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Guide to the Split Britches Archive
1978-2000
 MSS 251

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Collection processed by Rosemary K. J. Davis, 2011.

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on June 25, 2015
Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

 
Creator: Split Britches.
Title: Split Britches Archive
Dates: 1978-2000
Abstract: Split Britches is a lesbian theater troupe founded in 1980 by Lois Weaver, Peggy Shaw, and Deb Margolin. This collection contains scripts, press materials and clippings, notes, and photography spanning the troupe's existence.
Quantity: 9.75 linear feet
Call Phrase: MSS 251

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Historical note

Split Britches was formed in 1980 by Deb Margolin, Peggy Shaw, and Lois Weaver. The award-winning troupe has written, produced, and performed multiple plays: some which involve all members of the troupe and some works created in collaboration with other groups like Bloolips and Gay Sweatshop. Split Britches performances incorporate riffs on popular culture with music and examinations of gendered/gay/lesbian/queer culture and relationships.

Still active today, members of the group tour and perform across the world; they also lead educational workshops at schools and universities.

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Scope and Content

This collection is comprised of materials created and compiled by the members of the Split Britches in the course of their work as artists, playwrights, and performers. Materials include correspondence, notes, receipts, photographs, floorplans, and ephemera generated both by individual members of the group and by the group as a whole. Items in the collection range from 1978-2000, with the bulk from 1982-1992.

The collection is organized into four series:

Series I: Scripts and Notes--consists of script copies (some annotated), technical notes, blocking diagrams, and other notes appended to script pages. Many loose, unattributed script pages are collected into folders.

Series II: Promo, Press, and Clippings consists of magazine articles, newspaper clippings, fliers, posters, and other press materials promoting performances, appearances, and events related to Split Britches including the Women’s One World Festival.

Subseries A: Clippings
Subseries B: Press and Promotional Materials
Subseries C: Women’s One World Festival Materials

Series III: Miscellaneous Papers, Notes, and Documentation consists of academic papers, correspondence, personal notebooks, unbound pages, notes and photography created by different members of the group.

Series IV: Oversize, Ephemera, and Media consists of a large sketchbook, a Women’s One World Festival t-shirt, a cassette tape, and oversized promotional material.

Arrangement

While minimal physical processing was performed, the collection was weeded of many duplicates. Folders are arranged alphabetically within each series when possible. This alphabetical arrangement takes place primarily in Series I, which contains identifiable documents and scripts.

No original order was maintained for unfoldered papers and instead, items were grouped into four series according to subject matter or purpose.

See the Scope and Content Notes for more specific details about each series.

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Margolin, Deb
  • Shaw, Peggy
  • Weaver, Lois

Document Type

  • Playbills.
  • Plays (document genre)
  • Theater programs.

Subject Organizations

  • Split Britches.

Subject Topics

  • Experimental theater |y 20th century.
  • Experimental theater -- New York (State) -- New York.
  • Feminism and art.
  • Feminism.
  • Lesbians -- Fiction.
  • Lesbians' writings, American.
  • LGBT activism.
  • Playwriting.

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Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

Open to researchers. Appointments are necessary for the use of manuscript and archival collections.

Conditions Governing Use

Collection use is subject to all copyright laws. Permission to publish materials must be obtained in writing from the Director of Fales Library and Special Collections. Please contact fales.library@nyu.edu. or call 212 998 2596.

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Container List

Series I: Scripts and Notes

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : "Alternate Visions" Scripts and Notes
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Box: 1 Folder : "Beauty and the Beast" Scripts and Notes
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Box: 1 Folder : "Belle Reprieve" Scripts and Notes
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Box: 1 Folder : "Belle Reprieve" Scripts and Notes
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Box: 1 Folder : "Bustin Out the Box" Scripts and Notes
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Box: 1 Folder : "The Chairs" Scripts and Notes
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Box: 1 Folder : "Cinderella, Real True Story" Scripts and Notes
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Box: 1 Folder : "Double Agency" Scripts and Notes
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Box: 1 Folder : "Dress Suits to Hire" Scripts and Notes
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Box: 1 Folder : "Dress Suits to Hire" Scripts and Notes
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Box: 1 Folder : "Dress Suits to Hire" Scripts and Notes
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Box: 1 Folder : "Dress Suits to Hire" Scripts and Notes
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Box: 1 Folder : "Dress Suits to Hire" Scripts and Notes
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Box: 1 Folder : "Dress Suits to Hire" Scripts and Notes
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Box: 1 Folder : "Faith and Dancing" Scripts and Notes
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Box: 1 Folder : "Helen and Meneleus" Scripts and Notes
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Box: 2 Folder : "Honey I'm Home" Scripts and Notes
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Box: 2 Folder : "It's a Small House and We Lived In It Always" Scripts and Notes
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Box: 2 Folder : "Lesbians Who Kill" Scripts and Notes
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Box: 2 Folder : "Little Women" Scripts and Notes
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Box: 2 Folder : "Little Women" Scripts and Notes
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Box: 2 Folder : "Lust and Comfort" Scripts
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Box: 2 Folder : Misc Script Pages and Notes
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Box: 2 Folder : Misc Script Pages and Notes
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Box: 2 Folder : Misc Script Pages and Notes
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Box: 2 Folder : Misc Script Pages and Notes
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Box: 2 Folder : Misc Script Pages and Notes
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Box: 2 Folder : Misc Script Pages and Notes
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Box: 2 Folder : Misc Script and Notes
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Box: 3 Folder : Misc Script and Notes
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Box: 3 Folder : Misc Script and Notes
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Box: 3 Folder : Misc Script and Notes
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Box: 3 Folder : Misc Script and Notes
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Box: 3 Folder : Misc Script and Notes
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Box: 3 Folder : "Miss Risque" Script and Notes
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Box: 3 Folder : "Miss Risque" Script and Notes
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Box: 3 Folder : "Monsieur/Madame" Script and Notes
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Box: 3 Folder : "Parker, Ms." Script and Notes
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Box: 3 Folder : "Patience and Sarah" Script and Notes
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Box: 3 Folder : "Patience and Sarah" Final Script
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Box: 3 Folder : "Preaching to the Perverted" Script and Notes
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Box: 3 Folder : "Salon de Femme" Script and Notes
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Box: 4 Folder : "Sappho + Aphrodite" Script and Notes
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Box: 4 Folder : "Split Britches" Script and Notes
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Box: 4 Folder : "Split Britches" TV Script
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Box: 4 Folder : "St. Joan of Ave. C" Script and Notes
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Box: 4 Folder : "Streetcar" Script and Notes
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Box: 4 Folder : "The White Whore and the Bit Player" Script and Notes
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Box: 4 Folder : "Upwardly Mobile Home" Script and Notes
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Box: 4 Folder : "Upwardly Mobile Home" Script and Notes
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Box: 4 Folder : "Well of Horniness" Script
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Box: 4 Folder : "Women Walking With Chairs" Script/Score
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Box: 4 Folder : "You're Just Like My Father" Script
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Series II: Promotion, Press, and Clippings

Subseries A: Clippings

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 5 Folder : Clippings
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Box: 5 Folder : Clippings
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Box: 5 Folder : Clippings
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Box: 5 Folder : Clippings
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Box: 5 Folder : Clippings
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Box: 5 Folder : Clippings
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Box: 5 Folder : Clippings
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Box: 5 Folder : Clippings
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Box: 5 Folder : Clippings
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Box: 5 Folder : Clippings
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Box: 5 Folder : Clippings
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Box: 6 Folder : Clippings
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Box: 6 Folder : Clippings
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Box: 6 Folder : Clippings
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Box: 6 Folder : Clippings
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Box: 6 Folder : Clippings
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Box: 6 Folder : Clippings
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Box: 6 Folder : Clippings
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Box: 6 Folder : Clippings
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Subseries B: Press and Promo Materials

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 6 Folder : Press and Promo Materials
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Box: 6 Folder : Press and Promo Materials
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Box: 7 Folder : Press and Promo Materials
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Box: 7 Folder : Press and Promo Materials
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Box: 7 Folder : Press and Promo Materials
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Box: 7 Folder : Press and Promo Materials
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Box: 7 Folder : Press and Promo Materials
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Box: 7 Folder : Press and Promo Materials
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Box: 7 Folder : Press and Promo Materials
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Box: 7 Folder : Press and Promo Materials
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Box: 7 Folder : Press and Promo Materials
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Box: 7 Folder : Press and Promo Materials
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Box: 7 Folder : Press and Promo Materials
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Box: 7 Folder : Press and Promo Materials
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Subseries C: Women's One World Festival Materials

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 8 Folder : Women's One World Festival
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Box: 8 Folder : Women's One World Festival
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Box: 8 Folder : Women's One World Festival
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Box: 8 Folder : Women's One World Festival
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Box: 8 Folder : Women's One World Festival
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Box: 8 Folder : Women's One World Festival
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Box: 8 Folder : Women's One World Festival
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Box: 8 Folder : Women's One World Festival
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Box: 8 Folder : Women's One World Festival
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Series III: Miscellaneous Papers, Notes, and Documentation

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 9 Folder : Academic Papers and Articles
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Box: 9 Folder : Academic Papers and Articles
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Box: 9 Folder : Academic Papers and Articles
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Box: 9 Folder : Lois Weaver Notebook
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Box: 9 Folder : Misc Documentation
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Box: 9 Folder : Misc Papers and Notes
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Box: 9 Folder : Misc Papers and Notes
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Box: 9 Folder : Misc Papers and Notes
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Box: 9 Folder : Misc Papers and Notes
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Box: 9 Folder : Misc Papers and Notes
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Box: 9 Folder : Misc Papers and Notes
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Box: 9 Folder : Personal Notebook and Misc Papers
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Box: 9 Folder : Personal Notebook and Misc Papers
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Box: 9 Folder : Personal Notebook and Misc Papers
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Box: 9 Folder : Photography
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Series IV: Ephemera and Media

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 10 Oversize : Sketchbook
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Box: 10 Media : ID: 251.0001 The Well of Horniness cassette tape

Conditions Governing Access

Currently unavailable until duplication occurs.

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Box: 10 Object : Women's One World Festival T-shirt scrap and paper
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Box: 10 Object : WOW Theatre Placard
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