Fine Arts Opens Playwright’s Archive for Research

Oct. 30, 2008

AUSTIN, Texas — The archive of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Sam Shepard has been made available for research by scholars as the Society of American Archivists' Archive Month draws to a close.

The Shepard archive was acquired by the Fine Arts Library at The University of Texas at Austin in 2006.

The collection of more than 150 items from the latter part of Shepard's career as author, playwright and actor includes manuscripts, film scripts, correspondence, volumes from his personal library, awards and other personal items.

The collection can be accessed at the Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection's Rare Books and Manuscripts Reading Room. A finding aid for the collection will be available through Texas Archival Resources Online later in the fall.

The Fine Arts Library-a unit of the The University of Texas Libraries-contains the art, music, theatre and dance collections for The University of Texas at Austin. Its collections support research and instruction in the College of Fine Arts, which includes the School of Music, the departments of Art and Art History, and Theatre and Dance. The Fine Arts Library collection includes about 300,000 books and scores, 900 current serial subscriptions, 36,000 compact discs, 4,400 videocassettes and videodiscs, 6,200 reels of microfilm and 24,000 microfiche.

For more information, contact: Travis Willmann, University of Texas Libraries, 512 495 4644; Beth Kerr, University of Texas Libraries, 512-495-4482.