Performing Arts


This guide includes both primary and secondary source resources about the performing arts, including theater, dance, and musical performances. Manuscripts must be used in the Dougherty Reading Room. To schedule an appointment or for more information, email

Manuscript Collections

This is a photostatic copy of a playbill for "A Woman's Honor", a four-act drama played in Buffalo, West Virginia January 13, 1906. Included is a cast of characters and songs, "the latest and best songs that New York has ever produced." It is white print on dark paper.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

"Politics Pays" Collection contains faxed photocopies of newspaper clippings about plays by Lenoir Rhyne College students. Included is "Politics Pays", a play by Theodosia Watson. "Politics Pays" was by Theodosia Watson, a native of Watauga County, North Carolina. It is a love story and illustrates the Appalachian political party machine as Watson viewed it.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

The collection consists of one copy of Robert Schenkkan's The Kentucky Cycle: A Nightmare Comes to the Cumberlands by Dr. Anita J. Turpin. It is a review of the dramatic production The Kentucky Cycle by Robert Schenkkan.

0.01 linear feet 1 folder

The Andre Van Damme Collection consists of programs and newspaper clippings about Belgian-born Andre Van Damme, whose ballet company performed in Charleston, West Virginia circa 1953.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

This Blue Ridge Community Theatre Papers includes programs, fliers, banners, clippings, and a script concerning some of the company's productions as well as business papers, grant information, membership lists and correspondence necessary in producing these programs, dating 1983 to 2002.

1.5 linear feet (1 box, 2 rolled banners)

This collection houses various drafts with edit notes from Cecelia Conway's Colonializing Appalachian (or Slashing the Homemade Quilt) in Denise Giardina's 'Storming Heaven', written in the mid to late 1990's, and videos of Ora Watson's performances of Appalachian mountain music in 1992.

2.0 linear feet (1 manuscript box, 1 records and 1 CD box)

The owner of the items composing this collection could not be identified. There is a name of "Lyndall Silman" on one portion of paper. Several mementos are glued onto black scrapbook paper. Dates of November 2, 1924 and October 4, 1924, and January 11, 1925 are on 3 separate mementos.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)