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A Guide to the Records of the Florida Players at the University of Florida

Finding aid prepared by Dept. Staff

University of Florida Smathers Libraries - Special and Area Studies Collections

January 2006 (Updated October 2019)



Descriptive Summary

Creator: University of Florida. Florida Players.
Title: Records of the Florida Players at the University of Florida
Dates: 1922-2019
Abstract: University Archives records series containing meeting minutes, production lists, official documents, memorabilia, scripts, scrapbooks, clippings, playbills, play programs, photographs, correspondence, and other records of the Florida Players.
Extent: 5.39 Linear feet. 11 boxes and 1 Oversize Folder.
Identification: Series 077
Language(s): English

Biographical/Historical Note

Florida Players is the dramatic society of the University of Florida. A precursor of the Florida Players was the Florida Dramatic Association, also known as The Masqueraders, which was founded in April 1920. The Greater Florida Minstrels and the University of Florida Dramatic Club (founded in 1902) were in turn precursors of the Masqueraders. Florida Players was originally known as the Dramatic Society when it was created in 1929. The name was changed to Florida Players in 1931. The society was founded by Henry P. Constans, head of the Department of Speech. The Department of Speech had the responsibility for the Florida Players both in advisory and directing capacities from 1931 to 1971. Henry P. Constans and Lester L. Hale were among the faculty members who served as directors of various plays presented by the student organization. Direction of the players was transferred from the Department of Speech when a Theatre Department was created in 1971.


Scope and Content

The records of the Florida Players at the University of Florida date from 1922 to 2019 and contain meeting minutes, production lists, official documents, memorabilia, scripts, scrapbooks, clippings, playbills, play programs, photographs, correspondence, and other records of the Florida Players.

Series 1: "General Files, 1930-2019" contains various Florida Players records including copies of their Constitution, memorabilia, pledge examinations, ceremonies, correspondence, minutes from the Alpha Psi Omega Eta Tau Chapter, and other records. Biographical information on some of the members can be found on the Players' pledge forms and on application forms to the National Collegiate Players. The series is arranged alphabetically.

Series 2: "Minutes, 1940-1973" contains minutes for the Florida Players from the 1940s until the early 1970s.

Series 3: "Programs, 1930-2019" contains programs for the Florida Player's performances from 1930 to 2019. Also included are booklets with news clippings and programs from 1979 to 1985. These were processed minimally and kept in their original folders. Finally, there are seasonal schedules that list performances for each year from 1930 to 1991. The series is arranged chronologically.

Of particular note are the programs for "The Adding Machine" (Nov. 4-7, 1959) and "Medea" (March 23-26 1960) starring Florida Player and future Hollywood actress Faye Dunaway. See also the University Archives Artifacts Collection for her handwritten signature on a script.

Series 4: "Production Files, 1922-1973 (Bulk: 1922-1942)" primarily contains detailed files on plays that were mostly directed by Lester Hale who served as Director of the Florida Players from 1935-1939. The files include programs, sketches, stage lighting directions, correspondence, and newspaper/magazine clippings and other records. Many of these files were removed from the Lester L. Hale Papers (Ms. Coll. 94) and stored in this series. The series is arranged chronologically.

Series 5: "Scrapbooks, 1929-2004" contains scrapbooks filled with newspaper clippings, programs, and photographs of productions of the Dramatic Society and the Players for the years covering 1936-2004. Other theatre photographs can be found in the photograph collection of the University Archives.

One of the scrapbooks was donated by Marinus H. Latour, a retired electrical engineering professor at the University of Florida. While a student at UF (he graduated in 1940) he was a member of Florida Players and assisted in stage lighting for their productions. The scrapbook covers the years 1937-1939 and contains play programs, penciled diagrams of lighting systems for several plays, photographs, newspaper clippings, and posters. The lighting diagrams are of particular interest from an historical standpoint.

Series 6: "Photographs, 2000-2001" contains photographs and negatives from performances by the Florida Players in 2000 and 2001. Other theatre photographs can be found in the photograph collection of the University Archives.

Series 7: "Posters and Playbills, 2000-2019" contains a number of oversized posters and playbills from Florida Players performances. These are stored separate from the collection in compact oversize storage.


Access or Use Restrictions

Access

The collection is open for research.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Records of the Florida Players at the University of Florida, Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.


Contents List

Series 1: General Files. 1930-2019



Box Folder
11 Alpha Psi Omega Eta Tau Chapter Minutes. 1941-1943
12 Alumni Registry. 2019
13 Anything Goes. 1972-1973
14 Apprentice Players.
15 Ceremony and Examinations for Journeymen and Masters.
16 Competitions.
17 Constitutions.
18 Correspondence. 1954-1964
19 Correspondence. 1971-1972
110 Correspondence. 1972-1973
111 Direction Class Plays.
112 "Evolution" Newspaper Clipping Review. 2018 November 14
113 Gator Growl. 1972
114 History.
115 Initiation Book. 1948-1963
116 Laboratory Theatre.
117 Make-Up.
118 Membership. 1948-1965
119 Miscellaneous. 1931-1947
120 Miscellaneous. 1972-1973
121 Miscellaneous.
122 Officers. 1977-1978
123 One Act Play Festival.
124 One Acts.
125 Pantomime Troupe.
126 Pledge Ceremonies.
127 Pledge forms and tests.
21 Pledge tests. 1973
22 Productions. 1930-1976
23 Rathskeller Theatre Workshop.
24 Rules and Officers (National Collegiate Players). 1948-1951
25 Study Committee Report to President Reitz. 1962
26 Suggestions.
27 Summer Repertory Theatre.
28 Work Hour Policy.



Series 2: Minutes. 1940-1973



Box Folder
29 Minutes. 1940-1947
210 Minutes. 1959-1961
211 Minutes. 1961-1963
212 Minutes. 1964
213 Minutes. 1966-1967
214 Minutes. 1970-1971
215 Minutes. 1972-1973



Series 3: Programs. 1930-2019



Box Folder
216 Florida Player Programs. 1930-1939
217 Florida Player Programs. 1940-1949
218 Florida Player Programs. 1950-1954
219 Florida Player Programs. 1955-1959
220 Florida Player Programs. 1960-1964
221 Florida Player Programs. 1965-1969
222 Florida Player Programs. 1970-1975
31 Florida Player Programs. 1976-1987
32 Florida Player Programs. 1993-1995
33 Florida Player Programs. 1996-2000
34 Florida Player Programs. 2001-2005
35 Florida Player Programs. 2006-2010
36 Florida Player Programs. 2011-2015
37 Florida Player Programs. 2016-2019


Box
3 Clippings and programs. 1979-1982
4 Clippings and programs. 1983-1985


Box Folder
51 Florida Players - Undated Programs. undated
52 Florida Players - Undated Programs. undated
53 Florida Players - Schedule of Plays. 1930-1977
54 Florida Players - Schedule of Plays. 1978-1991



Series 4: Production files. 1922-1973 (bulk: 1922-1942)



Box Folder
55 Spanish Nights - The Masqueraders. 1922
56 Journey's End - Lester Hale, Director. 1929
57 The Last Mile - Lester Hale, Director. 1935
58 Seven Keys to Baldpate - Lester Hale, Director. 1935
59 Submerged - Lester Hale, Director. 1935
510 Death Takes a Holiday - Lester Hale, Director. circa 1935
511 Death Takes a Holiday - Lester Hale, Director. circa 1935
512 Death Takes a Holiday. circa 1935
61 Cracker Coal - Lester Hale, Director. 1937
62 Cracker Coal - Lester Hale, Director. 1938-1939
63 Fashion - Lester Hale, Director. 1937
64 H.M.S. Pinafore - Lester Hale, Director. 1937
65 Lightnin' - Lester Hale, Director. 1937
66 Our Speech and The Florida Players - Lester Hale, Director. 1937
67 Johnny Johnson - Lester Hale, Director. 1938
68 Smilin' Through - Lester Hale, Director. 1938
69 Importance of Being Earnest. 1939
610 You Can't Take It With You - Lester Hale, Director. 1939
611 Her Masters Voice - Lester Hale, Director. 1940
612 Our Town script. Grover's Corners Sentinel ad for the play "Our Town". Letter from Thornton Wilder to Mrs. Matherly. 1940 March
613 Martha - Lester Hale, Director. circa 1940
614 On Borrowed Time. 1941
71 A Slight Case of Murder - Lester Hale, Director. 1942
72 Little Murders. 1973



Series 5: Scrapbooks. 1929-2004



Box
9 Scrapbook. 1929-1939
10 Scrapbook from Marinus H. Latour. There are numerous programs in the Latour scrapbook. 1936-1939
10 "Journey's End". 1936 November 12-13
10 "Fashion". 1937
10 "H.M.S. Pinafore". 1937 April 2, 5, 7
10 Three One-Act Plays ("The Boor", "Where the Cross is Made", "The First Dress Suit"). 1937 March 8
10 "Behold This Dreamer". 1937 May 6-7
10 Three One-Act Plays ("A Morality Play for the Leisure Class", "In the Zone", "The Pot Boiler"). 1937 October 11
10 "Lightin'". 1937 November 3-5
10 Three One-Act Plays ("The Long Voyage Home", "The Shepherd in the Distance", "The Camberley Triangle"). 1937 November 16
10 "Cracker Coal". 1938 January 6
10 Three One-Act Plays ("The Valiant", "Moonshine", "The Still Alarm"). 1938 February 22
10 "Strife". 1938 March 2-3
10 "Martha". 1938 March 16-18
10 "Smilin Through". 1938 April 23, 25-26
10 Three One-Act Plays ("Ile", "Helena's Husband", "Action"). 1938 November 1
10 "Johnny Johnson". 1938 November 17-18
10 Three One-Act Plays ("The Drums of Oude", "Death Says It Isn't So", "Whose Money"). 1939 January 12
10 "The Importance of Being Earnest". 1939 February 28, 1939 March 1
10 Three One-Act Plays ("Buzzard Roosters", "Red Carnations", "Thank You, Doctor"). 1939 March 16
10 "You Can't Take It With You". 1939 April 26-28


Box Folder
73 Scrapbook from Marinus H. Latour. There are numerous programs in the Latour scrapbook (photocopy). 1936-1939


Box
11 Scrapbook. 1936-1983


Box Folder
74 Scrapbook (1 of 2). 1993-1994
75 Scrapbook (2 of 2). 1993-1994
76 Scrapbook (1 of 2). 1995-1996
77 Scrapbook (2 of 2). 1995-1996
81 Scrapbook. 1996-1997
82 Scrapbook. 1999-2000
83 Scrapbook. 2000-2001
84 Scrapbook. 2002-2003
85 Scrapbook. 2003-2004



Series 6: Photographs. 2000-2001



Box Folder
86 Santaland Diaries. 2000 December
87 Extremities and Other. 2000
88 Whole and Momento Mori. 2001
89 Passing Through the Pane.



Series 7: Posters and Playbills. 2000-2019



Box Folder
UA-OS 11 Posters and Playbills. 2000-2019



Selected Subjects and Access Terms

Alpha Psi Omega. University of Florida chapter.
Constans, H. Philip (Henry Philip), 1928-
Florida.
National Collegiate Players (U.S.).
Theater -- Societies, etc.
University of Florida. Department of Speech.
University of Florida. Dept. of Theatre.




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