Theater Library Association

The Theatre Library Association is a non-profit, educational organization established in 1937 to promote the collection, preservation, and use of theatrical and performing arts materials. Membership includes librarians, scholars, curators, archivists, performers, writers, designers, historians, collectors, and students.

Recognizing the need for documenting theatre as both an art form and as a factor in a community’s social and educational life, leading theatre curators, librarians and historians met in June 1937 under the chairmanship of Harry M. Lydenberg, director of The New York Public Library, to discuss the issue. Among those present were the curators of the Harvard Theatre Collection, the Brander Matthews Dramatic Museum of Columbia University, the William Seymour Theatre Collection at Princeton University, the Museum of the City of New York, and the New York Public Library Theatre Collection. It was on this occasion that the group founded and successfully launched the Theatre Library Association. George Freedley, curator of the Theatre Collection of The New York Public Library, was appointed its first president, and it was formally adopted as an affiliate of the American Library Association the following year.

Conference Dates and Sites

http://tla-online.org/

*Officers change January 1st, 2018

 

PRESIDENT

Colleen Reilly
Houston Community College
(713) 718-7307
colleenkreilly@gmail.com

 

VICE-PRESIDENT

Diana King
UCLA Arts Library
1400 Public Affairs building
Box 951392
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1392
(310) 206-4823
diking@library.ucla.edu

 

Theatre Library Association
c/o The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
40 Lincoln Center Plaza
New York, NY 10023
USA

LIAISON TO ALA

Diana King
UCLA Arts Library
1400 Public Affairs building
Box 951392
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1392
(310) 206-4823
diking@library.ucla.edu