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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.
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: 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.