Scope and arrangement
The Armstead-Johnson Foundation for Theater Research records document the activities of the Foundation including the administration, research requests, exhibition planning, and collection development.|||The Administration series, 1974-1989, consists of minutes of board meetings and correspondence. There is also background information Dr. Johnson assembled for publicity purposes. Financial records include correspondence pertaining to the foundations and organizations solicited by the Foundation.|||The subjects discussed in the correspondence series, 1974-1993, include Dr. Johnson's television and radio appearances, requests for assistance from researchers working on African-American theater history, complimentary letters, speaking engagements, requests from universities and libraries for Dr. Johnson to create exhibitions and for loans of items to exhibitions sponsored by other institutions, and correspondence with theatrical personalities who donated collections to the Foundation.|||The Exhibition series, 1974-1994, documents the Foundation's exhibitions in the mid-Atlantic states and in Vienna, beginning with a 1975 group show in Washington, D.C. and continuing to November 1994 with an exhibition held at the Queens Borough Public Library.|||The Collection series, 1974-1990, documents the manner in which Dr. Johnson acquired collections for the Foundation, either by soliciting donations or by negotiating the purchase of items. There are also lists of materials including photographs owned by the Foundation in 1975.