members.
Here are some of the show pictures stored in our archives:
Here are some shows where we are unsure of the correct season so if you recognize anyone we would love for you to comment.