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George H. Quinby Papers, 1870-1983, n.d. (bulk 1923-1975)


Bowdoin College Materials, 1923-1973, n.d.
0.75 linear feet.

Catalog Number:M260.1

Series Description:
English and dramatics materials used in Quinby's courses at Bowdoin College, including lecture notes, student assignments, and examinations. There are papers relating to Quinby's Bowdoin class reunions, Bowdoin College administrative reports, and a selection of annotated student directories.

Arrangement: Arranged alphabetically.

Restrictions: Student essays in box 4 are restricted for 75 years after date of creation.


Correspondence, 1923, 1939-1978, n.d.
0.10 linear feet.

Catalog Number:M260.2

Series Description:
Primarily personal correspondence concerning Quinby's work in dramatics and theater design. Included are letters from colleagues abroad, the U.S. State Department, former students, and dramatics directors from other institutions. There is also a 1923 letter from Eugene O'Neill referencing a prize Quinby received, possibly the Class of 1868 Prize, which Quinby was awarded his senior year at Bowdoin. Correspondence specifically related to Quinby's work in dramatics can be found in the Dramatics series and correspondence connected with his research can be found in the Research Materials series.

Arrangement: Arranged chronologically.

Restrictions: None.


Dramatics, 1904-1983, n.d
1.0 linear foot.

Catalog Number:M260.3

Series Description:
Materials relating to Quinby's work in dramatics. Included are programs and director's notes for theater groups, including Bowdoin College's Masque and Gown, the Merrymeeting Players, the Workshop Theater of Brunswick, and the Brunswick Dramatic Club. The collection also contains correspondence, plans, and diagrams pertaining to the 1950s remodeling of Bowdoin's Memorial Hall into the College's first theater (Pickard Theater).

Arrangement: Arranged alphabetically.

Restrictions: None.


Personal and Printed Materials, 1870-1980, n.d.
0.40 linear feet.

Catalog Number:M260.4

Series Description:
This series contains a variety of performance arts related newspaper clippings, photographs (primarily of Quinby, theatrical groups and Bowdoin reunions), miscellaneous theater programs, travel documents and itineraries, and various ephemera. The theater programs are mostly from productions outside the Brunswick area; a number of theater programs and advertisements are from the late 1800s.

Arrangement: Arranged alphabetically.

Restrictions: None.


Research Materials, 1930-1982, n.d.
1.0 linear foot.

Catalog Number:M260.5

Series Description:
The bulk of this series is comprised of Quinby's research for his survey of U.S. college theaters, though large portions of it are also devoted to Quinby's research on the orientation of classical theaters and his work in Iranian theater. Included are correspondence and notes related to each of these areas of research, as well as photographs and diagrams of relevant sites, grant materials, and financial statements. Also includes Quinby's diary of his 1958 trip to Kabul, Afghanistan, to advise on the creation of a dramatic academy and theater building.

Arrangement: Arranged alphabetically.

Restrictions: None.


Writings, 1926-1972, n.d.
0.25 linear feet.

Catalog Number:M260.6

Series Description:
This series contains articles and lectures written by Quinby both for classes and for the public. Included are various papers and lectures on Eugene O'Neill, and lectures on theater architecture and performance.

Arrangement: Arranged alphabetically.

Restrictions: None.


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