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Hallie Flanagan Davis Papers, 1938-1964
1 box (.45 linear ft.)
Collection number: RG 42

Abstract:
Dean, Smith College, Professor of Drama, Head of the Federal Theater Project. Contains biographical material, correspondence, photographs, speeches, and writings.

Terms of Access and Use: Restrictions on use:

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. Permission to publish material from the papers must be requested from the College Archives. The Archives has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any question of copyright.

Smith College Archives
Northampton, MA

Biographical Note

Hallie Flanagan Davis was born on August 27, 1890 in Redfield, South Dakota. Her parents were Frederic Miller and Louise (Fisher) Ferguson. Davis got her BA at Grinell College (Grinell, Iowa) in 1911. In 1924, she earned her Masters from Radcliffe College. She had two short-lived marriages, both of which ended due to her husbands' death. The first, in 1912, was to John Murray Flanagan, who died in 1919. The second, in 1934, was to Phillip Haldane Davis, who died in 1940. Between the two marriages, Davis had two children and three step children.

In 1924-5, Hallie Flanagan Davis was an Associate Professor at Grinell College, and the founder of their Experimental Theater. From 1925 until 1942, Davis worked as a Professor at Vassar College, where she also founded and directed Experimental Theater. In 1935, she was asked to head the Federal Theater Project, which was part of the New Deal's W.P.A. She served as the head of the project until its end. In 1942, she accepted Smith College's offer to serve as Dean and a professor in the Drama Department. She resigned from her position as Dean in 1946 so that she could focus on the Drama Department, of which she was the chair, and on the Theater, of which she was the director. Davis retired from Smith in 1955. In 1962, the Studio Theater in Smith's new Center for the Performing Arts was named in her honor. She died on July 23, 1969.

Flanagan Davis' writings include: Arena, Shifting Scenes in the Modern European Theater, and Dynamo, the Story of the Vassar Theater. Her plays include: The Curtain, and E-mc2.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Hallie Flanagan Davis papers contain biographical materials, correspondence, photographs, speeches and writings spanning Davis' career as a faculty member at Smith College.


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

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. Permission to publish material from the papers must be requested from the College Archives. The Archives has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any question of copyright.

Preferred Citation

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

Hallie Flanagan Davis Papers, Box #, Smith College Archives.

History of the Collection

Processing Information

Processed by Gayla B. Spaulding.


Additional Information
Contact Information
Smith College Archives
Northampton, MA 01063

Phone: (413) 585-2970
Fax: (413) 585-2886

Email: nyoung@smith.edu
URL: http://www.smith.edu/libraries/libs/archives
Language
English.
Sponsor
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Contents List
Series I: Biographical Materials



This section of the collection consists of awards and honors received by Davis and obituaries.

Biographical Materials (Awards and Honors)
1948 - 1964

Box 743: folder 1
Biographical Materials
1942 - 1994

Box 743: folder 2
Biographical Materials (Obituaries)
1969

Box 743: folder 3
Series II: Correspondence



This section of the collection contains one folder of personal correspondence dated from 1911 through 1948 and on folder of correspondence pertaining to the Theater Department at Smith College dated 1949.

Correspondence
1911 - 1948

Box 743: folder 4
Correspondence (Theater Dept)
1949

Box 743: folder 5
Series III: Photographs



This section contains one folder of undated photographs.

Photographs
n. d.

Box 743: folder 6
Series IV: Writings



This section consists of eight speeches given by Davis ranging in date from 1939 through 1945 and three undated speeches, seven writings by Davis ranging in date from 1938 through 1955 including one undated writing and a copy of a thesis written by Ellen Senay Smith for her M. A. thesis from Tulane University.

Speech - "The Artist in the College"
n. d.

Box 743: folder 7
Speech - Smith Assembly
10 / 4 / 1945

Box 743: folder 8
Speech - "The Contribution of the Arts to Democracy"
n. d.

Box 743: folder 9
Speech - "Find your Weapon"
5 / 6 / 1944

Box 743: folder 10
Speech - "For Tonight and For Tomorrow"
11 / 16 / 1942

Box 743: folder 11
Speech - "In Which We Serve"
1 / 20 / 1943

Box 743: folder 12
Speech - "Our Firm Estate"
6 / 16 / 1943

Box 743: folder 13
Speech - "The Theater in a Changing
12 / 5 / 1943

Box 743: folder 14
Speech - "The Theater in the College"
5 / 11 / 1943

Box 743: folder 15
Speech - "The Theater in the College"
1939

Box 743: folder 16
Speech - "The Theater in the College"
4 / 28 / 1945

Box 743: folder 17
Speech - "Women in the Theater"
3 / 11/ 1944

Box 743: folder 18
Writings - The Postman Sometimes Rings Twice
1946

Box 743: folder 19
Teaching - Course Introduction ("Theater as a Life Force")
n. d.

Box 743: folder 20
Thesis - M. A. Thesis by Ellen Senay Smith, Tulane University
1964

Box 743: folder 21
Article - WPA, A Living Newspaper
1938

Box 743: folder 22
Writings - Can you Hear the Voices
n. d.

Box 743: folder 23
Writings - Covenant and Heritage
1953, 1955

Box 743: folder 24
Writings - E = MC 2
1947, 1948

Box 743: folder 25
Writings - Make with the Maximum
1943

Box 743: folder 26

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Subjects
  • Flanagan, Hallie, 1890-1969.
  • Grinell College--Faculty.
  • Smith College--Faculty.
  • Vassar College--Faculty.


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