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Fred Orin Harris papers, 1936-1995.
BANC MSS 99/43 c Box 1; BANC MSS 99/43 c Box 2; BANC MSS 99/43 c Box 3; BANC MSS 99/43 c
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Fred Orin Harris papers, 1936-1995


Harris, Fred Orin., creator


Lehman, B. H. (Benjamin Harrison), 1889-1977, Correspondent.


Deutsch, Monroe E. (Monroe Emanuel), 1879-1955, Correspondent.


Contains professional correspondence, documents relating to the organization of the department and its mission, campus administrative documents, design drawings for UCB and other theaters, letters praising productions he was involved with (many from prominent UC faculty and chancellors,) articles by Harris, photographs, and his unpublished draft on directing theatrical productions, entitled "Letters to a Young Director (1968-1995)." Departmental correspondence features B.H. Lehman and Monroe E. Deutsch.


1936 (issued)


University of California, Berkeley. -- Department of Dramatic Art.
Theater -- Production and direction -- California -- Berkeley


COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE: Advance notice required for use.
Fred Orin Harris was born in Sumpter, Or., on Jan. 24, 1901. He received a B.A. in art and electrical Physics from the University of Washington in 1924 and an M.F.A. from New York University in 1930. Harris taught at the University of Oregon School of Architecture before joining the University of California, Berkeley, Department of Dramatic Art in 1941. He directed many plays in the Greek Theatre and Wheeler Auditorium. After serving as department chair, Harris concentrated on teaching and writing on the psychology of acting and directing. He was chair of the academic advisory committee that oversaw the design and construction of the Zellerbach Auditorium and Playhouse. Harris retired in 1967 and died on Aug. 28, 1998.


Faculty papers.
Manuscripts for publication.

Physical Description:

3 boxes (1 linear foot)




BANC MSS 99/43 c Box 1
BANC MSS 99/43 c Box 2
BANC MSS 99/43 c Box 3
BANC MSS 99/43 c



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COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE: Advance notice required for use.