Title:Betty Cole diary
Creator/Contributor:Cole, Betty, 1929-2015, creator, creator.
Color photocopy of diary kept by Betty Cole during her 1953 summer stock tour to New England with The Straw Hat Theatre, a
theater company based in Berkeley, California. Also includes five audiotape reels (1/4 inch) with 4 song recordings from Straw
Hat Theatre sketches on side 1 and 10 songs performed by The Chimney Corner Singers on side 2.
Subject:Cole, Betty -- 1929-2015 -- Diaries
Straw Hat Theatre, Inc.
Chimney Corner Singers (Musical group)
Actresses -- California -- Diaries
Women singers -- California
Women dancers -- California
Theatrical companies -- California -- Berkeley
Folk music groups -- California -- South Lake Tahoe
Folk music groups
California -- Berkeley
California -- South Lake Tahoe
Print reproduction. [Place?] : [Agency?], [201-?]. 111 pages ; 22 x 28 cm CU-BANC
Betty Cole diary, BANC MSS 2018/242, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley
Gift of Maryan Tooker ; 2018.
Photograph albums transferred to the Pictorial Collections of The Bancroft Library.
Betty Cole (1929-2015) was born in Chico, California and had an interest in musical theater from an early age. In 1951, she
joined the Straw Hat Theatre group and toured with the troupe in New England in 1953. In 1954, she married Warner Tooker,
whom she divorced in 1972, before remarrying Lew Graham. She learned to play acoustic guitar and formed a folk group called
The Untrapped Housewives that later became The Chimney Corner Singers and performed at various venues in South Lake Tahoe.
Cole passed away in Reno, Nevada on November 28, 2015.
BANC MSS 2018/242 box 1