Records of the American Community Theatre Association, founded in 1958 to aid the growth and development of community theater, and re-named the American Association of Community Theatre in 1986. The majority of the documentation dates from those years (1969-1973) during which donor Kay Fliehr was actively involved. Included are brochures, correspondence, financial records, reports, minutes, and newsletters relating to ACTA internal operations and the activities of ACTA's parent organization, the American Educational Theatre Association (1936- ). Records of similar character relate to the parent organization after its reorganization into the American Theatre Association in 1971. These internal records concern general operations; specific ACTA projects and publications; annual conventions and conferences; and the Festival of the American Community Theatre (FACT), a nationwide competition to select the best community theater organization. Also present is a small file of Mrs. Fliehr's non-ACTA correspondence and reports.
The processed portion of the collection is summarized above, dates 1965-1976, and is described in the register. Additional accessions date 1960-2008 and are described below.