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Ashland, Oregon
Sharing Shakespeare’s Complete Canon With the American Public
NEH funding helped the Oregon Shakespeare Festival preserve and digitize vast portions of its archive. 1962 production of As You Like It. Ensemble. Photo by Dwaine E. Smith. Property of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

Founded in 1935, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) is one of the nation’s oldest professional non-profit theaters, as well as one of its largest. Each year, it performs a robust repertoire of plays by Shakespeare and others for hundreds of thousands of attendees. Since its founding, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival has maintained an archive that houses a comprehensive collection of audio and visual materials relating to its theatrical performances. The collection includes recordings of 541 of the festival’s 570 theatrical productions between 1950 and 2012; theatrical adaptations created for NBC radio; artist interviews; lectures; music; and advertisements.

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