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Charles Burgess Papers, circa 1925-2000 | Special Collections and University Archives

By Steven Bookman, University Archivist

Collection Overview

Title: Charles Burgess Papers, circa 1925-2000

Predominant Dates:1960-1980

ID: 05/RG 5-1B1

Primary Creator: Burgess, Charles O. (1929-)

Extent: 2.5 Linear Feet

Date Acquired: 05/17/2011. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: Little Theatre (Norfolk, Va.), Norfolk (Va.)--History--20th century, Old Dominion University--Masquers Group.

Forms of Material: Letters (correspondence)

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection includes programs, correspondence, audiovisual and other material related to Charles Burgess' involvement with the theater scene in Norfolk, Virginia. The bulk of the correspondence involves the Little Theatre and Norfolk Theatre. The collection also contains photographs and audiovisual material of various productions by the Masquers Group, a student theater organization at Old Dominion University. Theater programs related to productions on Broadway in the 1920s are also present in the collection.

Collection Historical Note

Dr. Charles O. Burgess came to the Norfolk Division of the College of William & Mary in 1955 as an Instructor in the English Department. In addition to becoming Full Professor in 1966, he also served as Director of Freshman English, Graduate Program Director, and was appointed the University's first Dean of Graduate Studies in 1970. By 1972, he became Vice President and Provost for Academic Affairs. In 1980, Dr. Burgess returned to the English Department to teach, and by 1985 he was again in an administrative role as Dean of the College of Arts and Letters. He retired from that position in 1995, but continues to teach part-time in the English Department.

Subject/Index Terms

Little Theatre (Norfolk, Va.)
Norfolk (Va.)--History--20th century
Old Dominion University--Masquers Group.

Administrative Information

Repository: Special Collections and University Archives

Accruals: Additions to the collection were received on 5/23/2011 and 10/27/2011.

Access Restrictions: Open to researchers without restrictions.

Use Restrictions: Before publishing quotations or excerpts from any materials, permission must be obtained from Special Collections and University Archives, and the holder of the copyright, if not Old Dominion University Libraries.

Acquisition Source: Gift of Charles Burgess

Acquisition Method: Gift. Accession #2011-12

Preferred Citation: [Identification of item], Box [insert number], Folder [insert number and title], Charles Burgess Papers, Special Collections and University Archives, Patricia W. and J. Douglas Perry Library, Old Dominion University Libraries, Norfolk, VA 23529.


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Box 1
Folder 1: Broadway Theater Programs, circa 1925-1930
Folder 2: Broadway Theater Programs, circa 1925-1930
Folder 3: Broadway Theater Programs, circa 1925-1930
Box 2
Folder 1: Arts Festivals, 1960-1964
Folder 2: Articles, Programs, and Old Dominion History, circa 1970-2000
Folder 3: Tercentenary of the Theater in Virginia, 1965
Folder 4: Norfolk Theatre Center, circa 1968-1970
Folder 5: Norfolk Theatre Center, 1968
Folder 6: Norfolk Theatre Center, 1968-1969
Folder 7: Norfolk Little Theatre, 1964-1968
Folder 8: Speeches and Writing, circa 1957-1970
Folder 9: Photographs, circa 1960-2000
Box 3
Item 1: All the Kings Men, undated
One reel-to-reel audiotape of the Masquers production of All the Kings Men at the Norfolk Division of the College of William and Mary.
Item 2: Andromache and Cyclops, undated
One reel-to-reel sound tape of the plays Andromache and Cyclops by Euripides performed by the Masquers at the Norfolk Division of the College of William and Mary.
Item 3: Unidentified Videotape, undated
One unidentified VHS videotape.
Item 4: Unidentified Videotape, undated
One unidentified VHS videotape.
Item 5: Unidentified Videotape, undated
One unidentified VHS videotape.
Item 6: Great Scenes from Shakespeare: Scenes from Twelfth Night, 1988 November 17
One VHS videocassette tape of scenes from the Shakespeare Ensemble's production of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. The production was held at Old Dominion University and the tape is approximately 1 hour long.
Item 7: Shakespeare Ensemble: Antony and Cleopatra, undated
One VHS videocassette tape of the Shakespeare Ensemble's production of Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra.
Item 8: Great Scenes from Shakespeare, 1990 December 4
One VHS videocassette tape.
Item 9: Art Beat: Virginia Opera Education, 2001 November 5
One VHS videocassette tape.
Item 10: Shakespeare Ensemble: Tech Theatre, undated
One VHS videocassette tape.
Item 11: Art Beat: Oh Freedom, 2002 April 12
One VHS videocassette tape of the Virginia Opera's Art Beat production of Oh Freedom.
Item 12: Charles Michael Jones: His First Year, 1998-1999
One VHS videocassette tape.
Item 13: Living in Virginia: Historic Homes of Charlottesville, circa 2005
One VHS videocassette tape of WVPT's production of Living in Virginia: Historic Homes of Charlottesville.
Item 14: Great Scenes from Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet, 1987 October
One VHS videocassette tape of scenes from Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet at Old Dominion University.
Item 15: Judy Morgan, B.B. Family (Minnie, Stella), Mom/Christmas, undated
One VHS videocassette tape.
Item 16: In Search of Shakespeare and The Medici, 2004 February 11
One VHS videocassette tape featuring performances of In Search of Shakespeare (approximately 1 hour long) and The Medici (approximately 2 hours long).
Item 17: Changing Stages and A History of the Theater, undated
One VHS videocassette tape.
Item 18: King Lear, undated
One VHS videocassette tape.
Item 19: Our Place, Our Time with Dean Burgess, Linda and HL Wilson, undated
One VHS videocassette tape.
Item 20: English Department: Shakespeare Program, 1992 November 2
One VHS videocassette tape.
Box 4
This oversized box contains posters related to Charles Burgess' involvement with the Shakespeare poetry series at Old Dominion University circa 1980-1985.

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