SLA-UW’s first library crawl of spring quarter 2013 brought us to the Seattle Theatre Guild (STG)’s and Cornish College of the Arts’ libraries, where we got a look at two very different kinds of libraries on a beautiful spring day.
First, Bonnie, a volunteer at STG’s Paramount Theatre (who holds an MLIS from the University of Maryland) graciously showed us around the recently opened Historic Theatres Library of STG. STG is a non-profit arts organization here in Seattle that operates the Paramount, Moore, and Neptune Theatres. They present more than 400 shows annually, bringing diverse and exciting performers to the Seattle area. However, another important component of their mission is preservation, both of the historic theatres themselves, and the legacy they represent. This is where the Historic Theatres Library comes in. Housed in an old apartment in a tower connected to the theater that used to be used for artists in residence, the STG library is a small but growing collection of theater memorabilia, posters, programs, books, photographs, architectural drawings, and more with materials dating back to 1928, the year the theater opened. There are some very unique items, including original tickets to an early show and memorabilia signed by the actors and actresses themselves. They are also working on creating a complete list of what has been performed at the theaters, which is an ongoing project. The library covers materials from the history of the Paramount, Moore, and Neptune Theatres, providing a great resource for those interested in the fascinating history of theater and the performing arts in Seattle. Continue reading