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Guide to the John Vaccaro and the Play-House of the Ridiculous Papers MSS 321

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This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on September 07, 2018
Finding aid written in English. using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

 Updated by Jasmine Larkin to include unprocessed publications, ephemera, and project files from accession number 2011.321, and edited for compliance with DACS and ACM Required Elements for Archival Description.  , September 2018

Scope and Contents

The John Vaccaro and the Play-House of the Ridiculous Papers contain materials that document Vaccaro's professional theatrical career, ranging from the early 1960s through 2005. The collection preserves Vaccaro's primarily collaborative work, including scripts, notebooks, articles, essays, and correspondence that date back to his early career as an actor in the emerging world of Off-Off Broadway theater in New York. Elements include source material for his productions as well as promotional material in the form of ephemera, flyers, festival programs, posters and postcards. This body of components also includes the work of collaborating playwrights, and material related to the theatrical and Greenwich Village communities of the 1960s, 70s and 80s. In addition, this collection includes professional and personal correspondence, production and personal photography, original illustrations, publications, and a scrapbook. Materials date from 1959 to 2005.


The collection is arranged into 4 series. Oversize materials are listed at the end of the finding aid.

  1. Series I: Projects
  2. Series II: Posters and Ephemera
  3. Series III: Photographs
  4. Series IV: Publications
  5. Oversize - Series I: Projects
  6. Oversize - Series II: Posters and Ephemera