Elwood Williams Collection

Box Code: Williams 1-4

Shelves: 1-2

Date Finding Aid Created/ Updates: January 2003

Title: The Elwood Williams' Collection, 1961-1987 [?]

Inclusive Dates: 1961-1987- Numerous items in this collection did not have identifiable dates. Some items may lay outside of the date range.

Creator: The collection was gathered and created by Elwood Williams.

Extent: 4.5 linear feet, 4 boxes

Edinboro University Archives
Baron- Forness Library
Edinboro University
Edinboro, Pa 16444

The Elwood Williams' Collection contains information regarding Mr. Williams career at Edinboro as well as his dissertation work. The collection is separated in three series: drama productions, theatre scripts and dissertation and other related notes. There is a wide span of material within the each series that reflects Mr. Williams' 17 year career.

Acquisition Information: This is a legacy collection.

Preferred Citation:
Elwood Williams Collection, 1961-1987
Edinboro University Archives

Access Restriction: Available to researchers for use in the EUP archives.

Copyright: Edinboro University of Pennsylvania 2003

Alternative Format: none

Biographical Sketch:
Elwood P. Williams was a professor of Drama/ English at Edinboro University from 1970 to 1987. He earned both his Bachelor in Fine Arts (1960) and Masters in Fine Arts (1962) from the University of Texas. Mr. Williams obtained his doctoral degree (Ph.D.) from Kent State University in 1984. He directed several productions throughout his 17 year career at Edinboro. Additionally, he served as faculty advisor to the student organization Collegiate Players. This organization was open to all students and it purpose was to acquaint those interested with aspects of drama and its production.

Bibliographic Information:
Edinboro State College Undergraduate Catalog 1970-1971
Edinboro State College Student Handbook 1973-1974
Edinboro University of Pennsylvania Academic Catalog 1985-1987

Scope and Content Notes:
The collection ranges from 1961 to 1987. Although it should be noted, there are many items in the collection that are undated and may alter the date range. Within the collection, there is information on several productions performed at Edinboro under the direction of Mr. Williams. Other information includes Mr. Williams' dissertation material.

Organization of Collection:
I. Elwood Williams' Collection
A. Drama Productions
B. Theatre Scripts
C. Dissertation and other related notes

Series Descriptions:

Drama Productions
This series contains several productions performed at Edinboro. Elwood Williams played an integral role in these productions as director. Some of these productions Mr. Williams' was associated with the production team in another capacity. Each drama production with in the series may include: programs, scripts, photographs, slides as well as other supplementary material. The productions were performed at various locations around the Edinboro University and other local areas. These locations include: Old Union Theatre, University Center and Memorial Auditorium.

Theatre Scripts
This series contains scripts from various plays. These plays were relatively short, in most cases, lasting only three acts. Most of the scripts were stamped by the Federal Theatre Project Records of George Mason University and /or distributed by the Play Bureau in New York City. These scripts were separate and did not relate to the previous series on Drama Productions.

Dissertation and other related notes
This series contains random collection of papers and note cards. These papers and note cards may have been Mr. Williams' personal notes for a dissertation. The topics of these papers focused on Theatre. Some topics include: Educational Theatre, Dramatic Art, Elements of Dramatic Art, German Theatre (1961), and Clifford Odets (1967). The note cards were used as bibliography cards as well as keeping track of certain drama productions.

Controlled Access Terms:
College and school drama
Amature plays
Dissertations, academic

Contents List:
Series: Drama Productions
Box: Williams 1 and 2
Shelf: 1

Androcles and the Lion- Date ?
Antigone- 1981
A Doll's House- 1984
A Doll's House (Photographs)-1984
A Flea in Her Ear- Date ?
Arms and the Man- 1978
Arsenic and Old Lace- Date ?
Birds- 1974-1975
Birds (slides)- 1974-1975
Blithe Spirit- 1972-1973
Brecht on Brecht Nixon Resigns- Date ?
Carousel- Date ?
Caucasian Chalk Line- 1973
Caucasian Chalk Line (slides)- 1973
Cave Dwellers- 1975
Cave Dwellers (slides)- 1975
The Contrast- 1975
The Drunkard or The Fallen Saved- Date ?
Edward Gordon Craig Tape #1&2- Date ?
Edward Gordon Craig Tape #3&4- Date ?
Edward Gordon Craig Tape #5&6- Date ?
Gallows Humor- 1971
The Gambler or The Dying Father's Curse-Date ?
The Glass Menagerie- Date ?
The Good Woman of Setzuan- 1979
The Good Woman of Setzuan (slides)- 1979
The Happy Hunter- 1985
The House of Bernarda Alba- 1977
The Importance of Being Ernest- 1978
J.B.- Date ?
No Name? (photographs/slides)- Date ?
Oedipus the King- 1970
Our Town- 1983
Outward Bound- 1979
Play it again, Sam- 1981
The Rainmaker- 1982
Salad Days- Summer Date ?
Semi- Detached- 1985
Soldier and the Prostitute- Date ?
Spoon River Anthology- Date ?
Spoon River Anthology (photographs)- Date?
The Taming of the Shrew- 1976
Tartuffe- 1983
The Three Penny Opera (program/slides)-1971
The Three Penny Opera (slides)- 1971
Twelfth Night- Date ?
Waiting for Godot- 1987
When You Comin' Back, Red Ryder?- Date N/A

Series:  Theatre Scripts 
Box Code: Williams 3
Shelf: 2
Rebel's Revenge or Chicanery on the Chattahoochee by M. Samuelson and S.J. Aronson
Uncle Tom's Cabin or Sold Down the River by Mel Pape and S.J. Arsonson
The Miner's Daughter or Trapped in the Shaft by Mel Pape
The Pitfalls of Pauline or Passion, Pride, and Peril by S.J. Aronson
Rosie's Ricochet Romance or The Road to Ruin by S.J. Arsonson
Jefferson Davis by John McGee
Backwash by Edwin Harvey Blum
Class of  '29 by Orrie Lashin and Milo Hastings
American Holiday by Edwin L. and Albert Barker
The Woman of Destiny by Samuel Jesse Warshawsky
In Heaven and Earth by Arthur Goodman and Washington Pezet
Chalk Dust by Harold A. Clarke and Maxwell Nurnberg
The Ballad of Davy Crockett by H.R. Hays
It Can't Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis and John C. Moffat
Battle Hymn by Michael Blankfort and Michael Gold

Series: Dissertation and Other Related Notes
Box Code: Williams 4
Shelf: 2

Clifford Odets; Middle-class radical
Dem. Lab Materials
Papers on Theatre
Winship on Ed. Theatre
Dissertation (note cards) box
A-Z box
Wooden box
Two sets of bibliography cards

Created on ... September 20, 2010