Individual programs in the collection are mostly organized by the theatre or venue where the production took place. These venues are arranged alphabetically by name, then chronologically. In some instances, a performing arts group did not have a home theatre or consistent venue where they performed, such as the Civic Light Opera and the Quantum Theatre. In these instances, the programs and other materials are filed under the title of the performing arts group.
With each series, the total number of document boxes is listed. The boxes are not numbered consecutively as found in other archival collections because these numbers regularly change with new donations. Typically, the collection's policy is to only keep two copies of a program, although exceptions to this include commemorative programs and programs that are autographed or contain marginalia.
Please note that this collection does not represent all of the Pittsburgh theatre programs in the Curtis Collection. Many of the Pittsburgh programs prior to 1930 are in our scrapbook collection. Please consult the Special Collections staff with inquiries for theatres that you cannot locate in this collection guide.