Guide to the Hedley Gordon Graham papers, 1925-1983

Hedley Gordon Graham papers C0240


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Descriptive Summary

Repository George Mason University. Libraries. Special Collections Research Center
Creator Graham, Hedley Gordon
Title Hedley Gordon Graham papers
Date 1925-1983
Physical Characteristics 3.0 linear feet (4 boxes)
Abstract The Hedley Gordon Graham papers contains a scrapbook, acting classes grade books, family photographs and photographs of Federal Theatre Project productions, correspondence, playbills, cards (possibly used for a treasure hunt game), scripts, and magazine and newspaper articles. Federal Theatre material includes photographs, newspaper clippings, and scripts for productions of O Say Can You Sing, Triple A Plowed Under, Altars of Steel, and Living Newspaper productions in Chicago.
Collection Number C0240
Language English

Biographical note

Gordon Hedley Graham was a drama major at Columbia University and graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in 1925, he also spent a year at the Royal Academy of London and a year at the Max Reinhardt School of Drama in Salzburg, Austria.

Professional experience includes working for the Theatre Guild in New York City as an Actor, Stage Manager, and Director of Understudies; work in Hollywood for MGM and Warner Brothers, as well as work in New Orleans. For the Federal Theatre Project he worked as the Assistant Executive Director of the I6 states and directed The Living Newspaper Theatre in Chicago for two years. He also taught at a variety of institutions including the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Adelphi College, Columbia University, Warner Brothers, Easthampton School of Rhythmics (which he also owned), and the Theatre School of Drama at Carnegie Hall.

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Scope and Content

The Hedley Gordon Graham papers contains a scrapbook, acting classes grade books, family photographs and photographs of Federal Theatre Project productions, correspondence, playbills, cards (possibly used for a treasure hunt game), scripts, and magazine and newspaper articles. Federal Theatre material includes photographs, newspaper clippings, and scripts for productions of O Say Can You Sing, Triple A Plowed Under, Altars of Steel, and Living Newspaper productions in Chicago.

The collection is divided into two series.

Series one consists of documents and photographs and is organized alphabetically.

Series two consists of oversize materials including three portrait photographs, a diploma, and a scrapbook.

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Arrangement

Organized alphabetically by folder title.

Series 1: Documents and Photographs, 1920s-1983 (Boxes 1-3)
Series 2: Oversize, 1920s-1930s (Box 4)

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

There are no access restrictions.

Use Restrictions

There are no restrictions on personal use. Permission to publish material from the Hedley Gordon Graham papers must be obtained from Special Collections Research Center, George Mason University Libraries.

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Related Material

The Works Progress Administration oral histories collection, the Federal Theatre Project collection, the Federal Theatre Project photograph collection, as well as numerous other personal papers.

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Index Terms

Persons:

Graham, Hedley Gordon.

Corporate Names:

Federal Theatre Project (U.S.)

Subjects:

New Deal, 1933-1939.
Performing arts.
Theater--United States.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

The Hedley Gordon Graham papers, #C0240, Special Collections Research Center, George Mason University Libraries.

Acquisition Information

Donated by W. H. Crain at the University of Texas in May 1988.

Processing Information

Processing completed by Greta Kuriger Suiter in September 2013. EAD markup completed by Greta Kuriger Suiter in September 2013.

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Contents List

Series 1: Documents and photographs, 1920s-1980s
Series one contains acting classes grade books, family photographs and photographs of Federal Theatre Project productions, correspondence, playbills, cards (possibly used for a treasure hunt game), scripts, and magazine and newspaper articles. This series is organized alphabetically by folder title.
Box Folder
1 1 Correspondence, 1928-1929
2 Correspondence, 1930s
3 Correspondence, 1940s
4 Correspondence, 1950s
5 Correspondence, 1960s
6 Correspondence, 1970s
7 Correspondence, circa 1930s-1970s
8 Correspondence and notes, Federal Theatre Project, 1930s
9 Employment documents; Radio production for Recreation manual; programs, 1936-1941
10 Living Newspaper programs, May 1936
11 Louisiana trip with Joe Earle, 1949
12 Miscellaneous: travel related, Long Island Fair, theatre techniques, 1931-1983
13 Newspaper clippings, 1935-1937
Federal Theatre Project
14 Newspaper clippings, 1943-1983
Box Folder
2 1 Notebook of song lyrics, 1936
2 Notebooks, 1950s
Acting class and record books
Box Folder
3 4 O Say Can You Sing lyrics, circa 1930s
Includes photocopies of lyrics to the songs "I could go for you," "O say can you sing," "The show must go on," and "When we're out of the red and into the blue."
Box Folder
2 3 Photographs, circa 1920s-1977
Personal photographs and Federal Theatre Project related. Altars of Steel in Atlanta and the Living Newspaper production 1935.
5 Photographs: O Say Can You Sing (1 of 2), December 1936
5 Photographs: O Say Can You Sing (2 of 2), December 1936
6 Photographs: Triple A Plowed Under, March-May 1936
7 Photographs: Triple A Plowed Under, March-May 1936
8 Playbills and programs, 1928-1966
9 Scripts, circa 1930s-1950s
Box Folder
3 1 Scripts (published), 1946-1951
2 Scripts: Triple A Plowed Under, 1936
3 Treasure Hunt game (index cards), undated
Series 2: Oversize, 1920s-1930s
Series two consists of three large portrait photographs, a diploma, and Hedley Gordon Graham's Federal Theatre Project related scrapbook. This series is organized alphabetically.
Box
4 Diploma from the Academy of Dramatic Arts, 1925
Three oversize portrait photographs, circa 1930s
1 Scrapbook, 1935-1937
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