This exhibit is drawn from a collection of action, still, and cast photograph negatives from plays performed by the UMC Missouri Workshop Theatre between 1927 and 1951. Professor Donovan Rhynsburger directed all of the plays displayed below, with the exception of some of those presented between 1936 and 1938 (he was then involved in completing work on his Master of Arts degree at Yale). During his forty-three year tenure as director of the University Theatre, Rhynsburger also served as Chairman of the Department of Speech and Dramatic Art and taught undergraduate and graduate classes as well as founding and directing the celebrated "Missouri Workshop Theatre." Professor Rhynsburger even performed in many plays, as did his talented wife, Peggy Rhynsburger (see Abraham Lincoln below, in which the Rhynsburgers star as Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln).
The photograph negatives in this collection have been digitally stored due to the increasingly unstable condition of their nitrate based composition. The originals are therefore not available for patron use, however, digitized copies can be viewed at the UMC Archives. The original programs for many of these productions are also in the UMC Archives' holdings. Most of the collection's photographs are not represented below, only a few selected images have been included as examples. All sizes are given in inches unless otherwise indicated.
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Copyright © Curators of the University of Missouri 1997 - 2002
Published by: University Archives muarchives.missouri.edu/
Prepared by Erin Huschle: April 1999
Revised: 19 January 2007