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Record Group: 6 C
Record Sub-Group: 32
Records Title: UMC; College of Arts and Science; Department of Speech and Dramatic Art; Administrative Records and Memorabilia
Dates: 1885-1992
Volume: 36 and 2/3 cubic feet, 45.83 linear feet; 1 Env; 3 MFR; 1 OSF; 1 OSP

Scope and Content Note

This Sub-Group contains records of the University of Missouri-Columbia College of Arts and Science, Department of Speech and Dramatic Art. Included in this Sub-Group are correspondence, telegrams, photographs, scrapbooks, research reports, pamphlets, forms, transcripts, personnel information, role and scope materials, professional association files, announcements, student grades, exams, lists of courses offered, course information, leave of absence reports, faculty publications, committee meeting minutes, annual departmental reports, speech texts, play posters, faculty directories, and professors' course materials.

Historical Note:

After 1986, this Department was replaced by the Department of Communications when the Theatre Department, in the School of Fine Arts, was developed.

Series Descriptions:

Series 1. - C:6/38/1 (A80-7; A87-106)
This Series holds administrative records of the UMC Department of Speech and Dramatic Art, (ca. 1935-1970). These records were created during the tenures of Department Chairs Wilbur Gilman, Bower Aly, Loren Reid, and Donovan Rhynsburger. Included in this series are departmental correspondence, telegrams, photographs, professional association files, research reports, pamphlets, forms, transcripts, personnel information, role and scope materials, announcements, student grades, exams, lists of courses offered, course information, leave of absence reports, and faculty publications.
(23 c.f., Follow this link for box locations.)
Note to Researcher: Series 1 contains some records which are confidential and restricted. See the restrictions note at the end of this finding aid.

Former Series #2 - C:6/38/5 (A75-32)
This summary description has been enlarged to full inventory. Please follow this link to reach the inventory. This Series contains records of the UMC Department of Speech and Dramatic Art, (ca. 1940-1974). These materials were created by Professor Loren Reid or by departmental faculty and staff, principally during Reid's tenure as Department Chair, 1947-1952 and 1966-1967.
(5 c.f., 109, 1-3)
Note to Researcher: Series 2 contains some records which are confidential and restricted. See the restrictions note at the end of this finding aid.

Series 3. - C:6/38/6 (A76-18)
This Series contains records and memorabilia of the UMC Department of Speech and Dramatic Art, (ca. 1956-1967). Included in this series are University Theatre play posters, performance announcements, audition announcements, contest announcements, workshop meeting records, and season tickets for the University Theatre.
(1 OSP, B3A, B5, 3)

Former Series #4 - C:6/38/7
UMC; College of Arts and Science; Department of Speech and Dramatic Art; Rhynsburger Collection
This summary description has been enlarged to full inventory.
Please follow this link to reach the inventory. This former Series contains records and memorabilia of the UMC Department of Speech and Dramatic Art, (ca. 1885-1992). These records were created during Professor Henry Donovan Rhynsburger's tenures as Director of the Missouri Workshop Theatre, 1925-1936 and 1938-1973.

Series 5. - C:6/38/7A (A76-47; A79-14)
This Series contains records and memorabilia of the UMC Department of Speech and Dramatic Art, (ca. 1931-1966). Included in this Series are 3 rolls of microfilm, which are copies of the 27 Missouri Workshop scrapbooks included in Series 4 above. Included on the microfilm are newspaper clippings, news releases, photographs, play programs, and information regarding plays performed, Missouri Workshop Theatre meetings, dramatic contests, banquets, experimental plays, "happy hours" for WWII GIs, membership drives, the Rinsewater Rag newsletter (sent to WWII GIs), Towertime (a student literary publication), The Tombstone (a Missouri Workshop newsletter), Stephens College and Christian College dramatic productions, and the 05/1952 panty raids at UMC and Stephen College.
(3 MFR, 703, MFC )

Series 6. - C:6/38/8 (A86-152)
This Series contains records of the UMC Department of Speech and Dramatic Art, (ca. 1969-1985). Included in this Series are Summer Repertory Theatre materials such as play programs, cast rosters, rehearsal schedules, cast and crew applications, mailing lists, performance schedules, attendance data, contractual documents, and related correspondence.
(1 c.f., 015730)

Series 7. - C:6/38/11 (A85-18)
This Series contains administrative records of the UMC Department of Speech and Dramatic Art, (ca. 1955-1983). Included in this Series are correspondence files and other records pertaining to the Department's Senior Staff meetings, Executive Committee meetings, Arts and Science Policy Committee meetings, and Role and Scope Committee meetings. Also included in the Series are departmental self-study reports, a copy of the 1979-1980 departmental annual report, and a copy of Department Chair Loren Reid's book entitled Howgozit.
(1 c.f., 014691)

Former Series #8 - C:6/38/12
UMC; College of Arts and Science; Department of Speech and Dramatic Art
This summary description has been enlarged to a full inventory.
Please follow this link to reach the inventory. This former Series contains correspondence files of the UMC Department of Speech and Dramatic Art, (ca. 1967-1985), the bulk of which was created during the tenure of Department Chair Larry D. Clark, 1970-1972. Some of Professor Clark's personal correspondence is also included.

Series 9. - C:6/38/13 (A87-106)
This Series contains records of the UMC Department of Speech and Dramatic Art, (ca. 1977-1987). Included in this Series are materials relating to the American College Theatre Festival, such as organizational and operational records, committee meeting minutes, regional festival records, Irene Ryan Award files, and ten and twenty year reviews of the Festival.
(1 c.f., 016965)

Series 10. - C:6/38/14 (A93-111)
This Series holds memorabilia of the UMC Department of Speech and Dramatic Art, (ca. 1993). Included in this Series is a VHS videocassette of a slide show which was prepared for professor Emeritus H. Donovan Rhynsburger's 90th birthday party, held in UMC's Rhynsburger Theater.
(1 Env., B3A, C1, 3)
Note to Researcher: Digital Video and DVD transfers of the VHS video in Series 10 have been made. The DVD is stored with Digital Formats in Room 704.

Series 11. - C:6/46/NP (A94-94)
This Series holds office working files of the UMC Department of Speech and Dramatic Art, (ca. 1967-1991). Included in this Series are working files pertaining to theatre administration, Missouri State High School Speech and Debate Tournaments, Summer Repertory Theatre, and the Theatre Advisement Program.
(3 c.f., 004830, 004836, 005443)
Note to Researcher: This Series is currently unprocessed. Until completely processed and inventoried, portions may not be fully available to researchers.

Former Series #12 - C:6/38/NP (A98-99)
UMC; College of Arts and Science; Department of Speech and Dramatic Art
This summary description has been enlarged to a full inventory.
Please follow this link to reach the inventory. This former Series contains files of the Athenean Society, (1959-1965).

Former Series #13 C:6/38/19 (A02-81; A02-101)
UMC; College of Arts and Science; Department of Speech and Dramatic Art; Loren Reid Papers
This Series has been enlarged to a full inventory. Please follow this link to reach the inventory. This Series contains professional and personal papers, manuscripts, notes, correspondence, and monographs of Professor of Speech, Loren Reid.

Series 14. - C:6/38/18 (A03-10)
This Series contains records produced by the Department of Speech and Dramatic Art for the University Theatre and the Summer Repertory Theatre, (1971-1979). The records consist of thirty-four 8x10 black-and-white and color photographs, 4x5 negatives, 35 mm negatives, photographic slides, and play programs pertaining to the following productions: Above the Fire, Aesop's Falables, Ah, Wilderness, and The Amorous Flea.
(1 OSF, B3A, 7C, 3)

Series 15. - C:6/38/21 (A06-01)
This Series contains records created and received by the Department of Speech and Dramatic Arts, (1929-1982, bulk 1970-1980). The records consist of production photographs and negatives, publicity materials including news clippings, and programs for numerous theatre productions. Also included in this Series are correspondence and publicity files for students and faculty.
(2 c.f., B3A, 6, 6)
Note to Researcher: Series 15 contains records which are confidential and restricted. See the restrictions note at the end of this finding aid.
Note to Archivist: The box lists for this Series are available online. They can be accessed by
following this link. Some of the negatives in this Series are on a cellulose nitrate base. Where possible, deteriorating negatives (both nitrate- and acetate-base) have been reformatted into digital files.

Restrictions Note: The Archives of the University of Missouri-Columbia is required by law and Board of Curator's policy to restrict access to some files and information. Student records are held as confidential under the Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 and by University policy. Faculty promotion and tenure records and Academic Personnel files are restricted for 75 years, or the lifetime of the individual. All grievance, disciplinary, and medical records are treated as confidential files. Consultations with legal counsel, both in-house and external, are protected by the attorney/client privilege and will not be released.

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