Elon Players Collection
This collection contains materials regarding the Elon Players at Elon College. It contains materials dating between 1940 and 1978. The materials include (but are not limited to) essays, flyers, newspaper clippings, audition and make-up forms, performances, and programs. The collection is arranged chronologically and then alphabetically by type of material. Specification is given to item type when necessary.
- 1940 - 1978
Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open for research.
The nature of the Archives and Special Collections of Belk Library means that copyright or other information about restrictions may be difficult or even impossible to determine despite reasonable efforts. The Archives and Special Collections of Belk Library claims only physical ownership of most materials. The materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to the U.S. Copyright Law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research of otherwise should be fully credited with the source.
Biographical / Historical
The Elon Players were first known as the Playmakers of Elon College. According to The Bulletin of Elon College, the Playmakers of Elon College were a functioning student organization beginning in 1932 and lasting until 1964. According to the December 2, 1932 issue of the Maroon and Gold, the first play produced by the Playmakers was "You and I" by Phillip Barry on December 6, 1932. At that time, the Playmakers staged both original and well-known plays. They were members in the North Carolina Dramatic Association, and took part in its activities beginning in 1933. From 1935-1955, the Playmakers, (later known as, the Elon Players) held three full-length public performances per year called the "Players' Evenings." In 1939 the name changed from the Playmakers to the Elon Players as the organization became more prominent on Elon's campus. Its members held similar interests in writing and producing both original and well-known plays. Plays were produced regularly from , a Shakespeare class which produced an annual Shakespeare play, a Dramatic Literature class which wrote and produced its own plays for invited audiences and certain productions for the public by popular dramatists of the time. In addition, students not enrolled in these classes wrote and produced various plays. Also beginning in 1939, each student in the organization was a member of Elon's chapter of the National Dramatic Fraternity, Delta Psi Omega. According to the November 12, 1964 issue of the Maroon and Gold, the last play produced by the Elon Players was Henrik Ibsen's "Ghosts" on the third weekend in November of 1964.
0.5 Linear Feet (1 archival box)
Language of Materials
The collection is arranged chronologically and then alphabetically by type of material. Specification is given to item type when necessary.
The collection is located in the Carol Grotnes Belk Library Archives and Special Collections at Elon University. Please contact the Archives and Special Collections staff for further details about the location.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Unknown. Materials collected and assembled over many years to form collection.
Processed by Rachel Stas, March, 2012
- Encoded by Katie Nash, March, 2012
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