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Robert B. Richardson collection on Southern California Theater

Identifier: 0242

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.


  • 1896 - 1991
  • Majority of material found within 1930 - 1990


Conditions Governing Access

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

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 The copyright to unpublished materials belongs to the heirs of the writers.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.

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.


12.5 Linear Feet (10 boxes)

Language of Materials



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).

Other Finding Aids

A detailed paper file list is available on-site.


The Robert B. Richardson collection on Southern California Theater was compiled and donated to USC by Robert Richardson.
Finding Aid of the Robert Richardson collection on Southern California Theater
Rebecca Hirsch and Ranjanabh Bahukhandi
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Collection processing and creation of the finding aid was funded by the generous support of the National Historic Publications and Records Commission.

Repository Details

Part of the USC Libraries Special Collections Repository

Doheny Memorial Library 206
3550 Trousdale Parkway
Los Angeles California 90089-0189 United States