The Jan Quackenbush collection consists of manuscripts, printed material, audio recordings, and other items.
Manuscripts by Quackenbush in the collection include his plays The Cardinal (c. 1976); Eden’s Rock (ca. 1979); Poinsettia (1979); Tillman’s Crossing (1981); Along the River Babylon (ca. 1981); The Well-Tempered Clavier (ca. 1981); Play Extinct (ca. 1982-1983); Subclass Four Million: Serenades of the Southern Cross (ca. 1983); The Rage of Society: The True Story of Annie Drinker, 19th Century Montrose Poet (ca. 1984); Raisin’ Cain! A Spirited Musical (ca. 1984); Souls.com (1985; revised version written with J. Vincent Edwards, 1999); and Time Worm, written with Tom O’Horgan (2000).
Printed material includes a program from the premiere of Eden’s Rock (1979); a program and handbill from the original production of Poinsettia (1979); two posters regarding Tillman’s Crossing (1981); a program from a production of Play Extinct (1983); a program from a production of The Rage of Society (1984); a program from Raisin’ Cain! (1984); a program from Souls.com (1998); a press release for a course taught by Quackenbush and Tom O’Horgan; and other items.
Audio recordings in the collection include a cassette recording of the score for Play Extinct, by Matthew Scott; a cassette recording of a performance of Play Extinct at Christ’s Hospital School in Sussex, England, in 1982; a cassette recording of four songs from a performance of Raisin’ Cain! at the Children’s Theatre in Minneapolis in 1984; a compact disc recording of the soundtrack to Souls.com; and a cassette recording of a reading of Time Worm at Tom O’Horgan’s apartment in New York City in 1999.
Other material in the collection includes photographs; professional items; an annotation summary of video tapes for Theatre Vietnam (2000); a CD-ROM of Theatre Vietnam (Apr. 21, 2001); and other items.