Fonds - Dorothy Maud Somerset fonds

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Dorothy Maud Somerset fonds

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  • 1900 - 1991 (Creation)
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    Somerset, Dorothy Maud

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62 cm of textual records
81 photographs

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(1900-1991)

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Born in Perth, Australia, Dorothy Somerset came to Vancouver to attend Braemer School. In 1921, she received an A.B. from Radcliffe. She returned to Vancouver and acted in the Little Theatre. After studying in Europe, she began directing the University of British Columbia Players' Club productions. In 1938, she was appointed supervisor for drama in the Extension Department, in which capacity she founded and directed the Summer School of Theatre. A Rockefeller Foundation grant enabled her to study drama departments at leading American univeristies. Somerset became the first head of the newly-formed Department of Theatre in 1959 and played an instrumental role in the establishment of the Frederick Wood Theatre. She retired in 1960, but continued to teach courses at UBC. She was awarded an honorary degree by UBC in 1965.

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The fonds were donated to the University Archives by Jack Stuart Clyne in 1992.

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The fonds consists of correspondence from 1929 to 1990; biographical data/information from 1921 to 1991; literary works from 1938 to 1984; photographs from 1898 to 1984; interviews and talks/speeches given from 1942 to 1984; newspaper clippings from 1920 to 1990; newsletters and theatre souvenirs from 1922 to 1987.

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Online Finding Aid.
Photographs are catalogued as part of the University Archives photograph holdings under UBC 20.1, and are stored separately.

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BCAUL control number: UBCARCH-656

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