Roundabout Theatre Company, a not-for-profit theatre in New York now in its 48th season, has completed a New York State Archives, Documentary Heritage Program grant for the processing and arrangement of a unique collection of materials chronicling its renovation/restoration of the Selwyn Theatre (now known as the American Airlines Theatre), one of the historic theatres on 42nd Street in the Times Square district of New York City.
The finding aid is now available on the Roundabout Theatre Archives website, here.
The Selwyn Theatre Historic Renovation Collection documents all aspects of the restoration of the lovely theatre and simultaneously sheds light on New York City’s comprehensive urban planning directive of the 1980s aimed at revitalizing Times Square through renovation and repurposing of the theatres along 42nd and 43rd Streets.
The award allowed the Roundabout Theatre Archives to process, and make accessible, the records documenting the three year renovation/restoration project. These records chronicle Roundabout’s participation in a major city revitalization effort, from initial stages to completion. The collection is rich in construction aspects of the redesign process, photographs documenting the phases of restoration, architectural and construction plans and elevations, and 1980s urbanization reports and literature generated by the 42nd Street Development Project.
Thanks to the NYSA/DHP funds, the Selwyn Theatre Historic Renovation Collection is the first collection in Roundabout Theatre Company’s Archives for which a finding aid has been prepared. By providing access to this collection, we offer a valuable resource to scholars in such diverse fields as historic architecture and construction, urban planning and revitalization, and New York theatre history.
For more information, please contact Tiffany Nixon, Archivist, firstname.lastname@example.org