Yeaton Family papers, 1922-2001

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Collection Overview

Title:
Yeaton Family papers
Dates (Inclusive):
1922-2001
Creator:
Yeaton family
Abstract:
Kelly Yeaton was an Associate Professor of Theatre Arts at Pennsylvania State University, 1947-1979, where he specialized in the development and production of arena theater. This collection contain materials related to Yeaton's theater work.
Collection Number:
748
Size:
12 Cubic feet
Location:
Some materials stored off-site. Allow three days advance notice to use the materials. For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the  library catalog.
Repository:
Special Collections Library. Pennsylvania State University.
Languages:
English

Biographical Note

Professor of Theatre Arts Kelly Yeaton taught at Penn Sate University from 1947 until his retirement in 1979. His area of specialty was in the development and production of arena theatre. In addition to teaching, he has also been involved with theatrical production across the country, and has authored numerous articles and books. Born in Portland, Maine, Yeaton received his Bachelor's degree from Tufts University in 1932, and his Masters from the University of Washington at Seattle in 1938. His studies also took him to Fordham and the American Theater Wing of Bates College.

As an instructor at Penn State, Yeaton taught courses in theatre management, educational theatre, acting directing, center-staging, and radio drama. He was responsible for instituting general education requirements in arts, as well as supervising courses in theatre arts and film. Also, his accomplishments include creating Penn State's Centre Stage, and being Professor and head of the Experimental Theatre, a research and development branch of the Theatre and Film Department. Yeaton's areas of special interest and research included the process of rehearsals in acting and directing, and exploring concepts of the use of space. His interests in arena and experimental theatre involved him in many projects throughout the Northeast and into the Midwest. He directed and advised at numerous theatres including: the Erie Playhouse; the Little Theatre in Lafayette, Indiana; the Millbrook Playhouse in Mill Hall; the Mummers in St. Louis; the Ogunquit Playhouse in Ogunquit, Maine; the Standing Stone Playhouse in Petersburg. These interests are also reflected in numerous articles which appeared in trade journals such as Players Magazine and the standard reference book of theatre, John Gassner's Arena Theatre.

The 1953 edition of Gassner's Producing the Play includes the chapter Arena Production which was written and illustrated by Kelly Yeaton. Arena and experimental theatre were two of Yeaton's major interests, but a plethora of technical, methodological, psychological, and tangential information is present in the collection as well. Much of this information is contained in the correspondence files. Although a large portion of the correspondence is labeled personal, many of the letters are to or from people involved with theatre and contain information relevant to researchers of both theatre arts and Yeaton's professional career. samuel yeatonIn addition to his personal and professional papers, Kelly Yeaton also donated a collection of personal papers belonging to his brother Samuel.

Samuel S. Yeaton was born in Portland Maine, in 1907. After attending Bates College he joined the US Navy and attended the academy at Annapolis, MD. He graduated in 1930 and after various assignments in America, his active duty assignments took him to Shanghai, China. In 1935, Samuel Yeaton returned to America for active duty and further training. He served with the Fourth Marine Raider Battalion during the second World War, after which he returned to the United States, working in various jobs. Samuel S. Yeaton retired as a Lieutenant Colonel, USMC and later served as head of training in Maine's Civil Defense forces. Much of the materials of this subgroup pertain to Samuel's military career and his related interests. The latter include his involvement and research into small arms and competition shooting. He participated in many shooting competitions, both while in the military and as a civilian. Also of interest to him was hand-to-hand combat, including knife fighting. While serving in China, he researched and helped develop fighting techniques and a combat knife. This research was apparently done in conjunction with the Shanghai Police Department and its advisors, notably William Fairbairn, William Cassidy, and Samuel Moore.

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Scope and Contents

The collection contains the theater-related papers of Kelly Yeaton including his involvement with commedia, experimental theater, and arena theater; class notes; scripts written by students, colleagues, and acquaintances; business and personal correspondence, mostly theater-related; and photographs, slides, drawings, tapes, and microfilm of theater activities and family.

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Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Copyright Notice

Copyright is retained by the creators of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Yeaton Family papers, PSUA 748, Special Collections Library, Pennsylvania State University.

Processing Information

Processed by Special Collections staff.

Existence and Location of Copies

There are digital surrogates available for some materials.

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Controlled Access Headings

Family Name(s)

  • Yeaton family

Genre(s)

  • Photographic
  • Cartographic
  • Architectural
  • Graphic
  • Microforms
  • Audio

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Collection Inventory

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General note

Includes production materials, campus project materials, class materials, and miscellaneous projects, reports and articles collected by Kelly Yeaton.

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Includes Kelly Yeaton's sabbatical material and material on various experimental theatres.

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Includes material on various arena theatres, articles written on arena theatres, and material on research and projects by Kelly Yeaton.

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General note

Includes scripts collected by Kelly Yeaton that were written by students, colleagues and acquaintances.

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Includes Kelly Yeaton's class notes, material he collected on productions and projects. Manuscripts and drafts from Kelly Yeaton's projects, and notes on theatre psychology and academic classes and his thesis are also included.

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Includes Kelly Yeaton's class notes, material he collected on productions and projects. Manuscripts and drafts from Kelly Yeaton's projects, and notes on theatre psychology and academic classes and his thesis are also included.

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Includes photographs, slides and drawings from productions.

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General note

Includes correspondence with organizations and friends & acquaintances of Kelly Yeaton. The dates are non-inclusive.

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Includes correspondence with family and close friends of Kelly Yeaton. The dates are non-inclusive.

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Includes school notes and journals, as well as hobby and items of personal interest to Kelly Yeaton.

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General note

Includes photographs and slides of various arena theatres.

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Includes photographs and slides from various commedia projects.

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Includes material on various arena theatres, articles written on arena theatres, and material on research and projects by Kelly Yeaton.

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Includes photographs, slides, tapes and publicity material from various experimental theatres.

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Includes school notes and journals, as well as hobby and items of personal interest to Kelly Yeaton.

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Includes photographs, slides and drawings from productions.

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Includes photographs, slides, tapes and microfilm of family, friends and items of personal interest to Kelly Yeaton.

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General note

Includes correspondence with family and friends as well as items of personal interest to Samuel Yeaton.

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Includes correspondence, military background information as well as Fairbairn and Shanghai Knife Material.

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Includes photographs, slides, tapes and microfilm of family, friends and items of personal interest to Kelly Yeaton.

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