Lawson Collection

Evelyn Lawson, ca. 1937; 1961-1978 2 storage boxes

Journalist and author, consists of scrapbooks of clippings of her columns (1937;1961–1966) covering the theater and night life which appeared under the name of Daphne, Evelyn Wells, or Evelyn Lawson in Cape Cod Colonial, Manhattan, Variety, New Beacon, Register, Provincetown Log, Cape Cod News, and Cape Cod Standard Times; manuscript of her book, Theatre on Cape Cod published in 1969; Research materials for her television program, Star Nite, on WTEV, and for her book, Yesterday’s Cape Cod, published in 1975. Also letters from Richard Aldrich (1967–1968) relating to the history of summer theater on Cape Cod, photographs of actors who appeared in summer productions, and playbills (ca.1946–1978) from Cape theaters.

Box I

Folder I:

  • Letters of Richard Aldrich to Evelyn Lawson. 1967, 1968

Folder II:

  • Manuscript: “Lively Arts of Cape Cod” by Evelyn Lawson 4 pgs. Typescript
    “Lively Arts of Cape Cod” with written corrections 5 pgs. Typescript.
    “Multiple Murders Jitter Cape Cod” 2 typescript pages with corrections,
    Not dated

Folder III:

  • Proposal: “Theater Then & Now”
  • Correspondence: Council on the Arts and Humanities. June 17, 1968
  • Letter: Bertha Klausner, Literary Agent. June 16, 1968
  • Letter: Samuel Hirsch, Drama Editor, Herald Traveler. May 7, 1968. re: Cape Theater and Show Guide

Folder IV:

  • “Our Man in Boston” by Evelyn Lawson. re: Senator Allan Jones 4 pgs., typescript
  • “Eyes Have It” re: Chrysler Art Museum in Provincetown, 3 pgs., typescript
  • “Cape Coddities” by Evelyn Lawson. 3 pgs. Typescript.
  • Resume of Evelyn Lawson, 3 pgs., typescript.

Folder V

  • Manuscript: Theater on Cape Cod by Evelyn Lawson. Typescript, various paging. With Sources of Materials, Writer Final Index, April 28, 1969 4 pgs., typescript
  • Chapter Outlines/Index 7 pgs.

Folder VI:

  • Sources for Theater on Cape Cod
  • Chapter II, III Provincetown Playhouse (2 folders)
  • Letter: To: H. Rogers, Yarmouth Register. From: Virginia Thom Le Peer, Oct 8, 1968. re: Provincetown-On-the-Wharf
  • Letter: from: Clarence Le Peer. Sept 17, 1967, Printed re: 1968 Season
  • Provincetown Players Presents “The Hairy Ape” 1 pg. typescript
  • Playbills: 5 items 1967, 1968 Season

Folder VII

  • Provincetown Playhouse
  • Photographs: 3 b&w prints, 1 negative
  • Copy of etching by N.H. Bicknell “Original Provincetown Wharf Theater”
  • 1 negative: Catharine Huntington seated in front of Provincetown Playhouse posters.

Folder VIII

  • Fisherman Players (3 folders)
  • Manuscript: "Fisherman Players" unpaged, typescript with corrections [13 pgs]. By Richard Waters
  • On Prophetic Drama by Richard Waters 10pgs. Typescript.
  • Notes on blue cards, hand script 9 items
  • Background Resume of Richard D. Waters, 5 pgs, typescript

Folder VIX

  • Fisherman Players
  • Publications from 1968 Season (10 items)
  • “Theatre Revitalizing Force for Providence Church” Zion Church Dec. 1962. By Richard Waters.
  • “Religious Straw Hat Circuit” by Richard Waters World Outlook, July, 1966.

Folder X:

  • Fisherman Players
  • Photographs: 8 items, 1 negative
  • Richard Waters (3 items)
  • Dean Hensley, Director 1968 Season (1)

Folder XI:

  • Act IV Chapter V
  • Notes on Act IV: hand script 4 pgs. Listing directors, plays produced, playwrights, 1966
  • Clippings: Boston Globe Aug 18, 1968 “Nightmare plus an O’Neil Revival” by Kevin Kelly Aug. 18, 1968. Re: Softly and Consider the Nearness at Cafe Act IV.
  • Flyers: Act IV Café Experimental Theater, 5 items
  • Photographs: Frank Shepard 1 b&w 8X10 with resume: 2 pgs. Typescript.

Folder XII:

  • Monomoy Theatre, Chapter VI
  • “Monomoy Theatre in Chatham, Academic Theater at its Best” 4 pgs, typescript
  • Programs: Monomoy Theatre: Luther, As You Like it. (2 items)

Folder XIII

  • Orleans Arena Theatre, Chapter VII
  • “Orleans Arena Theatre” hand script 3 pgs.
  • Photocopy of Orleans Arena Theatre flyer: School of Dramatic Arts 2 pgs 4th Summer Season.
  • “The Theatre” 5 pgs. Typescript.
  • Playbills: Orleans Theatre: 1964 with handwritten note to “Evelyn from ABT”
  • 1967, 1968 Seasons

Folder XIV

  • Cape Playhouse Chapter VIII
  • 1pg typescript “Chapter II: The Cape Playhouse in Dennis”
  • 1 pg. hand script re: Raymond Moore/Harold Winston [fragment, not dated]
  • Publications:
  • Backstage: No. 1 Dec. 1928, No. 2 June 1929, No. 3 March 1929, No. 4 June 1929.
  • Spotlights & Sidelights of the Cape Playhouse Vol. 1 July 1927

Folder XV:

  • Dennis Summer Theater Chapter VIII
  • Photographs: 5 items 8X11 B& W 1968 Season
  • April Shawhan “Sweet Charity” (2 items)
  • Rosemary Priz “A Girl Could Get Lucky”
  • Ed Byrnes, Diane McBain, Carleton Carpenter “Star Spangled Girl”
  • Edward Andrews “A Girl Could Get Lucky”

Folder XVI:

  • Melody Tent Chapter IX
  • 2 pgs. Hand script notes on chronology of Cape Cod Music Circus/Cape Cod Melody Tent.

Folder XVII:

  • Falmouth Playhouse Chapter X
  • Correspondence: To: Daphne From: Stephen Langley 28 Jan. 1969
  • 2 typescript pages re: description of enclosed photographs (not all photographs mentioned are in this collection)
  • Photographs: 5 items
  • Falmouth Playhouse exteriors: 3 items
  • Jacqueline Kennedy with Kitty Carlisle
  • Sidney Gordon [owner] with 2 Falmouth Selectmen
  • 1 Falmouth Playhouse Playbill, 1968 Season

Folder XVIII:

  • Barnstable Comedy Club Chapter XI
  • Notes: handscript:”Rehearsals of Constant Wife” 5pgs.
  • B.C.C. Workshop, 1 typed page
  • “Costumes” 1 typed page
  • “Costumes for all productions” 1 typed page.
  • “Scholarship” 1 typed page
  • Programs: Barnstable Comedy Club, 1969
  • “Madwomen of Chaillot", 1968
  • “La Meri: Ethnic Dance Festival”, 1968

Folder XIX:

  • Chatham Drama Guild Chapter XII
  • Manuscript: "Copy A” 1 pg. synopsis Chatham Drama Guild, typescript
  • “Copy B” “Began in Church basement in 1931" 2 pgs.
  • “Copy C” “Postwar period begins new activity”
  • “D” "Members build their own headquarters” 2 pgs.
  • Correspondence: To: Evelyn Lawson Date: March 6, 1969 re: Chatham Drama Guild 6 pages
  • Constitution: Chatham Drama Guild 5 pgs printed.
  • “1931 launching Chatham Drama Guild” typescript 1 pg.
  • 4 Playbills: Solid Gold Cadillac, 1966
  • Never Too Late, not dated
  • Tom Jones, 1968
  • Time of the Cuckoo, not dated

Folder XX:

  • Chatham Drama Guild Chapter XII
  • Photographs: 3 items b&w 8X11 From: Marion Hare, So. Chatham
  • Herb Greenhalgh, Jr.
  • Robert C. Farris
  • Caroline Webster

Folder XXI

  • Falmouth Guild Chapter XIII
  • “Falmouth Guild” 2 typed pages re: Floyd Pratt
  • Resume of Floyd Leonard Pratt typewritten 3 pgs.
  • 1 mimeographed sheet “Ad Lib” by Russ de Beauclair, not dated re: Weber’s Supper Club and Roy Scott
  • 1 Program: Falmouth Theatre Guild Presents” Separate Tables, Highfield Theatre, Feb 28/March/ no year
  • Photographs: Spooner Studio, Falmouth 5 items
  • Charles W. Cartwright
  • Scenes from various plays: “Send Me No Flowers”, “Separate Tables”.

Folder XXII:

  • Playbills
  • Priscilla Beach Theatre, 1951
  • Falmouth Playhouse, 1950, July 17, July 3
  • Cape Playhouse, 1946
  • Plymouth Lodge, 1928.

Box II

Folder I:

  • Lawson Obituaries/Clippings
  • Cape Cod Register 1/26/1984
  • Cape Cod Times 1/19/1984
  • Cape Cod Times Editorial: 1/22/1984
  • Cape Cod Times 4/12/1984 re: Lawson Collection
  • Cape Cod News: Oct 20, 1966 pg. 3 re: Lawson wins Elks award

Folder II:

  • Scrapbook: Early Clippings
  • Baltimore Post May 17, 1937 re: Mr. & Mrs. William P. Lawson

Folder III:

  • Clippings: Evelyn Wells
  • “Club Commentator to Depict Night Life of Cape Cod” not dated
  • Club News re: announcing “Cape Capers” column not dated
  • Cape Capers by Evelyn Wells 1937–1939

Folder IV:

  • Newspapers:
  • Manhattan: By Night, By the Week, By Day
  • Jan 26, 1939, Feb. 4, 1939 Includes: “Madhatton” by Daphne.
  • Variety July 5, 1961, column by Evelyn Lawson, “Provincetown, Mass.”
  • Variety Nov 27, 1963 “Death of a Neighbor” by Evelyn Lawson re: Death of JFK

Folder V:

  • Cape Cod Standard-Times
  • Dateline: Cape Cod by Evelyn Lawson
  • 1963–1964 [loose clippings] 39 items

Folder VI:

  • Cape Cod Standard Times
  • Dateline Cape Cod by Evelyn Lawson
  • 1963–1964 [loose clippings] 18 items

Folder VII:

  • Cape Cod Standard Times
  • Dateline: Cape Cod by Evelyn Lawson
  • 1964 [loose clippings] 29 items

Folder VIII:

  • Scrapbook: New Bedford Standard Times
  • Clippings/ Dateline: Cape Cod 1964-1965

Folder IX:

  • Clippings/ 1965–1966
  • Dateline: Provincetown by Daphne
  • Dateline: Cape Cod by Evelyn Lawson

Folder X:

  • Cape Cod News Clippings/1966
  • Dateline: Cape Cod
  • Dateline: Provincetown
  • Cape Cod…Scene

Folder XI:

  • Cape Cod News. May–June 1966

Folder XII:

  • Cape Cod News. Aug–Oct. 1966

Folder XIII:

  • Cape Cod News 1967
  • Dateline: Provincetown
  • Dateline: Manhattan
  • Dateline: Cape Cod