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The Nancy Staub Puppetry Research Library is open to researchers by appointment only. If you are interested in making an appointment, please fill out the appointment form. Please note that we cannot accommodate appointments to view pieces from our Jim Henson Collection not currently on display.

For additional information, please contact 404.881.5128.

Archives

Over 70 linear feet of puppetry related archival material is available to researchers for reference. Collections include primary resources from The Little Players, Marjorie McPharlin, Thom Fountain, and others. There is archival documentation of Puppetry Guilds and Festivals as well as the history of the Center for Puppetry Arts. These materials are available for viewing in our Library by appointment only.

Finding aids can be viewed here to help researchers learn more about what is available through the Center archive.

Exhibition Catalogs

Exhibition Catalogs: These catalogs document the special puppetry exhibitions that the Center has organized since the 1980s. These catalogs are organized by year and title and are available for download. Click here for a complete list of catalogs. Please request a research appointment if you’re interested in studying any of this archival material. Click here for a complete list of catalogs.

Perodicals

Housing over 1300 puppetry related Periodicals, the Library offers UNIMA and puppetry publications from around the world in a variety of languages including The Puppetry Journal, Puppetry International, Asian Theatre, A propos, and Die Spielleiste. Please request a research appointment if you’re interested in viewing any of these publications.

For a complete list of periodicals, please click here.

Films

The Film Collection includes the Center’s own performances, global films and performances, and commercial movies that include puppetry. Center performances are organized by season, global films are organized by country, and commercial movies are organized in alphabetical order. Please request a research appointment if you’re interested in viewing any of our collection of films.

For a complete list of films, please click here.

Books

The Center’s Nancy Staub Puppetry Research Library includes over 1,100 global puppetry books, with topics including history, construction, type, and puppeteers. They are available for viewing in our Library by appointment only.

For a listing of all of the books in the Center’s collection by title & author click here. We are constantly getting new titles — please call or email for the latest update.

Finding Aids

Please note that the Archives is still being processed, but some preliminary Finding Aids are available below.      

If research requests are approved researchers will have monitored access to the puppetry research library and must share with Center staff their research goals in order to be approved for an appointment. The library does not have materials that can be checked out or removed from the premises.

Research Appointment FAQs

Learn more about when you can make appointments, how to make appointments and the kinds of puppetry research materials you will have access to at the Center for Puppetry Arts.

What times are available for researcher visits?

Appointments are scheduled Tuesday-Friday from 9:00-3:00.

How far in advance do I need to make my appointment?

Appointments should be made at least two weeks in advance.

What topics can be researched at the Center for Puppetry Arts?

Our library covers puppetry topics across multiple generations and global regions. To learn more about some of our past exhibits and other museum archive records, take a look at our resource library.

What kinds of materials will I have access to in the Nancy Staub Research Library?

We have books, periodicals, films and puppets in our research archives. Please note that we cannot accommodate appointments to view pieces from our Jim Henson Collection not currently on display. Learn more by visiting our Nancy Staub Research Library page.

Who should I call if I have questions?

If you have questions, please call 404-881-5128.

How do I request a research library appointment?

Please fill out the form below to request an appointment. We look forward to sharing our collection with you!

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