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Guide to the Catherine Stadem papers
1927-2013

Collection number: HMC-0879.
Creator: Stadem, Catherine.
Title: Catherine Stadem papers.
Dates: 1927-2013, bulk 1990-2006.
Volume of collection: 3.25 cubic feet. 
Language of materials: Materials in this collection are in English.  
Collection summary: Papers of an Anchorage author and local theatre critic.

Biographical note:
Catherine Stadem was born in Denver, Colorado in 1938. She moved to Anchorage, Alaska in 1957, where she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts from the University of Alaska Anchorage in the 1980s. In 1997, she completed a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Nonfiction from UAA. Stadem worked for the Anchorage Times from 1983 until its closure in 1992. While at the Anchorage Times, she worked as a freelance theatre critic, staff writer, and assistant editorial page editor. Stadem has also written her own plays and has been active in the local theatre community. In 2006, she completed writing a history of theatre productions in Anchorage.

Collection description:
The collection contains Stadem’s personal records and review files, which include playbills Stadem used to write her theatre review columns. The collection also contains the research files, correspondence, photographs, and publication information for The History of Theatre in Anchorage, Alaska, 1915-2005 written by Stadem. Stadem’s writings include papers she wrote while she was in graduate school, as well as the play The Cost of Living, which she wrote with Lily Ann Nielson, and magazine articles. The collection also includes audiotapes of Stage Talk, a radio program on KSKA which Stadem hosted, a portion of Anchorage Community Theatre's production of the musical, "Toyon of Alaska," and materials related to the Valdez Theatre Conference.

Arrangement: The collection is arranged in the following series:
Series 1. Personal records; 1971-1995
Series 2. Review files; 1984-2006
Series 3. Publications and writings; 1989-2013
Series 4. Anchorage theatre history research files; 1927-2006
Series 5. Audio recordings; 1967, 2003-2005
Series 6. Valdez Theatre Conference records; 1993-2000

Alternative formats: The collection contains some material in electronic format. Please consult archivists for access.

Digitized copies: Digital copies of collection material not available online. For information about obtaining digital copies, please contact Archives and Special Collections.

Rights note: Archives holds copyright to the materials authored by Catherine Stadem. Materials not authored by Catherine Stadem may be subject to copyright not held by the Archives.

Preferred citation: Catherine Stadem papers, Archives and Special Collections, Consortium Library, University of Alaska Anchorage.

Works used in preparation of inventory: Biographical information provided by Catherine Stadem.

Acquisition note: The collection was donated to the Archives by Catherine Stadem in 2006 and 2013.

Processing information: This collection was described by Jeffrey Sinnott in 2007. The collection was converted to current standard and additional donations added by Veronica Denison in 2014.

Container list:
Series 1: Personal records; 1971-1995. 0.1 cubic feet.
This series contains Catherine Stadem’s Anchorage Times notebook, newspaper clippings regarding her various awards and plays, personal photographs, and awards.

Box/
Folder

Description

Dates

1/1

Times journal notebook

1990-1991

1/2

Newspaper clippings: Stadem’s awards and plays

1971-1992

1/3

Photographs: portraits of Stadem; Cathi Kippenhan, Mrs. Ruth O'Buck and Ruby Pappas next to barbecue grill before Alaska Ninety-Nine's 25th Annual Powder Puff Derby; Stadem and Kay Kennan of the Alaska Rescue Group at Barney's Sports Chalet; National Playwrights Conference in Waterford, Connecticut; Stadem and Caroline Kramer in elementary classroom

1971-1992

1/4

Awards

1987-1995

Series 2: Review files; 1984-2006. 0.75 cubic feet.
This series contains review drafts and playbills Stadem used for her review columns. Arranged chronologically.

Box/
Folder

Description

Dates

1/5

Playbills

1984-1985

1/6-7

Playbills and review drafts

1991-1992

1/8

Tom Bodett review and response; Anchorage play schedule

1993

1/9

Playbills and review response

1994

1/10-12

Playbills and review drafts

1995-1997

1/13

Playbills

1998

1/14

Playbills and review drafts

1999

1/15

Review drafts

2000

1/16

Playbills

2000

1/17

Playbills, correspondence, and notes

2001

1/18

Playbills and notes

2002

1/19-20

Playbills

2003-2004

1/21

Playbills and correspondence

2005

1/22

Playbills

2006

1/23

Critics Quarterly

1989-1999

Series 3: Publications and writings; 1989-2013. 0.65 cubic feet.
This series consists of publications and writings. A majority of the series contains materials related to The Cost of Living, a play written by Lily Ann Nielsen and Catherine Stadem. This series also contains Stadem’s master’s thesis, college papers, magazine articles, and an article Stadem wrote that was published in a Russian magazine.

Box/
Folder

Description

Dates

1/24

Student Showcase paper on James and Nora Joyce; written for English 642 B, University of Alaska Anchorage

1993

1/25

"My Story – His Story: Mystery and History of a Writing Heritage"; autobiographical paper written for English 671, University of Alaska Anchorage

1996 April 30

1/26-28

Master's thesis drafts: “Getting Down on My Belly”

1997

2/1-2

Stages: A History of Theatre in Anchorage, Alaska; By Catherine Stadem

2006

2/3

Critiques of theatre history

2006

2/4

Cost of Living: Women’s Run grant

1996

2/5

Cost of Living: Hospice of Anchorage annual report

1991

2/6

Cost of Living: notes and programs

1990-1992

2/7

Cost of Living: interviews and transcripts

1989-1992

2/8

Cost of Living: productions

1992-1994

2/9-10

Cost of Living: reviews and news articles

1992-1997

2/11

Beauty and the Breast/Cost of Living: programs and fliers

circa 1997-1998

2/12

Cost of Living: Lilly Nielson correspondence

1994-1998

2/13

Cost of Living: general correspondence; contributors

undated, 1992-1994

2/14-18

Cost of Living: scripts

1992-2002

2/19

Cost of Living: interview audiotapes

circa 1992

2/20

Cost of Living Videotape: Cyrano’s theatre performance

1992

2/21

Cost of Living: rewrites, history of rewrites, original stage directions, production documents, performance at The Alaska Club in Wasilla, Alaska

2013

2/22

Cost of Living: interviews with survivors from Mat-su Valley, news articles

2012-2013

2/23

“Chevak: A small village in Alaska speaks with a loud voice”; article in English and Russian

1990

2/24

Magazine articles

1993-1995

Series 4: Anchorage theatre history research files; 1927-2006. 1.20 cubic feet.
This series contains materials that Stadem used for her research on the history of theatre in Alaska for her publication of The History of Theatre in Anchorage, Alaska, 1915-2005.
Arranged alphabetically by subject.

Box/
Folder

Description

Dates

2/25

Call book and notes

undated

2/26

Biographies: local theatre

1974, 1981, 2004

2/27

Alaska Festival Theatre:  Mary Decker, correspondence, interview notes, production list

2005-2006

2/28-30

Alaska Repertory Theatre: correspondence, notes, clippings, and copied materials, demise

1986-2004

2/31

Alaska Repertory Theatre: Broadway Bound: playbill and publicity

1988

2/32

Anchorage Community College Theatre Workshop: original and copied playbills

1957-1958

2/33

Anchorage Community Theatre (ACT): playbills, calendar, correspondence, notes, copied materials

1959-1961, 1995-2004

2/34

Anchorage early days: notes and copied materials

2003

2/35

Anchorage Light Opera Theatre: production lists, correspondence, interview transcript, news release, clippings and copied materials

2003-2004

2/36

Anchorage Little Theatre: notes, playbills, clippings, membership lists, article drafts and copied materials

1927-1983

2/37

Anchorage Musical Theatre: copy of playbill

1992

2/38

Richard A. Benavides (Arctic Moon Stage Company): correspondence, interview notes, company history and copied materials

undated, 1980, 2004

2/39

Linda Billington: correspondence, notes, productions list

2003

2/40

Black Arts Alaska: productions list and correspondence

2004

2/41

Frank Brink (Anchorage Community Theatre): correspondence, clippings, production information, playbill, biographical materials and copied materials

1959-2004

2/42

Carnival Civic Theatre: excerpt of Anchorage Times article

1971

2/43

Cyrano's Off Center Playhouse and Eccentric Theatre Company (Jerry Harper): correspondence, clippings and memorial items

2005

2/44

Robert DeLoach: interview notes

2003

2/45

Carol Anne Harrison Dodd: interview notes and copied materials

2004

2/46

Eagle River Fine Arts Academy Calendar: history

1994-1995

2/47

Early and mid-century notes

2003

2/48

Edgeware Productions (David P. Edgecombe and Elizabeth Ware): correspondence, internet information, resumes

2005

2/49

Elmendorf Theatre Guild: production lists, notes, copies of clippings

undated, 2004

2/50

Fort Richardson Players and Arctic Moon: production lists, playbill, correspondence, notes, and copied materials

undated, 1963, 2004

2/51

"Godspell" 1974: correspondence

2004

2/52

James Grandjean and Jeffrey Maybrook: correspondence, production list

2003-2004

2/53

"Hair" tour of 1972: correspondence with Patric D'Eimon

2003

2/54

Ev Harris: correspondence

2003

3/1

Lorene Harrison: programs, playbills, clippings and copied materials

1928-1976

3/2

David Haynes (Synergy): correspondence, notes, productions lists

2004

3/3

Kokopelli Theatre Company: production lists

undated

3/4

Bruce Marcus (military chapter): correspondence and compact disc

2005

3/5

Military chapter: rough draft

2004

3/6

James Morrison: correspondence, productions list

2003

3/7

Linda Nelson: correspondence

2004

3/8

Lily Nielson: correspondence and copied materials

2003

3/9

Out North: letter, correspondence, interview notes, notes, productions list and copied materials

undated, 2004-2006

3/10

Robert Pond and Anchorage Community Theatre: interview notes, clippings, productions list and invitation

2000, 2003

3/11

Robert Pond; A History of Community Theatre in Anchorage, Alaska, 1946-1976: thesis draft plus notes, clippings and productions list

1980

3/12

Ann Reddig (Red Ram and One a Year Theatre Company): correspondence, interview notes, notes and productions lists

2004

3/13

Jack Roderick: interview notes

2003

3/14

John Strohmeyer: correspondence, article regarding Stadem’s book

2006

3/15

Synergy: playbills, correspondence, interview notes, productions list

undated, 1983, 2002-2004

3/16

Theatre Alliance: contacts list

1995

3/17

Theatre Guild; brochure, correspondence, notes, interview notes, productions list and copied materials

2003-2005

3/18

TOAST Theatre: brochure, letter, correspondence, productions list

undated, 1998, 2004

3/19

Treasures of Sight and Sound: correspondence, notes, interview notes, productions list and copied materials

2003-2005

3/20

UAA Theatre: playbills, correspondence, interview notes, productions list and copied materials

1983-2003

3/21

University of Alaska Anchorage/Alaska Methodist University/Alaska Pacific University: correspondence, interview notes and productions lists

2003-2004

3/22

Venues (Performing Arts Center): Anchorage Daily News article

1981

3/23-24

Jack Wandell: correspondence, interview notes, notes, productions list, clippings and copied materials

1956-1959, 2003-2004

3/25

We Call It A.R.T.: correspondence, productions lists and copied materials

2005

3/26

Whale Fat Follies: clippings

1986, 1993, 2003, 2005

3/27

Mary Lou Wilson materials (Elmendorf Theatre Guild): playbills, scripts, rehearsal schedules, clippings and photographs; 5 black and white prints; 6 color prints

1958-1961

3/28-34

Publication of “The History of Theatre in Anchorage, Alaska-1915-2005:” Edwin Mellen Press, preface, peer reviews, bibliography, dedication, abstract

circa 2009

3/35

CDs: photographs and clips used for publication and drafts

circa 2009

3/36-57

Photographs and image release forms

circa 2009

Series 5: Audio recordings; 1967, 2003-2005. 0.20 cubic feet.
This series contains 12 audiocassettes of Stage Talk, a radio program hosted by Stadem,as well as an interview of Stadem. These programs were produced by KSKA/KAKM. A majority of the audiotapes are 60 minutes long. This series also contains the "Toyon of Alaska" reel III, given to Catherine Stadem by Lorene Harrison. “Toyon of Alaska” was a musical production by Anchorage Community theatre. This reel contains the following acts and performances: Preparation for the Ball II; Minuet and Scene Change; Duet (Irina and Yanovsky); I Feel the Cold Wind Blowing (Baranov); and Act III conclusion.

Box/Folder

Description

Dates

3/58

KSKA: Stage Talk

2002

3/59

KSKA: Stage Talk

2003 May-June

3/60

KSKA: Stage Talk

2003 July-August

3/61

KSKA: Stage Talk, interview

2004 August, 2005 January-February

3/62

“Toyon of Alaska” (5 inch reel, 7.5 ips, approximately 12 minutes)

1967

Series 6: Valdez Theatre Conference papers; 1993-2003. 0.35 cubic feet.
This series consists of materials relating to the Valdez Theatre Conference and Catherine Stadem’s involvement. The Valdez Theatre Conference was formerly known as Prince William Sound Community College Theatre Conference, the PWSCC Edward Theatre Conference, and Last Frontier Theatre Conference.

Box/
Folder

Description

Dates

3/63

Booklets/programs

1993-1997

3/64

Correspondence: Jo Ann McDowell; photograph of Stadem with Inge Morath

1994. 1996

3/65

PWSCC Edward Albee Theatre Conference Play Lab: lists of plays, play writes, Play Lab panelists, and Stadem’s notes

1997

3/66

Clippings and articles: regarding August Wilson; Play Lab

1997-1998, 2000

3/67

Press packet information on background story

1996-1998

3/68

Press coverage of the 1998 conference

1998

4/1

News/press releases; facsimile transmittal receipts

1998

4/2

Reprints: New York Times, Anchorage Daily News on 1999 conference

1999

4/3

Booklets/programs: Conference and Play Lab

1999-2000

4/4

Photographs: by Colby Kullman from the 1999 conference

1999

4/5

Stadem’s notes: Play Lab, conference budget

1999-2000

4/6

Correspondence: Jo Ann McDowel

1999

4/7

Faxes: drafts for ads in Dramatist Guild newsletter, Stadem biography

1998-2000

4/8

Invitation: 1999 conference

1999

4/9

Programs, poster, and call for plays: 1999 and 2000 Conferences

1999-2000

4/10

Clippings and articles: December 1998 issue of The Writer’s Chronicle; Conference advertisements, 2000 Conference

1998-2000