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Kansas City Repertory Theatre Collection

Identifier: MS-0233

Scope and Contents

The Kansas City Repertory Theatre Collection was transferred to LaBudde Special Collections in March 2013. The collection consists of materials related to seasonal productions of the theatre since its inception in 1964, under the original name of Missouri Repertory Theatre. Included in the substantial holdings are Programs; Play Guides; Promotional Ephemera and Memorabilia; News Clippings; Images; Business & Financial Data; Annual Reports; and Audio and Video. The wide range of materials in the collections reflect the efforts required to produce and promote professional theatrical productions. In addition, the collection provides a unique window into a half-century of Kansas City theatre history.

Photographs from the Kansas City Repertory Collection are distributed throughout the collection, remaining with materials from specific seasonal productions. Individual cast members were identified whenever possible.

The collection is particularly strong in promotional materials, including production photographs that number over 90,000 in physical and digital formats. There is a gap in the holdings that reflects the design work associated with each production – e.g., costume, set, and lighting design –and it is hoped those materials will eventually be housed with the collection at some point in the future.

Additional audio/visual material related to this collection is housed in the Marr Sound Archives.


  • 1961 - 2015


Conditions Governing Use

Copyright status is unknown


151 Linear Feet (LaBudde: 100 manuscript boxes, 25 video boxes, 28,000+ print & digital images)

Language of Materials


LaBudde: Teresa Gipson, Stuart Hinds (supervising archivist); Addenda 1-5: Gipson, Hinds (supervising archivist); Addendum 6: Lydia Bechtel-Edmonson, Hinds (supervising archivist).
LaBudde: October 2013; Addenda 1-5: December 2014, July 2015; Addendum 6: May 2018.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Missouri-Kansas City Special Collections and Archives Repository