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Theatre of Light and Shadow records

Identifier: SSC-MS-00370

Scope and Contents

The Records of the Theatre of Light and Shadow: a Company of Women (TLS) consist of 5 linear feet of correspondence, notes, publicity, programs, financial records, printed ephemera, scripts, and photographs. They span the years 1978 to 1984 and describe the company's activities and administration as well as performances and conferences.

Dates of Materials

  • Creation: 1978-1984


Language of Materials


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research use without restriction beyond the standard terms and conditions of Smith College Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

The Sophia Smith Collection owns copyright to the Theatre of Light and Shadow Records. Permission must be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use."

Biographical / Historical

The Theatre of Light and Shadow was founded in l977 by K.D. Codish, Belinda Beezley, and Ruth Beaumont and incorporated in l980. As an innovative women's theatre company, it was dedicated to theatre as both art and communication and to feminism as a lifestyle. In addition to performances the theatre conducted workshops, performed for other feminist activities, and served as a liaison with other organizations to promote opportunities for women in the arts. The group disbanded in August l983.


3.98 linear feet (12 containers)


Theater company. An innovative women's theatre company, the Theatre of Light and Shadow was dedicated to theatre as both art and communication and to feminism as a lifestyle. Materials include correspondence, publicity, programs, scripts, and photographs.


This collection is organized into two series:

  1. I. Administration
  2. II. Activities
  3. Miscellaneous Scripts

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The records were donated in June l986 by Nancy Lee Kathan, business manager of the Theatre of Light and Shadow.

Processing Information

Processed by Susan Boone, 1987.



Theatre of Light and Shadow records
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Susan Boone
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Revision Statements

  • 07/26/2017: This resource was modified by the ArchivesSpace Preprocessor developed by the Harvard Library (
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Repository Details

Part of the Sophia Smith Collection of Women's History Repository

Neilson Library
7 Neilson Drive
Northampton MA 01063