By Marissa Kraus
Nebraska News Service 

Nebraska Wesleyan Costume library holds 60,000 plus items available for Nebraska theater programs, public


October 26, 2023

Marissa Kraus

A wall of various hats at Nebraska Wesleyan's Costume Library on Sept. 27, 2023 in Lincoln Nebraska.

Every day, Ellen Rudd ventures down to the basement of the Nebraska Wesleyan's theater building, Elder Theatre Center. She enters a whole new world – or rather, an infinite amount of worlds. Rudd doesn't have a typical job and this isn't a typical basement. Rudd is manager of the costume library, which holds an inventory of an estimated 60,000 costumes, props and shoes.

Established in 1980, the costume library acts as a significant resource for theater departments in and outside of Nebraska. It rents out costumes and props for theater productions. It is also open to the public for indivi...

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