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  • Curators Emma Poley and Beaudry Rae Allen

    Curators Emma Poley and Beaudry Rae Allen

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Now on display...

Be Not Afraid of Greatness: Celebrating the History of Villanova Theatre

In celebration of the new John and Joan Mullen Center for the Performing Arts, University Archives invites you to take a step into our past and enjoy exploring the history of Villanova Theatre. On display are programs, photographs, costumes, and organizational records since the inception of the Dramatic Society in 1870 to today.

The exhibit is on display on the first floor of Falvey Library till the end of the summer.

Meet our co-curator Emma Poley, Theatre Arts '21

Emma Poley is a first-year graduate student in the Department of Theatre. She graduated from Villanova University in 2019 with Bachelor of Arts degree, double majoring in Classical Studies and Humanities. In addition, Poley was a member of the Interdisciplinary Scholars cohort in the honors program. She has been a student worker in Falvey Library for the past five years working with Distinctive Collections & Digital Engagement. 

As part of her Master of Arts program within the theatre department, Emma is studying acting, critical theory and practice in the theatrical arts and is participating in a special study on Shakespearian drama. One aspect of theater that Emma is most interested in studying is Dramaturgy – a unique discipline in the field of theater. The Dramaturg (dra-mə-tərj) is a literary adviser who works closely with the Director and artistic team of a theatrical production, providing research, edits, and lending creative insight to the work.

* Her favorite era of Villanova Theatre is the transition of theatre as an extracurricular activity by Belle Masque Society to a full-fledged graduate program. 

* Emma recommends checking out the costumes, as they were designed and crafted in-house by the Costume Shop led by Janus Stefanowicz.

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Welcome to the Villanova University Archives

The Villanova University Archives are the official depository for the permanent records of the university. These records are deemed permanent because of their legal, fiscal, administrative, or historical value.

The Archives were established to collect, preserve, appraise, describe, organize and make accessible all permanent records in whatever form made or received in connection with the transaction of university affairs. It is the responsibility of the Archives to document the operations, policies, and programs of Villanova University.

In effect, the Archives serve as the institutional memory of the University.

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More Information

Please read the Villanova University Archives Collection Development Policy for more information on the University Archives history and policies.

 

Records Retention Policy 

Please see the Records Retention Policy and Schedules (pdf)

 

Transfer Records to the University Archives

Please contact, Beaudry Rae Allen, Digital and Preservation Archivist
beaudry.allen@villanova.edu
 
 

SYLLABI CAMPUS ARCHIVES

Art and Sciences, Nursing, Engineering and Business maintain a syllabi archive.  Students may access this system to view (in read-only mode) syllabi for courses that are currently being offered or for certain courses that have been offered in the past.   

See the archive at: Syllabi Archive