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James J. Taylor Collection of the Washington Area Performing Arts Video Archive (WAPAVA)

The James J. Taylor Collection of the Washington Area Performing Arts Video Archive (WAPAVA) documents a comprehensive range of theatre productions, nationally active local dance companies, and discussions featuring contemporary creative artists. Founded and sustained through the individual efforts of videographer Jim Taylor, WAPAVA began as a one-man-show on a small budget and now contains over a decade of performance practices and performing arts history in the Washington, DC area. By the time Taylor died in winter 2005, the collection he created had surpassed 400 titles and still continues to grow. The collection also includes programs, press kits, and other documents relating to these productions. For more information about the collection, see below or contact the curator.

 

Viewing Recordings from WAPAVA Collection

This collection is open to all, including the public, any time at the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library at the University of Maryland during library hours. WAPAVA recordings do not circulate and must be viewed on library equipment. Please present the call number for the chosen video, and a photo ID to the Circulation Desk and ask for assistance.

 

Searching for Available Titles

WAPAVA recordings are listed both in the UMD Library Catalog and at www.WAPAVA.org. You can use either resource to search the collection and find the call number. Using this call number, request WAPAVA DVDs at the front desk at the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library (hours and directions).

Using the Library Catalog

Search Productions by Title or Playwright

  • Enter the Library Catalog and choose ADVANCED SEARCH.
  • Set the first drop-down box to ALL FIELDS and enter "WAPAVA" into the corresponding search box.</li>
  • Set the second drop-down box to TITLE (or AUTHOR) and enter the play title (or playwright's name) into the corresponding search box. (ie: "Death of a Salesman" or "Miller, Arthur")
  • Click the SEARCH button to view results.>
  • Click on the title of a video to retrieve its CALL NUMBER. Note: All WAPAVA call numbers begin with "WAP" (ie: WAP 0336)

Search Productions by Theatre Company

  • Enter the Library Catalog and choose ADVANCED SEARCH.
  • Set the first drop-down box to ALL FIELDS and enter "WAPAVA" into the corresponding search box.
  • Set the second drop-down box to ALL FIELDS and enter the name of the theatre into the corresponding search box. (ie: "Arena Stage" or "Shakespeare Theatre" -- be sure to use quotation marks around the name of the theatre.)
  • Click the SEARCH button to view results.
  • Click on the title of a video to retrieve its CALL NUMBER. Note: All WAPAVA call numbers begin with "WAP" (ie: WAP 0336)

Using the WAPAVA Website

  • Go to www.WAPAVA.org.
  • Click on the Video Archive button at the top left.
  • To search by title, select Production from the drop down menu and enter the name or word in the search field.
  • Press the button on the right of the search box.
  • Click on the title in the search results.
  • At the bottom left of the record you will see the call number. ex. University of Maryland: WAP 0009