About the La MaMa Archives

La MaMa Archives collects material related to the work of La MaMa Experimental Theater Club, its founder Ellen Stewart, and its contributing artists. The bulk of the Archive consists of materials that were created in the normal course of the theater’s business. In the rare situations that the Archive accepts outside donations, we require that donors agree to transfer both physical ownership of the materials and copyright to La MaMa. Our records are mostly in English, with other languages scattered throughout. In addition to material such as footage, flyers, photographs, programs and posters, the Archive preserves costumes, set pieces, puppets, props, awards, and publications. Formats include but are not limited to paper, film, video, photographic materials, electronic media, papier mache, fabric, and wood.

The materials found here on the La MaMa Digital Collections site represent only a small portion of what is held at the Archive. Our digitization project began in 2014 and continues today. The project has expanded access to our vast collection of photographs, flyers, programs, press, correspondence and more. To date, materials from 1962 to 1991 have been cataloged. Some items have been cataloged, but not digitized. If you find an object with a record, but no digitized image and would like to learn more, please contact the Archive.


Ozzie Rodriguez, Director
Shigeko Suga, Archive Assistant
Sophie Glidden-Lyon, Manager of Digital and Special Projects
66 East 4th Street
New York, NY 10003

Phone: (212)-260-2471
Email: archives@lamama.org
Hours: 12pm-6pm, Monday - Friday
The archive is currently closed to visitors due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Reference requests and general questions can be sent to archives@lamama.org. For questions concerning the catalog, please contact sophie@lamama.org.