The Robert Breen / ANTA Theater Collection

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The Robert Breen / ANTA Theater Collection is a primary source from which one may research the early beginnings of government support for the performing arts and the people responsible for them. It details the work of Robert Breen, the driving force behind the reformation of American National Theater and Academy (ANTA) in 1946 and a staunch supporter of its eventual successor, the National Endowment for the Arts. The Robert Breen / ANTA Theater Collection aids in the gaining of a better understanding of the early operations of ANTA.

Covering the years 1933-1980, it consists of working papers, correspondence, drafts, news clippings, scripts, photographs and other theatrical materials which document Breen's career with ANTA from 1944 to 1952. The Collection also reflects Breen's personal interests such as television, film, and political causes.


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