Richardson (Robert) collection on Southern California Theater Edit


Finding Aid Author
Rebecca Hirsch and Ranjanabh Bahukhandi
Finding Aid Date
Description Rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Collection processing and creation of the finding aid was funded by the generous support of the National Historic Publications and Records Commission.


  • 1896 – 1991 (Creation)
  • 1930 – 1990 (Creation)


  • 12.5 Linear Feet (Whole)
    10 boxes

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  • Preferred Citation

    [Box/folder# or item name], Robert B. Richardson collection on Southern California Theater, Collection no. 0242, Special Collections, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    The collection contains published articles; researchers are reminded of the copyright restrictions imposed by publishers on reusing their articles and parts of books. It is the responsibility of researchers to acquire permission from publishers when reusing such materials. The copyright to unpublished materials belongs to the heirs of the writers. Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.

  • Conditions Governing Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE. Advance notice required for access. Consult finding aid for additional information.

  • Acquisition

    The Robert B. Richardson collection on Southern California Theater was compiled and donated to USC by Robert Richardson.

  • Historical Note

    Robert Richardson created the Robert Richardson collection on Southern California Theater to document the history of both the theaters and the theater in Southern California.

  • Other Finding Aids

    A detailed paper file list is available on-site.

  • Scope and Content

    This collection originally consisted of 193 binders created by Robert Richardson. The contents have been removed from the binders and foldered; however, the folders retain the original order and titles of the binders. This collection provides information about Southern California's stage theaters, theater companies (including those in San Diego), and actors. Most files consist of newspaper clippings printed from the microfilm of local papers and industry publications on a specific topic or theater. Some contain original newspaper clippings, correspondence pertaining to Richardson's research, and advertising material from theaters. Also included are Richardson's compilations of theater statistics, lists, and data sheets on particular topics. The theaters represented include the Belasco Theater, the Los Angeles Civic Light Opera, the Mason Opera House, the Mason Theater, the Mayan Theater, the Music Box Theater, the Ahmanson Theater, the Pasadena Playhouse, the Las Palmas Theater, the Biltmore Theater, and the La Jolla Playhouse.

  • Abstract

    This collection consists of the research files on Los Angeles and Southern California theaters compiled by Robert Richardson. The focus of the files, which contain clippings, statistics, and ephemera, is the physical venues themselves (the theaters).