Playbills, programs, letters and posters associated with the history of British theater dating back to the 18th century will be displayed through Friday, Aug. 17 in the California State University, Sacramento library’s department of special collections and university archives.
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The Gerard A. and Georgia B. Larson Theater Collection, donated to the university in 2011, consists of more than 300 separate pieces of printed material, including floor plans, engraved views of theaters, photographs and other items for the opera and stage.
The collection is noted for its focus on the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, the Haymarket Theatre and other memorabilia of British theatre circa 1700-1878.
Gerard A. Larson (1923-1999) was a professor with Sacramento State’s theater department from 1957 to 1994, directing everything from Shakespeare to Shaw.
He and his wife, Georgia, traveled widely for more than several decades, building this valuable collection of British theater history.
Georgia is a retired high school English teacher with an immense love for and knowledge of the performing arts.
Special collections and university archives is on the first floor of the university library at the south entrance. Exhibit hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
For more information on special collections and university archives visit library.csus.edu/content2.asp?pageID=553.