Don Weiss Collection, 1973-1980  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Weiss, Don
Don Weiss Collection
1973-1980 (inclusive)
0.5 linear feet, (1 box)
Collection Number
MSS 21
Scripts, programs, and photographs related to two youth theatre organizations in Monmouth, Oregon.
Western Oregon University Archives
Hamersly Library
345 N. Monmouth Ave.
Monmouth, OR
Telephone: 503-838-8419
Fax: 503-838-8399
Access Restrictions

Collection is available for research.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Sacre Lane Summer Theatre was developed and directed by Dr. Donald (Don) Weiss, a humanities professor at Oregon College of Education (now Western Oregon University). Weiss began a children’s theater project that taught youths the basics of drama and staged regular performances at his home. Weiss and his wife Elizabeth made costumes, composed music, and printed playbills. After a few years, the performances moved to Monouth’s Main Street Park. The theatre project went by the names Sacre Lane Theater, Sacre Lane Players, and Commedia Del Arte and ended in 1979.

The Monmouth Independence Community Arts Association (MICAA) was founded in 1974 by a group of citizens who wished to promote the arts in the two communities. One of its main activities was to host the summer children’s theater program in conjunction with Sacre Lane and later on its own. In 1976 MICAA began the annual Fourth of July Arts Festival in Monmouth Main Street Park, which remains of the most popular events of the year. MICAA disbanded as an organization in 2013, at which time its papers were donated.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Scripts, programs, schedules, photographs, and newspaper clippings related to two children’s summer theater programs in the Willamette Valley: Sacre Lane Summer Theatre program and Monmouth Independence Community Arts Association (MICAA). Most productions were directed by Dr. Donald Weiss in Monmouth, Oregon.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

For further information, see the Western Oregon University Archives Research Rules.

Copyright Information: Researchers are hereby cautioned that materials within archival and manuscript collections may be protected by copyright laws (Title 17, U.S. code). Researchers who plan to eventually publish their work are responsible to inquire about publication restrictions before beginning their research. Researchers wishing to quote from materials in any collections held by University Archives should consult the University Archivist. Reproduction of any item must contain a complete citation to the original.

Preferred Citation

Don Weiss Collection, MSS 21, Western Oregon University Archives

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

I:  Programs and ScheduleReturn to Top

Programs and schedules from productions by Sacre Lane Summer Theatre and MICAA.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1
Programs, schedules, and newspaper clippings

II:  Scripts, 1974-1980Return to Top

List of plays performed by Sacre Lane Summer Theatre and MICAA and seven scripts used for MICAA performances.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 2
Scripts contain handwritten production notes made presumably by Weiss as director.

III:  PhotographsReturn to Top

Photographic prints are in color and black and white; most photographs are undated and without captions.

Container(s) Description
Box Folder
1 3

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Children's theater--Oregon
  • Community theater--Oregon
  • Personal Names :
  • Weiss, Don--Archives
  • Corporate Names :
  • Monmouth-Independence Community Arts Association
  • Sacre Lane Summer Theatre
  • Geographical Names :
  • Monmouth (Or.)
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Photographs
  • Scripts (documents)
  • Theater programs