Kate Lawson C0222
Published by George Mason University Libraries
Born Kathryn Drain on July 27, 1894 in Spokane, Washington, her family moved to Washington, D.C., in the early 1900s. Drain left D.C. to become a nurse's aide in Paris, France, during World War I. She served in World War I in Paris as a nurse and in World War II in India with the American Red Cross. It was in Paris that she met and married John Howard Lawson, and she began her theatrical career. By 1922 she was working on Broadway as a technical director, costume and stage designer, and actress. She joined the FTP in July 1936 and headed the Bureau of Research and Publication and was the Chief Technical Officer for the FTP in New York City. She resigned in September of 1937 and moved to Los Angeles, California, to pursue a career in film and television.
The Kate Lawson papers include newspaper clippings and press releases on Federal Theatre Project productions, FTP administrative correspondence including job descriptions, memorandums on employee reclassification, complaints from employees and audience survey questionnaires, research lists, production records, and personal correspondence.
Arranged alphabetically by folder title.
Collection is open to research.
There are no restrictions.
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.
Federal Theatre Project (U.S.)
New Deal, 1933-1939.
There are digital documents from this and other GMU FTP collections in the Federal Theatre Project collection.
Kate Lawson papers, Collection #C0222, Special Collections and Archives, George Mason University Libraries.
Donated to Special Collections and Archives by Kate Drain Lawson on October 31, 1977.
Processing and EAD markup completed in October 2012 by Greta Kuriger Suiter.