Joseph Tomes was a founding member of the Fresno Community Theater in Fresno, California. The collection contains correspondence,
photographs, programs, and memorabilia, many of which are related to Fresno Community Theater productions. Also included are
short letters from theatrical personalities including Helen Hayes, Lynn Fontanne, Laurence Olivier, John Barrymore, and James
Joseph Tomes, a native of Indianapolis, Indiana, graduated from Butler University. He apprenticed as an actor at the Pasadena
Community Playhouse and performed in Laurence Oliver's production of Romeo and Juliet. Tomes was a founding member of the Fresno Community Theater in Fresno, California, in 1955.
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