Doner Auditorium Digitization and Preservation Project Digital Bookplates
Doner Auditorium, built in 1912, was home to hundreds of State University Theatre and Prairie Repertory Theatre productions. The backstage areas held nearly four decades worth of inscriptions from theatre students who covered the walls, ceilings and other surfaces with their signatures, dates, season lineup schedules, quotes and favorite lines from plays. In an effort to preserve this unique institutional history, the SDSU Archives & Special Collections began the Doner Auditorium Digitization and Preservation Project to photograph these spaces for a special online gallery. Doner Auditorium ceased being used for theater shows in 2019 when the new Oscar Larson Performing Arts Center opened. Read more about the project in this 2019 article and 2020 article, and about the auditorium's history. These digital bookplates recognize donors whose gifts support this project.