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|Size||4.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 2000 items)|
|Abstract||Samuel Selden was chairman of the Dept. of Dramatic Art and director of the Carolina Playmakers at the University of North Carolina, at Chapel Hill, 1944-1959. Drafts of books, speeches, articles, bulletins, and plays, and correspondence relating to them; scripts of plays Selden directed; subject files; and photographs. The subjects of the writings include stage scenery and lighting, acting, playwriting, directing, outdoor drama, educational theater, and other topics relating to theatrical production. Also included are typescripts of plays written by Selden and annotated scripts of plays directed by Selden, as well as programs, clippings, and correspondence relating to outdoor plays Selden directed. About half of the material in the subject files relates to outdoor drama, including both general information about the production of outdoor plays and programs of individual plays. The photographs are chiefly prints of scenes from outdoor plays and work on outdoor plays, scenes from Carolina Playmakers productions, and illustrations from Selden's books.|
|Creator||Selden, Samuel, 1899-|
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On 2 January 1899, Samuel Selden was born in Canton, China, where his parents, Charles Card and Gertrude Thwing Selden, were medical missionaries. In 1917, Selden came to the United States. After his arrival, he served a year in the United States Army Medical Corps, and then attended Yale University where he received the A. B. degree in 1922. For the next five years, Selden worked in professional theater in New York, notably as assistant technical director and stage manager at the Provincetown Playhouse.
In 1927, Selden came to the University of North Carolina as technical director of the Carolina Playmakers and instructor in English. He stayed at the University for thirty-one years. For the last fourteen of those years, from 1944 to 1959, Selden served as chairman of the Department of Dramatic Art and director of the Carolina Playmakers. He left the University of North Carolina to go to the University of California at Los Angeles as chairman of the Department of Theatre Arts. When he left Los Angeles, he went for one year (1966-67) to Southern Illinois University as distinguished visiting professor. He then returned to Chapel Hill and was visiting professor in the Department of Dramatic Art from 1967 to 1971.
In addition to teaching, Selden wrote books on various aspects of theater, and wrote and directed plays. He became an expert on outdoor drama and directed, supervised, and advised numerous productions of outdoor plays. He directed the first seasons of Paul Green's The Lost Colony, from 1937 to 1941 and 1946 to 1952.
Selden married Wautell Gray Lambeth on 19 July 1936. They had two children, Priscilla Lambeth and Samuel Thwing Selden. Mrs. Selden died in May 1948. On 25 October 1951, Selden married Emily Polk Crow.
Samuel Selden died on 27 April 1979 at the age of 80.Back to Top
This collection best reflects Samuel Selden as author and director. The majority of the material relates to Selden's books, plays, articles, and speeches or to plays he directed. Material related to outdoor drama appears in all parts of the collection. Although there is some material from early in Selden's career, the bulk of the material comes from later years.
In general, Selden's arrangement of items within folders has been retained.
Typed and handwritten drafts, galley proofs, page proofs, photographs, and a few other items related to Selden's books, Essentials of Stage Scenery (with Tom Rezzuto), and to Modern Theatre Practice, and Stage Scenery and Lighting.
Script and sheet music for "Love and Measles: A Musical Comedy" with book and lyrics by Emily Selden and music by Walter Golde. Also included is one letter about the play.Back to Top
Drafts of Selden's books, speeches, plays, articles and other short writings, along with notes, correspondence, and miscellaneous items pertaining to them.
There are notes and correspondence relating to eight of Selden's published books, but no manuscripts of these works. There are four book-length manuscripts of works never published and notes and correspondence relating to them.
Typescripts of talks by Selden and notes for talks. For most, there is no indication of when or where they were given.
Drafts and reprints of articles, bulletins, and short, unpublished writings, as well as material for courses Selden taught.
Typescripts of plays by Selden. Some have a small amount of correspondence with them concerning publication or production.
Annotated scripts of plays directed by Selden, and programs, clippings, leaflets, correspondence relating to outdoor plays he directed.
Scripts and programs for outdoor plays directed by Selden. There is also correspondence related to The Stephen Foster Story and Home Is the Hunter. There is no script for Home Is the Hunter.
Reference material, notes, and miscellaneous correspondence. About half of the material relates to outdoor drama, including both general information about production of outdoor plays and programs of individual plays. Most of these files were established and titled by Selden.
Chiefly 8 x 10 black and white glossy prints of scenes from outdoor plays and work on outdoor plays, plus some photographs used to illustrate two of Selden's books, and others of Carolina Playmakers productions, of Selden, and of others.
Note: Image numbers P-4378/102 and P-4378/175 are not used.
Filed in Box 5.
Filed in Box 5.
Processed by: Linda Sellars, June 1987, June 2001
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