Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Sylvia Ashby:

An Inventory of Her Papers, 1957-2013 and undated, at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library

Descriptive Summary

Creator Ashby, Sylvia
Title: Sylvia Ashby Papers,
Dates: 1957-2013 and undated
Abstract: The Sylvia Ashby Papers contain flyers, correspondence, newspaper articles, and research materials.
Collection # S 1784.1
Quantity: 1 box (1 linear foot)
Language English
Repository: Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Biographical Sketch

Sylvia Ashby is the wife of Dr. Clifford Ashby, Professor Emeritus of Theatre and Dance at Texas Tech University. Dr. Ashby became interested in tent shows while a graduate student, which explains the presence of tent show flyers and related material among these papers. He co-authored a book with Suzanne Depauw May entitled Trouping Through Texas: Harley Sadler and His Tent Show (Bowling Green, Ohio: Bowling Green State University Popular Press, 1982.)

Scope and Content

The Sylvia Ashby Papers contain flyers, correspondence, newspaper articles, and other material regarding Lubbock theater as well as theater in other communities. Research materials regarding Dr. Clifford Ashby’s interest in traveling tent shows is also present. A very small amount of materials are related to miscellaneous other subjects reflecting Dr. Ashby’s varied interests and personal life.



The collection is organized into the following series: Books, Correspondence, Flyers, Literary Productions, Mail Announcements, Newspapers, Newspaper Articles, Newsletters, Periodicals, Photographs, Postcards, Posters, Printed Material, Programs and Pamphlets, Scripts, Tickets, Theater Articles, Theater Press Releases, and Theater Programs.


Access Restrictions

Open for research

Index Terms

The subject headings used by the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library are derived from the Library of Congress and/or locally developed.
Subjects (Persons)
Ashby, Clifford
Ashby, Sylvia
Sadler, Harley, 1892-1954
Subjects (Organizations)
Texas Tech University. Dept. of Theatre Arts
Texas Tech University. Dept. of Theatre Arts--Faculty
Subjects (Places)
Lubbock (Tex.)
Tent shows

Related Material

Clifford Ashby Collection, 1966-2009

Clifford Ashby Papers, 1983

Harley Sadler Papers, 1922-1976 and undated

Henry L. and Mercedes Brunk oral history interview [sound recording], 1979

Jerry Sadler oral history interview [sound recording], 1981

Lubbock Little Theatre Records, 1948-1979

Maurice Brooks, Tom Gordon and J. F. Connaly oral history interview [sound recording], 1975

Oral history interviews conducted by Clifford Ashby [35 separate interviewees], various dates

Tent Shows Records, 1902-1953 and undated

University Theatre Records, 1943-1999

Zachary Ball oral history interview [sound recording], 1975

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Sylvia Ashby Papers, 1957-2013 and undated, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas


Collection accession #(s):
2004-0175-A, 2009-0328-B, and 2012-0259-B

Gifts, 2004-2012

Processed by

Brooke Downey, 2013

Collection Inventory



box folder
1 1 Solace; Parks, Tom, undated
2 Lubbock: A Pictorial History, Bronwell, Nancy Brooker, undated



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1 3 Production Announcements, 1976-1979
4 Production Support, 1975-1976
5 Personal Mail Received, 1989


Financial Material

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1 6 Latham’s Receipt, undated



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1 7 Harley Sadler Show Flyers, undated
8 Harley Sadler Show Performance Details, undated
9 Harley Sadler Tent Show Casting Call, undated
10 Pancho Show Poster, 1978-1979
11 Pancho Villa Wanted Poster, 1916
12 Texas Tech Theatre Graduate Assistantships, 1968-1969
13 Texas Tech Theatre Graduate Assistantships, 1971-1972
14 Texas Tech Theatre Graduate Assistantships, 1973-1974
15 Texas Tech Theatre Summer High School Workshop, 1975
16 Texas Tech Theatre Workshop, 1973


Literary Productions

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1 17 Death as Beginning, Machado, Jr., undated
18 Folklore’s on Superstition, Medrano, 1975
19 Heroic Mexico, Smithsonian, Johnson, 1968-1980
20 Luck and Superstitions, Reynolds, undated
21 Proverbs, Hamblen, 1976
22 The Pit and the Prairie Dog, undated
23 The Technique of Clara Morris, Ashby, 1964


Mail Announcements

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1 24 Texas Tech Vietnam Archive Guest Lecture Announcements, 2011- 2012
25 Theater Production Announcements, undated



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1 26 Presidential and National News, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, 1969-1974


Newspaper Articles

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1 27 The Brown Berets, Latino Lubbock, 2011
28 Jaston Williams on Making ART - and Making COWBOY NOISES, Austin American-Statesman, 2010



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1 29 Nimitz News Dispatch, 2008
30 Nimitz News Dispatch, 2009
31 Nimitz News Dispatch, 2010
32 Nimitz News Dispatch, 2011
33 Nimitz News Dispatch, 2012
34 Silent Wings Museum Newsletter, Vol. 11 No. 3, 2012



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1 35 The Scissor-Tail, Vol. 9 No. 6, Llano Estacado Audubon Society, 1981



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1 36 Sacred Spirals, Sage Magazine, 2010



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1 37 Photo Slides, 1992
38 Production Photos, undated
39 Personal Photos, 2010



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1 40 Photo Postcards, undated



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1 41 Peter the Rock, Ragtown Gospel Theater, undated


Printed Material

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1 42 Harley Sadler Audition and Production Information, undated
43 List of Productions Performed, 1957-1987
44 Master Skylark of Stratford Production Materials, 2004-2009
45 Pancho Production Notes, 1979
46 The Trojan Women – Background of the Play, undated


Programs and Pamphlets

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1 47 Living in Lubbock: Drive the Lubbock Bicentennial Trail, 1976
48 Lubbock Summer Rep Information, 1986
49 Silent Wings Museum Information, undated
50 West Texas World War II Museums, undated



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1 51 The Haunted House, Plautus, undated
52 Ion, Lubbock Community Theatre, 1997
53 Master Skylark of Stratford, Ashby, 2009
54 Pancho, Third Draft and Notes, undated
55 Pancho, undated
56 Pancho!, Ashby, undated



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1 57 Ticket Stubs, undated


Theater Articles

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1 58 Adult Drama to be Performed, undated
59 Awakening, The University Daily, 1976
60 Grad student planning tent show reproduction for nation’s bicentennial, The University Daily, 1974
61 Greek Drama Set at Tech, undated
62 Harley Sadler Data Sought, undated
63 Haverstock Brought Fun to Town, Wichita Falls Times, 1976
64 Haverstock performance big success at Roosevelt, undated
65 Haverstock Players Bring Back Memories to Folks Here, The Olustee Chieftan, 1975
66 ‘Iphigenia’ tickets available, undated
67 Lonesome Pine Goes On Tour, undated
68 Mexican Revolution set to song, dance, The University Daily, undated
69 ‘Pancho!’. The University Daily, 1979
70 ‘Pancho’ Presented, El Editor, 1979


Theater Articles

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1 71 ‘Pancho’ to be Staged at Tech, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, 1979
72 QUILT, undated
73 Quilt Provides Set for Musical, Texas Theatre Notes, 1986
74 Sadler show to open with Heritage Center, The University Daily, 1976
75 Showman Name Aids Candidate, undated
76 Small crowd treated to first rep performance, The University Daily, 1986
77 Tech to Perform Greek Drama, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, 1986
78 Tent Shows Big Attraction in Early Days of Snyder, Kiowa County Democrat, 1973
79 Tent show veterans to teach ‘actors how to act’ this summer, The University Daily, 1976
80 Tentative tent show, undated
81 Today Entertainment, undated
82 Vaudeville couple to reopen act in Theater performance, undated
83 Visiting Couple Talks of ‘Tent Theatre’ Days, undated


Theater Press Release

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1 84 New Harley Sadler Show News Release, 1976
85 Streetcar Named Desire News release, 1981


Theater Programs

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1 86 Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Lubbock Community Theatre, undated
87 Anna Christine, Lubbock Theatre Circle, 1969-1970
88 Anton in Show Business, Texas Tech Theatre, 2010
89 The Beauty Queen on Leenane, Lubbock Community Theatre, 1996-2009
90 Camping with Gasoline, Jaston Williams, Lubbock Community Theatre, undated
91 The Complete History of America (Abridged), Lubbock Community Theatre, 2009-2010
92 DanceTech, Texas Tech Theatre, 2009
93 DanceTech, Texas Tech Theatre, 2011
94 Equus, Texas Tech Theatre, 2010-2011
95 Harley Sadler Program Draft, undated
96 Harvey, Lubbock Community Theatre, 2011-2012
97 How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying, Texas Tech Theatre, 2012-2013
98 I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, Lubbock Community Theatre, 2010-2011
99 Indians, Texas Tech Theatre, 1973
100 Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Dangerous Liaisons), Texas Tech Theatre, 2009
101 Lubbock Summer Rep Program Draft, 1986
102 Moon Over Buffalo, Lubbock Community Theatre, 2010-2011
103 The New Harley Sadler Show, Texas Tech Theatre, undated
104 No Sex Please, We’re British, Lubbock Community Theatre, 2010-2011
105 Noises Off!, Lubbock Community Theatre, 2012-2013


Theater Programs

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1 106 Over the Tavern, Lubbock Community Theatre, 2011-2012
107 Pancho!, Theatre Alive!, undated
108 The Rimers of Eldritch, Texas Tech Theatre, 2011
109 The Shadow Box, Lubbock Community Theatre, 2010-2011
110 Summer Rep ’78, Texas Tech Theatre, 1978
111 Tartuffe, Texas Technological College Theatre, 1966
112 Texas Tech Theatre Alumni Awards, undated
113 A Tuna Christmas, Celebrity Attractions, 2010-2011
114 Urinetown, Texas Tech Theatre, 2011
115 William Westney Recital, Texas Tech Music, 2012