Guide to the J. Burke Knapp papers, 1960s

J. Burke Knapp C0199


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Descriptive Summary

Repository George Mason University. Special Collections and Archives.
Creator J. Burke Knapp
Title J. Burke Knapp papers
Date 1960s
Physical Characteristics 3.45 linear ft.; 7 boxes
Abstract Collection contains materials relating to various financial matters of the Arena Stage during the 1960s.
Collection number C0017
Language English

Historical Information

Arena Stage was an early leader in the resident theatre movement. One of the first not-for-profit theatres in the United States as well as a pioneer of the regional theatre movement, the Arena Stage was the first regional theatre to transfer a production to Broadway, the first invited by the U.S. State Department to tour Eastern Europe and the U.S.S.R., and the first to receive a Tony Award. Co-founded in 1950 by Edward Mangum, a teacher from George Washington University, and Zelda Fichandler, one of his students, Arena Stage was opened in Washington, D.C., to fill the void left by the closing of the National Theater in 1948. Deriving it's name from the idea of "theatre in the round," Arena Stage became one of the first resident theatres in the United States, beginning with a company of only eight actors. Today, Arena performs to over 250,000 patrons during a September to June season and employs nearly 200 theatre professionals and craftpersons, who are responsible for all the costumes and scenery seen on stage. Many now-famous actors took part in Arena Stage productions during the early part of their careers. Some of them include Robert Prosky, Morgan Freeman, Dianne Weist, James Earl Jones, Kevin Kline, Christopher Guest, Yeardly Smith and Samuel L. Jackson.

Mr. J Burke Knapp was an Economist for the Federal Reserve Board, 1940-44; adviser on German economic affairs, U.S. Department of State and German Military Government, 1944-45; special assistant to the chairman, Federal Reserve Board, 1945-48; director, Office of Financial and Development Policy, Department of State, 1948-49; economic adviser U.S. delegation to NATO, 1950-51; U.S. president of the Joint Brazil-U.S. Economic Development Commission, 1951-52; and assistant director, economics department, International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, 1950-52, director, Western Hemisphere department, 1952-56, vice president, IBRD, 1956 and President of the Washington Drama Society.

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Scope and Content

Collection contains materials relating to various financial matters of the Arena Stage during the 1960s.

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Arrangement

Organized by subject.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Collection is open to research.

Use Restrictions

There are no restrictions.

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Related Material

Special Collections and Archives holds the Arena Stage records.

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Index Terms

Corporate Names:

Arena Stage (Organization : Washington, D.C.)

Subjects:

Theater--Washington (D.C.)

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

J. Burke Knapp papers, Collection #C0017, Special Collections and Archives, George Mason University Libraries.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Arena Stage in 2000.

Processing Information

Processed by Special Collections and Archives staff.

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Contents List

J. Burke Knapp papers
Box Folder
1 1 Washington Drama Society, Inc. "Friends of Arena Stage"
2 Washington Drama Society, Inc. "foundation"
3 Washington Drama Society, Inc. correspondence
4 Washington Drama Society, Inc. third class postage
5 Washington Drama Society, Inc. construction contract
6 Washington Drama Society, Inc. D.C. Sales tax exemption
7 Washington Drama Society, Inc. D.C. personal Property Exemption
8 Washington Drama Society, Inc. mortgage
9 Washington Drama Society, Inc. correspondence
10 Washington Drama Society, Inc. fichandler contract
11 accounts book
Box Folder
2 1 Arena Enterprises Inc.
2 Arena Enterprises; Stock Agreement Form
3 incomplete dissolution of Arena Enterprises Inc.
4 correspondence; Arena Enterprise Stock
5 Trustee minutes and Stockholder minutes
6 correspondence and Joint Stock
7 Arena Enterprises stock sale
8 Washington Drama Society organization
9 Arena Enterprises fiscal Summary
10 Personal Arena Stage 1956-1960
11 personal Arena Stage 1956-1960
Box Folder
3 1 lease agreement with the District of Columbia, 1960
2 Arena Stage II materials
3 1956-1966 season summary sheet
4 1966-1967 season summary sheets
5 misc. records
6 1967-1968 season summary sheets
Box Folder
4 1 Washington Drama Society Inc. trust indenture 1960
2 Washington Drama Society Inc. trust indenture 1962
3 stock ledger book, bank notes and statements
4 Washington Drama Society land lease with the District of Columbia
Box Folder
5 1 instruction form for disposition of stockholder assets memorandum on dissolution, 1959 (1 of 3)
2 instruction form for disposition of stockholder assets memorandum on dissolution, 1959 (2 of 3)
3 instruction form for disposition of stockholder assets memorandum on dissolution, 1959 (3 of 3)
4 Arena Stage II
Box Folder
6 1 1959 appeal for nonprofit status
2 nonprofit application
3 1968-1969 season summary sheet
Box Folder
7 1 misc. financial documents
2 Arena Stage II
3 misc. correspondence
4 misc. correspondence
5 personal and property tax exemption information
6 Washington Drama Society Inc. exemption application
7 Washington Drama Society Inc. application for tax exemptions
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