The Binghamton University Libraries has been awarded a $15,000 grant from the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation to digitize important scholarship from our Max Reinhardt Archives & Library (Max Reinhardt Collection).
The Max Reinhardt Collection covers major aspects of the life and career of Austrian-born theatrical director and producer Max Reinhardt (1873-1943). Reinhardt was widely recognized as a major creative artist and played a leading role in the transformation of the director as the key figure in theatrical production and the innovative use of new theater technology and experimentation with theater spaces and locales.
The grant provides funding to preserve, digitize and publish online a collection of 132 promptbooks from the collection, which are annotated by the celebrated director himself. The project will make this historical record available to researchers and the public, giving them new perspectives on his work and theater history.
The Libraries will hire interns to convert the promptbooks into digital files that will be discoverable online via search engines and can be widely shared. The co-principle investigators are Jean Green, Special Collections librarian and David Schuster, director of library technology and Special Collections. The project will be last from May 2018 through April 2019.
The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation promotes the advancement and perpetuation of humanistic inquiry and artistic creativity by encouraging excellence in scholarship and in the performing arts, and by supporting research libraries and other institutions which transmit our cultural heritage.