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Inventory of the Footlight Players Collection, 1885-1975
Inventory of the Footlight Players Collection, 1885-1975
|Abstract:||Collection contains histories, scrapbooks, programs, copies of the Footnotes newsletter, scripts, photographs, posters, costume and set design sketches by Emmett Robinson, and other ephemera relating to the Footlight Players of Charleston, South Carolina.|
|Title:||Footlight Players collection|
|Creator:||Footlight Players (Charleston, S.C.)|
|Date(s):||1885-1975 (bulk 1925-1964)|
|Extent:||7.5 linear feet
(13 document boxes, 2 slim document boxes, 1 oversize flat box)
|Repository:||Special Collections, College of Charleston Libraries
66 George Street
Charleston, SC 29424
Phone: (843) 953-8016
Fax: (843) 953-6319
|Call Number:||Mss 0016|
|Language of Material:||Materials in English|
Oldest community theater group in Charleston, South Carolina, organized in 1931. Most early plays were presented at the Academy of Music until 1936. In 1936 and 1937 plays were presented al fresco and at the Victory Theatre. In November 1937 the Footlight Players opened the reconstructed Dock Street Theatre (until May 1938 owned by the city and leased by the Carolina Art Association). The Footlight Players were affiliated with the Carolina Art Association from 1938 until 1941. At that time the Footlight Players remodeled their "Workshop" at 20 Queen Street and began seasonal productions.
Collection contains histories, scrapbooks, programs, copies of the Footnotes newsletter, scripts, photographs, posters, costume and set design sketches by Emmett Robinson, and other ephemera relating to the Footlight Players of Charleston, South Carolina. Histories include the pamphlet The Footlight Players from 1946 and the typescript Historical Summary: Twenty-Five Years of Community Theatre by Paul R. Weidner. The collection also includes information about membership and meetings and a reprinted clipping of a letter from 1948 to the editor concerning the Dock Street Theatre lease. Scrapbooks contain clippings about the Footlight Players. The personal scrapbook of Eola Willis contains Willis's essay "Origin of the Footlight Players, Charleston's Little Theatre," clippings, reviews of her book The Charleston Stage, and other items. The collection also includes programs from 1931 to 1958, the Footnotes newsletter from 1937 to 1970, annotated scripts, nine black and white photographs of costumes and set designs, and ephemera including publicity materials and assorted materials related to the Film Society, the Family Agency, the Dock Street Theatre, and the Dock Street Theatre School. Oversized items include 15 small posters from 1951 to 1957 and six sketches of costumes (with fabric swatches) and set designs by Emmett Robinson.
Materials are described at the folder level.
Search TermsThe following terms have been used to index this collection in the Library's online catalog. They are grouped by name of person, family, or organization, by topical subject, by place, and by types of material.
- Footlight Players (Charleston, S.C.)--History--20th century
- Dock Street Theatre (Charleston, S.C.)
- Carolina Art Association
- Theater--South Carolina--Charleston--History--20th century
- Theater programs--South Carolina--Charleston
- Theater--Production and direction--South Carolina--Charleston
- Theatrical posters--South Carolina--Charleston
- Theaters--Stage-setting and scenery--South Carolina--Charleston
- Costume design--South Carolina--Charleston
Types of Material
- Scripts (documents)
- Theater programs
- Printed ephemera
- Watercolors (paintings)
- Black-and-white photographs
- Catalogs (documents)
Related materials in Special Collections include the Emmett Robinson papers, 1931-1977 (Mss 0039), the Patricia Anne Colbert Robinson papers, 1922-1998 (Mss 0107), and the pamphlet The Footlight Players.
The pamphlet The Footlight Players inscribed "Paul R. Weidner gift 1961" has been removed and cataloged separately.
List of play manuscripts deposited in the College of Charleston Library.
Scrapbook of clippings and other ephemera compiled by Eola Willis. Also contains "Origin of the Footlight Players, Charleston's Little Theatre," a brief history of the Footlight Players written by Willis.
Annotation on envelope reads "Newspaper Clippings, Duplicates of items already entered in the Scrap Books, 1942."
Annotation on envelope reads "Newspaper Clippings, Duplicates of items already entered in the Scrap Books, 1943."
Duplicates of newspaper clippings already entered in scrapbooks from 1946 to 1951.
Footnotes newsletter, 1937-1970
Blank postcard found in the rafters of the front lobby of the Footlight Players Theatre in 1950.
Assorted watercolor sketches by Emmett Robinson.
This collection is open for research.
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[Identification of item], Footlight Players collection, College of Charleston Libraries, Charleston, SC, USA.
Scrapbooks, programs, and scripts were deposited at the College of Charleston in April 1950. A copy of the pamphlet The Footlight Players inscribed "Paul R. Weidner gift 1961" was donated in 1961.
Processed by Special Collections staff, date unknown.
Encoded by Joshua Minor, August 2016.
Reviewed and uploaded by Joshua Minor, August 2016.