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TitleMander & Mitchenson Collection
DescriptionRaymond Mander and Joe Mitchenson Collection - containing office files, reference boxes, scripts, scrapbooks, sheet music, photographs, posters and playbills, designs, artwork, costumes, objects and props, and AV material. Plus individual archives donated to the Collection prior to its transfer to the University of Bristol Theatre Collection.
Date1930s - 2009
AdminHistoryRaymond Mander and Joe Mitchenson started collection theatrical material in the 1930s and this continued even after their deaths by the trust that they had established. They were actors with an insatiable appetite for collecting information about all aspects of theatre; the performances, the places and the people who work within the industry. With their theatrical connections they had a privileged insight and access to the theatre world “backstage” and the result is a wonderful collection, internationally recognised for its quality, which reflects the public and private “life” of theatre from the 18th century to modern times.
ArrangementThe Collections has been generally kept in the same arrangement as it was when organised and run by Mander & Mitchenson. However, for ease of use and cataloguing, some smaller groupings (eg. typescripts and prompt scripts) have been amalgamated at a higher level with distinctions occuring further down the cataloguing hierarchy.
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