League of Fringe Theaters records, 1989-2002  PDF

Overview of the Collection

League of Fringe Theaters (Seattle, Wash.)
League of Fringe Theaters records
1989-2002 (inclusive)
.21 cubic feet (1 box)
Collection Number
5359 (Accession No. 5359-001)
Records of the League of Fringe Theaters, an organization of small, independent theater companies in Seattle, Washington, dedicated to promoting original productions.
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
Box 352900
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 206-543-1929
Fax: 206-543-1931
Access Restrictions

The records are open to all users.

Funding for encoding this finding aid was partially provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Historical NoteReturn to Top

The League of Fringe Theaters was established in Seattle in 1989. The league brought together small, independently operated, financially limited theater companies into a community dedicated to promoting original productions and advocating for artists. Over the years the league established the Seattle Fringe Theater Festival (the first fringe theater festival in the U.S.), the League of Fringe Theaters General Auditions, and the League of Fringe Theaters Hotline (a phone line listing productions and auditions at fringe theaters). In 1996 the league received a grant from the city to develop a Warehouse for the Arts, a project to pool and store available materials for rent to local performers.

League membership included upwards of 25 theater companies, most of which remained linked to the league as it allied itself with other organizations. After the success of the First Annual Seattle Fringe Festival in 1991, the league formed a sister organization for the specific purpose of organizing and running the festival. In 1996 the league joined forces with the Arts Resource Center and finally merged with Theater Puget Sound, a primarily equity theater group. The League of Fringe Theaters Hotline maintained the league's moniker until it was discontinued in 1999.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The League of Fringe Theaters records consist mostly of newsletters and updates to members. The mailings include descriptions of the league's structure, activities, and projects. Also included are minutes, a budget, and ephemera.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

The creator's literary rights have not been transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.

Preferred Citation

League of Fringe Theater records. Special Collections, University of Washington Libraries, Seattle, Washington.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top


Container(s) Description Dates
1/1 Organizational information 1990
1/2 Outgoing letters 1989-1996
1/3 Minutes 1990-1994
1/4-5 Newsletters: News from the Fringe 1990-1996
1/6 Budget 1990
1/7-8 Ephemera 1991-2002, undated
1/9 Clipping 1990
1/10 Miscellany undated

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Theater--Washington (State)--Puget Sound Region
  • Theater--Washington (State)--Puget Sound Region--Societies, etc
  • Corporate Names :
  • League of Fringe Theaters (Seattle, Wash.)--Archives
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • correspondence
  • ephemera
  • financial records
  • minutes
  • Newsletters

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Personal Papers/Corporate Records (University of Washington)