Guide to the Dorothea Thomas Lynch papers, 1936-1979

Dorothea Thomas Lynch papers C0242


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Descriptive Summary

Repository: George Mason University. Libraries. Special Collections Research Center
Creator Lynch, Dorothea Thomas
Title Dorothea Thomas Lynch papers
Date Bulk, 1936-1940
Date 1936-1979
Physical Characteristics 2.0 linear feet (3 boxes)
Abstract The Dorothea Thomas Lynch papers contains correspondence, issues of the Federal Theatre bulletin, issues of the Federal Theatre in the South, production notes, scripts, and set designs for the production The Girl of the Golden West, class outlines for the History of drama, newsclippings about the Florida Federal Theatre Project, and scrapbooks containing programs, photographs, and newsclippings about Jacksonville, Miami, and Tampa, Florida Federal Theatre Project productions.
Collection Number C0242
Language English

Biographical note

Dorothea Thomas Lynch was the State Director of the Federal Theatre Project in Florida. Before joining the FTP she worked for eight years as the Head of the Rollins College dramatic department.

The Federal Theatre Project was a division of the Works Progress Administration (WPA), which provided employment for large numbers of artists, writers, and performers during the Great Depression (1929-1939). The Federal Theatre began in 1935 and, until its end in 1939, flourished as the first and only federally sponsored and subsidized theater program in the United States. Directed by Hallie Flanagan (1880-1969), it was a way for theatrical professionals to gain employment during the Depression.

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Scope and Content

The Dorothea Thomas Lynch papers contains correspondence, issues of the Federal Theatre bulletin, issues of the Federal Theatre in the South, production notes, scripts, and set designs for the production The Girl of the Golden West, class outlines for the History of drama, newsclippings about the Florida Federal Theatre Project, and scrapbooks containing programs, photographs, and newsclippings about Jacksonville, Miami, and Tampa, Florida Federal Theatre Project productions.

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Arrangement

The collection is arranged alphabetically with oversize materials at the end.

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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 Dorothea Thomas Lynch 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:

Lynch, Dorothea Thomas.

Corporate Names:

Federal Theatre Project (U.S.)

Subjects:

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

Document Types

Scrapbooks.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

The Dorothea Thomas Lynch papers, #C0242, Special Collections Research Center, George Mason University Libraries.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Dorothea Thomas Lynch on March 14, 1977.

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

Box Folder
1 1 Correspondence, 1938-1940
Includes correspondence between Lynch and Hallie Flanagan.
2 Correspondence between Lynch and Robert F. Mardis, 1969-1979
3 Federal Theatre bulletin (It Can't Happen Here) (vol. 2 no. 2), circa 1936-1937
4 Federal Theatre bulletin (National Policy Board Agenda), 1938
5 Federal Theatre Project in general, 1936-1939
6 Federal Theatre in the South (vol. 1, no. 1), June 1936
7 Federal Theatre in the South (vol. 1, no. 2), October 1936
8 Florida Federal Theatre Project, 1936-1940
9 The Girl of the Golden West production notebook, 1938
10 The Girl of the Golden West script and set designs, 1938
11 The Girl of the Golden West script with annotations, 1938
12 History of the drama, class outlines, 1937-1938
13 History of the drama, class outlines, 1938-1939
14 If Ye Break Faith, 1938
Correspondence and general information, photocopies.
15 Miles Gloriousus script and set design, 1930s
16 Newsclippings, 1938-1939
17 Photographs: copy negatives of Ninth Guest, 1936
18 Twelfth Night production notebook, March 1937
19 Uncle Tom's Cabin script, April 1939
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2 Scrapbook, 1936-1939
Programs, photographs, and clippings from Jacksonville productions. Includes programs and photographs of "Animated History of Drama" series performed by Florida State Touring CO. Music and synopsis of If Ye Break Faith. Biography of playwritght Maria Coxe. Clippings and correspondence on termination of the FTP.
Box
3 Scrapbook, 1936-1939
Programs, photographs, newspaper clippings about the Miami and Tampa, Florida Federal Theatre. Some material in Spanish.
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