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Amelia Howe Kritzer Collection of 19th and Early 20th Century Scripts

Identifier: PA152

Scope and Content Note

A majority of the collection consists of antique play scripts collected by Dr. Amelia Howe Kritzer. Publication dates span 1792-1945. Nearly all the works were written by women playwrights. Most scripts are very delicate and require care when handling. Collection also includes miscellaneous theater prints and postcards, and a toy theater.


  • 1791-1949

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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

This collection may be protected by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code). It is the user's responsibility to verify copyright ownership and to obtain all necessary permissions prior to the reproduction, publication, or other use of any portion of these materials. Researchers may quote from the collection under the fair use provision of the copyright law.

Biographical Note

Amelia (“Amy”) Howe Kritzer (1947-2016) was a theatre teacher and scholar specializing in early American drama and contemporary British drama. She had a particular interest in female playwrights, and much of her published work focused on plays written by women or otherwise dealt with themes related to feminism and gender. Amy earned a B.S. in Radio-Television-Film from Temple University (1969), and a Ph.D. in Theatre and Drama from the University of Wisconsin (1988). After completing her Ph.D., she served on the theatre faculties at West Virginia University (1992-96) and the University of St. Thomas (1997-2015) where she taught theatre history and dramatic theory, as well as directing theatre productions. Her scholarship includes four books plus numerous scholarly articles and book chapters. Her four books are The Plays of Caryl Churchill (Macmillan, 1991), Plays by Early American Women, 1775-1850 (University of Michigan Press, 1995) Political Theatre in Post-Thatcher Britain (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007), and Woman on Trial (Teneo, 2015). Many of her articles and book chapters focus on the work of Caryl Churchill. In addition to her academic work, Amy was an award-winning gardener, devoted mother of three children, and loving spouse of 47 years to her husband, Bert.


4 Linear Feet (2 hollingers, 1 tray, 1 flat box)


Collection contains antique play scripts, theater prints and postcards, and a toy theater collected by Dr. Amelia Howe Kritzer.


Collection is arranged in alphabetical order by author last name.

Physical Location



Collection was donated to the Performing Arts Archives by Herbert Kritzer in 2017.

Processing Information

The collection was processed and finding aid written by Kathryn Hujda, 2017, with generous support from Creative Heritage Iniative donors.

Kathryn Hujda
April 2017
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