Francis Bosworth papers, 1933-1982

Francis Bosworth C0220


Published by George Mason University Libraries

Contact Information:

Fenwick Library (2FL)

George Mason University

Fairfax, Virginia 22030-4444

USA

Phone: (703) 993-2220

Fax: (703) 993-8911

Email: speccoll@gmu.edu

URL: http://sca.gmu.edu

Descriptive Summary

Repository George Mason University. Libraries. Special Collections & Archives
Creator Francis Bosworth
Title Francis Bosworth papers
Date 1933-1982
Date (Bulk) 1933-1943
Physical Characteristics 0.5 linear feet (1 box)
Abstract The Francis Bosworth papers contain personal papers collected by Bosworth from the 1930s to the 1980s. About three-fourths of the material in this collection is about the Federal Theatre Project, other material consists of projects Bosworth worked on for the World's Fair in New York City in 1940, the National Council of Teachers of English 27th annual meeting, a "Report of an Experiment in the use of Documentary Playwriting for the teaching of Intercultural Education carried on in Selected Secondary Schools of Westchester County," and correspondence and papers about non-Federal Theatre Project employment.
Collection Number C0220
Language English

Biographical note

Francis Bosworth was born in St. Paul Minnesota on November 6, 1904. He attended the University of Minnesota before moving to New York City in 1929. In New York he was the author of several plays, the Head of the Drama Department of the New College at Columbia, and was the Director of the National Play Bureau of the Federal Theatre Project.

The Federal Theatre Project was a division of the Works Progress Administration (WPA), which provided employment for large numbers of artists, writers, and performers during the Great Depression (1929-1939). The Federal Theatre began in 1935 and, until its end in 1939, flourished as the first and only federally sponsored and subsidized theater program in the United States. Directed by Hallie Flanagan (1880-1969), it was a way for theatrical professionals to gain employment during the Depression.

Return to the Table of Contents

Scope and Content

The Francis Bosworth papers contain personal papers collected by Bosworth from the 1930s to the 1980s. About three-fourths of the material in this collection is about the Federal Theatre Project, other material consists of projects Bosworth worked on for the World's Fair in New York City in 1940, the National Council of Teachers of English 27th annual meeting, a Report of an Experiment in the use of Documentary Playwriting for the teaching of Intercultural Education carried on in Selected Secondary Schools of Westchester County, and correspondence and papers about non-Federal Theatre Project employment. Federal Theatre Project material includes correspondence, memorandums, material on the production It Can't Happen Here, articles written by Bosworth, a radio script, and a collection of National Youth Administration letters.

Return to the Table of Contents

Arrangement

This collection is arranged alphabetically by folder title.

Return to the Table of Contents

Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Collection is open to research.

Use Restrictions

There are no restrictions.

Return to the Table of Contents

Related Material

The Works Progress Administration oral histories collection, the Federal Theatre Project collection, the Federal Theatre Project photograph collection, as well as numerous other personal papers.

Return to the Table of Contents

Index Terms

Corporate Names:

Federal Theatre Project (U.S.)

Subjects:

New Deal, 1933-1939.
Theater--United States.

Return to the Table of Contents

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation note

Francis Bosworth papers, Collection #C0220, Special Collections and Archives, George Mason University Libraries.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Francis Bosworth to Special Collections and Archives on October 21, 1978.

Processing Information

Processing and EAD markup completed in November 2012 by Greta Kuriger Suiter.

Return to the Table of Contents

Contents List

Francis Bosworth papers, 1933-1982
Box Folder
1 1 Correspondence between Bosworth and Temple University, 1970-1972
2 Correspondence between Bosworth and RCA, 1939
Victory co-plan
3 Federal Theatre Project, March 20, 1938
Christ in Concrete radio script
4 Federal Theatre Project, 1936-1938
Correspondence and memorandums (original and photocopies)
5 Federal Theatre Project, 1936-1939
Correspondence, assignments, papers
6 Federal Theatre Project, 1937
National youth administration letters
7 Federal Theatre Project, 1936-1938
Newspaper clippings
8 Federal Theatre Project, 1936-1938
Pittsburgh theatre; It Can't Happen Here; 80,000 theatres article
9 Historical Society of Pennsylvania speech, 1975
10 National Council of Teachers of English 27th annual meeting, November 1937
11 Synopsis of Rachel Davis DuBois's autobiography, March 1982
12 Personal papers and correspondence relating to non Federal Theatre Project employment, 1933-1943
13 Report of an experiment: Documentary playwriting as a technique of intercultural education, 1941
14 World's Fair - American common, 1940
Return to the Table of Contents