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Larry Ropp Collection

Identifier: MC-0021

Scope and Contents

The collection is composed of materials created and collected by Lawrence A. "Larry" Ropp, first Director of Costumes at the North Carolina School of the Arts. Costume designs make up the bulk of the collection, with photographic prints and slides depicting their use in productions also heavily represented. Ephemera related to Ropp's work at NCSA including programs, brochures, correspodence, and newspaper clippings are also included. Materials span his enrollment at Kenyon College and Carnegie-Mellon University, his employment at NCSA, and his freelance work after leaving the school in 1977, with the bulk of the material produced for NCSA.

Of particular interest are Ropp's notes regarding clothing history which include descriptions of historical fashions and notes on fabric choice, design, and construction.


  • April 1970-1983

Conditions Governing Access

Open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright is retained by the creators of items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Biographical Note

Lawrence A. "Larry" Ropp received a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Kenyon College and Master of Fine Arts in Costume Design from Carnegie-Mellon University before coming to work for the North Carolina School of the Arts. From 1974 to 1977 he served as the Director of Costumes and taught courses in costume history, design, and construction.

In 1978, Ropp relocated to New York City where he worked as a freelance designer creating costumes for ballet, opera, and Broadway stage productions. Ropp continued to work with NCSA on a freelance basis, creating costumes for the 1978 North Carolina Shakespeare Festival and the 1981 production of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead. Over his career, Ropp created costumes for a variety of organizations including the Prospectus Players, the University of Alabama, Salem Academy, North Carolina Dance Theatre, Tanglewood Barn Theatre, and the American Theatre Alliance.


10 Linear Feet (4 drop-front boxes, 3 document boxes, and 1 artifact box )

23 Photographic Prints

655 Photographic Slides

Language of Materials



Lawrence A. "Larry" Ropp was the first Director of Costumes at the North Carolina School of the Arts and created costumes for a range of school and local productions in addition to teaching courses in costume history, design, and construction. Ropp's costume designs make up the bulk of this collection and include designs he created as a student at Kenyon College and Carnegie-Mellon University, as an employee at NCSA, and freelance work produced after leaving the school in 1977. Photographs of his work are also included, as are ephemera related to his career including programs, NCSA brochures, correspondence, and newspaper clippings.


The collection has been organized into two series: Series 1. Design Drawings and Production Documents; Series 2: Manuscripts and Ephemera. Items are arranged chronologically within each series with undated materials held last.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Materials found in collection; there is no documentation concerning the provenance of these materials.

Related Materials

Ropp was a faculty member in the School of Design and Production, whose records are held in RG-19. Ropp created designs for a wide range of organizations including the School of Dance (RG-23); the School of Drama (RG-25); and North Carolina Dance Theatre (MC-02).

Ropp was involved with many productions on campus and related materials may also be found in the Program Collection (RG-45) and the Promotional Materials Collection (RG-47).

Separated Materials

One program from A Midsummer Night's Dream, May 13-22 1976, was moved to the Program Collection (RG-45).

Processing Information

Decisions regarding arrangement, description, and physical interventions for this collection prior to 2021 are unknown. In 2021 the collection was arranged into series based on format. Creator's file names were used where available; archivist supplied descriptive folder titles where the creator did not include one. Materials were placed in acid-free folders and boxes.

Guide to the Larry Ropp Collection
Laura Silva
August 2021
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the UNC School of the Arts Archives Repository

1533 South Main St.
Winston-Salem North Carolina 27104 United States