Guide to the Elizabeth Lee Buckingham Papers

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Stanford University. Libraries. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
Stanford, California
1997
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Overview

Call Number: SC0167
Creator: Buckingham, Elizabeth Lee, 1885-
Title: Elizabeth Lee Buckingham papers
Dates: 1900-1970
Physical Description: 6.5 Linear feet
Language(s): The materials are in English.
Repository: Department of Special Collections and University Archives
Green Library
557 Escondido Mall
Stanford, CA 94305-6064
Email: specialcollections@stanford.edu
Phone: (650) 725-1022
URL: http://library.stanford.edu/spc

Administrative Information

Provenance

Custodial History

Gift of Elizabeth Buckingham, 1977; transferred from Manuscript Division to University Archives.

Information about Access

None.

Ownership & Copyright

Property rights reside with the repository. Literary rights reside with the creators of the documents or their heirs. To obtain permission to publish or reproduce, please contact the Public Services Librarian of the Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.

Cite As

[Identification of item], Elizabeth Lee Buckingham Papers, SC 167, Stanford University Archives, Stanford, Calif.

Separated Materials

Frances T. and Frank Russell material (put in SC 166)

Miscellaneous Christmas cards with no messages on them (discarded)

Recipes (discarded)

Multiple copies of examinations and other mimeographed material (discarded)

BIOGRAPHY

Elizabeth Lee Buckingham was born on November 9, 1885. Her personal history is sketchy due to a lack of concrete information, but she listed Palo Alto as her home town in the 1904-05 Stanford Register. She received her A.B. in 1910 and her A.M. in 1914 from Stanford, both in English. During 1908-09 she was an Assistant in English at Castilleja School in Palo Alto, and during 1910-11 an Assistant in English at Stanford, after which she was on the Stanford faculty continuously until her retirement as Associate Professor of Speech and Drama, Emeritus, in 1944. During many of her years at Stanford she shared a house at 534 Lasuen with several Stanford faculty women, among them Frances Theresa Russell, Mary Yost, and Edith Mirrielees.

SCOPE AND CONTENT

The General Files section contains material on various subjects of interest to Miss Buckingham, a small amount of Stanford-related correspondence, and ten folders of personal correspondence. Any professional correspondence is filed under the appropriate subject heading (Radio, Speech, etc.). The Student Notes are Miss Buckingham's own from her student days, ranging from high school to post-graduate work at Columbia University. The Courses section includes her students' papers and examinations, class notebooks, and some of her own course notes. The folder in the Photographs section includes miscellaneous photographs and negatives, most of them unidentified. One photo of interest is a snapshot of Miss Buckingham with Frances Theresa Russell and Mary Yost, n.d.
The materials in this collection arrived in complete disarray. Letters, course papers, photographs, manuscripts and notebooks were dumped together with recipes, Christmas cards, and scraps of paper with notes and jottings. After the sorting process was well underway it became apparent that some of the papers were the property of Frances Theresa Russell, Stanford Professor of English, and her husband Frank Russell, a noted Harvard anthropologist who died in 1903. Mrs. Russell and Miss Buckingham were housemates for many years until Mrs. Russell's death in 1936, and apparently Mrs. Russell's papers had never been sorted or claimed. Every attempt has been made to identify and separate the material. The Russell papers have been put in SC 166. However, a researcher should be aware of the difficulty and bring any questionable items to the attention of the Archivist.
There is no evidence that Miss Buckingham carried on professional correspondence with anyone over a long period of time. However, her personal correspondence includes descriptive letters from a number of her students who were struggling to become professionally established. There are also several hand-tinted Christmas cards, some with notes, from Mrs. Bruce Bliven, 1936-40. It is helpful to know when examining the correspondence that Miss Buckingham's nickname was Peter. Mrs. Russell was often referred to as "Terri". Mary Yost, Dean of Women and Lecturer in English, signed her letters "Wendy". Letters signed by "Edith" are from Edith Mirrielees, Professor of English.

Arrangement note

These papers are arranged into four major groups: General Files, 1904-70; Student Notes, 1900-18; Courses, 1911-44, and Photographs, n.d. While the papers range from 1900-1970, the bulk of the collection falls within the period 1930-43.

Access Terms

Bliven, Bruce, 1916-2002.
Buckingham, Elizabeth Lee, 1885-
Mirrielees, Edith.
Russell, Frances Theresa,, 1873-1936.
Russell, Frank,, 1868-1903.
Stanford University. Department of English. -- General subdivision--Faculty.;
Stanford University. Department of Speech and Drama. -- General subdivision--Faculty.;
Yost, Mary.


Collection Contents

 

GENERAL FILES 1904-70

Box 1, Folder 1

Book and play lists; bibliographies, 1920's and 1930's

Box 1, Folder 2

Book and play lists; bibliographies, 1920's and 1930's

Box 1, Folder 3

Book and play lists; bibliographies, 1920's-1940

Box 1, Folder 4

Book and play lists - bibliography of Stanford holdings of one-act plays, author index, n.d.

Box 1, Folder 5

Book and play lists - bibliography of Stanford holdings of one-act plays, title index and key list, n.d.

Box 1, Folder 6

Book and play lists - plays for school production, n.d.

Box 1, Folder 7

California Council for Speech Education, (Includes some correspondence) 1939

Box 1, Folder 8

Conferences - Curriculum and Instruction, Stanford, Curriculum, Jun 25-30, 1934; 1936

Box 1, Folder 9

Conferences - Speech and Drama, 1937

Box 1, Folder 10

Correspondence, personal, 1906-34

Box 1, Folder 11

Correspondence, personal, (See also f.19) 1935-36

Box 1, Folder 12

Correspondence, personal, 1937-38

Box 1, Folder 13

Correspondence, personal, 1939-40

Box 1, Folder 14

Correspondence, personal, 1941-42

Box 1, Folder 15

Correspondence, personal, 1943-61

Box 1, Folder 16

Correspondence, personal, n.d.

Box 1, Folder 17

Correspondence, personal - Frank Russell's library, disposition of - 1936, 1941

Box 1, Folder 18

Correspondence, personal - business matters, (Includes Buckingham's real estate interests) 1930-70 and undated

Box 1, Folder 19

Correspondences personal - sympathy letters re. death of Mrs. Russell, 1936

Box 1, Folder 20

Costumes and Makeup - handbook by Helen Green, 1941

Physical Description: (Inscribed copy)
Box 1, Folder 21

Drama - miscellaneous clippings, 1925-42

Box 1, Folder 22

Drama - miscellaneous material, (Includes some correspondence) 1918-40

Box 1, Folder 23

Drama - scripts, n.d.

Box 1, Folder 24

Drama - scripts, n.d.

Box 1, Folder 25

Drama - scripts, 1928

Box 1, Folder 26

English - miscellaneous material, (Includes some correspondence) 1911-43 and undated

Box 1, Folder 27

Exams - Interpretation, preliminary M.A., Jul-41

Box 1, Folder 28

Exams, miscellaneous 1907-11 and undated

Box 2, Folder 1

"The Fundamental Course in Speech for California High Schools" - recommendations of the Kersey Committee, 1933

Box 2, Folder 2

Memorial Auditorium, (Includes some correspondence) 1934-39

Box 2, Folder 3

Miscellaneous material, 1908-47 and undated

Box 2, Folder 4

Miscellaneous material, 1930-47 and undated

Box 2, Folder 5

Motion Picture Science, 1934 and undated

Box 2, Folder 6

Peace and pacifism, miscellaneous material re. 1919-37

Box 2, Folder 7

Poetry - manuscripts, n.d. (Some by Buckingham, others unidentified)

Box 2, Folder 8

Poetry - miscellaneous material re. 1918 and undated

Box 2, Folder 9

Programs and concerts Buckingham attended, musical, 1914-37

Box 2, Folder 10

Programs and concerts Buckingham attended, musical, 1914-37

Box 2, Folder 11

Programs and concerts Buckingham attended, musical, 1914-37

Box 2, Folder 12

Published articles by Buckingham - 1904, 1928

Box 2, Folder 13

Questionnaires on theater, 1934

Box 2, Folder 14

Radio - correspondence, 1938-42

Box 2, Folder 15

Radio - miscellaneous material, including scripts, (See also Writers' War Board, f. 30) 1940-43 and undated

Box 2, Folder 16

Radio - miscellaneous material, including scripts, 1941-44

Box 2, Folder 17

Sheridan, Helen Courtney - poems, paper P.S. 200, letter, 1930's and undated

Box 2, Folder 18

Speech (Public Speaking) - correspondence, 1933-43

Box 2, Folder 19

Speech (Public Speaking) - miscellaneous material, 1932-41

Box 2, Folder 20

Stanford University - division matters, including some correspondence, 1932-42 and undated

Box 2, Folder 21

Stanford University - miscellaneous material, including some correspondence, 1925-45

Box 2, Folder 22

Stanford University - miscellaneous material re. students of Buckingham, 1934-41

Box 2, Folder 23

"Stanford Writers in the Saturday Evening Post" - TLS, Archie Rice to R.L. Wilbur 4-Apr-42

Box 2, Folder 24

Western Assn. of Teachers of Speech - notes, draft of Buckingham speech. (1933?)

Box 2, Folder 25

Word notes and miscellaneous jottings, n.d.

Box 2, Folder 26

Word notes and miscellaneous jottings, n.d.

Box 2, Folder 27

Word notes and miscellaneous jottings, (in envelope titled "Gallery of Players") 1940's and undated

Box 2, Folder 28

World War Two - general material, including personal items, (Includes TLS from Pearl S. Buck re. East-West Assn., 1941-44 and undated Mar 24, 1943

Box 2, Folder 29

WPA (Works Progress Administration) - Federal Theater Project, 1938 and undated

Box 2, Folder 30

Writers' War Board (including scripts, some correspondence), 1938-43

Box 2, Folder 31

Writers' War Board - scripts, 1944-45

 

STUDENT NOTES 1900-18 AND undated

Box 2, Folder 32

1900-02

Box 2, Folder 33

1904-05

Box 2, Folder 34

1907

Box 2, Folder 35

1908

Box 2, Folder 36

1909

Box 3, Folder 1

1909

Box 3, Folder 2

1909

Box 3, Folder 3

1909-10

Box 3, Folder 4

1909-10

Box 3, Folder 5

1911-12

Box 3, Folder 6

1911-12

Box 3, Folder 7

1913-14

Box 3, Folder 8

1916 summer

Box 3, Folder 9

1916-17

Box 3, Folder 10

1917-18

Box 3, Folder 11

1917-18

Box 3, Folder 12

1917-18

Box 3, Folder 13

1917-18

Box 3, Folder 14

1917-18

Box 3, Folder 15

n.d.

Box 3, Folder 16

n.d.

Box 3, Folder 17

n.d.

 

COURSES 1911-44

Box 3, Folder 18

Advanced Acting 161, 1938

Box 3, Folder 19

Aesthetics course not listed in Catalog) (1941?

Box 3, Folder 20

Children's Plays 189, 1931

Box 3, Folder 21

Dramatic Criticism 162 & 194, 1930's

Box 3, Folder 22

Dramas for Production 207, 1934

Box 4, Folder 1

High School & College Dramatics 195, 1938-39

Box 4, Folder 2

High School & College Dramatics 118, 119b, Ed.217, 1930's

Box 4, Folder 3

High School & College Dramatics - n.d., no course #.

Box 4, Folder 4

History of English Drama 170, 251, 252. 1918-30 and undated

Box 4, Folder 5

History of English Literature - miscellaneous courses, n.d.

Box 4, Folder 6

History of Interpretative Reading 180, 1941

Box 4, Folder 7

History of the Theater 109, 1917-18

Box 4, Folder 8

History of the Theater 109, 1917-18

Box 4, Folder 9

History of the Theater 109, 190, 1930-31

Box 4, Folder 10

History of the Theater 109, 190, 1931 and nd

Box 4, Folder 11

History of the Theater 109, 190, 1931 and undated

Box 4, Folder 12

History of the Theater 109, 190, 1935 and undated

Box 4, Folder 13

History of the Theater 109, 190, 1935 and undated

Box 4, Folder 14

History of the Theater 109, 190, 1930's

Box 4, Folder 15

History of the Theater 109, 190, n.d.

Box 4, Folder 16

History of the Theater 109, 190, n.d.

Box 4, Folder 17

History of the Theater 109, 190, n.d.

Box 4, Folder 18

History of the Theater 109, 190, n.d.

Box 4, Folder 19

History of the Theater 109, 190, n.d.

Box 4, Folder 20

Interpretation 207, n.d.

Box 4, Folder 21

Interpretation of Modern Drama 144, n.d.

Box 4, Folder 22

Interpretation of Poetry 40, 1941

Box 4, Folder 23

Miscellaneous unidentified course material 1938 and undated

Box 4, Folder 24

The One Act Play 158, 159, 1918-36

Box 4, Folder 25

Play Production 208, 209, 18a, 1923-36 and undated

Box 4, Folder 26

Play Production 208, [Includes Theater Workshop, no course #, 1930 1928

Box 4, Folder 27

Public Speaking 191 [no course name given], 1937

Box 4, Folder 28

Radio Speaking 18, 1939-43

Box 5, Folder 1

Radio Speaking 18, 1939-43

Box 5, Folder 2

Reading & Staging Plays 209, 18a, 1923-39

Box 5, Folder 3

Reading & Staging Plays 209, 18a, 1923-39

Box 5, Folder 4

Shakespeare, Vocal [Oral] Interpretation of, 157, 1940 and undated

Box 5, Folder 5

Teachers' Reading Course 200c, 1928 and undated

Box 5, Folder 6

Vocal Expression 10, [Also notes for Rhetoric, no course # or date] 1932-40 and undated

 

PHOTOGRAPHS

Box 5, Folder 7

Miscellaneous photographs and negatives, most of them unidentified. Includes snapshot of E. Buckingham, F.T. Russell, and M. Yost, n.d.