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Richard M. Ecker playbill collection

Identifier: SC-051

Scope and Contents

The Richard M. Ecker playbill collection, 1972-2015, contains playbills of theatre productions collected by Ecker. Consisting primarily of Broadway show playbills, the collection documents a sizable amount of Broadway theatre productions over several decades.


  • Creation: 1972-2015


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is located at the Loyola Notre Dame Library. Contact Archives and Special Collections for more information.

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Richard M. Ecker playbill collection is the physical property of Archives and Special Collections, Loyola Notre Dame Library. Copyright, except in cases where material has passed into the public domain, belongs to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns.

Biographical / Historical

Richard M. Ecker, 1952-2016, first became interested in acting when he attended Lynchburg College (now Lynchburg University) in Virginia from 1970 to 1974. While there, he won an acting award for Best Supporting Actor in their production of A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum.

After graduating in 1974, he was employed as a teacher for several years and then served 20 years in the US State Department. During those years, he was active in various community theaters; however, the majority of his free time was spent traveling to New York to attend various theater productions. The vast majority of his playbill collection was collected while he was attending those plays. During the last years of his life, Richard worked at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC.


7.5 Cubic Feet (Six record center cartons)

Language of Materials



The Richard M. Ecker playbill collection, 1972-2015, contains playbills of theatre productions collected by Ecker, primarily from Broadway shows.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by David Ecker in June 2021.

Processing Information

This collection was processed in 2021 by Tommy Menzie, Riley Loz, and Jenny Kinniff.


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Repository Details

Part of the Loyola Notre Dame Library Archives and Special Collections Repository

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