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Dolbeare Papers, 1934-1998 (Bulk: 1934-1965)
2 archives boxes (1 linear ft.)

Abstract:
1940 graduate of Amherst College; urban planner. Collection contains correspondence with friends and family, photographs and newspaper clippings relating to Amherst College alumni reunions and theater productions.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

There is no restriction on access to the Louis P. Dolbeare (AC 1940) Papers for research use. Particularly fragile items may be restricted for preservation purposes.

Restrictions on use:

Requests for permission to publish material from the Papers should be directed to the Archives and Special Collections. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

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Biographical Note

For a biographical summary, see the Chronology section.

Louis Dolbeare forged a life-long friendship with the late Charles Rogers, Professor of Fine Arts and Dramatics, who taught at Amherst College from 1942 to 1970. Although Dolbeare did not pursue a professional career in theater, he was deeply influenced by Professor Rogers. At the Class of 1940's 50th reunion in 1990, he and other members of The Masquers arranged a session at which Dolbeare read a narrative poem he had written about Professor Rogers; a general discussion ensued.

Biographical Note
1916 Sep 27Born in Brooklyn, New York
1931-1933Brookline, Mass. High School
1933-1936Phillips Academy, Andover (graduates 1936)
1940Graduates from Amherst College
1942-1945Serves in U.S. Office of War Information, Washington, DC and London, England
1946-1948Planning student, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University (degree: Master of City Planning)
1949-1952Metropolitan Consultant, Philadelphia Housing Association
1953Associate Planner, Bucks County (Pa.) Planning Commission
1954Associate Planner, South Jersey Mass Transportation Study
1955Planner, Urban Traffic and Transportation Study Board, City of Philadelphia
1956Staff, Urban Renewal Study Board, Baltimore, Md.
1956 July 1Marries (Mary) Cushing Niles (Swarthmore 1949), daughter of Henry E. and Mary Cushing Niles, Baltimore
1958 July 8Daughter Mary Cushing born
1958-1960Planning consultant (self-employed)
1960-1963Associate Planner, Pennsylvania-Jersey Transportation Study
1960Son Louis Niles born
1963-1966Planning Director, Roy F. Weston, Inc.
1966 Member, ADA, Philadelphia Art Alliance
1966-1976Various positions, Board of Education, School District of Philadelphia
1967-1970Board member, American Institute of Planners
1977-presentHousehusband
Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Louis P. Dolbeare (AC 1940) Papers document the personal life and activities of Louis P. Dolbeare primarily during his undergraduate years at Amherst College and his post-collegiate years. The Papers consist primarily of correspondence between Dolbeare and his college friends and family members. Other items include photographs and programs from Amherst College theater productions (The Masquers), as well as from alumni reunion gatherings. The correspondence within the collection dates from 1934 to 1990, with the bulk falling between the years of 1934-1965. Also included are Dolbeare's grade reports, Amherst College theater production flyers, and newspaper clippings.

A great deal of the correspondence in Series 3, Masquers, relates to Dolbeare's attempts to create a memorial fund in honor of Charles Rogers, Professor Emeritus of Fine Arts and Dramatics at Amherst College.


Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

There is no restriction on access to the Louis P. Dolbeare (AC 1940) Papers for research use. Particularly fragile items may be restricted for preservation purposes.

Restrictions on use:

Requests for permission to publish material from the Papers should be directed to the Archives and Special Collections. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

Preferred Citation

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection:

[Identification of item], in Louis P. Dolbeare (AC 1940) Papers [Box #, Folder #], Amherst College Archives and Special Collections, Amherst College Library

History of the Collection


Additional Information
Contact Information
Amherst College Archives and Special Collections
Robert Frost Library
PO Box 5000
Amherst, MA 01002-5000

Phone: (413) 542-2299
Fax: (413) 542-2692

Email Reference Form: http://www.amherst.edu/library/archives/askus
URL: http://www.amherst.edu/library/archives
Language
English.
Sponsor
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Contents List
Series 1: PERSONAL CORRESPONDENCE,
1934-1995


Family members
1934-35

Box 1: folder 1
Family members
1935-36

Box 1: folder 2
Family members
1936

Box 1: folder 3
Family Members
1937

Box 1: folder 4
Mr. and Mrs. Guy B. Dolbeare, paternal uncle; Mr. and Mrs. Edgar B. Sherill, mother and stepfather
1937

Box 1: folder 5
Mother
1938

Box 1: folder 6
Family members
1938

Box 1: folder 7
Family members and friends
1939

Box 1: folder 8
Family members and friends
1940

Box 1: folder 9
Family members
1940

Box 1: folder 10
New York connections
1991

Box 1: folder 11
Correspondence with Amherst College Archives and Special Collections Department
1991

Box 1: folder 12
Correspondence
1995

Box 1: folder 13
Series 2: CLASS OF 1940 Materials,
1980-1990


40th Reunion
1980

Box 1: folder 14
45th Reunion
1985

Box 1: folder 15
50th Reunion (Folder 1 of 2)
1990

Box 1: folder 16
50th Reunion (folder 2 of 2)
1990

Box 2: folder 1
Series 3: MASQUERS,
1940-1998


Charlie Rogers, biographical information
n.d.

Box 2: folder 2
Charlie Rogers correspondence (folder 1 of 2)
1940-1959

Box 2: folder 3
Charlie Rogers: miscellaneous correspondence and theater production flyers, obituary of Charlie Rogers (folder 2 of 2)
1960-1981

Box 2: folder 4
Kirby Theater Celebration 1938-1988
1988

Box 2: folder 5
Charlie Rogers celebration
1990

Box 2: folder 6
Charlie Rogers Celebration Transcription
1990

Box 2: folder 7
Kirby Theater
1990

Box 2: folder 8
Peer Gynt (play) prompt book correspondence and photograph of sign advertising the play (see Dramatic Activities Collection for actual promptbook)
1998

Box 2: folder 9
Peer Gynt alumni/ae theater trip to Shakespeare Theatre, Washington, DC - correspondence, news clippings of play reviews
1998

Box 2: folder 10

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Subjects
  • Amherst College--Students.
  • Dolbeare, Louis P.
  • Masquers (Amherst College)
  • Rogers, Charles E., 1906-1980.
  • Theater--Massachusetts--Amherst.

Contributors
  • Amherst College. Class of 1940. Dolbeare.
  • Rogers, Charles E., 1906-1980.


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