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INVENTORY OF THE SAN FRANCISCO MIME TROUPE ARCHIVES
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Description
The San Francisco Mime Troupe Archives consist of unique items relating to the forty year existence of the Troupe. The collection contains original and adapted scripts, financial papers, photographs, audio visual items, promotional material, correspondence, clippings, and office files. The bulk of the material is from the 1970s but there is a substantial portion from the first ten years of the Troupe as well as the years up until 2000.
Background
The San Francisco Mime Troupe is San Francisco's critically acclaimed and oldest professional political musical theater. It began in 1959 when Ronald G. Davis formed the R.G. Davis Mime Troupe while affiliated with the San Francisco Actor's Workshop. Initially, the Troupe improvised silent mime performance "events," but soon added sound, music, and dialogue. In 1962 they began producing free shows in San Francisco parks and moved from mime into other forms of drama: first adaptations of commedia dell'arte, then vaudeville, melodrama, and other American theater. In 1963, they severed connections with the Workshop, and changed the group's name to the San Francisco Mime Troupe.
Restrictions
The library can only claim physical ownership of the San Francisco Mime Troupe Archives. Users are responsible for satisfying any claimants of literary property.
Availability
Collection is open for research.