Free Street Theater Records

Dates: 1946-1999; bulk dates 1967-1999. Size: 56 linear feet in 122 boxes; includes 1,007 photographs, 927 slides, 1912 negatives, 174 contact sheets, 28 recordings, 10 oversize folders. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Chicago Theater Collection. Free Street Theater was organized in 1969 by Goodman School of Drama graduate, Patrick Henry (1936-1989) as part of cooperative project with the Illinois Arts Council. The grant-funded and donation-supported theater gave free performances focused on contemporary themes, meant to bring together different ages, races and socio-economic groups. Free Street performed across Chicago and toured both nationally and internationally. The records include the theater’s administrative and operational files, its production and program files, and its touring activity. The records include Free Street Too which featured older actors. [Finding aid]