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Guide to the Anne H. Thurman (1919-) Papers 1925/1987

Overview of the Collection

Title:

Anne H. Thurman (1919-) Papers

Dates:

1925-1987

Collector:

Thurman, Anne H.

Size:

12.00

Repository:

Northwestern University Archives

Deering Library, Room 110
1970 Campus Dr.
Evanston, IL, 60208-2300
URL: http://www.library.northwestern.edu/archives
Email: archives@northwestern.edu
Phone: 847-491-3354

Abstract:

The Anne H. Thurman taught in the Evanston, Illinois public schools. She served on the faculty of New Trier High School in Winnetka, Illinois. Thurman took an active and varied role over many years in the promotion of drama in Evanston schools and in the Children's Theatre of Evanston. Thurman lectured part-time at Northwestern in 1968–1969 and joined the regular faculty in 1971 as an associate professor of dramatic production. She attained the rank of professor in 1975. The Anne H. Thurman papers fill eight and one-half boxes and are arranged in six categories: biographical materials, correspondence, teaching files, research and consulting files, professional organization files, and publication files.

Note:

Other Information

Five pieces of correspondence from Winifred Ward to Anne Thurman, Professor of Drama at the Northwestern University School of Speech have been added to the Papers. This correspondence (Accession #81–164) has been interfiled with the General Correspondence, Box 1, Folder 6. The added correspondence is dated: May 11, 1967; September 23, 1971; October, 1971; November, 1971; and January 23, 1973.

Kevin Leonard

July 31, 1981

Biographical Information

Anne Hardy Thurman was born in Lexington, Indiana, on May 11, 1919. She received both her B.S. (1940) and M.A. (1963) degrees from Northwestern University.

During the periods 1940–1942 and 1956–1963 Thurman taught in the Evanston, Illinois public schools. She served on the faculty of New Trier High School in Winnetka, Illinois, from 1942 to 1946. Thurman took an active and varied role over many years in the promotion of drama in Evanston schools and in the Children's Theatre of Evanston.

Thurman lectured part-time at Northwestern in 1968–1969 and joined the regular faculty in 1971 as an associate professor of dramatic production. She attained the rank of professor in 1975. Thurman retired in 1985 and was appointed professor emeritus of theatre.

The Children's Theatre Association of America presented its Creative Drama for Human Awareness Award to Thurman in 1978.

Access Terms

This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Corporate Name:

Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.). Dept. of Theatre

Personal Name:

Thurman, Anne H.

Topical Term:

Children's theater--United States

Theater--Study and teaching (Higher)--Illinois--Evanston

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

Anne H. Thurman donated these papers to the Northwestern University Archives between 1978 and 1936, Accession #78–124, #78–130, #80–147, #81–163, #81–165, #82–124, #82–173, #86–147, #86–181, and #86–269.

Processing Information

William K. Beatty; May-July, 1987.

Separated Materials

Five videotapes and an audio tape cassette, have been transferred to appropriate collections within the University Archives.

Several black and white and color photos from Thurman's 4-H and dramatic work have been transferred to the Archives' photographic collection.

Five Linear inches of materials have been transferred to the Archives' Children's Theatre general files, four inches to the Residential Colleges general files, and a small amount to the Winifred Ward papers (Series 20/8).

Six linear inches of records, mostly relating to the Drama Research Project, including tests, worksheets, and computer printouts have been placed in an oversize box.

One folder of biographical material on Viola Spolin has been transferred to the Archives' biographical files.

Small amounts of duplicate material and material not relevant to Thurman's career or to Northwestern University have been discarded.

Ten linear inches of student files were separated and processed as Theatre Department Student Records, Series 20/55.

Conditions Governing Access

The correspondence files and teaching files may be used only with the permission of the University Archivist.

Arrangement of Materials

General correspondence is arranged in folders chronologically. A few folders of correspondence are organized according to topical headings. Teaching files are arranged sequentially by course number and alphabetically by topical headings. Student papers are arranged in folders alphabetically by students' surnames. The professional organizations files are arranged alphabetically by name of organization.

Scope and Contents

The Anne H. Thurman papers fill eight and one-half boxes and are arranged in six categories: biographical materials, correspondence, teaching files, research and consulting files, professional organization files, and publication files.

The biographical materials include curricula vitae, her citation for the Creative Drama for Human Awareness Award, clippings about Thurman's work in dramatic activities, her undergraduate diploma from Northwestern, much material relating to her 4-H work in Scottsburg, Indiana, and other items. Three folders of various materials document Thurman's elementary and high school education.

The general correspondence covers a wide range of topics: workshops, speaking engagements, trips formal and informal teaching activities, advice and recommendations for former students and colleagues, and personal matters. General correspondence is arranged in folders chronologically. A few folders of correspondence are organized according to topical headings.

The teaching files occupy about three boxes and include syllabi, reading lists, grade sheets, and student papers. Files are arranged sequentially by course number and alphabetically by topical headings. Student papers are arranged in folders alphabetically by students' surnames.

Most of the research and consulting files concern Thurman's work as project director for the Drama Research Project in Evanston's School District 65. Also of interest are records relating to workshops on drama for the elderly led by Thurman, sponsored by the Northlight Repertory Theatre, and funded by the McCormick Trust.

The professional organizations files are arranged alphabetically by name of organization.

Of special interest in the publications files is material pertaining to "Drama Activities with Older Adults: A Handbook for Leaders," written by Thurman and Carol Ann Piggins, and published as volume 2, numbers 2/3, of "Activities, Adaptation & Aging" (1982).

Addition 1, Box 10

This one box addition to the Anne Thurman Papers includes book orders for Prof. Thurman's courses; clippings and news releases concerning her professional activities; conference, demonstration and workshop programs; general correspondence; curricular materials; and correspondence and reports relating to professional organizations and activities.

The correspondence, arranged chronologically, pertains to teaching and workshops, professional organizations, recommendations, and personal matters. Many of the letters found here are between Thurman and her former students. Of particular interest is a small collection of letters (“Reminiscences of Former Drama Teachers in Evanston Public Schools District 65,” February 20, 1988; Box 10, Folder 9) containing references to Thurman's work as well as two pages of her own recollections.

A small amount of curricular and professional materials complete the addition including most notably a copy of A Model Drama/Theatre Curriculum (American Association of Theatre for Youth and American Association for Theatre in Secondary Education, 1987), to which Thurman contributed.

Addition 2, Boxes 10-11

This addition to the Anne H. Thurman Papers consists of one box of materials, dating 1964–1988. Included in the addition are general correspondence, course syllabi, materials from Thurman's work on the Drama Goals Clarification and Consultants Committee, other professional committee work, and four presentations made by Thurman at various professional gatherings.

Addition 3, Box 12

This addition to the Anne H. Thurman Papers consists of one-half box of materials, dating 1962–1968. Included in the addition are two items pertaining to her research and consulting work. The first is one folder of material relating to Thurman's work as drama supervisor for the Evanston School District 65, Theatre 65 (formerly known as the Children's Theatre of Evanston). The one folder consists of evaluation forms of the program and play lists of productions produced by Theatre 65. The second folder relates to a research project on ability in creative drama, conducted with Paul Torrance, 1966–1967. The addition includes 3rd grade drawings from Washington and Lincoln Schools in Evanston. Other materials from the project can be found in the series (box 6 folders 13–23, box 7 folders 1–11).

INVENTORY

Biographical Materials

Box 1

Folder 1

Personal Materials

1955-1979

Box 1

Folder 2

Awards

1977-1985

Box 1

Folder 3

Business Expenses

1973-1977

Box 1

Folder 4

Clippings

1931-1982

Box 1

Folder 5

Diploma: Northwestern University, B.S. Degree

June 15, 1940

Box 1

Folder 6

Family

1950, 1970

Box 1

Folder 7

4-H Record Books

1929-1936

Box 1

Folder 8

4-H Scrapbook

1935

Box 1

Folder 9

Interview of Thurman, Notes on

April 3, 1979

Box 1

Folder 10

Programs from Conferences and Performances

1940-1982

Box 1

Folder 11

School Clippings: Scottsburg High School Booster

1932-1936

Box 1

Folder 12

School Scrapbooks

1926-1927

Box 2

Folder 1

School Grade Cards and Diploma

1925-1936

Correspondence

Box 2

Folder 2

General

1955-1959

Box 2

Folder 3

General

1960-1964

Box 2

Folder 4

General

1965-1969

Box 2

Folder 5

General

1970-1974

Box 2

Folder 6

General

1975

Box 2

Folder 7

General

1976

Box 2

Folder 8

General

1977

Box 2

Folder 9

General

1978

Box 2

Folder 10

General

1979

Box 2

Folder 11

General

1980

Box 2

Folder 12

General

1981

Box 2

Folder 13

General

1982

Box 2

Folder 14

General

1983

Box 3

Folder 1

General

1984

Box 3

Folder 2

General

1985-1987

Box 3

Folder 3

General

n.d.

Box 3

Folder 4

Chicago Theatre Foundation

1985

Box 3

Folder 5

Drama for the Elderly

1977-1983

Box 3

Folder 6

Easton, Hazel

1982-1986

Box 3

Folder 7

Elementary Speech Education

1976, 1980

Box 3

Folder 8

Illinois Children's Theatre Festival

1983-1985

Box 3

Folder 9

Puppet Workshop

1967

Box 3

Folder 10

Ward, Winifred: Photocopies

1967-1973?

Box 3

Folder 11

Workshops in Creative Drama

1964-1984

Teaching Files

Box 3

Folder 12

C47

1971-1985

Box 3

Folder 13

C48

1968-1985

Box 3

Folder 14

C72

1975

Box 3

Folder 15

C72, 1

Winter, 1977

Box 4

Folder 1

C72, 2

Winter, 1977

Box 4

Folder 2

C76

1985

Box 4

Folder 3

C78

n.d.

Box 4

Folder 4

C96

1984-1985

Box 4

Folder 5

D47

1977

Box 4

Folder 6

D47

1979

Box 4

Folder 7

D47

1980-1981

Box 4

Folder 8

D70

1976

Box 4

Folder 9

E45

1984

Box 4

Folder 10

E46

1983-1985

Box 4

Folder 11

Black History

n.d.

Box 4

Folder 12

Children's Theatre

1980

Box 4

Folder 13

Drama in Education: Summer Workshop

1972-1979

Box 4

Folder 14

Films in Drama with Children

1973

Box 4

Folder 15

Interpretation of Poetry

1982

Box 4

Folder 16

Proposals for Reinstituting Children's Theatre Courses

1975-1986

Student Papers

Box 5

Folder 1

Adcock, Cyndi

1979

Box 5

Folder 2

Angiolillo, Mary

1984

Box 5

Folder 3

Barnard, Michael

1979

Box 5

Folder 4

Bradley, Mrs. Lynn F.

1969

Box 5

Folder 5

Branson, Reild A.

1982

Box 5

Folder 6

Bush, William M.

1979

Box 5

Folder 7

Carr, Ann M.

1979

Box 5

Folder 8

Dabson, Jesse T.

1984

Box 5

Folder 9

DiMartino, Sandra L.

1981

Box 5

Folder 10

Foutch, Betsy

1982

Box 5

Folder 11

Hartmann, Greg

1984

Box 5

Folder 12

Hollwitz, John

1973

Box 5

Folder 13

Hotze, Sollace

1979

Box 5

Folder 14

Kaplan, Marta

n.d.

Box 5

Folder 15

Lacefield, Cheryl

1981

Box 5

Folder 16

Landis, Ruth

1978

Box 5

Folder 17

Logan, John; Roeske, Michael; and Swanbeck, John

1983

Box 5

Folder 18

Lopatto, William

1981

Box 5

Folder 19

Meyers, Ellie

1977

Box 5

Folder 20

Miller, Ann

1984

Box 5

Folder 21

Mills, Susan

1982

Box 5

Folder 22

Nadler, Wendy D.

n.d.

Box 6

Folder 1

Raskoff, Ken

1979

Box 6

Folder 2

Sabol-Williams, D.A.

n.d.

Box 6

Folder 3

Sackett, Danny

1979-1980

Box 6

Folder 4

Salomon, Nancy

1980

Box 6

Folder 5

Seham, Amy

1981

Box 6

Folder 6

Semmerling, Jeff

1981

Box 6

Folder 7

Sills, Kathleen

1981

Box 6

Folder 8

Thomas, Carolyn G.

n.d.

Box 6

Folder 9

Walker, Virginia

1974

Box 6

Folder 10

Walter, Margaret M.

n.d.

Box 6

Folder 11

Student Teachers

1974

Research and Consulting Files

Box 6

Folder 12

Elk Grove School District 59

1966

Box 7

Folder 12

Illinois Arts Advisory Committee

1977-1978

Box 7

Folder 13

Illinois Task Force for Arts in General Education

1976-1977

Box 7

Folder 14

“Ishi: America's Last Stoneage Man”

1978

Box 7

Folder 15

Scarritt College

1977-1981

Box 7

Folder 16

Workshop on Drama for the Elderly, 1974

1974

Box 7

Folder 17

Workshop on Drama for the Elderly, 1978

1978

Box 7

Folder 18

Workshop on Drama for the Elderly, 1978 Rejected Applications

1978

Box 7

Folder 19

Workshop on Drama for the Elderly, 1979

1979

Box 7

Folder 20

Workshop on Drama for the Elderly, 1980

1980

Box 8

Folder 1

Workshop on Drama for the Elderly, 1980 Funding Proposals

1979-1980

Box 8

Folder 2

Worshop on Drama for the Elderly, 1978–80, Reports

1981

Evanston School District 65: Drama Research Project

Box 6

Folder 13

Agreement

1966-1968

Box 6

Folder 14

Analysis

1966

Box 6

Folder 15

Analysis, Computer Printouts

1965-1966

Box 6

Folder 16

Bowers

1967

Box 6

Folder 17

Class Lists

1966-1967

Box 6

Folder 18

Classroom Teachers Final Ranking

1967

Box 6

Folder 19

Final Report

1968

Box 6

Folder 20

Guidelines and Personnel Information

1966-1967

Box 6

Folder 21

Instructions for Minnesota Tests

1965

Box 6

Folder 22

Interpretation of Sounds

n.d.

Box 6

Folder 23

Materials Used

1966-1967

Box 7

Folder 1

Observations

1966

Box 7

Folder 2

Progress Reports

1967

Box 7

Folder 3

Proposal for Extension

1967

Box 7

Folder 4

Test 1

1966-1967

Box 7

Folder 5

Test 2

1966

Box 7

Folder 6

Test 3

n.d.

Box 7

Folder 7

Test Schedules

1966-1967

Box 7

Folder 8

Torrence Tests

1966-1967

Box 7

Folder 9

Transparencies

1966

Box 7

Folder 10

Unused Test Ideas

n.d.

Box 7

Folder 11

Video Tape Test

1967

Professional Organizations Files

Box 8

Folder 3

American Health Care Association

1982

Box 8

Folder 4

American Theatre Association, Standards for Theatre Degree Programs

1980

Box 8

Folder 5

American Theatre Association, Theatre Arts Curriculum Project

1983-1986

Box 8

Folder 6

Association for the Children's Theatre

1972

Box 8

Folder 7

Association Internationale du Theatre pour l'Enfance et la Jeunesse

1972-1979

Box 8

Folder 8

Chicago Area Children's Theatre

1974

Box 8

Folder 9

Children's Theatre Association of America

1979-1981

Box 8

Folder 10

Children's Theatre Association of America, Definitions Committee

1977

Box 8

Folder 11

Children's Theatre Association of America, Seminar on the Use of Drama as a Process

1977

Box 8

Folder 12

Children's Theatre Conference, Region 8

1963-1972

Box 8

Folder 13

Colorado Health Care Association

1983

Box 8

Folder 14

Illinois Theatre Association

1974-1982

Box 8

Folder 15

Imagination Celebration

1979

Box 8

Folder 16

Puppeteers of America

1956

Box 8

Folder 17

University and College Theatre Association

1975-1976

Box 8

Folder 18

Wingspread Conference

1982-1983

Publications

Box 9

Folder 1

Directory: Creative Drama and Children's Theatre Programs in Illinois

1981

Box 9

Folder 2

Drama Activities with Older Adults: A Handbook for Leaders

1977-1983

Box 9

Folder 3

Drama for People of All Ages

1983

Box 9

Folder 4

“The Impossible Dreams: First National Showcase Spotlights 16 Productions”

1979

Box 9

Folder 5

“Resource Handbook in Drama and Theatre By, With, and For Handicapped Individuals”

1980

Addition 1

Photographs have been removed to the University Archives' photograph collection.

Processor

William K. Beatty; September, 1988.

Conditions governing access

General correspondence (Box 10, Folders 4–9), curricular materials (Box 10, Folders 11 and 12) and the North Central Association report on the Barrington, Illinois, Community Schools (Box 1, Folder 12) may be used only with permission of the University Archivist.

Acquisition information

Anne H. Thurman donated these additions to the University Archives in 1987 and 1988 (Accessions #87–203 and #88–40).

Box 10

Folder 1

Book Orders

1970-1977

Box 10

Folder 2

Clippings and News Releases

1980-1987

Box 10

Folder 3

Programs

1980-1987

Box 10

Folder 4

General Correspondence

1962-1984

Box 10

Folder 5

General Correspondence

1985

Box 10

Folder 6

General Correspondence

1986

Box 10

Folder 7

General Correspondence

1987

Box 10

Folder 8

General Correspondence

1988

Box 10

Folder 9

General Correspondence

n.d.

Box 10

Folder 10

Curricular Materials: Theatre C47

1979-1983

Box 10

Folder 11

Curricular Materials: Work by Former Students

1983

Box 10

Folder 12

Professional Reports:

Box 10

Folder 12

North Central Association Visiting Team Report, Barrington (Illinois)

1986

Box 10

Folder 12

Community Schools, Performing Arts Evaluation; and Story Theatre for Children

n.d.

Box 10

Folder 13

A Model Drama/Theatre Curriculum

1987

Box 10

Folder 14

A Model Drama/Theatre Curriculum: Correspondence and Related Materials

1987-1988

Addition 2

One half-size box of materials from the Children's Theatre Festival was separated and accessioned as #89–65. An article by Dorothy Heathcote, “Of These Seeds Becoming: Drama In Education,” was transferred to the Dorothy Heathcote biographical file.

Processor

Tyler O. Walters, 1 May 1989.

Conditions governing access

Access only with permission of the University Archivist.

Acquisition information

The University Archives received the addition to the Anne H. Thurman Papers from Anne H. Thurman on April 28, 1989 (Accession #89–64).

Box 10

Folder 15

General Correspondence

1985-1988

Course Materials

Box 10

Folder 16

C49–2

1977

Box 10

Folder 17

D47

1972-1973

Drama Goals Clarification & Consultants Committee

Box 10

Folder 18

Agendas, Minutes

1987-1988

Box 10

Folder 19

Correspondence with Committee Members

1987-1988

Box 11

Folder 3

Evanston Public Schools “Evaluation of Students in Creative Drama, Grades 4–5–6”

1964

Box 11

Folder 4

Illinois State Board of Education Fine Arts Assessment Committee

1986-1988

Box 11

Folder 5

International Association of Theatre for Children & Young People/U.S. Center World Theatre Symposium

1984

Drama/Theatre Resource Manual for Curriculum Planning

Box 10

Folder 20

Second Draft

1988

Box 11

Folder 1

Third Draft

1988

Box 11

Folder 2

Fourth Draft

1988

Presentations

Box 11

Folder 6

Arts Education Conference “In Search of Artsense”

1987

Box 11

Folder 7

Drama Goals Clarification & Consultants Committee K-6 Drama Specialist Retreat

1988

Box 11

Folder 8

Illinois Alliance for Arts Education Comprehensive Arts Education Institute

1988

Box 11

Folder 9

Northwestern University Consortium of High School Drama Teachers

1987

Addition 3

One seminar paper by Mary L. Rode and Barbara Werner, 3 June 1958; transferred to Series 20/46 School of Speech Student Papers.

Processor

Tyler O. Walters, 13 June 1989.

conditions governing access

Access only with permission of the University Archivist.

Acquisition information

The University Archives received the addition to the Anne H. Thurman Papers from Anne H. Thurman on 9 June 1989 (Accession #89–88).

Research & Consulting Files

Box 12

Folder 1

Theatre 65 Materials (Children's Theatre of Evanston)

1962-1968

Box 12

Folder 2

Evanston School District 65 Drama Research Project-3rd Grade Drawings

1966