The Chalmers Public Theatre Resource Collection and the Richard Monette Library will be moving out Stratford Public Library and relocating to Performing Arts Lodge Stratford in the new year, the two organizations announced earlier this week.
In 1990 the Floyd S. Chalmers Foundation provided an endowment to create the Chalmers Public Theatre Resource Collection at the library. The collection became an important community resource for works on history, criticism, and stage craft for students, tourists, and professional practitioners.
However, as online research resources became available, there was a sharp decline in the use of the collection. Due to the limited space available in the library, a decision was made to search for a new home for the collection.
According to John David Stones, PAL Stratford board president, it was the boards’s unanimous decision that the collection must remain in Stratford.
“PAL is not only a residence, it is a centre for social gatherings and supporting professional artistic pursuits. The guardianship of the collection will improve the services that PAL is able to provide to our local community of theatre professional, and will foster new relationships with other researchers that seek out this material,” said Stone.
“Our volunteers will curate, cultivate, edit and open the collection when needed.”
In addition to the Chalmers Public Theatre Resource Collection, the library is transferring the Richard Monette Library to the PAL
Stratford location. This includes Monette’s personal collection of theatre-related materials, signed gifts and materials with his own marginalia.
The collection was donated to the library in 2008 but was not catalogued for use by the public due to space constraints.
“We are delighted that the materials from the Chalmers and Monette collections will be used and appreciated,” said library CEO Julia Merritt. “Transferring these collections offers both organizations an opportunity for future growth and the library couldn’t be more pleased.”
PAL Stratford is located at 101 Brunswick St.