Child Drama Collection


Documenting the international history of theatre for youth and theatre education, the Child Drama Collection is the world’s largest such archival repository, containing more than 9,000 books and dating back to the 16th century. The collection, an invaluable resource for scholars into the field’s methodology and pedagogy, includes materials providing theoretical and practical documentation on theatre education from preschool to high school, arts curriculum and training, standards and assessment, management and practices, artistry and plays for young audiences.

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Costumes, scripts, designs and ephemera

Arizona State University’s Child Drama Collection attracts scholars, playwrights, performers and students from around the globe. Here, Katherine Krzys, former curator of the collection, walks us through the world’s largest repository of materials related to children’s theatre.


Access the collection

To view materials in this collection, please make an appointment at least five business days prior to your visit by contacting Ask an Archivist or calling 480-965-4932.

Appointments in the Wurzburger Reading Room at Hayden Library (rm. 138) on the Tempe campus are available Monday through Friday. Check the ASU Library Hours page for current availability.  


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