National Theatre Conference mss., 1932-2008
Papers, 1932-2008, of the National Theatre Conference at the Lilly Library,
Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana
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National Theatre Conference
National Theatre Conference mss., 1932-2008
Materials are in English.
Consists of the papers of past
presidents, executive secretary and treasurer of the National Theatre
This collection is open for research.
Gift. 1962, 1963, 1964, 1969, 1970, 2001, 2007, 2008
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[Item], National Theatre Conference mss., Lilly Library, Indiana University,
The National Theatre Conference is a co-operative organization of directors of
American community and university theatres organized collectively to serve the
For more information on the National Theatre Conference see Balio, Tino and Lee
The History of the National Theatre
. [n.p.], 1968.
Scope and Content Note
Consists of the papers of past presidents, executive secretary and treasurer of the
National Theatre Conference. They consist of the files of Barclay Spencer Leatham, 1900-
, educator, from the central office and the correspondence of past presidents: Paul
Baker, 1911- , theatre director; Gilmore Brown, 1886?-1960, theatre director; Paul Eliot
Green, 1894-1981, playwright; Frederic Charles McConnell, 1890-1968, theatre director;
Lee Roy Norvelle, 1892-1984, professor; Scott Jackson Parker, 1945- , theatre manager;
and, Theodore Albert Viehman, 1889-1970 , theatre director. The papers of past president
Sawyer Falk, 1898-1961, educator, are in the possession of the Syracuse University
The collection was further enriched by David Harrison Stevens, 1884-1968 , educator, who
donated a bound set of the National Theatre Conference
Bulletin and a complete report of all grants made in theatre and drama by the
Rockefeller Foundation; by Alexander Wyckoff, 1898-1995, actor, who sent his files of
valuable information on the early history of the National Theatre Conference; by
Frederic Charles McConnell's correspondence as treasurer and head of the fellowship
project; and by Mrs. Hallie (Ferguson) Flanagan Davis, 1890-1969, dramatist, who sent
her correspondence as chairman of the New Playwright Project.
Also included are papers pertaining to the Appraisal Project conducted by the National
Theatre Conference, 1958-1965, and material dealing with dissertations, papers and
replies to a questionnaire from members of the organization, 1945-1964.
The collection is organized into the following series: I. Correspondence; II. Community
Theatre; III. University Theatre; IV. Placement Service; V. Conferences/meetings; VI.
Miscellaneous; VII. Notebooks; VIII. Papers of past officers; and IX. Additions.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in
IUCAT, the IU Libraries' online
catalog. Materials about related topics, persons or places can be found by searching the
catalog using these terms.
Baker, Paul, 1911-
Brandt, Carole Ann,
Green, Paul, 1894-1981.
Leatham, Barclay Spencer, b.
McConnell, Frederic Charles,
Norvelle, Lee Roy,
Parker, Scott Jackson, b.
Stevens, David Harrison,
Viehman, Theodore Albert,
Abegglen, Homer N.
Arvold, Alfred Gilmeiden
Bassage, Harold Edwin
Boettcher, Henry Ferdinand
Clark, Barrett Harper
Cloetingh, Arthur Charles
Davis, Hallie (Ferguson) Flanagan
Dolman, John, Jr.
Drummond, Alexander M.
Evans, Dina Rees
Fort Bragg Project
Gage, Richard N.
Gassner, John Waldhorn
Green, Paul Eliot
Heinlein, Mary Virginia
Hughes, Glenn Arthur
Humble, Thomas B.
Isaacs, Edith J.R.
James, Burton W.
Johnson, Albert Edward
Jones, Rupel J.
Kase, Charles Robert
Kerr, Walter Francis
Koch, Frederick Henry
Koch, Fred, Jr.
Lane, J. Russell
Leathem, Barclay Spencer
Lee, Warren Marion
Lees, C. Lowell
Leverton, Garret H.
McCleery, Albert Kenny
McConnell, Frederick Charles
Mabie, Edward Charles
Marroney, Peter R.
See: Stevens, David H. folder
Masters, Robert William
Meredith, Charles H.
Merrick, James Kirk
Norvelle, Lee Roy
Parke, James Hambright
Payne, B. Iden
Barclay Leathem correspondence for USO funds.
Raines, Lester Copurtney
Reveaux, Edwrd C.
Schnitzer, Robert C.
Shuster, George Nauman
Smith, Boyd Milford
Smith, C. Duryea, III
Smith, Joseph Fielding
Smith, Samuel Stephenson
Snapp, Robert Edwin
Spayde, Sydney Howard
Stebbins, Marian Long
Stevens, David Harrison and John Marshall
Stevens, Thomas Wood
Strickland, F. Cowles
Tarrant, L. Newell
Warren, George E.
Welles, Ralph Emerson
Whiting, Frank M.
Winnie, John Ross
Windt, Valentine Barthold
Young, John Wray
Miscellaneous correspondence, 1940-1943
Miscellaneous correspondence, 1944-1950,
Includes Thompson, Hine and Flory/legal counsel, 1944-1949
Miscellaneous correspondence, 1950,
II. Community Theatre
Contains NTC questionnaires, programs, correspondence, clippings, etc.
Arranged alphabetically by state, followed by miscellaneous subjects.
Alabama - Louisiana
Maine - Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania (cont.) - Wyoming
Negro Community Theatres
Survey on theatre in cities of 50,000 or more: cities with
Survey on theatre in cities of 50,000 or more: cities without
Questionnaire to community theatres, 1941, by state
Miscellaneous, including festivals, high school plays, etc.
III. University Theatre
Contains correspondence, programs, clippings, etc.
Arranged alphabetically by state, followed by Canadian provinces and miscellaneous
Alabama - North Carolina
North Carolina (cont.) - Wyoming
University Summer sessions
Teaching of theatre arts in college, by state
Survey of drama courses
IV. Placement Service
Applications (alphabetical by name of applicant):
"New" applications and correspondence with applicants, 1948-1950
May 2-3. Drama conference
1933-1936. Minutes of Council Meetings
1938-1940. Annual meeting
meetings, Board of Trustees and Executive Committee meetings, 1941-1951
Benney, Joseph. "Yama Suki"
Dortort, David. "Monday Street"
Dunne, George H. "Trial by Fire"
Levine, Roselyn. "Vichy Aftermath"
McCormack, James J. "Allah's
Nail, Robert. "Soldier's Joy"
Saroyan, William. "A Decent Birth, a Happy
Hallie Flanagan Davis fellowships
Rockefeller Foundation - comptroller, 1942-1948
Television Institute, 1949-1950
Newsletters, letters to Council, form letters, blanks
Balio, Tino. "The History of the National
Dissertation, related material and correspondence.
Contents removed to folders.
Community theatre questionnaires, 1963, organized by state, includes two
folders of related materials.
Regional surveys, mostly by NTC members, organized by state, then
General statements, alphabetically arranged by author of statement.
Surveys in progress, theatre technology, private theater
College/university theatre schools
University/professional collaboration, university/community
Theatre conferences and meetings
Theatre school curricula
Notebook IX. Correspondence with theatre people and
Correspondence with theatre community
Recordings, outdoor drama
Theatre festivals, summer theatre
Theatre communications group, theatre periodicals
Producers on- and off-Broadway
Chambers of Commerce
Professional theatre organizations and unions
The Affluent Society
Theatre architecture and new buildings
New educational theatres built or planned
Urban and suburban planning re: theatres
Theatres and civil rights, censorship
Survey of land-grant colleges
Community theatre questionnaires, 1962-1963
VIII. Papers of past officers
Contains correspondence and other materials related to their term of office.
Arranged alphabetically by various officers of the National Theatre
Baker, Paul: 1959 ; 1959 program; 1960 ; 1960 program; 1960-1961 meeting;
Balch, Marston: 1944-1950 , 1966 miscellaneous (1 folder)
Brown, Gilmore: Correspondence, A-Z (4 folders); letters sent to all
members; Membership files (26ff); election and membership data
Falk, Sawyer: 1934-1964 correspondence (3 folders);
1945-1952 photocopies - "originals in Syracuse University
Library (4 folders)
Green, Paul: 1940-1945 correspondence (8 folders);
general; wartime programs; Fort Bragg project; war writing; war service;
soldier theatricals reports
McConnell, Frederick: Alphabetical files - A; ANTA-May writing project;
Army play project, 1946-1948 ; B; Bulletin, 1944-1950 (8 folders); C; Coburn, C.; conference booklet; D-F (3
folders); Falk, S.; fellowship (3 folders); Freedley
McConnell, Frederick (cont.): Alphabetical files - G; Gorelick; H;
income tax exemptions; incorporation, 1944-1949 ; J-L
(3 folders); Leathem; Mc; meetings, 1945-1950 (5
folders); membership; N; New York tryout studio; new play project; placement
service catalog; professional theatre policy; publication project; regional
conferences; Rockefeller Foundation; R; S; Seldon; Stanford University; Stein;
Stevens; T; touring company; trustees; U-W; The Wind is Ninety; X-Z; 1942-1955 (4 folders)
Norvelle, Lee: Acquisition of papers for history of NTC, 1960-1964 (4 folders); general, 1947-1953 (2
folders); membership (2 folders); New Play project, 1946-1949
Norvelle, Lee (cont.): Placement Service; tryout studios, New York;
Ways and Means Committee, 1944-1947 (2 folders); general
correspondence, 1949-1958 (11 folders)
Norvelle Touring Company: bookings, 1947-1949 (6
folders); financial (3 folders); general, 1947-1948 ;
publicity, 1947-1949 (2 folders); purchase requisitions
(3 folders); royalties; talent
Parker, Scott Jackson: President; vice-President (Sidney Berger);
Treasurer (Kevin Maifeld); Secretary (Gresdna Doty); agendas; annual meeting
programs; archives - includes copy of The History of the National Theatre
Conference, by Tino Balio and Lee Norvelle (National Theatre Conference,
Board of Trustees handbook; code of regulations; correspondence and reference
materials; luncheon; membership booklet; membership lists; minutes; newsletter;
outstanding achievement award; Paul Green Award; Person of the Year; The
Players; SWOT analysis; Stavis Award (2 folders)
Viehman, Theodore: general, 1960-1963 (5
folders); appraisal; constitution, by-laws, codes
Viehman, Theodore (cont.): ANTA (American National Theatre and Academy)
(3 folders); AETA (American Educational Theatre Assoc.)/ACTA (American
Community Theatre Assoc.); National Council of the Arts in Education; printed
NTC miscellaneous materials
Miscellaneous folder of printed items
National Theatre Conference Quarterly Bulletin:
Apr. 1939, Oct. 1942, June 1943
National Theatre Conference Bulletin: May 1945,
Nov. 1945, Mar. 1946, Oct. 1946, Apr. 1947, Oct. 1947, Apr. 1948, July 1948,
Nov. 1948 (2), Dec. 1949 (2), Mar. 1950, June 1950, Nov. 1950 (3
General Education Board:
Directory of Fellowship Awards for the Years, 1922-1950
The Rockefeller Foundation: Directory of Fellowship
Awards for the Years 1917-1950
Brandt, Carole Ann:
Brandt - Vice President
Office of the President – To Do list
1997 Barrie Stavis Award
Contains: Correspondence; membership; Press; To Do list.
Contains: National Theatre Conference; agenda; conference;
correspondence; membership; nominations; Minutes; Players Club;
Contains: Agenda; Barrie Stavis Award; Code of Regulations; Conference;
Correspondence; Membership; Minutes; Nominations; The Players Club;
Contains: Agendas; Archives; Barrie Stavis Award; Code of Regulations;
Conference; Correspondence; Membership; Minutes; Miscellaneous;
Nominations; Outstanding Achievement Award; Paul Green Award; Person of
the Year; Plaques; Players Club; Treasurer Reports.
Contains: Agendas; Barrie Stavis Award; Conference; Correspondence;
Membership; Minutes; Nominations; Outstanding Achievement; Paul Green
Award; Person of the Year; Plaques; Players Club; Treasurers Report.
Contains: Agenda; Barrie Stavis Award; Code of Regulations; Conference;
Correspondence; Meeting; Membership; Membership List’ Necrology;
Nominations; Outstanding Achievement; Paul Green Award; Person of the
Year; Players Club; Welcome letter to New Members.
Contains: Address changes; agenda; Correspondence; Nominations; "To be
Contains: National Theatre Conference - 2005; Barrie Stavis Award; Board
Meeting; Code; Conference; Correspondence; Minutes; New Member Letters;
Contains: Award winners; Stavis Award; Delinquent Dues letters;
Additions for 2008
Board of Trustees Handbook, December 1998
Code of Regulations, 1989-2000
Conference (meeting) schedules, 1987-2006
Financial reports, 1989-1999
Membership Booklet, December 1993, prepared by William Allman, Berea,
Membership lists, 1988-2003
Minutes: Annual meeting, 1987-2005
Minutes: Board of trustees, 1987-2002
New Members – letters, 1987-2001
Nominating letters/Calls for nominations
Nominations for Membership, 2001-2005
Past Presidents. List
Players Club, 1989-1996, 2003
Press Releases, 1995-2001
Secretarial duties, 1988-2001
Additions for 2012
NTC Conference Binders
Letter to Membership and Attachments
Code of Regulations
Person of the Year/Paul Green Award
Outstanding Achievement Award/Scholarship
2005 NTC Meeting
Letters to Membership
Person of the Year
Outstanding Achievement Award
Minutes from 2004
NTC Conference 2006
2006 Letters to
2006 Person of the Year/Paul
2006 Outstanding Achievement
NTC 2006 Stavis
NTC Minutes from 2005
Treasurer Budget and Expenses
Treasurer Membership Dues
Elegant Affairs Contract
Pre-conference Member Correspondence
Thursday - Board of Trustees Meeting
Friday – Meeting - The Players
Saturday – Luncheon -The Players
Sunday - Business Meeting - Actors Equity Association
2007 Stavis Playwright
NTC 2007 (continued)
NTC Code of Regulations
Registration and Attendance Responses
New Member Nominations and Correspondence
Date Change Correspondence and Ballots
2006 Conference Schedule and
June 1939 - June
Oct. 1940 - Dec.
April 1941 -
Oct. 1941 - Oct.
Dec. 1942 -
June 1943 -
June 1944 - Oct.
Jan. 1945 - Nov.
March 1946 -
Oct. 1947 - Nov.
March 1949 -
Oct. 1949 - Dec.
March 1950 -
Nov. 1950, History of NTC,