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Pagan Players Programs

Identifier: RH-A-4379

Scope and Contents

The collection is composed of nine programs from 1933 and 1934 shows for the dramatic group Pagan Players, based in Battle Creek, Michigan.


  • 1933-1934


Biographical / Historical

The Pagan Players was a left-wing dramatic group based in Battle Creek, Michigan. It is not known when this dramatic group started, nor when it ended. Each show they put on consisted of anywhere from 3-5 short performances, each directed by a different group member with different actors, scenes and times. The only exception was Hay Fever, which was their first three act play which they performed in May of 1933 and had advertised in the Kalamazoo Gazette, and is the only performance which they seemed to advertise or put in the newspaper.


9 items

Language of Materials


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Found in collection in 2023.

Physical Description

The collection amounts to nine different programs for the Pagan Players. Each Program is different visually, and some are on white paper, while others are on yellow or green, they have different fonts, cover photos, sizes, and illustrations. Most appear to be handwritten and hand drawn and then had copies made, except for the September 26, 1934 programs, which seem to have been entirely typed (except for the illustrations). There are three programs for a September 26, 1934 show, one for February 21, 1934, two for October 18, 1933, one from April 18, 1934, one from March, 1933, and one from May, 1933. In some of the programs each person is referred to as pagan, with the programs crediting people as “Pagan [name],” rather than just their first and last name.

All of the programs are faded, creased, and a little ripped, but they are still legible and in good enough condition to read.

Pagan Players Papers finding aid
Leo Gingerich; Stephanie Chapman
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the Western Michigan University Archives & Regional History Collections Repository

Charles C. and Lynn L. Zhang Legacy Collections Center
1650 Oakland Drive
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5307 US
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