LA MAMA ARCHIVES/THE ELLEN STEWART PRIVATE COLLECTION
Ozzie Rodriguez | Archive Director
“It is impossible to exaggerate how crucial the [La MaMa] archive is to the stories of American theatre, New York City, and innumerable facets of creative culture and the wider social currents this work traced and fomented.”
– Alisa Solomon, Theatre Scholar and Author
Established in the early 1970’s, La MaMa Archives collects, preserves, and exhibits records of permanent historical value relating to La MaMa and the Off-Off Broadway movement. In doing so, it draws on a deep vein of in-house institutional memory, the passionate community of artists whose work has found a home on La MaMa stages, and a diversity of scholars, educators and international artists with whom we regularly collaborate.
La MaMa’s collections offer an intimate perspective on major social, aesthetic, and political movements of the 20th and 21st centuries that resonate with histories of peoples across the globe. Where else would you find original plays by Vietnam War veterans alongside video of performances about the AIDS crisis; unpublished scripts by Japanese filmmaker Shuji Terayama alongside photos and correspondence by Polish revolutionary director Tadeusz Kantor? A portion of these materials are available for viewing on our new Digital Collections website, catalog.lamama.org.
La MaMa Archives regularly conducts tours for student groups and is open to the public Monday through Friday from 1pm -4pm BY APPOINTMENT. For more information please contact Archives Director, Ozzie Rodriguez at 212-260-2471 or email archives [at] lamama [dot] org.
FIRST THURSDAYS: Starting on Thursday, October 6, 2016 La MaMa Archives will be open to the public on the first Thursday of every month from 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Browse the La MaMa Archives: Digital Collection
The La MaMa Archives Digital Collections database is both a catalog and a digital archive, and it was designed to serve both researchers and general users. Site users can conduct targeted searches or browse at will, using the images and text available on this site as a guide. In the near future, we hope also to be able to offer curated digital exhibits.