The archive of the English Opera Group and English Music Theatre Company is extensive, providing information on most of the operas produced and people involved, throughout the group's history from 1946 to 1981.
This list covers all types of material present in the collection; however, each opera staged is not represented in every category of material.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS, AGM and COMMITTEES: minutes, correspondence, reports and related papers, 1947-1980
GOVERNANCE: Articles of association (certificate of incorporation), 1947-61
FINANCIAL: accounts 1947-1958, budgets 1973-1980, fundraising 1975-1979
ARTISTS and PERSONNEL: including salaries and fees 1951-1979, contracts 1968-1976, address lists 1963-1975, audition records 1960s-70s, applicants details 1971, biographies 1969-1973, list of artists and agents 1979, artists' files 1973-1977, chorus file 1974-1975, correspondence with Colin Graham 1967-1980, correspondence with Steuart Bedford 1974-1979, name index to staff including singers, conductors, composers, designers, producers, stage managers, music, stage, electrics and wardrobe staff 1947-1981
PRODUCTION SCORES: full scores, vocal scores, chorus scores, rehearsal scores, instrumental parts, librettos. These include annotated and marked scores used for performance by members of the Group and some pre-publication dyelines produced for the works' premieres; these include works by Britten as well as those works commissioned from other composers.
TECHNICAL FILES: including technical schedules, electrics setting, cues and running plots, sound operators plots, stage and sound running plots, lighting plots, lighting cues and running plots, stage and set plans, orchestra pit layouts and furniture marks plans, props running plots, property, scenery, wardrobe and electrical inventories, cast lists, chorus and costume breakdowns, curtain calls and dressing room lists, stage management running lists 1947-1981
WARDROBE FILES: costume designs, costume descriptions, fabric samples, make-up charts 1947-1981
DESIGNS: scenery, set and props designs 1947-1981
FURTHER PRODUCTION FILES: rehearsal schedules 1947-1981, stage manager's time books 1948-1973, stage report sheets 1974-1979, hire and storage file 1969-1981, information and plans for UK tour theatres, cathedrals and churches 1976-1979
SET MODELS: Britten: The Beggar's Opera 1963, Williamson: English Eccentrics 1964, Britten: Let's Make an Opera 1965, Walton: The Bear 1967, Birtwistle: Punch and Judy 1968, Puccini: La Rondine 1974, Britten: A Midsummer Night's Dream n.d.
COSTUMES: approx 53 items c1954-c1970s, including The Governess from Britten's Turn of the Screw 1954, Tarquinius from Britten's The Rape of Lucretia 1960s, Bottom from Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream 1967, and Pretty Polly and Punch from Birtwistle's Punch and Judy 1968, costumes from the first productions of Britten's Church Parables and Death in Venice 1964-1973, Lady Billows from Albert Herring 1974.
OFFICE FILES: correspondence and administrative papers concerning the mounting of individual productions, organisation of tours and festivals, planning of seasons and repertoire, and recordings 1962-1981, files concerning forward planning and future repertoire, including projects not realised, 1972-1980
CORRESPONDENCE FILES: including with BBC 1972-1979, Theatrical Management Association and Theatres National Committee (including minutes) 1975-1980, British Actors Equity Association 1972-1974, Covent Garden-English National Opera Co-ordinating Committee (including minutes) 1975-1976, National Opera Co-ordinating Committee 1979, Arts Council of Great Britain 1974-1980, DALTA (The Arts Council Theatre Touring Scheme, later Touring Department or Arts Council Touring) 1970-1977, Regional Arts Councils 1976-1978, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation 1969-1976, The British Council 1975-1979 and concerning the employment of children 1970-1975
PRESS and PUBLICITY: press reviews 1948-1956, 1958-1960, 1976-1977, press releases and advertisements 1972-1977, press reviews from Danish and Norwegian press Sep 1949, press reviews of Aldeburgh Festival 1948-1968
POSTERS: advertising performances throughout the UK and abroad
PROGRAMMES: for most performances, 1946-1980
PHOTOGRAPHS: of most productions, and of artists and personnel, 1946-1980
ENGLISH OPERA GROUP/ ENGLISH MUSIC THEATRE ASSOCIATION: minutes 1948-1977, financial papers 1965-1971, membership lists, subscription and covenant papers 1955-1980, name index to subscribers recording amounts paid 1948-1977, correspondence 1948-1975, newsletters 1952-1979
MISCELLANEOUS: file re music issued 1975-1980, card index to performances, organised by opera and by venue 1947-1981.