Special Collections student employee Annie Tunnicliff stands proudly by the tidy boxes that now house the Genesius Guild records. Annie processed* the collection as part of her History Senior Inquiry project, and also wrote a research paper contextualizing the Genesius Guild within the mid-twentieth century national growth in community theater. Don Wooten, founder of the Genesius Guild, had amassed quite a wealth of scripts, costume and set designs, photos, scrapbooks, posters, etc., over the first 56 years of the organization. Our thanks go to Don for gifting this collection, which will be open for research when spring term begins. Annie’s favorite part of this endeavor: finding things she didn’t expect within the collection, like oversize poster art and membership rolls.
*Processing is a term archivists use to encompass a wide variety of tasks, which includes analyzing disorganized materials, recognizing existing order or establishing a new order for the collection, and describing the materials so that researchers have access to all the items that are housed in the special grey acid-free archival boxes.
Updated, March 27: The Genesius Guild Finding Aid is now online.