The Theresa Helburn Theatre Collection

College Collections and Special Collections, Bryn Mawr College

Theatre Guild 
Program Illustration

The Theresa Helburn Theater Collection includes photographs, playscripts, stage plans, theatre programs, advertisements, and other theatrical ephemera given to the College by Theresa Helburn (B.A. 1908). From the 1920s through the time of her death in 1959, Helburn was a leading force in American theatre through her work as producer of New York's Theatre Guild. She and the other founding members of this production company brought serious, ground-breaking plays back to the Broadway stage, and together they proved that it was possible to produce work that was both artistically and commercially successful. Among their most significant productions include the American premieres of many of Bernard Shaw's later works, and the plays of Eugene O'Neill, Maxwell Anderson, Robert E. Sherwood, and Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, II.

This guide is designed to help interested readers learn more about Helburn's legacy, and to provide potential on-site researchers with information about the holdings in the Theresa Helburn Collection. The portion of the guide titled "The Collection" provides general information about the types of items held at the College and directions for researchers who would like to use them. The "Finding Aid " provides more detailed information about the Helburn collection materials, while "Production List " charts coverage of the Bryn Mawr holdings as they relate to the Theatre Guild productions mounted from the founding of the company until Theresa Helburn's death in 1959. The "Other Resources " page includes hyperlinks to related collections at other institutions and lists major published sources relating to Helburn and the Theatre Guild.

-by Christa Williford

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