Newfoundland and Labrador Performing Arts Poster Collection (Coll-143)

This collection contains posters of Newfoundland and Labrador theatrical and musical productions, dance performances, benefit concerts, stand-up comedy acts, folk festivals and other performing arts events. Posters of productions coming into the province from other areas are kept if local performers are involved. Posters of productions staged outside the province are kept if they involve Newfoundland and Labrador performers, playwrights, directors, etc.

Posters are obtained in various ways: theatre companies have been asked to save copies for the Archives; members of the Archives staff keep an eye out for outdated posters on bulletin boards and in shop windows; and as collections from theatre companies and individuals are received by the Archives, posters are removed from the collections and placed in the Poster Collection. While posters are physically removed from individual collections, they remain part of their fonds.

The collection will be of interest to students of visual art, graphic design as well as the performing arts and has grown into a valuable resource for academic researchers and those restaging productions.

Custodial history
The Poster Collection is a composite collection originating from many sources including the theatre companies that produced them, the individuals who were involved in the productions, and businesses that displayed them.

All patrons should be aware that copyright regulations state that any copy of archival material is to be used solely for the purpose of research or private study. Any use of the copy for any other purpose may require the authorization of the copyright owner. It is the patron's responsibility to obtain such authorization. Patrons should also be aware that the copyright regulations require that records be kept of all copies made of materials deposited prior to September 1, 1999 and that these records may be viewed by the author of the material, the copyright owner, or representatives of either.

As of August 2011, 2610 posters have been processed.


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