Scope and arrangement
- 1946 Nov. 19-Dec. 10 First General Conference of Unesco, London. Resolution is passed to call an international meeting of theatre experts for the purpose of founding an International Theatre Institute.
- 1947 June 18 Preliminary meeting regarding ITI / U.S. held at the American National Theatre and Academy (ANTA), New York City.
- 1947 July 28-Aug. 1 Theatre Experts Meeting at Unesco House, Paris. ITI Charter drafted.
- 1948 June 28-July 3 Statutory Congress of the International Theatre Institute, Prague. Eight member nations vote ITI into being and adopt its Charter.
- 1949 International office of ITI moves into its Paris headquarters.
- 1969 ITI / U.S. reference library made available to the public under the direction of Elizabeth B. Burdick.
- 1987 Latin American theatre materials collected by Joanne Pottlitzer, Founding Director of Theatre of Latin America (TOLA), were donated to the ITI / U.S. reference library, under the sponsorship of The Americas Society / Center for Inter-American Relations.
- 1989 Jan. Librarian Louis A. Rachow takes over management of ITI / U.S. reference library.
- 1999 Nov. ITI / U.S. comes under the aegis of Theatre Communications Group (TCG).
The International Theatre Institute Collection consists of records documenting the history of the ITI institution from 1946 to 2005, and items describing international theatre activity during the latter half of the 20th century, with the bulk of the material from the 1970s and 1980s.
The archive of ITI institutional history makes up Series I-VIII, and includes correspondence, minutes, reports, notes, budgets, conference papers, directories, schedules, and other printed matter.
The theatre materials, which were formerly available as part of the ITI / U.S. reference library, comprise Series IX-XI, and include play manuscripts, programs, press releases, newsletters, season brochures, festival catalogs, dramaturgical essays, transcripts of taped interviews, commemorative pamphlets, clippings, and other ephemera.
The ITI collection also contains over 750 books and over 100 periodicals, which may be found in the NYPL online catalog, searchable under the words "International Theatre Institute," or "Martha Coigney," or by title. 100 ITI donated pamphlets are listed in a local database, searchable onsite at the Billy Rose Theatre Division.
Additionally, a separate printed listing of ITI donated books, serials, photographs, and ITI sponsored publications, arranged by country, is available from a librarian at the Theatre Division reference desk.
The collection is particularly strong in its documentation of the ITI / U.S. Center's activities, of ITI's World Congresses, of Latin American playwriting and theatre (courtesy of TOLA and Joanne Pottlitzer), and of European theatre.
The International Theatre Institute / Martha W. Coigney collection is arranged in eleven series:
- 1946-19492 boxes
- 1948-19996 boxes
- 1948-200611 boxes
- 1948-20046 boxes
- 1948-199843 boxes
- 1951-20035 boxes
- 1949-20033 boxes
Items include correspondence, schedules, programs and minutes. Much documentation is in both English and French.
- 1954-19933 boxes
- 61 boxes
The playscripts in this series are written in each country's national language unless otherwise noted. The language of the play title listed first is a reflection of the language of the play's text. In the following instance: The wedding dress = Vestido de noiva, the play's text can be assumed to be in English. The translator(s) are indicated when known; dates are indicated when known.
The vast majority of Spanish language plays were donated to the ITI Library by Theatre of Latin America (TOLA) in conjunction with the Center for Inter-American Relations. A bibliography of Latin American plays, donated by TOLA and compiled at ITI / U.S. with a grant from the Reed Foundation's InterAmericas program, may be found here in Subseries 33: Latin America.
Other major contributors of manuscripts include the ITI National Centers and Theatre Communications Group (TCG). The donor's name is normally listed or stamped on the play's cover or title page.
- 178 boxes
Three Regional Bodies have been set up by ITI: the African Regional Bureau (based at the Burkina Faso ITI National Center), the Latin American and Caribbean Regional Bureau (at the Venezuelan ITI Center), and the Asia-Pacific Regional Bureau (at the Korean ITI Center).
Scandinavian Theatre is listed as a regional subseries and contains directories of theatrical activity in Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden.
Within each country or region, material is arranged alphabetically under the following subject headings:
- Arts Councils and Organizations
- Children's Theatre
- Design and Theatre Architecture
- Drama Schools and Training Programs
- National Conferences
- Theatres and Theatre Companies
- Other printed matter (refers to bibliographies, periodicals, surveys, essays, and clippings that fall outside the subject headings listed above)
Items in the subject files include: brochures, clippings, directories, flyers, newsletters, programs, press releases, schedules, reports, and commemorative pamphlets. Some photographs have been removed and integrated into the Billy Rose Theatre Division photograph files; these photographs are noted and may be requested from the Theatre reference staff.
Dates are indicated when known, and reflect the bulk of the material within each country or region. Beginning and end dates do not necessarily imply that there is a complete run of material within those inclusive dates.
Language in these items is a mix of English and the vernacular.
The donor's name is listed or stamped on the item when known.
- 1950-1994 and undated1 box
This series includes posters and oversized programs. Advance notice is required for access to the material.