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Papers Relating to Oxford Student Drama


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Minutes and committee papers, correspondence, financial information, papers relating to productions and performances, photographs of actors and performances and miscellaneous items, mainly printed magazines.


  • Creation: 1896-2006


2.25 Linear metres (19 physical shelfmarks, 1 digital shelfmark)

Language of Materials

  • English

Conditions Governing Access

Some material is closed.

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Eng. b. 2070, fols. 1-2].

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Full range of shelfmarks:

Dep. a. 65, Dep. c. 976-988; G.A.Oxon b. 8*/1-3; MSS. Top. Oxon. b. 284-286; MS. Eng. a. 2034, MS. Digital 26

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 6124, 6136, 7128, 10065, 11993


Minutes and committee papers, correspondence, financial papers, production papers, photographs and miscellaneous papers of various Oxford student drama groups, including the Oxford University Drama Society (O.U.D.S), the Oxford Revue, the Oxford Theatre Group.

Biographical / Historical

The collection comprises papers from a number of student drama groups and societies. The majority of the deposits have been made by the Oxford University Dramatic Society (OUDS), an extant student society which has produced and supported student theatre and drama on a university-wide basis since 1885. For a history of the society see OUDS: a centenary history of the Oxford University Dramatic Society, 1885-1985 by Humphrey Carpenter, Oxford University Press, 1985. The collection therefore primarily consists of papers relating to OUDS itself and productions staged or supported by the society. However, in addition to the OUDS papers, the papers of the Oxford Revue, an Oxford based theatre company specialising in comedy productions, and the Oxford Theatre Group (1985-1991), a registered limited company created by Oxford University students for the purposes of presenting and promoting theatre performances and the arts, have also been deposited with the Bodleian Library. It is also the case that, although OUDS is an umbrella organisation for many Oxford student dramatic societies, there are also many student drama groups that exist independently of O.U.D.S; therefore the Oxford Student Drama catalogue contains a selection of records from a cross-section of the many student drama groups in Oxford.


The collection is arranged chronologically within each series.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Dep. a. 65, Dep. c. 976-88; G.A.Oxon b. 8*/1-3; MSS. Top. Oxon. b. 284-286 deposited by Oxford University Dramatic Society representatives 1991-2006. MS. Eng. a. 2034 given, 22 Apr. 1996.

Related Materials

The Library also holds material relating to Oxford student drama within the John Johnson Collection, including posters, flyers and programmes, 1892-2007.


Catalogue of papers Relating to Oxford Student Drama, 1896-2006
Charlotte McKillop-Mash, Eleanor Laviers
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Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom