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Chicago Repertory Group Collection

An inventory of the collection at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: MRC
Date: 26 Mar 2010

Biographical History

The Chicago Repertory Group was founded in 1934 as an outgrowth of the Chicago Workers Theater (active 1933-1934). A non-profit group, the CRG's goal was to create socially relevant productions affordable to the general public. Their works ranged from social dramas to Federal Theater plays to original skits and plays. The group became inactive after about 1943.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Chicago Repertory Group Collection consists primarily of scripts, though there are also two items of correspondence and two posters advertising "Black Pit" and "Waiting for Odets." The scripts appear to be original material or adaptations written by members of the group.

Arrangement of the Collection

Scripts are in alphabetical order by title; correspondence and advertisements are mostly undated so are in no particular order.


Access Restrictions:

The majority of our archival and manuscript collections are housed offsite and require advanced notice for retrieval. Researchers are encouraged to contact us in advance concerning the collection material they wish to access for their research.

Use Restrictions:

Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

Related Material

See also the Chicago Repertory Group Collection of Scripts and Scrapbooks at the University of Chicago.

Subject Headings

Corporate Bodies

Chicago Repertory Group.


Radicalism in literature.
Repertory theater -- Illinois -- Chicago.
Theater -- Illinois -- Chicago.
Theater -- Political aspects.
Theater and society.


Chicago (Ill.) -- Intellectual life -- 20th century.

Genres and Forms

Scripts (documents)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Chicago Repertory Group Collection,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Purchase, 2010.

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