The Players Foundation

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We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to theater art, books, and artifacts.

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The Players Foundation has the Edwin Booth collection, the Walter Hampden collection,  the Union Square theater collection, and the William Henderson collection of English playbills.

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Hampden Booth Library

The Players Foundation was formerly the Hampden Booth Library.



The Players Foundation for Theatre Education is dedicated to the preservation of the Hampden-Booth Library, a unique collection of rare 19th through 21st century American and British theater artwork, memorabilia, prompt books, costumes, props and more. The renowned actor Edwin Booth started the library in 1888 to help legitimize the study of theater as a scholarly pursuit. Today, actors and researchers alike study these items, but we need your help to maintain them.

Our mission includes caring for and preserving the collection; employing a librarian/curator; maintaining the Edwin Booth statue in Gramercy Park; and restoring 19th century oil paintings of famous actors, many of which cost thousands of dollars each to conserve. The Foundation also sponsors lectures and readings in support of its mission.

As 2020 winds to a close, I would like to ask you to consider a donation to the Foundation so that we can continue this important work. We receive no federal or state monies, so we must rely on the public to help us maintain this unique legacy.


As a 501(c)(3) organization, your donations are tax deductible. You may donate on our website by credit card or PayPal. Thank you so much for your generosity. We greatly appreciate it.

Andrew Hunt Gordon, President
The Players Foundation for Theatre Education



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For any inquiries, questions or commendations, please call: 212-475-6116 or fill out the following form


16 Gramercy Park S

New York, NY 10003

Tel: 212-475-6116

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