THS Archive Director Kathy McLeister was in the Buckeye state today to meet with staff and volunteers of the Columbus Association for the Performing Arts (CAPA). CAPA, a non-profit arts and theater management organization based in Columbus, Ohio, is exploring creating their own archives.
Kathy was on-site at the Ohio Theatre to lend her expertise to answer basic questions, define general guidelines for what to keep and how to organize their records, sources for archival supplies, and provide suggestions for arrangement and storage of the materials. The discussion also covered preservation advice, equipment and software recommendations, and some thoughts on how and where to get started. She also provided some sample documents and offered to be of assistance in the future if they had further questions.
CAPA was formed in 1969 to raise money to save the Ohio Theatre, a 1928 movie palace, from demolition and revive it for use as a performing arts center. CAPA is also the owner and operator of downtown Columbus’ historic Palace (1926) and Southern Theatres (1896), and manager of the Riffe Center Theatre Complex, Lincoln Theatre (1928), and Shubert Theater (New Haven, CT). http://www.capa.com/about-capa/