Kate Lawson papers, 1936-1940

Kate Lawson C0222


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Descriptive Summary

Repository George Mason University. Libraries. Special Collections Research Center
Creator Lawson, Kate Drain
Title Kate Lawson papers
Date 1936-1940
Physical Characteristics 0.25 linear feet (1 box)
Abstract The Kate Lawson papers include newspaper clippings and press releases on Federal Theatre Project productions, FTP administrative correspondence including job descriptions, memorandums on employee reclassification, complaints from employees and audience survey questionnaires, research lists, production records, and personal correspondence.
Collection Number C0222
Language English

Historical Information

Born Kathryn Drain on July 27, 1894 in Spokane, Washington, her family moved to Washington, D.C., in the early 1900s. Drain left D.C. to become a nurse's aide in Paris, France, during World War I. She served in World War I in Paris as a nurse and in World War II in India with the American Red Cross. It was in Paris that she met and married John Howard Lawson, and she began her theatrical career. By 1922 she was working on Broadway as a technical director, costume and stage designer, and actress. She joined the FTP in July 1936 and headed the Bureau of Research and Publication and was the Chief Technical Officer for the FTP in New York City. She resigned in September of 1937 and moved to Los Angeles, California, to pursue a career in film and television.

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Scope and Content

The Kate Lawson papers include newspaper clippings and press releases on Federal Theatre Project productions, FTP administrative correspondence including job descriptions, memorandums on employee reclassification, complaints from employees and audience survey questionnaires, research lists, production records, and personal correspondence.

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Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by folder title.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Collection is open to research.

Use Restrictions

There are no restrictions.

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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

Corporate Names:

Federal Theatre Project (U.S.)

Subjects:

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

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Administrative Information

Alternative Form Available

There are digital documents from this and other GMU FTP collections in the Federal Theatre Project collection.

Preferred Citation note

Kate Lawson papers, Collection #C0222, Special Collections Research Center, George Mason University Libraries.

Acquisition Information

Donated to Special Collections Research Center by Kate Drain Lawson on October 31, 1977.

Processing Information

Processing and EAD markup completed in October 2012 by Greta Kuriger Suiter.

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Contents List

Kate Lawson papers, 1936-1940
Box Folder
1 1 Administrative correspondence, 1937
Letter from Kate Lawson to Hallie Flanagan,
Letter from Kate Lawson to Hallie Flanagan,, 1937-09-15
Letter from Hallie Flanagan to Kate Lawson,
Letter from Hallie Flanagan to Kate Lawson,, 1937-09-24
Box Folder
1 2 Federal Theatre Magazine (volume I, number V, signed by Scott McLean); TAC magazine, 1936; 1940
3 Federal Theatre: presentations critical comment, May 27, 1937
4 Memorandums; ephemera, 1936-1937
5 Miscellaneous, 1934-1937
Drawing; CCC standard stage diagram; Hallie Flanagan's farewell address to the members of the Federal Summer Theatre; Federal Theatre does biggest job of rehabilitation by Frank Merlyn.
6 Newspaper clippings and press releases, 1936-1937
7 Our job with the WPA (worker's handbook), 1936
8 Play Bureau (first production conference in New York City), July 22-24, 1936
9 Production records (statistics and schedules), 1937
Production attendance statistics,
Production attendance statistics,, 1937-04
Box Folder
1 10 The Prompter (volume I, number I), April 18, 1937
11 Research play lists and play synopses, 1936-1937
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