Guide to the Adams T. Rice papers 1922-1960

Adams T. Rice papers C0238


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Descriptive Summary

Repository: George Mason University. Libraries. Special Collections & Archives
Creator Rice, Adams T., 1892-
Title Adams T. Rice papers
Dates: 1922-1960
Physical Characteristics 2 linear feet (3 boxes)
Abstract The Adams T. Rice papers consists of newspaper clippings, scrapbooks, photographs, and programs relating to theatre in Detroit, Michigan, the Federal Theatre Project, and Rice's lecture "The Magic of Science." Material was collected by Rice and dates from the 1920s to 1960, with the bulk of the material dating from the 1920s to the 1930s.
Collection Number C0238
Language English

Biographical note

Adams T. Rice was born in 1892 in Newton, Massachusetts. He graduated from Newton Technical High School and received his PhD from Brown University in 1915. He also attended classes at the Rhode Island School of Design and the Boston Museum School of Design and completed a certificate in Engineering at Pratt Institute.

In the early 1920s Rice married the actress Helen Elizabeth Morrow. Rice and Morrow worked together at the Bonstelle Stock Company in Detroit, Michigan. In total Rice worked for 18 years with the Bonstelle Stock Companies (Detroit Civic Theatre) as a Stage Manager, Technical Director, and Stage Director. Throughout his career in the theatre he held jobs as Stage Manager for the Northampton Players, The Copley Players in Boston, and Director for the Clair Tree Major Players. He was both owner and director of "The Detroit Players" a traveling dramatic tent show, and spent five summers with various circuses as Lot Superintendent and Transportation Manager. He created the traveling lecture "The Magic of Science" and performed it on the east coast from New York to Boston. Later in his career he was the Director of Video Effects for the Bunin Motion Picture Studio, and created video effects for the Lucky Pup TV program. He also spent time teaching, working as an electrical engineer, designing exhibits for the N.Y. Worlds Fair, and wrote several children's plays.

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Scope and Content

The Adams T. Rice papers consists of newspaper clippings, scrapbooks, photographs, and programs relating to theatre in Detroit, Michigan, the Federal Theatre Project, and Rice's lecture "The Magic of Science." Material was collected by Rice and dates from the 1920s to 1960, with the bulk of the material dating from the 1920s to the 1930s.

Material related to the Federal Theatre Project includes newspaper clippings and programs for the productions: American Holiday, Class of '29, Ethiopia, A Hero is Born, It Can't Happen Here, Murder in the Cathedral, and the Sun and I. Also related to the Federal Theatre Project is the publication Red Spotlight, the WPA Federal Theatre Unit Communist Party newsletter. The scrapbooks document the Rice's work with the Bonstelle Company, the Detroit Players, and the Federal Theatre Project.

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Arrangement

The collection is arranged alphabetically by folder title.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

There are no access restrictions.

Use Restrictions

There are no restrictions on personal use. Permission to publish material from the Adams T. Rice papers must be obtained from Special Collections and Archives, George Mason University Libraries.

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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.

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Index Terms

Persons:

Bonstelle, Jessie.
Rice, Adams T., 1892-

Corporate Names:

Federal Theatre Project (U.S.)

Subjects:

Actors--Photographs.
New Deal, 1933-1939.
Performing arts.
Theater--United States.

Document Types:

Scrapbooks.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

The Adams T. Rice papers, #C0238, Special Collections and Archives, George Mason University Libraries.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Adams T. Rice's daughter Olivia Hudson on October 11, 1979.

Processing Information

Processing completed by Greta Kuriger Suiter in September 2013. EAD markup completed by Greta Kuriger Suiter in September 2013.

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Contents List

Box Folder
1 1 Bonstelle Playhouse, 1920s
Programs and photocopies of newspaper clippings
2 Detroit Civic Theatre letterhead; Helen Morrow membership card, 1928
3 Federal Theatre Project: American Holiday newsclippings, February 1936
4 Federal Theatre Project: Class of '29 newsclippings, 1936
5 Federal Theatre Project: Ethiopia newsclipping, circa 1936-1939
6 Federal Theatre Project: A Hero is Born, 1937
7 Federal Theatre Project: Highlights of the First Production Conference in New York City, July 22-24, 1936
8 Federal Theatre Project: It Can't Happen Here newsclippings, 1936
9 Federal Theatre Project: Murder in the Cathedral newsclippings, 1936
10 Federal Theatre Project: Playbills, 1936-1939
11 Federal Theatre Project: Red Spotlight, May 1937
WPA Federal Theatre Unit Communist Party newsletter
12 Federal Theatre Project: The Sun and I newsclippings, 1937
13 The Magic of Science, circa 1940s
Photographs and program for lecture
14 Newsclippings, 1920s-1930s
15 Newsclippings, circa 1927
16 Newsclippings, circa 1932
17 Newsclippings, 1935-1936
18 Newsclippings, June 13, 1937
19 Newsclippings: Ann Harding, October 21, 1926
20 Newsclippings: The Barretts of Wimpale Street, 1932
21 Newsclippings: Detroit Players tent show, 1929
22 Newsclippings: The Goose Hangs High, The Magic Cloak, 1927
23 Newsclippings: 'Let's Feed Our Own' slogan of dinner club for actors, February 1, 1932
24 Newsclippings: New York Herald Tribune, April 22, 1935
25 Newsclippings: Saint Joan, April 3, 1928
26 Newsclippings: The Water Babies, circa 1920s
27 Newsclippings and programs, 1928-1960
28 Newsclippings, programs, memos, 1920s-1930s
29 Photographs, 1920s-1930s
30 Photographs,
Theatre production photographs, portraits, Helen Morrow
31 Resume, undated
32 Scrapbook: Bonstelle Company, 1925-1929
33 Scrapbook: Bonstelle Playhouse, 1927-1929
Box Folder
2 1 Scrapbook of newsclippings (1 of 2), 1922-1927
2 Scrapbook of newsclippings (2 of 2), 1922-1934
3 Scrapbook of newsclippings covers, 1922
Box
3 Scrapbook, 1928-1930
Newspaper clippings about the Detroit Players.
Scrapbook, 1930
Dr. Charlotte Richmond, The Detroit Players publicity. Includes newspaper clippings, programs, letters, and handwritten notes.
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