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Dartmouth College. Committee on Theater and Auditorium



In the late 1920s, then President Ernest Martin Hopkins promised a new theater to Warner Bentley a newly recruited English faculty member with responsibility for the non-department theatre program. Various calamities intervened—the Depression, the Second World War, Korea, and Hopkins' own retirement. But when the building finally reached the construction stage in the favorable economic climate of the early 1960s, its concept had grown to include space for a new concert hall / film theater, a "black box" theater, music and theatre rehearsal halls, a recital hall, gallery exhibition and art storage space, arts studios, and a student workshop — and its new footprint covered four and a half acres. It opened in 1962.

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Dartmouth College, Committee on Theater and Auditorium records

Identifier: DA-279
Date(s): 1937 to 1945
Scope and Contents

The collection contains meeting minutes, correspondence, architectural plans and articles, documenting and supporting the Committee on Theater and Auditorium's investigation into the needs and designs for a performing arts center.

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