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Alfred Young Papers

 Collection
Identifier: CA-MS-00160

Scope and Contents

The papers contain Alfred Young's files on the production of William Shakespeare's plays The Merchant of Venice, Merry Wives of Windsor, A Midsummer Night's Dream and Twelfth Night.

The papers are divided into five series:

  1. Series I: General materials
  2. Series II: The Merchant of Venice
  3. Series III: Merry Wives of Windsor
  4. Series IV: A Midsummer Night's Dream
  5. Series V: Twelfth Night

Dates

  • 1890 - 1935

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for use without restriction beyond the standard terms and conditions of Smith College Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Access

Until we move into New Neilson in early 2021, collections are stored in multiple locations and may take up to 48 hours to retrieve. Researchers are strongly encouraged to contact Special Collections (specialcollections@smith.edu) at least a week in advance of any planned visits so that boxes may be retrieved for them in a timely manner.

Conditions Governing Use

Smith College retains copyright of materials created as part of its business operations; however, copyright in other items in this collection may be held by their respective creators. For reproductions of materials that are governed by fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required. For instances which may regard materials in the collection not created by Smith College, researchers are responsible for determining who may hold materials' copyrights and obtaining approval from them. Researchers do not need anything further from Smith College Special Collections to move forward with their use.

Biographical / Historical

Alfred Young, the stage name of John Carolan, was director of senior Dramatics at Smith College, 1892-1917, with the exception of 1893. He also was involved with directing plays at other colleges and stage venues.

Young was engaged to direct a play chosen by the senior class and with only a few exceptions they were Shakespeare plays. Once the play was chosen, members of Smith College's Dept. of Elocution trained individual actors in their parts. Young would send instructions as to the overall shape of the play and would come to campus for final rehearsals and production.

Extent

0.875 linear feet (2 containers)

Overview

The papers contain Alfred Young's files on the production of William Shakespeare's plays The Merchant of Venice, Merry Wives of Windsor, A Midsummer Night's Dream and Twelfth Night.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source unknown.

Related Material

Researchers should also view:

  1. 80. Class of 1893-1917. Senior Dramatics box
  2. 80. Dramatics
"Senior Dramatics," Smith College Weekly (May 15, 1912) 2, no. 30: [1]-2.

"Senior Dramatics," Smith College Weekly (June 10, 1914) 4, no. 24: [1]-2.

Processing Information

Please note that prior to 2018, folder inventories were not always updated when new material was added to the collection. As a result, folder inventories may not be complete and folder numbers may be incorrect.
Title
Finding aid to the Alfred Young Papers
Status
Legacy Finding Aid (Updated)
Author
Melvin Carlson, Jr.
Date
2006
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.

Revision Statements

  • 07/26/2017: This resource was modified by the ArchivesSpace Preprocessor developed by the Harvard Library (https://github.com/harvard-library/archivesspace-preprocessor)
  • 2018-11-13: Containers added and finding aid updated as part of College Archives survey

Repository Details

Part of the Smith College Archives Repository

Contact:
Young Library
4 Tyler Drive
Northampton MA 01063