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Kay Janney Library and Archives

The Ballard Institute’s Kay Janney Library and Archives, named for its longtime librarian, is a research collection of over 2,500 books, scripts, manuscripts, clipping files, posters, and audio-visual materials related to the history of puppet theater. While the collection covers the global history and current state of puppetry, it is particularly strong in materials dealing with twentieth- and twenty-first century puppet theater in the United States. In 2010 the Kay Janney Library became the home of the Puppeteers of America’s Audio-Visual Collection, a resource of over 700 films, videotapes, and other records of American puppetry over the last hundred years. The Kay Janney Library is open to scholars and other interested parties by appointment.  For more information, please contact us at