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Canfield Papers, 1929-1981
3 records storage boxes, 1 archives box, 2 oversize flat boxes (4.5 linear ft.)

Abstract:
Drama professor and director. Collection includes course and lecture notes, as well as some correspondence, newspaper clippings, framed portraits and photographs, and material for Canfield's books.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

There is no restriction on access to the F. Curtis Canfield Papers for research use. Particularly fragile items may be restricted for preservation purposes.

Restrictions on use:

Requests for permission to publish material from the F. Curtis Canfield 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

Fayette Curtis Canfield (AC 1925), drama professor and director, was born on July 29, 1903 in Bridgeport, Connecticut. After his graduation in 1925, he worked at Amherst as Professor of Theatre and Dramatic Art until 1954. From 1938 onwards, he was also Director of Amherst's Kirby Theater. In 1954, he was appointed the first dean of the Yale University School of Drama, a position he held for thirteen years. He left Yale in 1967 to teach Theatre Arts at the University of Pittsburgh, where he stayed until his retirement in 1973. Canfield was a trustee of the National Theatre Conference from 1958 to 1964 and of the American Shakespeare Theatre Festival Academy from 1962 to 1968; and a member of the Century Association of New York from 1953 to 1971. He was awarded honorary degrees by Amherst and Emerson Colleges, and by Yale University. Canfield was married to Katherine F. Newbold on May 21, 1927. He died in Northampton on June 8, 1986, at the age of 82.

Canfield wrote and edited several books on theatre, including Plays of the Irish Renaissance (1929), Plays of Changing Ireland (1936), The Seed and the Sowers: A Chronicle of the Founding of Amherst College (1955), and The Craft of Play Directing (1963).

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The bulk of the collection is made up of notes and other materials relating to Canfield's courses, lectures, and speeches, spanning his careers at Amherst, Yale and the University of Pittsburgh. The papers also include some correspondence, newspaper clippings, and material for his books, as well as a few framed portraits and photographs.


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

There is no restriction on access to the F. Curtis Canfield Papers for research use. Particularly fragile items may be restricted for preservation purposes.

Restrictions on use:

Requests for permission to publish material from the F. Curtis Canfield 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 F. Curtis Canfield 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: UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH,
1967-1973


Merrill Trust
1972-73

Box 1: folder 1
Ibsen: Peer Gynt
1968-69

Box 1: folder 2
Records of the Merrill Fellowships


Box 1: folder 3
Albee; The Soundbox; The Puzzle; Tiny Alice; Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Playbills and notes)


Box 1: folder 4
Notes for Speech 82
1972-73

Box 1: folder 5
Lecture notes for Speech 82
1968-69

Box 1: folder 6
O'Neill: Long Day's Journey...


Box 1: folder 7
Rostand: Cyrano de Bergerac
1973

Box 1: folder 8
Wilde: Lady Windermere's Fan


Box 1: folder 9
Shaw: The Doctor's Dilemma


Box 1: folder 10
Fry: The Lady's Not For Burning


Box 1: folder 11
Irish Drama - Juno


Box 1: folder 12
Shakespeare: The Tempest


Box 1: folder 13
Stoppard: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead - Director's problems


Box 1: folder 14
Rice: The Adding Machine; Typist Shisgal


Box 1: folder 15
Speech 227 - Dramatic Literature and Styles
1978

Box 1: folder 16
Gorki: The Lower Depths
1973

Box 1: folder 17
Brecht: Mother Courage


Box 1: folder 18
Miller: Death of a Salesman; All My Sons


Box 1: folder 19
Absurdists


Box 1: folder 20
Pirandello


Box 1: folder 21
Odets


Box 1: folder 22
Chekhov: The Seagull


Box 1: folder 23
Eliot: Murder in the Cathedral


Box 1: folder 24
O'Neill: The Homecoming


Box 1: folder 25
Saroyan
1971

Box 1: folder 26
Ibsen: A Doll's House


Box 1: folder 27
Shakespeare comparisons


Box 1: folder 28
Strindberg: The Father


Box 1: folder 29
Dramatic Literature and Styles: The Hairy Ape
1973

Box 1: folder 30
O'Neill: Morning Becomes Electra


Box 1: folder 31
Clytemnestra


Box 1: folder 32
Oedipus


Box 1: folder 33
Tragedy III


Box 1: folder 34
Talk to Women's Association on the New York season
1969

Box 1: folder 35
Pittsburgh II
1968-69

Box 1: folder 36
Pittsburgh I
1968-69

Box 1: folder 37
Talk at Pittsburgh drama rally
1967

Box 1: folder 38
Rehearsal photos (?)


Box 1: folder 39
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern... - photos and playscript


Box 1: folder 40
Marat-Sade - playscript, notes


Box 1: folder 41
John Brown's Body
1973

Box 1: folder 42
Visiting British director - Tyrone Guthrie and FCC


Box 1: folder 43
Classical Tradition (folder empty)
1973

Box 1: folder 44
Talk at Massachusetts Chapter of AETA (folder empty)


Box 1: folder 45
Speech on Abbott Van Nostrand and the Samuel French plays (folder empty)
1980

Box 1: folder 46
Happy as Larry


Box 1: folder 47
Notes on John Brown's Body


Box 1: folder 48
Chekhov


Box 1: folder 49
Miscellaneous letters
1971-

Box 1: folder 50
Report on the future of the arts at University of Pittsburgh
1970

Box 1: folder 51
Mowatt: Fashion, or Life in New York


Box 1: folder 52
New York Times Book Review - review of Broadway, by FCC
1970

Box 1: folder 53
The Craft of Play Directing - by FCC - manuscript


Box 1: folder 54
The Craft of Play Directing - Permissions


Box 1: folder 55
Fashion, or Life in New York - newsclippings


Box 1: folder 56
Early miscellaneous clippings, programs, etc. by Ralph C. McGoun (AC 1927)
1930's

Box 1: folder 57
Sentiment cards


Box 1: folder 58
Series 2: AMHERST COLLEGE,
1929-1980


Order of exercises at Stanley King's Inauguration
1942

Box 2: folder 1
Letter to Andrew Canfield re: end of Navy and future
1946

Box 2: folder 2
The Seed and the Sowers, by FCC - written for 125th Anniversary of the Masquers
1946

Box 2: folder 3
Burgess Meredith (AC 1930)


Box 2: folder 4
Amherst reunion
1980

Box 2: folder 5
Kirby Theatre


Box 2: folder 6
Chapel Talk - An Amherst Astronomer
1954

Box 2: folder 7
Pouffer: The Shapes Arise manuscript


Box 2: folder 8
Irish phase
1929-

Box 2: folder 9
Oral History interviews with Hewlett


Box 2: folder 10
The Afterglow - a tribute to Robert Frost


Box 2: folder 11
Writings and copies by FCC


Box 2: folder 12
Talk to Amherst Faculty Club re: MIT WWII experiences


Box 2: folder 13
Older notes from courses at Amherst College


Box 2: folder 14
Miscellaneous talks - Hartford alumni
1947-48

Box 2: folder 15
Tad Mosel


Box 2: folder 16
Masquers Trip to Vienna
1933

Box 2: folder 17
Fashion - Abbott Van Nostrand


Box 2: folder 18
Letter from FCC on the impermanence of theater art


Box 2: folder 19
Senior Chapel speech
1947

Box 2: folder 20
Humorous talk on the occasion of the Class of 1923 Reunion


Box 2: folder 21
Jones Library
1947

Box 2: folder 22
M. Abbott Van Nostrand and his collection of the publications of the Samuel French Companies - President's House
1980

Box 2: folder 23
Chapel talk
1949

Box 2: folder 24
Evolution of a Playgoer


Box 2: folder 25
Class notes - Humanities 22
1954

Box 2: folder 26
Class notes - Dramatic Arts 43, Directing
1953

Box 2: folder 27
Williamstown, MA - The Reluctant Debutante


Box 2: folder 28
Address to the Amherst Alumni, New York
1946

Box 2: folder 29
Macmillan Company - Correspondence


Box 2: folder 30
Explanation of TV


Box 2: folder 31
Remarks - Prelude to Presentation of Award at Emerson College


Box 2: folder 32
Remarks at Memorial Service for Charles E. Rogers
1980

Box 2: folder 33
Memorial Service for David Morton - Johnson Chapel
1957

Box 2: folder 34
Memorial Services, for Eugene S. Wilson; Dan Seymour


Box 2: folder 35
Speech to Sabrina Society
1975

Box 2: folder 36
Chapel talks on Amherst College
1947

Box 2: folder 37
Class notes - Humanities 21, Medieval Drama


Box 2: folder 38
Class notes - Maeterlinck (Symbolism)


Box 2: folder 39
Class notes - Humanities 22, Dryden
1951

Box 2: folder 40
Lecture notes - Humanities 22
1951

Box 2: folder 41
Class notes - Humanities 22
1951

Box 2: folder 42
Speech to 45th Reunion of the Class of '52
1977

Box 2: folder 43
Speech to 45th Reunion of the Class of '33
1978

Box 2: folder 44
Class notes - Stage composition


Box 2: folder 45
Humanities - Finished work - Ibsen


Box 2: folder 46
Humanities - Finished work - Frye


Box 2: folder 47
Humanities - Finished work - O'Neill


Box 2: folder 48
Humanities - Finished work - Odets


Box 2: folder 49
Humanities - Finished work - Miscellaneous


Box 2: folder 50
Poetic Drama... Irish plays


Box 2: folder 51
Sean O'Casey


Box 2: folder 52
Irish plays
1957-59

Box 2: folder 53
Kaiser - Expressionism


Box 2: folder 54
Miscellaneous notes - clippings used in compiling


Box 2: folder 55
Humanities 126B


Box 2: folder 55
Talk at AETA - notes by President


Box 2: folder 56
Lecture notes - Evolution of a Playgoer
1934

Box 2: folder 57
Class notes - Early American Drama


Box 2: folder 58
Old notes for course on Greek and Roman theatre
1930-

Box 2: folder 59
Lecture notes - Dramatic History
1930-

Box 2: folder 60
Amherst Summer Theater:
1940?

Box 2: folder 61
Anderson - Winterset


Box 2: folder 61
O'Neill - Ah, Wilderness


Box 2: folder 61
Series 3: YALE UNIVERSITY,
1954-1992


Letters - Ralph Williams, John Whicher, Herschel Williams


Box 3: folder 1
Yale Alumni Magazine
1954

Box 3: folder 2
Tragedy of (Xenathaeis?) - 45 rpm vinyl disc


Box 3: folder 3
"Cole" - Yale salute to Cole Porter


Box 3: folder 4
Lecture - The Performing Arts - Toronto
1965

Box 3: folder 5
"Lost Portraits of Thomas Jefferson," Mead Art Gallery
1959

Box 3: folder 6
First speech at Yale as
1954

Box 3: folder 7
Drama


Box 3: folder 7
End of first school year at Yale
1955

Box 3: folder 8
Commencement addresses at Yale
1959-64

Box 3: folder 9
Lecture - The Yale Plan


Box 3: folder 10
Talk to Yale Club of New Haven
1961

Box 3: folder 11
Talk to Alumni group - Cincinnati and Louisville
1963

Box 3: folder 12
Honorary degree - Emerson College
1956

Box 3: folder 13
Honorary Degree - University of Pittsburgh
1973

Box 3: folder 14
Letter of Resignation - FCC to Kingman Brewster
1968

Box 3: folder 15
Speech to Yale alumni at Winter Park
1960

Box 3: folder 15A
Correspondence - Katherine Canfield to Yale School of Drama
1992

Box 3: folder 16
Series 4: MISCELLANEOUS,
1936-1981


Newsclippings from the American Press Clipping
1936

Box 4: folder 1
Service


Box 4: folder 1
Miscellaneous letters, articles, pamphlets, etc.


Box 4: folder 2
MIT Class of 1946 Reunion Book


Box 4: folder 3
Speech at 20th Navy Reunion, Provincetown, MA
1960

Box 4: folder 4
Speech at 35th Navy Reunion, Woodstock VT
1981

Box 4: folder 5
MIT Navy V-12 Unit
1943-46

Box 4: folder 6
Photograph - FCC at MIT
1945

Box 4: folder 7
TECHNIQUE (MIT Yearbook)
1945

Box 4: folder 8
Series 5: PORTRAITS AND PHOTOGRAPHS,
1946, n.d.


Sketched portrait, 10 x 13 1/2 - "To Curt Canfield with warm appreciation," signed "Stanley King"
1946

Box 5: folder 1
Unidentified portrait, B/W photo, 6 1/2 x 9 1/2


Box 5: folder 2
Unidentified portrait with Sabrina, color photo, 10 3/4 x


Box 5: folder 3
10 1/4


Box 5: folder 3
Professor Charles Morgan, B/W photo, 11 3/4 x 13 3/4


Box 5: folder 4
Series 6: THE CRAFT OF PLAY DIRECTING,
ca. 1963


Art and blueprints for Canfield's book The Craft of Play Directing.
ca. 1963

Box 6: folder 1

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Subjects
  • Amherst College--Faculty.
  • Amherst College--Students.
  • Canfield, Curtis, 1903-
  • Theater--Massachusetts--Amherst.
  • Theater--Study and teaching (Higher)--Connecticut--New Haven.
  • Theater--Study and teaching (Higher)--Massachusetts--Amherst.
  • Theater--Study and teaching (Higher)--Pennsylvania--Pittsburgh.
  • University of Pittsburgh--Faculty.
  • Yale University--Faculty.

Contributors
  • Amherst College. Class of 1925. Canfield.

Genre terms
  • Lecture notes--Amherst College.


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