Summary Information

Repository
George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine 04011
Creator
Quinby, George H., (George Hunnewell), 1901-1984
Title
George H. Quinby papers
ID
M260
Date [bulk]
Bulk, 1923-1975
Date [inclusive]
1870-1983, undated (bulk 1923-1975)
Extent
3.5 linear feet
Language
Abstract
The collection contains correspondence, primarily concerning Quinby's professional and personal interest in dramatics and theater design; Bowdoin College class materials; research notes; and articles and lectures written by Quinby.

Preferred Citation

George H. Quinby Papers, George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine


Biographical/Historical Note

George (Pat) Hunnewell Quinby was born March 26, 1901, in Newton, Massachusetts. After being graduated from Bowdoin College with the Class of 1923, he taught English at Lafayette College, sailed as a merchant seaman between New York and Singapore, studied drama at Yale University, and acted, directed, and served as stage manager in community and road company shows. Quinby worked in the English department at Bowdoin as instructor, 1934-1936, assistant professor, 1936-1946, and associate professor, 1949-1969; he retired in 1969. He also served as Bowdoin's director of dramatics from 1935-1966, was on the committee which planned Pickard Theater in Memorial Hall, and coached fencing from 1946-1951.

In 1945 Quinby received a travel grant from the Rockefeller Foundation to complete a survey of "Academic Theatres in the United States - 1930-1943," and the following year received a master of fine arts degree from Yale University. While on leave during the fall of 1953, Quinby studied early Greek and Roman theaters in France, Sicily, and Greece, a project he continued during a 1965 leave. In 1956 he was a lecturer in American drama at the University of Tehran in Iran, where he directed three plays. He returned to Iran in 1962 as a Fulbright lecturer and directed a series of Eugene O'Neill plays. Quinby was called on as a consultant for new theaters; in 1958 he was an adviser to the Government of Afghanistan in establishing a dramatics academy in Kabul.

He was married in 1939 to Clarice (Polly) Guthrie English, who died in 1982. George Quinby died May 27, 1984, in Brunswick, Maine.


Scope and Content

The collection contains correspondence, primarily concerning Quinby's professional and personal interest in dramatics and theater design; Bowdoin College class materials; research notes; and articles and lectures written by Quinby. The bulk of the research material concerns a 1946 survey of college theater architecture. The collection also includes Bowdoin College's plans for the 1950s remodelling of Memorial Hall into Pickard Theater, a scrapbook titled "Twenty-Two Ancient Theaters Oriented to the Sun," Bowdoin College Masque & Gown programs, Brunswick Dramatic Club programs, and miscellaneous theater programs dating from the late 1800s. Correspondents include Eugene O'Neill (March 28th, 1923).


Administrative Information

Publication Information

 George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine 04011

3000 College Station
Brunswick, Maine, 04011
(207) 725-3288
scaref@bowdoin.edu

Access Restrictions

Some material restricted. Consult series descriptions for details.


Collection Inventory

 M260.1 Bowdoin College Materials, 1923-1973, n.d.   0.75 linear feet

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.

Access Restrictions:

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

Box Folder
1 1

Alumni affairs, 1945-1965, n.d. 

    1 2

    College reports, 1963-1969, n.d. 

      1 3

      Computing Center - report, "The Future of the Bowdoin College Computing Center," from the Computing Center Committee of the Faculty, 1969 Feb 28 

        1 4

        Course information and student status, 1964-1969 

          1 5

          Crowell Collection, 1940-1965, n.d. 

            1 6

            English 1 course materials, 1934-1954 

              1 7

              English 1-2 course materials, 1937-1950 

                1 8

                English 2 course materials, 1935-1954 

                  1 9

                  English 4 course materials, 1954 

                    1 10

                    English 23-24 course materials, 1938-1955, n.d. 

                      1 11

                      English 47 course materials, 1948-1951, n.d. 

                        1 12

                        English 161 course materials, 1969, n.d. 

                          1 13

                          English Department correspondence, 1967-1969 

                            1 14

                            English Department materials, 1934-1967, n.d. 

                              1 15

                              Miscellaneous material, 1923-1973, n.d. 

                                Box
                                4

                                Restricted material: English 23-24 student essays restricted until 2030; Senior Seminar-Theater Architecture student essays restricted until 2042; Senior Seminar-Eugene O'Neill student essays restricted until 2043 

                                  Box Folder
                                  1 16

                                  Senior Seminar on Eugene O'Neill material, 1967-1968 

                                    1 17

                                    Student Directories, 1956-1973 


                                       M260.2 Correspondence, 1923, 1939-1978, n.d.   0.1 linear feet

                                      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.

                                      Box Folder
                                      1 18

                                      Correspondence 1923, 1939-1964 

                                        1 19

                                        Correspondence 1965-1978, n.d. 


                                           M260.3 Dramatics, 1904-1983, n.d.   1.0 linear feet

                                          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.

                                          Box Folder
                                          1 20

                                          Brunswick Dramatic Club programs, 1913-1930, n.d. and other Brunswick performances - programs, 1904-1907, n.d. 

                                            1 21

                                            Clippings, photographs and illustrations, related to dramatics, 1930-1953, n.d. 

                                              1 22

                                              Community theater - programs, meeting materials, and notes, 1948-1968, n.d. 

                                                Volume
                                                1

                                                The Development of the Theatre by Allardyce Nicoll, 1957 (annotated) 

                                                  Box Folder
                                                  2 1

                                                  Conferences, workshops and festivals, 1945-1967, n.d. 

                                                    2 2

                                                    Masque & Gown, 1943-1966, 1983, n.d. 

                                                      2 3

                                                      Masque & Gown programs, 1940-1966, n.d. 

                                                        2 4

                                                        Miscellaneous, 1924-1975, n.d. 

                                                          2 5

                                                          Pickard Theater, 1957-1964 

                                                            2 6

                                                            Pickard Theater - correspondence, 1937-1955, n.d. 

                                                              2 7

                                                              Pickard Theater - diagrams and plans, 1945-1955, n.d. 

                                                                Ovsz-Box
                                                                D

                                                                Pickard Theater - diagrams and plans, 1953, n.d. 

                                                                  Box Folder
                                                                  2 8

                                                                  Scripts, 1933 

                                                                    2 9

                                                                    Scripts, 1948 

                                                                      Volume
                                                                      2

                                                                      William Shakespeare: The Comedies, 1958 (annotated) 

                                                                        3

                                                                        William Shakespeare: The Tragedies, 1958 (annotated) 

                                                                          Box Folder
                                                                          2 10

                                                                          U.S. Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT), 1960-1965, n.d. 

                                                                            2 11

                                                                            Yale Drama alumni materials, 1954-1975 

                                                                              2 12

                                                                              Yale Drama course materials, 1927, n.d. 

                                                                                Volume
                                                                                4

                                                                                Yale Drama course materials (composition book), 1926-1928 


                                                                                   M260.4 Personal and Printed Materials, 1870-1980, n.d.   0.4 linear feet

                                                                                  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.

                                                                                  Box Folder
                                                                                  2 19

                                                                                  Florence Brown's Script of "Two Slatterns and a King" 

                                                                                    2 13

                                                                                    Miscellaneous, 1870-1980, n.d. 

                                                                                      Ovsz-Box
                                                                                      D

                                                                                      Miscellaneous - certificates, 1925, 1974, 1975 

                                                                                        D

                                                                                        Miscellaneous - poster, Gridiron Club, 1935 

                                                                                          Box Folder
                                                                                          2 14

                                                                                          Newspaper clippings, 1965-1973, n.d. 

                                                                                            2 15

                                                                                            Photographs, 1962-1971, n.d. 

                                                                                              2 16

                                                                                              Programs, c.1885-1911, 1928, n.d. 

                                                                                                2 17

                                                                                                Programs, 1940-1977, n.d. 

                                                                                                  2 18

                                                                                                  Travel - miscellaneous, 1962-1972, n.d. 


                                                                                                     M260.5 Research Materials, 1930-1982, n.d.   1.0 linear feet

                                                                                                    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.

                                                                                                    Box Folder
                                                                                                    2 20

                                                                                                    Afghanistan, diary, 1958 Jul.-Sep. 

                                                                                                      2 21

                                                                                                      Articles and related correspondence, 1960-1982, n.d. 

                                                                                                        2 22

                                                                                                        Classical theaters, 1963-1966, n.d. 

                                                                                                          3 1

                                                                                                          Classical theaters - correspondence, 1964-1968, n.d. 

                                                                                                            3 2

                                                                                                            Classical theaters - grants, 1963-1966, n.d. 

                                                                                                              Volume-folio
                                                                                                              1

                                                                                                              Classical theaters - scrapbook, "Twenty-Two Ancient Theaters Oriented to the Sun," 1955, n.d. 

                                                                                                                Box Folder
                                                                                                                3 3-6

                                                                                                                College theater survey, 1930-1946, n.d. 

                                                                                                                  3 7

                                                                                                                  College theater survey - correspondence, 1941-1947, n.d. 

                                                                                                                    3 8

                                                                                                                    College theater survey - institutions A-B 

                                                                                                                      Ovsz-Box
                                                                                                                      D

                                                                                                                      College theater survey - Arkansas, University of - blueprints for Arts Center 

                                                                                                                        Box Folder
                                                                                                                        3 9

                                                                                                                        College theater survey - institutions C-F 

                                                                                                                          3 10

                                                                                                                          College theater survey - institutions G-I 

                                                                                                                            3 11

                                                                                                                            College theater survey - institutions L-M 

                                                                                                                              Ovsz-Box
                                                                                                                              D

                                                                                                                              College theater survey - Louisiana State University - blueprints for the Fine Arts Building 

                                                                                                                                D

                                                                                                                                College theater survey - Michigan State - blueprints for the Auditorium 

                                                                                                                                  D

                                                                                                                                  College theater survey - Mundelein College - diagrams for the Auditorium 

                                                                                                                                    Box Folder
                                                                                                                                    3 12

                                                                                                                                    College theater survey - institutions N-S 

                                                                                                                                      3 13

                                                                                                                                      College theater survey - institutions T-W 

                                                                                                                                        Ovsz-Box
                                                                                                                                        D

                                                                                                                                        College theater survey - unidentified blueprints and plans, n.d. 

                                                                                                                                          Box Folder
                                                                                                                                          3 14

                                                                                                                                          Iran - correspondence, 1963-1968, n.d. 

                                                                                                                                            3 15

                                                                                                                                            Iran - financial statements, 1962-1963 

                                                                                                                                              3 16

                                                                                                                                              Iran - grants, 1961-1963, n.d. 

                                                                                                                                                3 17

                                                                                                                                                Iran - notes and reports, n.d. 

                                                                                                                                                  3 18

                                                                                                                                                  Iran - teaching materials, 1963-1964, n.d. 

                                                                                                                                                    3 19

                                                                                                                                                    Iran - theater work, 1963, n.d. 

                                                                                                                                                      3 20

                                                                                                                                                      Photographs and negatives of theater plans, n.d. 


                                                                                                                                                         M260.6 Writings, 1926-1972, n.d.   0.25 linear feet

                                                                                                                                                        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.

                                                                                                                                                        Box Folder
                                                                                                                                                        3 21

                                                                                                                                                        Articles, 1965-1969, n.d. 

                                                                                                                                                          3 22-23

                                                                                                                                                          Lectures and papers, 1947-1972, n.d. 

                                                                                                                                                            3 24

                                                                                                                                                            Notes, 1926-1952, n.d.