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Western Massachusetts Chapter of the American National Theatre and Academy (ANTA) Scrapbook Collection (MS 515)

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The Western Massachusetts Chapter of the American National Theatre and Academy (ANTA) Scrapbook collection consists of four scrapbooks containing materials on the chapter dating from 1961 through 1993. ANTA is a national organization chartered in 1935 by a special Act of the United States Congress. Regional chapters, such as the Western Massachusetts Chapter, functioned as independent community theatre groups. The Western Massachusetts Chapter was founded in 1960 by Arthur T. Andrewes and received its charter in June 1961. The chapter’s residency at Springfield College began in 1964 and ended in 1990 when the chapter finally ended. The scrapbooks are essentially chronological, containing playbills, a few photographs, announcements, flyers, and newspaper articles containing reviews and schedules of productions and stories about particular artists and the Western Massachusetts Chapter of ANTA in general. Also included are a few letters, including the letter ending ANTA’s association with Springfield College in 1990, magazine articles, and lists of community award winners.