Open to the public by appointment.
The La MaMa Archives houses records that chronicle the theater’s 50-plus-year institutional history, and documents the development of Off-Off-Broadway theater; queer, African American, Asian American, Native American, Latino and international theater forms; and experimental theater practices of various kinds. It contains approximately 10,000 unique items in a range of formats, including posters, programs, scripts, costumes, puppets, masks, musical instruments, correspondence, photographs, and audiovisual materials.
We are in the process of developing a searchable catalog of our holdings to facilitate research and access. The catalog will be made available to the public in January 2016; until then please contact Archives Director Ozzie Rodriguez at (212) 260-2471 or email@example.com with any questions, or to arrange a visit.
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.
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The bulk of material in these digital collections describes La MaMa’s earliest years--what we call our Pushcart Era (1961-1985). A lot of these materials have not been digitized, so you may not be able to find here a digital representation of every resource in which you are interested. We are constantly adding to our digital collections, so keep checking back for updates and to browse new materials.
Browse Production History
Until our archives are fully digitized, feel free to browse this list of La MaMa productions from 1962-2010. The Playlist includes production dates, titles and some production credits. If the information you're looking for is not included, please contact the archives through the methods listed above.
Browse Production History
Cataloging La MaMa's Puschcart Years: 1962-1985
Read news from La MaMa's CLIR-funded Hidden Collections cataloging project-in-process. This two-year long project will result in an online, searchable catalog of our archival materials and a digital collections portal, due to launch in 2016. Stay tuned for details.
La MaMa Archives is dedicated to supporting the work of La MaMa ETC and to promoting inquiry into the history of off-off-Broadway theater. La MaMa Archives collects, preserves, interprets, and exhibits records of permanent historical value relating to La MaMa ETC, and endeavors to make its collections accessible and meaningful to the broadest possible audience.
La MaMa Archives collects material related to the work of La MaMa Experimental Theater Club, its founder Ellen Stewart, and its contributing artists. The bulk of the archive consists of materials that were created in the normal course of the theater’s business. The Archive almost never accepts outside archival donations; in the rare situations that we do accept donations, we require that donors agree to transfer both physical ownership of the materials and copyright to La MaMa. Our records are mostly in English, with other languages (Japanese, German, Dutch, Spanish, French, and Chinese, among others) scattered throughout. Formats include paper, film, video, photographic materials, electronic media, papier mache, fabric, and wood.
Use and Access Policy
La MaMa Archives endeavors to provide broad access to its collections for study, research, teaching, and learning. We welcome use of materials from our collection that are in the public domain and fair use of copyrighted materials as defined by copyright law. Please cite us when you use materials from our collections.
In making its digital and physical collections available, La MaMa Archives reserves the right to restrict the use of rare and valuable items; to limit the number of copies made on behalf of researchers; and to deny a request because of copyright regulations, privacy rights, donor-imposed regulations, or other rights related issues.
Permission to examine material from our collections is not an authorization to publish. While La MaMa owns the physical materials in our collections, we do not always own the copyright to these materials. If La MaMa does not hold the copyright to an item, we cannot grant or deny permission to use that material. Users are solely responsible for determining the copyright status of materials and obtaining permission to use material from the copyright holder. Users are also responsible for addressing issues of privacy and publicity rights relating to use of our materials.
Permission for commercial use of materials for which La MaMa holds copyright is granted on a case-by-case basis at the sole discretion of La MaMa ETC.
If you use or reproduce our materials in any format, we ask that you properly cite and credit La MaMa Archives as the source of the material, in addition to crediting the author or creator of the materials. We ask that you send us a copy of any published work that features our material.
If you have information about an item on our website or if you are the copyright owner and believe La MaMa has not properly attributed your work to you or has used it without permission, we want to hear from you. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with your contact information and a link to the relevant content.
Disclaimer: Users agree to defend, indemnify and hold harmless La MaMa Archives and its employees and representatives against all liabilities, losses, demand, penalties, costs, expenses, attorneys’ fees, lawsuits, fines, judgments, or causes of actions, including but not limited to claims relating to infringement of copyright, trademark, invasion of rights of privacy or publicity, or libel that arise either directly or indirectly from any use by the requestor of the images and/or materials provided by La MaMa ETC.