The Channing Pollock Theatre Collection is a non-circulating special collection of the Howard University Libraries. Devoted to the performing arts, the Channing Pollock Collection was established in 1950 by Helen Channing Pollock, daughter of the late
American playwright and critic, Channing Pollock. The collection was formally presented to Howard in May 1952 during the University’s Festival of Fine Arts.
The Channing Pollock Collection contains the playwright’s published works, manuscripts, and personal correspondence with celebrities of his day. It also includes photographs, programs, broadsides, sheet music representing different phases of the
theatrical and entertainment world, and extensive original clippings files that provide an historical sketch of the role and place of Black performers on the American stage, in movies, and on television. The collection’s strengths are Shakespearean drama and criticism as well as English and American theater of the 19th century.