These materials are records documenting the development and history of McCain Auditorium, the campus cultural center for the live performing arts since 1970. The bulk of the collection consists of programs, broadsides, contracts, newspaper articles, administrative files, and photographs. Of note are programs from the first performance in the auditorium and early performance broadsides.
The McCain Performance Series includes handbills, programs, and season brochures of performances between the years of 1970 and 2010.
The Internal Records includes advertisments of McCain performances, contracts with performers, correspondence between McCain and the performers, financial reports on cost of events, grants written to help pay for various events, and press kits made available to newspapers, television and radio stations to advertise events. There are also 105 3.5" floppy disks and 62 5.25" floppy disks with internal documents. The 3.5" floppy disks include material such as advertisements, brochures, database files, events, and Friends of McCain mailing list. The 5.25" floppy disks include material such as advertisements, brochures, budgets, calendar events, fonts, lighting information, mailing lists, newsletters, photographs, post cards, posters, press releases, programs, sponsors information, surveys, system disks, and workshop information. There are two boxes that are oversized that houses advertisement mock-ups of performances and events.
Photograph and Slides includes of some of the artists participating in the McCain Performance Series and the Other McCain Performance and Events Series. Box 59 houses oversize photographs that includes photographs of McCain Auditorium and the Philharmonic of China.
Other McCain Performance and Events includes Kansas State University (KSU) organizations such as KSU Bands, KSU Chamber Music Series, Department of Music, Theater, and Dance, K-State Orchestra, K-State Players, K-State Singers, Men and Women's Glee Clubs, and Spring Dance.
The Friends of McCain includes advertising and promotion of Friends events, list of board of directors, monthly board minutes, yearly budgets, correspondence between the board of birectors and members of Friends, financial reports of funds raised and spent on events, reports from the KSU Foundation Center of donors designating their donations to Friends of McCain, fundraising brochures and campaigns such as the Yearly Holiday Home Tours, membership lists of Friends of McCain, Friends of McCain newsletters, and season campaign brochures.
Media: CDs, Audio Cassettes and Reel-to-Reel Tapes are made up of one box. It contains two CDs, 24 audio cassettes, three reel-to-reel tapes. The two CDs are titled <emph render='italic'>McCain Movie </emph>and is not dated. The audio cassettes titles include Women Light 21, Women Heavy 40, Men Light 10 and 5, Men Heavy 13, 16 and 22 Dolby, Men Heavy 28 and 40, McCain Auditorium with Tag, Frances Mayes Lecture, Posing Music, Cathy Hougland and Women Light 25, David and Cathy Hougland "Cool the Exgines," Big River "Running to the River," and Reduced Shakespeare Company, "The Bible." The titles of the Reel-to-Reel tapes are New York City Opera National Company "Figaro" and <emph render='italic'>La Boheme Radio</emph> Ads and <emph render='italic'>Gypsy </emph>Radio Ad.
Newspaper articles about McCain Performance Series and Events are from the <emph render='italic'>K-State Collegian </emph>and <emph render='italic'>The Manhattan Mercury </emph>as they covered performances and events.
Oversize is made up McCain Performance Series and Other McCain Performance and Events Broadsides and Blueprints of McCain Auditorium. The broadsides are extra large posters advertising the date and time of a particular performance. The broadsides includes performances such as ballets, plays and musical plays, operas and concerts. Some ballets performed were <emph render='italic'>The Nutcracker</emph> by Ballet Oklahoma, Kyiv Ballet and the Tulsa Ballet, <emph render='italic'>Swan Lake</emph> by the Russian National Ballet, <emph render='italic'>The Sleeping Beauty</emph> by Houston Ballet and <emph render='italic'>Romeo & Juliet</emph> by Ballet West and The St. Petersburg Ballet Theatre. Plays and musical plays performed includes <emph render='italic'>Winnie the Pooh</emph>, <emph render='italic'>Cat on a Hot Tin Roof</emph> by the Montana Repertory Theatre, <emph render='italic'>Sweeney Todd, Cats, Hairspray, Babes in Toyland, Fiddler on the Roof, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Diary of Anne Frank</emph> by the Montana Repertory Theatre, <emph render='italic'>The Sound of Music, </emph>John Amos in <emph render='italic'>Halley's Comet</emph> and Ted Neely in <emph render='italic'>Jesus Christ Superstar. </emph> Some operas performed includes <emph render='italic'>La Boheme</emph> by the Texas Opera Theatre, <emph render='italic'>Rigoletto</emph> and <emph render='italic'>Madame Butterfly </emph>by the New York City Opera National Touring Company,<emph render='italic'> </emph><emph render='italic'>The Barber of Seville</emph> by the Western Opera Theatre, <emph render='italic'>Die Fledermaus</emph> by the Kansas State University Opera Theatre, <emph render='italic'>The Merry Widow</emph> by the London City Opera and <emph render='italic'>Die Zauberflote (The Magic Flute)</emph> presented by Mozart Festival Opera. Concerts performed includes Vienna Choir Boys, St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, National Philharmonic of Russia, Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder, The Uptown String Quartet, Canadian Brass, Venice Baroque Orchestra and the Kronos Quartet.
The Blueprints of McCain Auditorium are of when the auditorium was first being built. These blueprints are of the lighting systems throughout the auditorium.