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Abe Bassett Wright State University Theatre (UA-6) Collection

Identifier: UA-6

Scope and Contents

Series I contains the slides taken by Abe Bassett during the productions he produced. These run from November 1970 to 1987.

Series II contains general information on the theatre program and Abe Bassett. This includes a listing of all of the productions from 1970-1988 along with director notes on some of the shows.

Series III contains videos from 1971-1985. One of the videos is a retrospective on the Wright State University Theatre.


  • Creation: 1970 - 1988


Conditions Governing Access

Due to preservation concerns, original audio and video materials may not be accessed in the reading room. Patrons may have access to reference copies. Items without reference copies can be digitized at the request of a patron for the cost of creating a digital copy. Please provide us at least two weeks advance notice if you would like to request an audio or video reference copy. Use of digitized content is subject to conditions governing use.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright restrictions may apply. Unpublished manuscripts and production videos are protected by copyright. Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.

Biographical Note

Abe Bassett was founding director of Wright State University’s Theatre Program, leading the program from 1970-1988. He played a leading role in the design of the Creative Arts Center which opened in 1973. While at Wright State, Abe is credited with developing one of the finest university theatre programs in the Midwest, and one of the largest in the state of Ohio. Abe was also a founding member of the Ohio Theatre Alliance.


3 linear feet (Eight boxes containing slides and a Hollinger box with documents and publications)

Language of Materials



This collection contains slides, videos and published materials on Abe Bassett and the Wright State University Theatre. The slides are of productions Bassett produced during his tenure in the Theatre department. The published materials covers Bassett’s time at the Theatrer Department and the other is an autobiography.


The collection is arranged into three series:

  1. Series I: Slides
  2. Series II: General Information
  3. Series III: Videos

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

A light-box will be necessary to view the slides.

Other Finding Aids

The finding aid is available on Special Collections and Archives website at .

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The materials were donated to the University Archives by Abe Bassett.


Further additions are expected.

Existence and Location of Copies

A selection of production images from the Abe Bassett WSU Theatre Collection are available online in Wright State University’s Campus Online Repository, CORE Scholar:

Related Materials

MS-95 Ohio Theatre Alliance Records

Processing Information

This finding aid was written according to DACS standards by Nina Herzog, November 2015

Guide to the Abe Bassett Wright State University Theatre (UA-6) Collection
Herzog, Nina
2015 November
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the University Archives Repository

Wright State University Libraries
Special Collections and Archives
3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy
Dayton OH 45435-0001 USA