Fonds 14-008 - Dawn L. Smith fonds

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Dawn L. Smith fonds

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  • 1981-1997 (Creation)
    Smith, Dawn L.

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24 cm of textual records

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Professor Dawn L. Smith was born in London, England, in 1932 and studied French and Spanish at Oxford University from 1952 to 1955. She emigrated to Canada in 1961. She received her D.Phil in Spanish Literature from Oxford University in 1975 and taught Spanish at Trent until her retirement in 1996. She currently holds the position of Professor Emeritus of Hispanic Studies. She is the author of numerous articles on the Spanish Comedia and has edited a critical edition of Tirso de Molina's La mujer que manda en casa.

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Fonds was in the custody of Professor Dawn L. Smith before being donated to Trent University Archives in 2013.

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Fonds consists of Professor Dawn L. Smith's research on the Spanish Golden Age Theatre revival, post-Franco 1975-1996. The collection includes research materials, newspaper clippings, theatre bulletins, correspondence, notes, and published articles. Also included are copies of two books: Historia de los Teatros Nacionales 1939-1962 and Cuatro Siglos de Teatro en Madrid.

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Fonds acquired from Professor Dawn L. Smith in 2013


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Much of this material is in Spanish

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None. All records are open. Until 1 January 2020, permission of Professor Dawn L. Smith was required to access this fonds.

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Box 1


Theatre bulletin: Compania Nacional Teatro Clasico (CNTC), Boletin #22, Mayo-Agosto, 1991
Newspaper clippings, El Pais, on Teatro Clasico, 1989
Newsletter “Campus” – Teatro, on theater by CNTC, 1989
Newspaper clippings, El Pais and Babelia, on Fiesta Barroca, 1992
Theatre bulletin, CNTC, Boletin on Fiesta Barroca, annotated, 1992
Handwritten note regarding Fiesta Barroca
Newspaper clippings, El Pais, etc. on “Don Gil de las Calzas Verdes,” 1994
Correspondence to Anita [ ] from Bob Johnston, on “Don Gil de las Calzas Verdes” and “El Medico de su Honra; includes photocopy of pages from program for “Don Gil de las Calzas Verdes,” 1994
Typed page of script, marked for grammar, on reverse short correspondence to Dawn Smith from Paco [ ]
La Cartelera: typed notes, list of plays by CNTC by year, list of plays seen/researched and resources available, 1986-1994
Notes and quotes re theater
Notes on [VH’s] class and outline for piece on CNTC, 1995
Interview records, interviews and reviews re Edward Bond, Urjo Kareda, 1994
Newspaper clipping from Globe and Mail on English language plays, 1993
Handwritten notes regarding Blood Cinema, 1994
Newspaper clippings from El Pais, Bebelia, and ABC on theatre, 1989-1993
Types notes, quotes and reviews re Urjo Kareda, 1983-1994
Newspaper clipping from New York Times on European theatre, 1997
Notebook with handwritten notes regarding theatre
Handwritten notes regarding potential future research topics, 1995
Theatre bulletin, CNTC, Boletin #20, annotated, 1991; also 25, 1992;
Program, La Dama Duende, annotated
Document, stage plans and photographs of La Dama Duende
Newspaper clipping, El Pais on La Dama Duende, 1990
Typed note, La Misa de Gallo en Guadalupe, 1993 (Otras Espectaculos “teatrales, ambientes, influences, etc.)
Comedia: notes re novels, stories, plays; research sources, translation notes, quotes, 1990
Article, “From Page to Stage: The Spanish Comedia Refashioned for British Audiences Today” by Dawn Smith
Stage by Stage article: “The Development of the National Theater, 1848 to 1993: An Exhibition"
Newspaper clipping, notes, re plays
Brochures and programs: Centro de Documentacion Teatral, CNTC, University of Kent at Canterbury, Centro Y Periferia
H.W. Sullivan article, “Calderon en Inglaterra Desde la Restauracion Hasta el Romanticismo"
Teatro Calderon program: "La Truhana"
Caballo Ganador article, 1989: “Juan Sanz”
Babelia article, 1993: "Censura Amable”
Material for article for CNTC, June 1994
Intro: Interpretation; notes re Greek plays
Newspaper clipping, press release, season program relating to A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Teatrul de Comedie, 1992
Newspaper clippings, 1989-1993; subject matters includes Much Ado About Nothing, review of King Lear (Old Vic 1989), review of What You Will, 1993, etc.
Historia de la Comedia/evolucion/perspectives (Cap 1), 1988-1992
Newspaper clippings regarding Miurada Mala, Fernando Lazaro Carreter, and El Teatro de Cervantes, 1988-1992
Typed description of Semana Santa, Granada, 1989
Research notes
CNTC, Boletin #15, 1990
Research notes
Article, “Theatre and Politics in Nineteenth-Century Spain” by David Thatcher Gies
Photocopy of chapter “The Stage and the Green Room”
Research notes
Photocopied pages from Marsha Kinder’s Blood Cinema
Correspondence with Don Luciano Garcia Lorenzo, 1992-1993
Handwritten notes in Spanish
Correspondence with Ronald Bryden, 1992
Proposed book outlines; bibliography
Brochure: Centro de Documentacion Teatral
Correspondence with Sr. Don Andres Palaez Martin, n.d.
Theatre Project, Dovehouse: correspondence with Dovehouse, J.M. Ruano de la Haza, Don Luciano Garcia Lorenzo, 1989-1995
28. Babelia newspaper clipping re Festival de Amagro, 1995
Chamizal Festival (Cap 4), 1992-1994
Correspondence, notes, programs, 1990-1994
Intro, 1991-1995: research, notes, bibliographies, newspaper clippings, correspondence
Teatro en Madrid Anterior a 1986, 1986-1994: correspondence with Fernando Sanchez Drago, programs
Newspaper clippings, 1983-1993 re: “Capa y espada”, “Lazarillo”, “La posada del Arenal”
Calgary paper CNTC, 1986-1994: list of plays with dates, paper [by Dawn Smith] titled “Representaciones de teatro clasico en Madrid desde 1986” with notations; paper by Dawn Smith titled “Studies on Celestina and Spanish Golden Age Theatre: A tribute to Dr. Louise Fothergill-Payne”; newspaper clipping

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  1. CNTC, 1986: photocopied articles about CNTC, newspaper clipping, notes, brochure
  2. Genesis de la CNTC, 1983-1986: newspaper articles pertaining to Adolfo Marsillach
  3. The audience: notes re student exposure to teatro clasico en Madrid; brochures
  4. La Escuela del Teatro Clasico, 1989-1996: bulletin, newspaper clippings, correspondence including from Julia Arroyo, articles related to Adolfo Marsillach, Jose Luis Gomez, Perez Sierra
  5. Festival de Almagro, 1983-1984: poster, bulletin, magazine clipping, newspaper clippings, notes
  6. Theatre brochures and bulletins re Teatro Clasico, 1991-1995; postcards and clippings regarding Adolfo Marsillach
  7. Theatre bulletin and newspaper clippings, 1988
  8. Photocopies of newspaper articles, 1986-1987

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Published items: Primer Acto #190-191 Primer Acto #229 Historia de los Teatros Nacionales 1939-1962, Volumen primero, Instituto Nacional de las Artes Escenicas y la Musica, Ministerio de Cultura, 1993 Cuatro Siglos de Teatro en Madrid, Museo Municipal, Teatro Albeniz, Teatro Espanol, Teatro Maria Guerrero, Madrid Capital Europea de la Cultura, 1992

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