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John Ashby Conway papers, 1893-1994

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Conway, John Ashby, 1905-
Title
John Ashby Conway papers
Dates
1893-1994 (inclusive)
1927-1966 (bulk)
Quantity
29.3 cubic feet (64 boxes, 4 tubes, 1 map folder)
Collection Number
2454
Summary
Papers of a set designer and faculty member of the University of Washington, who taught at the School of Drama from 1927 until 1975
Repository
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections.
Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
Box 352900
Seattle, WA
98195-2900
Telephone: 206-543-1929
Fax: 206-543-1931
speccoll@uw.edu
Access Restrictions

Open to all users.

Languages
English, Swedish
Sponsor
Funding for encoding this finding aid was partially provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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John Ashby Conway was born in 1905. He grew up in Pittsburgh and graduated from Schenley High School in 1923. His interest in the technical aspects of theater was evident in high school where he worked on the design and building of several school theatrical productions. He went on to study in the Drama Department at the Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie Mellon University), where he focused on the design and technical aspects of theater. To enhance his education, he spent the summer of 1924 studying stage design in England. He received his BA from Carnegie Institute of Technology in 1927.

Conway’s first position after graduating was at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He spent the summer teaching a course for high school teachers interested in the practical aspects of scene design and stage lighting. He also supervised set production and lighting for four plays of the summer theater season.

Even before Conway started his summer position, he was hired by the University of Washington Department of Dramatic Art on a one-year contract that started in the fall of 1927. He was to teach and to design all theatrical productions put on by the drama program. This became his life's work for the next 48 years. Even though he never received an advanced degree, he was eventually awarded a full professorship on the basis of his extensive study of theater and set design worldwide and his heavy production schedule at the University of Washington. He retired in 1975.

When Conway started teaching at the University of Washington and for many years after, the drama program was designed for those who wanted to teach theater in schools. All students took design and technical classes as well as courses in theater history, acting, and directing. Conway taught all technical and design classes at various times, although his primary focus was on stage, set, and lighting design. He also taught theater history classes and over the years developed classes in the history of various Asian theater traditions, in particular those of China, Japan, and India. He collected material for these subjects during his many trips to Asian countries, particularly Japan. Conway spent seven weeks in the summer of 1928 in Japan at the invitation of the Japanese government, touring theatrical centers for the purpose of understanding the Japanese viewpoint on acting, costumes, and scenery.

During his tenure at the University of Washington, Conway was the principal set designer for almost all of the many productions staged by the School of Drama, and he collaborated with the UW Music Department to stage operas and other special musical productions. Conway also collaborated on the librettos for three operas staged at UW ( The Cowherd and the Sky Maiden, Atsumori, and Undine). Conway was the principal designer or co-designer of most of the theater spaces used by the School of Drama, in particular the Showboat and Penthouse theaters. His redesign of the Playhouse Theater made it the first theater in the country equipped for projecting scenery. He also designed the interior spaces of several other UW buildings and his own homes in Seattle and Port Townsend.

Conway was briefly married to Alpha Roth Conway early in his career at UW. In 1942 he married Dorothy Conway. An artist and educator, she became his partner in his professional career in many ways. In particular, she worked with him on his projected scenery process. He created the original watercolors of the scenery and Dorothy, a professional photographer, photographed the paintings and created the glass slides used to project scenery onto the stage. Their partnership continued until Conway’s death in 1987.

Conway was a lifelong advocate for the arts in general and of theater in particular in communities throughout Washington and nationwide. He also believed that artists should be active in their communities. He thought they should help to influence the look of a community -- from arguing against billboards and for putting utility wires underground to influencing the design of public spaces and buildings. He thought they should also speak out on the need for government support for cultural events and buildings -- from civic spaces such as Seattle Center to performance spaces. Conway supported artists and artistic groups by giving advice and being an active member of arts-related organizations, and by hosting fund-raisers in his home. He actively sought to expose the Seattle area and Washington to the arts and cultures of many countries.

Conway was involved in the formation of several local, regional, and national arts-related organizations and served many other organizations in various capacities. He was one of the co-founders of Allied Arts of Seattle, served as its president in 1956-1957, and was on the board of directors for many years after that. He was also a member and chairman of the State of Washington Governor’s Council of the Arts and later the first chairman (for its first three years) of the Washington State Arts Commission (WSAC). One of his major efforts while he was on WSAC was the establishment of a state arts center outside the Seattle metropolitan area that would serve as a performance venue and tourist destination. This became part of the revamped Fort Worden State Park near Port Townsend. Conway was a longtime member of the Municipal Arts Commission of Seattle, serving at various times as subcommittee chair and as vice-chairman of the commission. Other Northwest organizations for which he played a role include the Washington State Drama Association (founding member; served on the executive board and as president), the Pacific Northwest International Writers' Conference (on the board of directors), and the Northwest Drama Conference (member of the advisory committee, chairman of the technical session at the 1949 conference). Nationally he held office in the American Educational Theatre Association (on the advisory board from 1955 to 1957) and was on the national board of directors for ANTA (American National Theatre and Academy).

Conway made himself freely available to those who were involved in community theater. He answered their letters, he met with them at his home, he created sketches of theater and stage designs, and he occasionally worked with architects on the blueprints for community theater remodels and new buildings. He also advocated for and assisted in the creation of Allied Arts-type groups in communities throughout Washington and in other states.

Conway was an artist and art collector, designer of theater and non-theater spaces, theater technician, teacher, advocate for the arts and for better communities, and last but not least, an accomplished gourmet chef. While his skills were used non-professionally most of his life (although frequently for fund-raisers), he used them to run the Farmhouse, a "weekends only" restaurant in Port Townsend, after he retired.

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The John Ashby Conway papers document Conway's activities as set designer, artistic director, and technical supervisor for University of Washington dramatic and operatic productions between 1927 and 1975. The records document the production of plays, the design of theaters and performance spaces, and Conway’s work with various local and national arts and theatrical organizations. Records include correspondence, playbills, scripts, theater plans, set designs, slides, speeches and writings, and clippings. The collection also contains material from Conway's wife Dorothy.

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Accession No. 2454-008: John Ashby Conway papers, 1893-1994Return to Top

28.62 cubic feet (64 boxes, 1 map folder)
Arrangement: Arranged into 4 series:
  • Personal Papers
  • Theater and Art Organizations
  • University of Washington Materials
  • Dorothy Conway Papers

Scope and Content: The papers primarily cover the period when Conway taught at the University of Washington, 1927 through 1975. The focus of the papers is on his work as set designer, artistic director, and technical supervisor for UW dramatic and operatic productions.

The papers include several hundred watercolors of set designs (mostly 16” x 20”) plus smaller sketches and paintings that he could mail easily to distant collaborators. For some productions, files may include scripts, correspondence with the playwright or other collaborators, costume and set sketches, and lighting cues. Because Conway designed so many productions around the world, there is also a large quantity of clippings from magazines, newspapers, brochures, and other printed matter categorized by country or region. In addition to publications and correspondence, the papers include many of the original watercolors created by Conway as well as the actual slides from several productions. Conway’s wife, Dorothy, photographed his watercolors and turned them into projecting scenery slides.

Another major facet of the papers concerns the design and use of projected scenery. Conway was an advocate for its use and collaborated with Thomas Wilfred on the design of lighting instruments and control equipment that could replace fixed sets with projected scenery. Partly motivated by inadequate facilities for storing scenery and the limited fly space of some of the theater spaces used for UW dramatic productions, Conway's use of projected scenery was an example of his continuing search for improved technical ways to create enhanced effects on stage.

Materials related to the design of theaters and performance spaces are another significant part of the papers. Conway was actively involved in the design of almost all University of Washington theaters used during his career, in particular the Showboat and Penthouse Theatres. He also contributed to the original design or remodeling plans for a variety of community theaters. This material includes sketches, drawings and blueprints, and related correspondence. Especially noteworthy are the plans used to create scale model reproductions of various historical theaters as part of a WPA project in the 1930s. His papers also include a set of blueprints for a University of Washington theater that Conway designed but was never built. This experimental theater would have provided a variety of training opportunities for UW drama students. Conway was also an avid student of theater designs from around the world. He spent time at various famous theaters and the papers include materials relating to several of these trips.

This accession also includes papers from Conway’s work with various local and national arts and theatrical organizations. In particular, there are various documents relating to the founding and early days of Allied Arts of Seattle.

Even though Conway taught at the University of Washington for 48 years and was periodically involved in department administration, his papers include very little material relating to his teaching or his role in the drama department. The only syllabi are for the classes he developed for the histories of various Asian national theaters. There is also some departmental correspondence.

A small portion of the papers consists of Dorothy Conway’s personal papers, which focus in particular on her independent career as a professional photographer.

Major correspondents in the Conway papers include:

  • Ben Iden Payne. Payne was a noted Shakespearean director who met Conway while teaching at the Carnegie Institute of Technology. Payne later taught for many years at the University of Texas. He was also an occasional teacher and director at the University of Washington and the Cornish School in Seattle and an occasional director at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. His views on producing Shakespeare inspired the work of Angus Bowmer, founder of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.
  • Heinrich (Henry) Schnitzler. Schnitzler was the son of playwright Arthur Schnitzler and first corresponded with Conway about the production of one of his father’s plays. They ended up corresponding for many years. Schnitzler spent many years during and after World War II directing and teaching theater in the United States before returning to Vienna in 1959.
  • Thomas Wilfred. Wilfred was Conway’s collaborator in the design of theater stage lighting instruments and equipment, especially those used for projecting scenery. Wilfred was also known as the inventor of the clavilux, a light and sound organ.
  • Gustaf Hilleström
  • Glenn Arthur Hughes
  • Dwight Long
  • James Hull Miller
  • Arts Council of Great Britain

Restrictions on Access: Open to all users.

Acquisition Info: Donated by: John Conway, 1968, 1975; Juris Jansons (KUOW), 1966; Richard Devin, 1989; and Dorothy Conway, 2000, 2001.

Container(s) Description Dates
Personal Papers
Box/Folder Accession
1/1 2454-008
Biographical Features
Scope and Content: Contains his response to an oral history questionnaire sent in 1981 by the University of Washington University Archives, summaries of his academic and civic activities, and bibliographies of his work written at various points in his career.
1958, 1981, undated
Incoming Letters
Box/Folder Accession
1/2 2454-008
Arts Council of Great Britain
Scope and Content: for additional letters from her after she left the arts council.See also: Poulton, Kay for additional letters from her after she left the arts council.
1949-1951
1/3 2454-008
Brighouse, Harold
1931-1946
1/4 2454-008
English, Mike
1955-1958
1/5 2454-008
Everitt, Frank H.
1951-1963
1/6 2454-008
Ganeshi Lall & Son
1957
1/7 2454-008
Grant, Alistair
1959
1/8 2454-008
Hemingway, Michael
1955
1/9-11 2454-008
Hilleström, Gustaf
Scope and Content: Correspondence on Swedish theater. Correspondence is in English, however file includes two copies of journals with articles by Hilleström plus clippings from newspapers, all in Swedish.
1946-1969
1/12 2454-008
Hjert, Jerry
1/13 2454-008
Lee, Howard Kinghao and Family
1958-1959
1/14-15 2454-008
Long, Dwight
1954-1955, undated
1/16 2454-008
McCarthy, Charles (Chick)
1941-1955
1/17 2454-008
Miller, James Hull
Scope and Content: Includes photographs of theatrical equipment fabricated by Miller, two stage and lighting drawings of Terre Haute Community Theatre, and a pamphlet on "Initial Factors in Theater Planning," written for ANTA.
1953-1959
1/18 2454-008
Poulton, Kay
1953-1959
1/19 2454-008
Samuel J. Hume, Inc.
1946-1950
1/20-23 2454-008
Schnitzler, Heinrich, 1902-
Scope and Content: under Productions for 1941-1942 correspondence.See also: "Liliom" under Productions for 1941-1942 correspondence.
1942-1959
1/24 2454-008
Smith, Don
1954, 1957, undated
1/25 2454-008
Sujata & Asoka
1951-1963
1/26-41 2454-008
Miscellaneous, A-Z
1930-1970
1/42 2454-008
Unidentified
Arrangement: Most undated. Arranged by first name when known.
1934-1966
Box/Folder Accession
1/43 2454-008
Miscellaneous Outgoing Letters
Arrangement: Arranged chronologically.
1952-1963
General Correspondence
Scope and Content: Predominantly contains incoming letters.
Box/Folder Accession
1/44 2454-008
Bergman, Stina
Biographical/Historical Note: Widow of playwright Hjalmar Bergman.
Scope and Content: File includes material concerning Hjalmar Bergman.
1950
1/45 2454-008
Horner, Richard (Rich)
Biographical/Historical Note: Former University of Washington drama student. Also known as Richard Hoerner.
1949-1953
1/46 2454-008
Hungerford, Edward
1946-1947
1/47 2454-008
Huntington, Marian
1946-1948
1/48 2454-008
Kirsten, Richard
Scope and Content: Includes photographs and cards.
1958, 1964, undated
1/49 2454-008
Lilliput Theatre
1957
1/50-51 2454-008
Paul Planer, GKP-Projection
1941-1953
1/52-57 2454-008
Payne, Ben Iden, 1881-1976
Scope and Content: A few notes to Dorothy Conway and from Payne’s wife Barbara are included. The last item is a telegraph from Barbara Payne to Conway notifying him of Payne’s death.
1930-1976
1/58 2454-008
Picard, Fred A.
1959-1968
1/59 2454-008
Re. Terry, Beatrice
1961
1/60-66 2454-008
Wilfred, Thomas, 1889-1968
Scope and Content: File includes lighting design and equipment sketches by Wilfred and several photographs of Wilfred and his equipment. Most of Conway’s letters to Wilfred are located at Yale University.
1949-1963
1/67-68 2454-008
Miscellaneous, A-Z
1939-1969
Interdepartmental Correspondence, University of Washington
Box/Folder Accession
1/69 2454-008
Miscellaneous
1935-1966
1/70 2454-008
Dean of Arts & Sciences
1960-1961
1/71 2454-008
School of Music
1949-1966
Intraorganizational Correspondence
Box/Folder Accession
1/72-73 2454-008
Hughes, Glenn Arthur
1938-1961
1/74 2454-008
Miscellaneous
1950-1960
Box/Folder Accession
1/75 2454-008
Notes
undated
Speeches and Writings
Box/Folder Accession
1/76 2454-008
"Almost Any Opera Can Be Done Almost Anywhere"
undated
1/77 2454-008
"Arena Staging of Shakespeare"
1953
1/78-79 2454-008
"Articulating Public Viewpoints"
1962
2/1 2454-008
The Artist in the Theatre
1957
2/2 2454-008
"Arts in Government"
1960-1961
2/3 2454-008
"The Arts on the Seattle Scene"
1960
2/4 2454-008
"Aspects of Modern U.S. Tragedy"
1960
2/5 2454-008
"Baroque Gardens in France and Italy"
1943
2/6 2454-008
"The Baroque Period in Theatre"
1929-1942, undated
2/7 2454-008
Childrens Conference
1949
2/8 2454-008
Children's Theatre
undated
2/9 2454-008
Children's Theatre Conference Speech
1949
2/10 2454-008
"The City of Port Townsend"
undated
2/11 2454-008
"A Classicist Views the Kabuki"
1934
2/12 2454-008
"Costumes for Opera"
1953
2/13 2454-008
"A Cultural Center for the State of Washington"
undated
2/14 2454-008
"Designing Males"
1962
2/15 2454-008
"Designs of [Theater] Building"
undated
2/16 2454-008
Driftwood Players Dedication Speech
1960
2/17 2454-008
Everett Book Club Talk
1964
2/18 2454-008
Extension [School] Lectures
1952-1957
2/19 2454-008
"Fashions and Foibles"
1944
2/20 2454-008
"Festivals in Northern European Countries"
1957
2/21 2454-008
"Food in Japan"
1962
2/22 2454-008
"Greek Drama"
1961
2/23 2454-008
"History of Drama in the State of Washington"
Scope and Content: Report on the Historical Research Project of the WPA Federal Theatre Project.
1936
2/24 2454-008
"History of the Theatre"
1959
2/25 2454-008
"History of the Theatre" [Television Series]
1953-1975
2/26 2454-008
"Holidays in England"
1954
2/27 2454-008
"How a Play Is Designed"
1952
2/28 2454-008
"How to Watch a Play"
1961
2/29 2454-008
"Japanese Foods and Their Preparation"
1961
2/30 2454-008
"New York Theatre"
1960
2/31 2454-008
"Opera Second Act"
1987
2/32 2454-008
Opera Talk
1987
2/33 2454-008
Oregon Conference Speech
1950
2/34 2454-008
"Performance Values"
undated
2/35 2454-008
Playwriting Panel
1957
2/36 2454-008
"Projected Scenery at the University of Washington"
1953
2/37 2454-008
"The Projected Setting: A Symposium"
1954
2/38 2454-008
"Projecting Scenery" [in Players Magazine]
1952-1954
2/39 2454-008
"A Quick Change Scene Device" [in Players Magazine]
1955
2/40 2454-008
Radio Scripts - Mary's Friendly Garden
undated
2/41 2454-008
Radio Scripts - University Guest
undated
2/42 2454-008
"Restoration Drama"
undated
2/43 2454-008
"Retrospect"
1966
2/44 2454-008
"Return of Poetry to the Theatre"
undated
2/45 2454-008
Review of Shakespeare's Motley
1952
2/46 2454-008
"Scenery and Lighting"
1951
2/47 2454-008
"The Second Hundred Years"
1955
2/48 2454-008
Seminar on the Theatre of the Absurd
1964
2/49 2454-008
"Should Training in the Technical Phases of Educational Dramatics Utilize Only Modern, Professional Equipment and Materials?"
undated
2/50 2454-008
"Some Contrasting Impressions: Japan: 1928-1958"
1958
2/51 2454-008
Tacoma Community College Talk
1967
2/52 2454-008
"Tacoma Little Theatre"
1956
2/53 2454-008
"Teaching and Practicing Stage Design"
1959
2/54 2454-008
"Touring Theatre" [in Players Magazine]
1948
2/55 2454-008
"Toward a Personal Renaissance"
1966
2/56 2454-008
"Tribute to John Detlie"
undated
2/57 2454-008
"University Departments"
1950
2/58 2454-008
Washington State Association of County Commissioners Speech
1964
2/59 2454-008
"Why Stay in the Proscenium Arch?"
1956
2/60 2454-008
Miscellaneous Writings
undated
Speeches and Writings of Others
Box/Folder Accession
2/61 2454-008
Akerson, Florence A. - "Hjalmar Bergman: 1883-1931"
1935
2/62 2454-008
Evans, Betty
2/63 2454-008
Harrold, W. T. - "Vacuum Tube Control of Saturated Core Reactors (Applied to Light Intensity Control)"
1938
2/64 2454-008
Hughes, Glenn - "Broadsides Number Eight - God"
1964
2/65 2454-008
Kernodle, George R. - "The Mannerist Stage of Comic Detachment"
1970
2/66 2454-008
Kernodle, George R. - "Style in Acting"
undated
2/67 2454-008
Linnebach, Georg - "Die Moderne Bühne"
1928
2/68 2454-008
McCandless, Stanley - "Lighting the School Auditorium and Stage"
1946
2/69 2454-008
Record of Tributes, Twentieth Anniversary of Showboat Theatre, University of Washington
1958
2/70 2454-008
Shaw, George Bernard - "The Art of Rehearsal"
1928
2/71 2454-008
Viehman, Theodore - "Of Pride"
1959
Box/Folder Accession
2/72-73 2454-008
Tape Recorded Interview
1 sound tape reel : analog, 3 ¾ inches per second, 1 track, monaural
1 sound cassette : analog
Scope and Content: The interview was conducted by William Heard Inglis on the program Drama Perspective for radion station KUOW. The main topic of the interview was Allied Arts of Seattle. Both the original reel to reel tape and a copy on cassette are included.
1966
2/74 2454-008
Conferences and Conventions
1934-1964
Course Files
Box/Folder Accession
2/75 2454-008
Chinese Theatre and Drama
undated
2/76 2454-008
Indian Theatre and Drama
undated
2/77 2454-008
Japanese Theatre and Drama
undated
box-folder:oversize Accession
64/1 2454-008
Calendars [University of Washington Productions]
1936-1967
Playbills
Scope and Content: Includes playbills and programs for UW and non-UW productions. Conway was involved in all but a handful of the “UW Drama” and “UW Opera” productions and a few of the “UW Miscellaneous” productions.
Arrangement: The "UW Drama" and "UW Opera" playbills are organized by production name. All others are organized in date order except that the folders that Conway organized under the name Stimson retain their original order.
Box/Folder Accession
2/78-79 2454-008
UW Drama Productions A-B
1928-1966
3/1-21 2454-008
UW Drama Productions C-Y
1928-1966
3/22-23 2454-008
UW Opera Productions A-Z
1932-1966
3/24-25 2454-008
UW Miscellaneous Productions
1928-1965
3/26 2454-008
UW Coming Events & Flyers
1931-1961
3/27 2454-008
Carnegie Institute of Technology (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
1923-1927
3/28 2454-008
University of Wisconsin (Madison, Wisconsin)
1927
3/29 2454-008
The Cornish School (Seattle, Washington)
Scope and Content: Conway is listed as a faculty member in the announcement for the 1929 summer session.
1929-1934
3/30-31 2454-008
Seattle World’s Fair, Performing Arts Productions
Biographical/Historical Note: Conway was an advisor to the Performing Arts Committee.
1962
4/1-5/6 2454-008
Other Productions
Scope and Content: Includes playbills; season and festival announcements; histories of theaters and performing companies; programs for other live performances, films, and exhibitions; and other miscellany.
1901-1973
box-folder:oversize
64/2 2454-008
Other Productions
1934-1965
Box/Folder
5/7-10 2454-008
Miscellaneous New York and European
Processing Info: Folders were originally labelled "Stimson" and "Baillargeon."
1893-1957
Production Files [University of Washington]
Scope and Content: Scripts and librettos (some annotated with design sketches or lighting and other technical cues); sheet music; correspondence; notes; reviews; set, scenery and costume sketches; cost information.See also: See also: Set Designs
and See also: Projecting Scenery Slides.
Box/Folder Accession
5/11 2454-008
Abduction from the Seraglio
1945-1946
5/12 2454-008
Adding Machine
undated
5/13 2454-008
The Barber of Seville
Scope and Content: English version by Warren Pepperdine.
1955
5/14 2454-008
The Beggar’s Opera
1965
5/15 2454-008
Brave Heart (A Blackfeet Legend)
undated
5/16 2454-008
Breaking Point
1949
5/17 2454-008
Bright Arrow
undated
5/18 2454-008
Brother Kings
Scope and Content: By Esther Shephard.
undated
5/19-21 2454-008
The Butterfly Sage and The Lady with the Fan
Scope and Content: By Esther Shephard.
undated
5/22-23 2454-008
Catwalk
undated
5/24 2454-008
The Chinese Wall
undated
5/25-26 2454-008
Classical Costume and Mask Watercolors
Scope and Content: Painted by John Conway circa1950.
1950
5/27 2454-008
Common Clay
undated
5/28 2454-008
The Consul
1950
5/29 2454-008
The Coronation of Poppea
undated
5/30 2454-008
The Cowherd and the Sky Maiden
Scope and Content: By Esther Shephard. John Ashby Conway collaborated on the libretto. Contains correspondence and other documents related to publication of the libretto in book form.
1958
5/31 2454-008
Dandy Dick
undated
5/32 2454-008
Dido and Aeneas
undated
5/33 2454-008
Dimmesdale
Scope and Content: By Esther Shephard.
undated
5/34 2454-008
Dollars
Scope and Content: By Hjalmar Bergman (sent to Conway by Bergman’s widow, Stina Bergman).
undated
5/35 2454-008
Dream Girl
undated
5/36 2454-008
Dream Play
1948-1949, undated
5/37 2454-008
Emperor’s New Clothes (Touring Theatre)
undated
5/38-6/1 2454-008
Epoch
Scope and Content: Includes the transcript of a radio interview of Professor George F. McKay (music) and Conway (script) by Joe Adams. Also includes an 8” x 10” studio photo from the movie Metropolis.
1935
6/2 2454-008
Every Little Moment
Scope and Content: By Glenn Hughes.
undated
6/3-6 2454-008
Everyman
undated
6/7 2454-008
Florodora
undated
6/8 2454-008
The Flowering Peach
Scope and Content: By Clifford Odets.
1954
6/9 2454-008
God’s Clay
undated
6/10 2454-008
The Good Fairy
undated
6/11 2454-008
Great Catherine
undated
6/12 2454-008
Gypsy Heather
undated
6/13 2454-008
Jeppe of the Hill
Scope and Content: By Holberg.
undated
6/14 2454-008
Jezebel’s Husband
undated
6/15 2454-008
La China Poblanaundated
6/16 2454-008
Lady Godiva
undated
6/17 2454-008
The Last Five Minutes
undated
6/18 2454-008
La Traviata
undated
6/19 2454-008
La Vie Parisienne
Scope and Content: English version by Warren Pepperdine.
undated
6/20-21 2454-008
The Legend
Scope and Content: By Hjalmar Bergman (sent to Conway by Bergman’s widow, Stina Bergman). Bound with the script are photographs from the production staged by Ingmar Bergman (no relation).
1958
6/22 2454-008
Liliom
Scope and Content: Directed by Heinrich (Henry) Schnitzler while at the University of Washington as a Walker-Ames visiting professor.
1941-1942
6/23 2454-008
The Lioness
undated
6/24-25 2454-008
Mad Yeoman of the Serpentine
undated
6/26 2454-008
The Man of Destiny
undated
6/27 2454-008
Marriage Contract (1956)
undated
6/28 2454-008
Melodrame
undated
6/29 2454-008
Merchant Marouf
undated
6/30 2454-008
A Midsummer Night's Dream
undated
6/31 2454-008
Miss Lamplighter
undated
6/32 2454-008
The Mistress of the Inn
undated
6/33-7/2 2454-008
Monte Cristo
undated
7/3 2454-008
The Night Bell
1956
7/4 2454-008
Night of the Auk
undated
7/5 2454-008
Not by the Stork
Scope and Content: By Achmed Abdullah and Hubert Osborne.
1939
7/6 2454-008
Oedipus
undated
7/7 2454-008
Othello
1954
7/8-9 2454-008
Peer Gynt
1951
7/10 2454-008
Penelope
undated
7/11-12 2454-008
Pierre Patelin
undated
7/13 2454-008
Pontoon
1961
7/14 2454-008
The Princess Bamboo
1958
7/15 2454-008
The Raven
Scope and Content: By Carlo Gozzi.
undated
7/16 2454-008
The Romantic Young Lady
undated
7/17 2454-008
Saint George and the Turkish Knight
Scope and Content: By B. Iden Payne.
undated
7/18 2454-008
The Serpent Prince
undated
7/19 2454-008
Sganarel’s Journey to the Land of the Philosophers
Scope and Content: By Holberg.
undated
7/20 2454-008
Sing Ho for a Prince!
1949
7/21 2454-008
Sister Angelica
1969
7/22 2454-008
The Skin Game
undated
7/23 2454-008
The Stag King
Scope and Content: By Carlo Gozzi.
undated
7/24 2454-008
The Taming of the Shrew
undated
7/25 2454-008
Tightwad
Scope and Content: By Glenn Hughes.
undated
7/26 2454-008
Touch of Heaven
Scope and Content: By Glenn Hughes.
undated
7/27 2454-008
Transatlantic Comedy
Scope and Content: By Glenn Hughes.
undated
7/28 2454-008
Tristan
undated
7/29 2454-008
The Trojan Women
undated
7/30 2454-008
Under Sea
1932
7/31-33 2454-008
Undine
Scope and Content: Libretto written by Esther Shephard in collaboration with John Ashby Conway. Music composed by Dorothy Cadzow Hokanson. Also included is a draft of Shephard’s The Basket (An Oriental Tale) and Other Verse which contains several poems from shows that she collaborated on with Conway.
1954-1967
7/34 2454-008
The Unicorn, The Gorgon and The Manticore or The Three Sundays of a Poet
undated
7/35 2454-008
Vegas Calling
Scope and Content: Book and lyrics by Glenn Hughes. Music and additional lyrics by Kenneth Higson.
undated
7/36 2454-008
Volpone
undated
7/37 2454-008
The Wedding
1933
7/38 2454-008
While the River Flows
undated
7/39 2454-008
The Whirley Bird
undated
7/40 2454-008
Whistler’s Grandmother
undated
7/41 2454-008
The Wife of Jonak
Scope and Content: By Esther Shephard.
undated
7/42 2454-008
Wonderview
Scope and Content: By Achmed Abdullah and Hubert Osborne.
undated
8/1 2454-008
Unidentified Productions
undated
Theatrical Equipment Files
Scope and Content: Includes equipment brochures and catalogs plus some related correspondence.
Box/Folder Accession
8/2 2454-008
Miscellaneous
1940-1960
8/3 2454-008
AEG
1927-1931
8/4 2454-008
Siemens-Schuckertwerke
1927-1931
Theater Plans
Scope and Content: Contains design drawings, blueprints, brochures, and correspondence on the design of various theaters (scale model and full sized), stages, and other performance spaces. Includes lighting equipment designs for theaters in some cases.
Box/Folder Accession
8/5 2454-008
Arena Theater General
1958
8/6 2454-008
Ford Theatre, Washington, D.C.
1968
box:oversize
17 2454-008
Fort Worden (Port Townsend)
Scope and Content: Two posters made from aerial photographs of Fort Worden.
circa 1970
18 2454-008
Fort Worden (Port Townsend)
Scope and Content: Plans created by architectural firm Ken Brooks & Partners for turning part of Fort Worden State Park into a multipurpose cultural and recreation center. Commissioned by the Washington State Arts Commission while Conway was chairman. Plans created by architectural firm Ken Brooks & Partners for turning part of Fort Worden State Park into a multipurpose cultural and recreation center. Commissioned by the Washington State Arts Commission while Conway was chairman. See also: Accession 2454-009, Theater Plans, Fort Worden for a preliminary version.
circa 1970
14 2454-008
Göteborg
Box/Folder
8/7 2454-008
Lakewood Players Theatre in the Round
1957-1958
mapcase
Drawer 19 2454-008
Lakewood Players Theatre in the Round
1957
Box/Folder
8/8 2454-008
Loeb Theatre, Purdue University
1959
box:oversize
9 2454-008
Model of Acropolis
undated
9 2454-008
Model of Chinese Tea House Theatre
undated
10 2454-008
Model of Drury Lane Theatre
undated
10 2454-008
Model of Farnese Theatre
undated
11 2454-008
Model of Fortune Theatre
undated
12 2454-008
Model of Kabuki Theater
undated
12 2454-008
Model of Noh Theater
undated
13 2454-008
Model of Roman Theater at Orange
undated
12 2454-008
Model of Theater of Dionysus
undated
Box/Folder
8/9 2454-008
Music-Go-Round, Inc.
1961-1962
8/10 2454-008
Portland Civic Theatre
1954
box:oversize
15 2454-008
Roman Naumachia of Domitian
undated
Box/Folder
8/11 2454-008
Seattle Civic Center Multipurpose Auditorium
1959-1960
mapcase
Drawer 19 2454-008
Seattle Civic Center Multipurpose Auditorium
1960
Box/Folder
8/12 2454-008
Seattle Opera House/Concert & Convention Hall
1958
box:oversize
20 2454-008
Seattle Opera House
1962
Box/Folder
8/13 2454-008
Theater Behrenstrasse
undated
box:oversize
15 2454-008
Theatre Francais
Scope and Content: A handwritten note on the label attached to the original container indicates that this set contains 11 of 12 drawings and that it is #11 that is missing. The note is dated April 24, 1975.
undated
16 2454-008
Unidentified Theater
Scope and Content: A handwritten note on the label attached to the original container indicates that the plans are probably for a French theater from the 18th or 19th century. The note is dated April 27, 1975.
undated
Box/Folder
8/14 2454-008
UW Laboratory Theater
1949
box:oversize
21-23 2454-008
UW Laboratory Theater
Scope and Content: Three copies of plans, possibly duplicates, for a proposed experimental theater that was never built. The architectural firm was Chiarelli & Kirk and the supervising architect was John Paul Jones. Rolled inside the first copy (box 21) is a folder with 3 pages of sketches marked "Conway's notes on changes?"
1949
Box/Folder
8/15 2454-008
UW Meany Theater
1951-1954
box:oversize
19 2454-008
UW Meany Theater
1974
Box/Folder
8/16 2454-008
UW Penthouse Theatre
1938-1990
mapcase
Drawer 19 2454-008
UW Penthouse Theatre
1939
Box/Folder
8/17 2454-008
UW Showboat Theatre
1941-1950
8/18 2454-008
Washelli
1961-1962
8/19 2454-008
Wheelon Theatrical Stage
1922-1948
8/20 2454-008
Whitman Theatre
1958
mapcase
Drawer 19 2454-008
Whitman Theatre
undated
Set Designs
Scope and Content: Contains design sketches and paintings for sets, projecting scenery slides, painted backdrops, and special curtains. Some costume sketches are included as well. When the design is marked for more than one production, the names are both listed but are separated by a semicolon. The total number of boards is given if there is more than one.In a May 1953 Players Magazine article, Conway stated that the sketches that are originals for projecting scenery slides are "usually" made "on heavy Strathmore board, using India ink and Kodak transparent water-color stamps."
Arrangement: Productions that include boards larger than 16" x 20" are stored in boxes 42-43.
box:oversize Accession
24 2454-008
Abduction from the Seraglio
undated
24 2454-008
Adding Machine
undated
24 2454-008
Admirable Crichton
undated
24 2454-008
Ah, Wilderness!
1949
24 2454-008
Aladdin
undated
24 2454-008
Alice in Wonderland
undated
24 2454-008
Alice Sit by the Fire
1955
24 2454-008
Amahl and the Night Visitors
1953
24 2454-008
Amelia al Ballo ( Amelia Goes to the Ball)
1947
24 2454-008
Amphitryon 38
1954
24 2454-008
Anastasia
undated
24 2454-008
Anatol
undated
24 2454-008
Androcles and the Lion
1941
24 2454-008
Angel Street
1948
24 2454-008
Another Language
1935
24 2454-008
Another Part of the Forest
1949
24 2454-008
Apley
1946
24 2454-008
Arms and the Man
1945
24 2454-008
Autumn Crocus
undated
25 2454-008
Babar
undated
25 2454-008
The Barber of Seville
undated
25 2454-008
Bastien and Bastienne
1954
25 2454-008
Beautiful People
undated
25 2454-008
Beckoning Fair One; Combattimento
undated
25 2454-008
Bernardine
undated
25 2454-008
The Bishop Misbehaves
undated
26 2454-008
Blithe Spirit
undated
26 2454-008
Blue Denim
1959
26 2454-008
Bond Show
undated
26 2454-008
Bon Voyage
1949
26 2454-008
Brave Heart
undated
26 2454-008
British American
1945
26 2454-008
The Browning Version; Doctor in Spite of Himself
undated
26 2454-008
Caine Mutinty
undated
26 2454-008
Carlyle
undated
26 2454-008
Carmen
1950
26 2454-008
Carousel
undated
26 2454-008
Changeling
undated
26 2454-008
Cheney
1947
26 2454-008
Chinese Wall
undated
26 2454-008
Christmas Carol
1950
26 2454-008
Cinderella
1949
26 2454-008
Cocktail Party
1953
26 2454-008
Combat
undated
26 2454-008
Congreve
undated
26 2454-008
Corn is Green
1944
26 2454-008
Cottage
undated
26 2454-008
The Cowherd and the Sky Maiden
1952
27 2454-008
Cradle Song
undated
27 2454-008
The Critic
1934
27 2454-008
Damask Cheek
1951
27 2454-008
Dan'l Boone
undated
27 2454-008
Dear Brutus
1955
27 2454-008
Death of a Salesman
27 2454-008
Detective Story
1952
28 2454-008
Devil's Disciple
1947
28 2454-008
Dial M for Murder
undated
28 2454-008
Dido and Aeneas
1948
28 2454-008
Dinner at Eight
undated
28 2454-008
Doctor in Spite of Himself
undated
28 2454-008
Doctor Knock
1953
28 2454-008
Doctor's Dilemma
1948
28 2454-008
Don Pasquale
undated
28 2454-008
The Dream
undated
28 2454-008
Dream Girl
1949
28 2454-008
Emperor's New Clothes
1949-1950
28 2454-008
Enchanted Princess
undated
28 2454-008
Escapade
undated
28 2454-008
Escape
undated
28 2454-008
Face on Silk
1952
28 2454-008
Falstaff
1960
29 2454-008
Fidelio
1954
29 2454-008
Figaro
1960
29 2454-008
Finta Giardiniera
undated
29 2454-008
Fledermaus
undated
29 2454-008
Florodora
1957
29 2454-008
Four Poster
1956
29 2454-008
Frogs
undated
29 2454-008
Gianni Schicci; Savitri
undated
29 2454-008
Gigi
undated
29 2454-008
Girl from Idaho
1950-1951
30 2454-008
Glass Menagerie
undated
30 2454-008
God's Clay
1956
30 2454-008
Golden Lion
undated
30 2454-008
Grass Harp
undated
30 2454-008
Gypsy Heather
undated
30 2454-008
Hans Brinker
1949
30 2454-008
Hansel and Gretel
undated
30 2454-008
The Happy Time
1920
30 2454-008
Harvey
1951
30 2454-008
The Hasty Heart
undated
30 2454-008
Hedda Gabbler
undated
30 2454-008
Heiress
1950
31 2454-008
Hobson's Choice
undated
31 2454-008
Hotel Universe
1954
31 2454-008
Huck Finn
1949-1950
31 2454-008
The Importance of Being Earnest
undated
31 2454-008
Innocents
1952
31 2454-008
I Remember Momma
1948
31 2454-008
Italian Straw Hat
undated
31 2454-008
Jack and the Beanstalk
undated
32 2454-008
Jeppe
1956
32 2454-008
Joan of Arc
undated
32 2454-008
Journey's End
1935
32 2454-008
Julius Caesar; The Unicorn, The Gorgon and The Manticore or The Three Sundays of a Poet
1959
32 2454-008
Kind Lady
1947
32 2454-008
Kismet
undated
32 2454-008
Kiss Me Kate
undated
32 2454-008
Ladies in Retirement
undated
32 2454-008
Lady's Not for Burning
1955
32 2454-008
Last Five Minutes
undated
33 2454-008
Laura
undated
33 2454-008
La Vie Parisienne
1957
33 2454-008
Lee Bee Bo
1947
33 2454-008
Life with Father
undated
33 2454-008
Liliom
undated
33 2454-008
Little Clay Cart
1934
33 2454-008
Little Sweep; Robin and Marion
undated
33 2454-008
Lo and Behold
1953
33 2454-008
Lonesome Giant
1948
33 2454-008
Lost Horizon
1952
33 2454-008
Love of Four Colonels
undated
33 2454-008
Macbeth; She Stoops to Conquer
undated
33 2454-008
MacBeth by Verdi
1951
33 2454-008
The Machine
undated
34 2454-008
Mädchen in Uniform
undated
34 2454-008
The Mad Woman of Chaillot
undated
34 2454-008
Mad Yeoman of the Serpentine
1956
34 2454-008
Marco Polo
undated
34 2454-008
Marriage Contract
1956
34 2454-008
The Marriage of Mei Lin
1948-1949
34 2454-008
Master Skylark
1949
34 2454-008
Matchmaker
1960
34 2454-008
Measure for Measure
1963
34 2454-008
The Medium; Atsumori
undated
34 2454-008
Melodrame
undated
35 2454-008
Midsummer Night's Dream
undated
35 2454-008
Miss Lamplighter
undated
35 2454-008
Moon for the Misbegotten
undated
35 2454-008
Mousetrap
undated
35 2454-008
Much Ado About Nothing
undated
35 2454-008
My Three Angels
undated
35 2454-008
McThing
undated
35 2454-008
The New Moon
undated
35 2454-008
Night of January 16
undated
35 2454-008
Noah
undated
35 2454-008
Noah's Rainbow
undated
35 2454-008
Old Maid
undated
36 2454-008
Operas
Scope and Content: Designs for several operas were originally packaged together by Conway in a large binder. The designs were removed from the binder but are still ordered as Conway left them. The operas are: Don Giovanni (1962); Noye's Fludde / Amahl (1962); Figaro (1960); Cosi Fan Tutti; Gianni Schicci (Impresario); Falstaff (1960).
undated
36 2454-008
Orfeo
undated
36 2454-008
Othello
undated
36 2454-008
Our Hearts Were Young and Gay
undated
36 2454-008
Papa Pampino
undated
36 2454-008
Patience
undated
36 2454-008
Peer Gynt
undated
36 2454-008
Penny Packer
undated
36 2454-008
Penthouse Lobby
undated
36 2454-008
Phoenix Too Frequent; Sleep of Prisoners
undated
36 2454-008
Pierre Patelin
undated
36 2454-008
Pinocchio and the Indians
undated
36 2454-008
Playboy of the Western World
undated
36 2454-008
Playhouse Masking
undated
37 2454-008
The Play's the Thing
undated
37 2454-008
Point of No Return
undated
37 2454-008
Ponder Heart
undated
37 2454-008
Pride and Prejudice
undated
37 2454-008
Prima Donna; Venus and Adonis
undated
37 2454-008
Pygmalion
undated
37 2454-008
Rainmaker
undated
37 2454-008
The Rape of Lucretia
1962
37 2454-008
Riders to the Sea; Devil & Dan'l Webster
undated
37 2454-008
Right You Are
undated
37 2454-008
Rip Van Winkle
undated
37 2454-008
Rivals
undated
38 2454-008
Robin Hood
undated
38 2454-008
Robin and Marian
undated
38 2454-008
Romanoff and Juliet
undated
38 2454-008
Roshomon
undated
38 2454-008
Saint Joan
undated
38 2454-008
Salome
undated
38 2454-008
Sandal Wood Box
undated
38 2454-008
A Scrap of Paper
undated
38 2454-008
Seagull
undated
38 2454-008
Second Threshold
undated
38 2454-008
Seventeen
undated
38 2454-008
Separate Tables
undated
39 2454-008
Shakuntala
undated
39 2454-008
Sherlock Holmes
undated
39 2454-008
Shooting of Dan McGrew
undated
39 2454-008
Sing Ho for a Prince!
undated
39 2454-008
Skin Game
undated
39 2454-008
Skin of our Teeth
undated
39 2454-008
Sleeping Beauty
undated
39 2454-008
Solid Gold Cadillac
undated
39 2454-008
The South
undated
39 2454-008
Squaring the Circle
undated
39 2454-008
Squire's Bride
undated
39 2454-008
S. S. Tenacity
undated
39 2454-008
State of the Union
undated
39 2454-008
Sting in the Tail
undated
39 2454-008
Swan
undated
39 2454-008
The Taming of the Shrew
undated
40 2454-008
Tavern
undated
40 2454-008
Telephone; Apothecary
undated
40 2454-008
Tempest
undated
40 2454-008
Ten Little Indians
undated
40 2454-008
Thalia "Curtain"
undated
40 2454-008
Three Blind Mice
undated
40 2454-008
Three Men on a Horse
undated
40 2454-008
Three Sisters
undated
40 2454-008
Tightwad
undated
40 2454-008
Time of Your Life
undated
40 2454-008
Tobias and the Angel
undated
40 2454-008
Tom Cobb or Fortune's Toy
undated
40 2454-008
Too Many Husbands
undated
40 2454-008
Touch of a Poet
undated
40 2454-008
Tour du Monde
undated
40 2454-008
Touring Theatre Front Curtain
undated
40 2454-008
Tovarich
undated
40 2454-008
Transatlantic Comedy
undated
40 2454-008
Traviata
undated
40 2454-008
Traviata Row
undated
40 2454-008
Treasure Island
undated
40 2454-008
Trojan Women
undated
40 2454-008
Trouble in Tahiti
undated
41 2454-008
Twelfth Night
undated
41 2454-008
Two Blind Mice
undated
41 2454-008
Uncle Vanya
undated
41 2454-008
Undine
undated
41 2454-008
Virtue Triumphant
undated
41 2454-008
The Wedding
undated
41 2454-008
Wedding Knell; Prima Donna
undated
41 2454-008
What Every Woman Knows
undated
41 2454-008
While the River Flows
undated
41 2454-008
William Tell
undated
41 2454-008
Winslow Boy
undated
41 2454-008
Winter's Tale
undated
41 2454-008
The Women
undated
41 2454-008
Years Ago
undated
41 2454-008
You Touched Me
undated
42 2454-008
Apothecary
1949
42 2454-008
Boccanegra
undated
42 2454-008
Boris Gudonov
undated
42 2454-008
Disraeli
undated
42 2454-008
Don Giovanni
undated
42 2454-008
Guys and Dolls
undated
42 2454-008
La Boheme
undated
42 2454-008
Most Happy Fella
undated
42 2454-008
Princess Ida
undated
42 2454-008
Romeo and Juliet
Scope and Content: One board contains costume designs for both Romeo and Juliet and As You Like It.
undated
42 2454-008
South Pacific
undated
43 2454-008
Wonderful Town
undated
Projecting Scenery Slides
Scope and Content: Some slides were shared by multiple productions. All productions are listed.
undated
Box Accession
44 2454-008
Adding Machine
Scope and Content: In a March 1952 article in Players Magazine, Conway stated that all of these slides were made directly on glass using colored lacquer.
undated
44 2454-008
Admirable Crichton; Apple Tree
undated
44 2454-008
Amahl; Atsumori
undated
44 2454-008
Baby Doe
undated
44 2454-008
Loose Slides and Transparencies
undated
44 2454-008
Barber of Seville
undated
45 2454-008
Bastien; Beckoning Fair One
undated
45 2454-008
Beggar's Opera
undated
45 2454-008
Brigadoon
undated
45 2454-008
Carmen
undated
46 2454-008
Carousel
undated
46 2454-008
Chinese Wall
undated
46 2454-008
Comedy of Errors
undated
46 2454-008
The Cowherd and the Sky Maiden
undated
46 2454-008
Dear Brutus; Death of a Salesman
undated
47 2454-008
Dido and Aeneas
undated
47 2454-008
Don Pasquale
undated
47 2454-008
Dream and Deed
undated
48 2454-008
Finian's Rainbow
undated
48 2454-008
Finta Giardiniera
undated
48 2454-008
Fledermaus
1952
48 2454-008
Florodora; Gaitie Parisienne
undated
48 2454-008
Flowering Peach
undated
48 2454-008
Golden Lion
undated
49 2454-008
Gypsy Heather; Forest Wood
undated
49 2454-008
Guys and Dolls
1960
49 2454-008
Hin und Zuruch
undated
49 2454-008
Italian Straw Hat
undated
49 2454-008
Jeppe
undated
49 2454-008
The Lark
undated
50 2454-008
Kiss Me Kate
undated
50 2454-008
Mad Woman of Chaillot; Marriage Contract; Mrs. McThing
undated
50 2454-008
Most Happy Fella
undated
51 2454-008
New Moon
undated
51 2454-008
Night Bell
1956
51 2454-008
Old Maid and the Thief; Othello
undated
51 2454-008
Peer Gynt
Scope and Content: In a March 1952 article in Players Magazine, Conway stated that the 'troll scene' was painted directly on the glass.
undated
52 2454-008
Peer Gynt - Discards
undated
52 2454-008
The Play's the Thing; Patience
undated
52 2454-008
Princess Ida
undated
52 2454-008
Robin and Marion; Ruddigore
1953
53 2454-008
Roberta
undated
53 2454-008
Roberta
1952
53 2454-008
Seagull
1952
53 2454-008
Secret Marriage
1954
53 2454-008
Serva Padrona
undated
54 2454-008
Shepherds of the Mountains
undated
54 2454-008
Showboat
undated
54 2454-008
Sing Ho for a Prince!
undated
54 2454-008
Sing Out
1952
54 2454-008
Stained Glass; Sleep of Prisoners
undated
55 2454-008
Telephone
undated
55 2454-008
Tobias and the Angel
undated
55 2454-008
Undine
undated
55 2454-008
Virtue Triumphant
undated
56 2454-008
While the River Flows; Paris; Wonderful Town
undated
56 2454-008
Sunsets & Stars
undated
56 2454-008
Ocean
undated
56 2454-008
Metal Screens; Mask for Playhouse Multiplate; Mask for Showboat; Multiplate Mask for Aqua Theatre; Reeded Glass
undated
56 2454-008
Metal Masks for Aqua Theatre
undated
57 2454-008
Landscape
undated
57 2454-008
Waterfront
Scope and Content: Includes 4" x 5" prints, a paper sketch, and a small packet of negatives but no transparencies or slides.
undated
57 2454-008
Glass for Slides
undated
57 2454-008
Unidentified
undated
Subject Files
Box/Folder Accession
8/21 2454-008
A-Frame
1962
8/22-23 2454-008
Academy Royale of Royal Poinciana Playhouse A-Frame
1959-1961
8/24 2454-008
Albert, Sarah Truax
1948-1957
8/25 2454-008
Beard, James
Biographical/Historical Note: Former University of Washington drama student and friend of Conway.
1956-1965
8/26-28 2454-008
Beginning of Conway's Career
1927
8/29 2454-008
Books Inventory
undated
8/30 2454-008
Carnegie Institute of Technology
1925-1963
8/31 2454-008
Childrens Theater
1949-1951
8/32 2454-008
Chinese Theater
1960
8/33-34 2454-008
The College of Idaho
1962-1963
8/35 2454-008
Costume Costs Annual (University of Washington)
1946-1950
8/36 2454-008
Greek Showboat
1960
8/37 2454-008
Guzzo Controversy
1960
8/38 2454-008
The International House of Japan
1960
8/39 2454-008
Japan-America Society of Seattle
1959-1960
8/40 2454-008
Japan Society of Seattle
1958
8/41-42 2454-008
Japan - Theater
1938-1954
8/43 2454-008
Japan - Visit
1928, undated
8/44 2454-008
National Community Theater Organizations
1953-1959
8/45-46 2454-008
Opera (University of Washington)
1939-1960
8/47-49 2454-008
Oregon Shakespeare Festival
1938-1960
8/50 2454-008
Perspective (Drawings)
undated
8/51 2454-008
The Players Club
1962-1964
58/1 2454-008
Publicity (Other Schools)
1960
58/2 2454-008
Questors Theatre
1957-1959
58/3 2454-008
Religious Drama
1956-1959
58/4 2454-008
Russian Theater / Travel
1933-1936
58/5 2454-008
Schenley High School (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
1923
58/6 2454-008
Seattle Repertory Playhouse
Scope and Content: Most material dates from 1950 to 1951, when the University of Washington bought the Seattle Repertory Playhouse, renaming it the University Playhouse.
1927-1954
58/7-9 2454-008
Swedish Theater
1946-1950
58/10 2454-008
Tacoma Theaters
1939-1960
58/11 2454-008
Theater History
undated
58/12 2454-008
UW Touring Theatre
1947-1951
58/13 2454-008
Wright, Jack E.
1947, undated
Box/Folder Accession
58/14-60/1 2454-008
Clippings
Scope and Content: Includes images classified (by Conway) by subject. While the images are primarily from magazines and newspapers, Conway also included ephemera when it connected thematically to a subject. There is also a smaller group of articles, primarily newspaper, containing stories and reviews about productions (UW and other), the School of Drama, people and events in Washington, and miscellaneous other stories.
Arrangement: Arrangement is by subject, designated by Conway with a few exceptions.
Processing Info: Unorganized newspaper clippings were grouped by general subject and indicated in brackets on folders but were not processed further.
box:oversize
61 2454-008
Scrapbook (Clippings)
Box/Folder
60/2-4 2454-008
Invitations
Scope and Content: A collection of formal invitations received by the Conways.
Arrangement: Arranged by date when the year was included on the invitation.
1960-1975
60/5 2454-008
Applications
1930-1957
60/6 2454-008
Travel Logs
1924
60/7 2454-008
Newsletters
1960-1963
60/8 2454-008
Ephemera
1927-1966
Theater and Arts Organizations
Allied Arts of Seattle, Inc.
Box/Folder Accession
60/9 2454-008
Historical Features
Scope and Content: Includes a poetic treatment of the organization's history by Conway.
1960-1994
60/10 2454-008
Organizational Features
1955-1960
60/11 2454-008
General Correspondence
1956-1966
60/12 2454-008
Intraorganizational Correspondence
1960-1988
60/13 2454-008
Minutes from Annual Meeting
1978-1986
60/14 2454-008
Reports of Others
1959-1963
60/15 2454-008
Membership
1960-1962
60/16 2454-008
Conferences and Conventions
1962
60/17 2454-008
Legislation
1963
Event Files
Box/Folder Accession
60/18 2454-008
Antics of 1959 Party
1959
60/19 2454-008
Heifetz Concert
1960
60/20 2454-008
Richard Norris, Pianist
1961
60/21 2454-008
Seattle Festival of the Arts
1957
60/22 2454-008
Washington State International Trade Fair
1955-1960
Box/Folder Accession
60/23 2454-008
Notes
undated
60/24 2454-008
Subject File: Program For the Arts
1954
60/25 2454-008
Clippings
1956-1983
60/26 2454-008
Ephemera
1957-1960
Board of Trustees
Box/Folder Accession
60/27 2454-008
Minutes and Agenda
1960-1988
60/28 2454-008
Rosters
1960-1986
Box/Folder Accession
60/29 2454-008
Executive Board: Minutes and Agenda
1955-1966
60/30 2454-008
Allied Arts Foundation
1981-1982
American Educational Theatre Association
Box/Folder Accession
60/31 2454-008
Intraorganizational Correspondence
1955-1965
60/32 2454-008
Reports
1960
60/33 2454-008
Membership
1956
Conferences and Conventions
Box/Folder Accession
60/34 2454-008
Boston
1957
60/35 2454-008
Chicago
1956, 1958
60/36 2454-008
Denver
1960
60/37-38 2454-008
New York
1950, 1961
60/39 2454-008
Washington, D.C.
1959
Project Files
Box/Folder Accession
60/40 2454-008
Newsletter
1959-1960
60/41 2454-008
Miscellaneous
1955-1965
60/42 2454-008
Art Museums and Theater
1963-1964
60/43 2454-008
Experimental Research
1962-1965
60/44-45 2454-008
Stage Design and Technical Developments
1955-1966
60/46 2454-008
Theater Architecture
1955-1964
Box/Folder Accession
60/47 2454-008
Children's Theatre Conference Newsletter
1952
60/48 2454-008
Advisory Council Minutes
1956
ANTA (American National Theatre and Academy)
Box/Folder Accession
60/49 2454-008
Historical Features
1954
60/50 2454-008
General Correspondence
1953
60/51 2454-008
Intraorganizational Correspondence
1951-1960
60/52 2454-008
Annual Report
1957
62/1 2454-008
Conferences and Conventions
1959-1960
Newsletters
Box/Folder Accession
62/2 2454-008
ANTA
1952-1955
62/3 2454-008
Chapter One (Greater New York Chapter)
1954-1960
Box/Folder Accession
62/4 2454-008
Plan -- 40 Theater Circuit
1955
62/5 2454-008
Theater Property Survey
undated
62/6 2454-008
Notes
undated
62/7 2454-008
Ephemera
undated
62/8 2454-008
Board of Directors: Minutes and Agenda
1952-1957
Box/Folder Accession
62/9 2454-008
Klankers Club
1965-1972
Northwest Drama Conference
Box/Folder Accession
62/10-12 2454-008
Conferences and Conventions
1949-1960
62/13 2454-008
Mailing Lists of Others
undated
62/14 2454-008
Clippings
undated
Pacific Northwest International Writers' Conference
Biographical/Historical Note: "International" was dropped from the name in 1963.
Box/Folder Accession
62/15 2454-008
Historical Features
Scope and Content: Includes poetic treatment by Conway of the organization's first two years.
1986
62/16 2454-008
Intraorganizational Correspondence
1956-1957
62/17 2454-008
Clippings
1957
Seattle, Washington, Municipal Art Commission
Biographical/Historical Note: Also known as the Art Commission of the City of Seattle and Seattle Arts Commission.
Box/Folder Accession
62/18 2454-008
Organizational Features
1955
62/19 2454-008
Biographical Features
undated
62/20 2454-008
General Correspondence
1952-1966
62/21 2454-008
Intraorganizational Correspondence
1957-1961
62/22-25 2454-008
Minutes and Agenda
1955-1968
62/26 2454-008
Rosters
1955-1959
62/27 2454-008
Reports
1956-1960
62/28 2454-008
Reports of Others
1954-1959
62/29 2454-008
Notes
undated
Subject Files
Box/Folder Accession
62/30 2454-008
Civic Center World's Fair (Century 21)
1959-1960
62/31 2454-008
Earle Miller's Meeting Administration (Century 21)
1961
62/32 2454-008
Festival of the West (Century 21)
1957-1962
62/33 2454-008
Radio/TV
1956
Box/Folder Accession
62/34 2454-008
Clippings
1955-1956, 1959, undated
62/35 2454-008
Ephemera
1956,1960, undated
Box/Folder Accession
62/36-38 2454-008
Society for Theatre Research
Scope and Content: Includes documents from the French equivalent, Société d’Histoire du Theatre.
1948-1964
Washington (State) Governor’s Council on the Arts
Box/Folder Accession
62/47 2454-008
General Correspondence
1960-1961
62/48 2454-008
Intraorganizational Correspondence
1959-1961
62/49 2454-008
Conferences and Conventions
1961
62/50 2454-008
Clippings
1960
Washington State Arts Commission
Box/Folder Accession
62/51 2454-008
Organizational Features
1957-1969
62/52-63/1 2454-008
General Correspondence
1964-1970
63/2-4 2454-008
Intraorganizational Correspondence
1965-1970
63/5-8 2454-008
Minutes and Agenda
1963-1970
Reports
Box/Folder Accession
63/9 2454-008
Annual Audit
1969
63/10 2454-008
Annual Report
1965-1968
63/11 2454-008
"The Washington State Arts Commission: What It Is, What It Does, How It Serves You"
1969
Box/Folder Accession
63/12-13 2454-008
Reports of Others
1962-1969
Conferences and Conventions
Box/Folder Accession
63/14 2454-008
Congress of the Arts
1963-1969
63/15 2454-008
Washington (State) Governor's Conference on Decisions for Progress
1966
63/16 2454-008
Washington (State) Governor's Conference on Design for Washington
1966
Subject Files
Box/Folder Accession
63/17-21 2454-008
Multi-Purpose State Cultural Center
1964-1969
63/22 2454-008
Touring Arts Program
1967
63/23 2454-008
Washington (State) Governor's Festival of the Arts
1965-1966
63/24 2454-008
Washington (State) Governor's Invitational Art Show
1964
Box/Folder Accession
63/25 2454-008
Clippings
1964
63/26-28 2454-008
Grants Subcommittee
1965-1971
Washington State Drama Association
Box/Folder Accession
63/29 2454-008
Organizational Features
undated
63/30 2454-008
Intraorganizational Correspondence
1952-1954
63/31 2454-008
Conferences and Conventions
1952-1954
63/32 2454-008
Notes
undated
63/33 2454-008
Speeches and Writings of Others
1955
63/34 2454-008
Newsletters
1952-1954
63/35 2454-008
Rosters
1952-1954
63/36 2454-008
Mailing Lists
1951-1954
63/37 2454-008
Subject File: Publicity (Other Groups)
1952-1955
63/38 2454-008
Clippings
1952
63/39 2454-008
Executive Board Minutes and Agenda
1952-1954
University of Washington Materials
Box/Folder Accession
62/40 2454-008
UW Graduate Faculty Council
1957
UW School of Drama
Box/Folder Accession
62/41 2454-008
Minutes and Agenda
1960-1961
Subject Files
Box/Folder Accession
62/42 2454-008
Center for Asian Arts
1961
62/43 2454-008
Summer Arts Festival
1959
62/44 2454-008
Summer Quarter
Scope and Content: Most material relates to bringing Ben Iden Payne to teach during the summer quarter of 1930. Includes copies of letters sent to Payne.
1930-1943
Box/Folder Accession
62/45 2454-008
Ephemera
undated
Box/Folder Accession
62/46 2454-008
UW School of Drama Academic Policy Review Committee
1960-1961
Dorothy Conway Papers
Biographical/Historical Note: The daughter of Dr. Leroy B. Manchester and Georgia Manchester (nee Barnhart), Dorothy Conway was born in 1909. She had a sister, Marion Newton (nee Jody Manchester), who was the mother of three daughters (Sara, Janet, and Martha) and a brother, Warren (Bill) Manchester.
Box/Folder Accession
63/40 2454-008
Biographical Features
undated
63/41 2454-008
General Correspondence
1939-1992
63/42 2454-008
Certificates
1962-1969
63/43 2454-008
Drawing
undated
63/44 2454-008
Publications Containing Dorothy Conway's Photographs
1945-1956
Subject Files
Box/Folder Accession
63/45 2454-008
Manchester Family
1954-1972
63/46 2454-008
Exhibitions Containing Dorothy Conway's Photographs
1945-1969
Box/Folder Accession
63/47 2454-008
Clippings
1954-1984
63/48 2454-008
Ephemera
1966

Accession No. 2454-009: John Ashby Conway Theater Plans, 1963-1993, undatedReturn to Top

.68 cubic feet (4 tubes)
Arrangement: Arranged by project name.

Scope and Content: This accession contains a set of blueprints for a possible arts center at Fort Worden State Park commissioned while Conway was chairman of the Washington State Arts Commission. The accession also contains plans for four University of Washington theaters. While Conway contributed to the design of all four theaters, the lighting equipment plans for the Penthouse Theatre would have been a special focus for him.

Restrictions on Access: Open to all users.

Acquisition Info: The plans in this accession were obtained in 2004 from the University of Washington Drama Library. The materials had been stored for many years in the office of Liz Fugate, the former drama librarian, until her retirement in 2003. She said that the materials had originally been Conway's and requested that they be incorporated into the Conway papers.

Container(s) Description Dates
box:oversize Accession
1 2454-009
Fort Worden (Port Townsend)
Scope and Content: Plans created by architectural firm Ken Brooks & Partners for turning part of Fort Worden State Park into a multipurpose cultural and recreation center. Commissioned by the Washington State Arts Commission while Conway was chairman. Plans created by architectural firm Ken Brooks & Partners for turning part of Fort Worden State Park into a multipurpose cultural and recreation center. Commissioned by the Washington State Arts Commission while Conway was chairman. See also: Accession 2454-008, Theater Plans, Fort Worden for an updated version. Rolled inside is a folder containing a transmittal memo with cost estimates.
1970
2 2454-009
University of Washington Penthouse Theatre
1993
3 2454-009
University of Washington Showboat Theatre
1963
4 2454-009
University of Washington Glenn Hughes Playhouse
Biographical/Historical Note: The University Playhouse was renamed the Glenn Hughes Playhouse after being remodeled in 1967. The name was shortened to Playhouse in 1991.
undated
4 2454-009
University of Washington Studio Theater
undated