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Robert Corrigan papers

Identifier: PA063

Scope and Content Note

The collection contains personal and professional correspondence, publications by and about Robert Corrigan, speeches and lectures, audio materials, meeting agendas for the CalArt organization, clippings, notes for Corrigan's writings and lectures, photographs, plays and scrapbooks.


  • 1946-1993


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Restrictions on Access

The collection is open and available for use by researchers in the Andersen Library Reading Room.

Restrictions on Use

Copyright has been transferred to the archives.

Biographical Note

Robert W. Corrigan was born on September 23, 1927. He received his B.A. degree from Cornell University in 1950, his M.A. degree from Johns Hopkins University in 1952 and his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in 1955. His academic career spanned over 40 years. He was an instructor and professor of drama, theatre, classics, performing arts and dramatic literature at over 10 colleges and universities, including John Hopkins University, the University of Minnesota, Tulane University and the University of Michigan. Professor Corrigan also served as Dean of the School of Arts and Humanities at the University of Texas at Dallas and of the School of the Arts of Dramatic Literature at New York University. He began, and edited The Drama Review (TDR), a journal publication of dramatic theatre when he was an assistant professor at Carleton College. The publication was known as the Carleton Drama Review until Professor Corrigan went to Tulane. The journal traveled with him and became known as The Tulane Drama Review, later shortened to The Drama Review. Professor Corrigan was a prolific writer, authoring over 100 articles, essays, reviews and books on theatre and the arts. Professor Corrigan passed away in 1993.


31 boxes


Collection contains correspondence, publications, speeches, lectures, audio materials, meeting agendas, clippings, notes, photographs, plays and scrapbooks.


The collection is organized into 10 series: General Correspondence, Foreign Travel-Correspondence, Foreign Travel-Publications, Lectures and Speeches, CalArts, Notes (for lectures and writings), Writings by Robert Corrigan, Writings about Robert Corrigan, Plays and Projects, and Miscellaneous.

Physical Location


Additional Finding Aid

An unpublished finding aid with detailed contents is available. Please contact the Performing Arts Archives for details.


The collection was donated by JoAnn Corrigan in August of 2000.

  • Drama Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
  • Theater Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
Robert Corrigan papers
Karen Spilman
January 2005
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