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Bentley, Warner James, 1901-1987



  • Existence: 1901 - 1987

Warner Bentley was born December 3, 1901, in Bradley, South Dakota. He received his B.A. from Pomona College in 1926, and attended the Yale School of Drama. He came to Dartmouth in 1928, as an instructor in the English department and director of the theater program. Though he had offers to relocate and work on Broadway, Bentley stayed on at Dartmouth having been promised a new drama facility. Thirty-four years later this promise was fulfilled with the opening of the Hopkins Center. He retired in Sept. 1969, as Director, Emeritus of the Hopkins Center for the Performing Arts. Bentley was awarded an honorary master of arts degree 1937. Bentley died December 26, 1987.

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

Oral history interview with Warner Bentley.

Identifier: DOH-58
Scope and Contents The oral history interview of Warner Bentley is comprised of sixteen audiocassette recordings, a transcript and a tape log of the recordings. The interview was conducted by Arthur M. Wilson during May, June and July 1975 in Norwich, Vermont. The entire interview runs for approximately fifteen hours and covers his early years before coming to Dartmouth in 1928 and continues through to his retirement from Dartmouth in 1969.

Warner Bentley papers

Identifier: MS-1170
Overview Warner Bentley (1901-1987), director of the Hopkins Center for the Arts at Dartmouth College. The collection contains correspondence on the occasion of his retirement from the Hopkins Center in 1969, as well as reports, handwritten class notes, a critique and a Drama Festival Program.