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Collection Number: 04987

Collection Title: Lynn Gault Papers (#4987) 1937-1998

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Size About 100 items (1.0 linear feet)
Abstract Lynn Gault (d. 1998), a native of Ohio, was technical director for Carolina Playmakers, 1946-1951, and for outdoor historical dramas; theater instructor at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, the University of Virginia, and Hiram College; and potter in Brasstown, N.C. This collection primarily documents Gault's work in theater, especially with the Carolina Playmakers, in the late 1940s and early 1950s. It contains scripts of his plays, poetry, and other writings; and articles, posters, playbills, and other material relating to Gault, to the Carolina Playmakers, and to the Virginia Players. Films may relate to Carolina Playmakers productions and to productions of Paul Green's The Lost Colony in the late 1940s or early 1950s.
Creator Gault, Lynn (Robert Lynn), d. 1998.
Language English.
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Use of films will require production of viewing copies.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Provenance
Received from Lee Davis of Brasstown, N.C., in August 1998 (Acc. 98431).
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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A native of Ohio, Lynn Gault was educated at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Youngstown College, Hiram College, and the University of North Carolina. He received his A.B. degree from Hiram College in 1937 and his M.A. in dramatic art from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill in 1939.

After receiving his master's degree, Gault taught briefly at the University of Virginia and at Hiram College. During World War II, he served in the Signal Corps of the United States Army and then in Anti-Aircraft, in which branch he saw action in the Pacific. He was released with the rank of captain in 1945.

In 1946, Gault joined the staff of the Carolina Playmakers as scene designer and technical director. For the next five years, Gault designed and constructed stage settings, directed and acted in Playmakers productions, and taught in the University of North Carolina's Department of Dramatic Art.

During the summers, Gault worked with several outdoor historical dramas as scene designer, choreographer, and actor. He started as technical assistant for The Lost Colony production in 1938, was made technical director in 1947, and was responsible for rebuilding all scenery and properties after the fire that season. In 1950, he was the original stage designer for Unto These Hills, an outdoor drama in Cherokee, N.C.

During a summer when Gault was working on Unto These Hills, he became intensely interested in ceramics and, after a period of study and experimentation, decided to devote himself full time to pottery. In 1952, he moved permanently to Brasstown, N.C., where he bought an old farm house on Birdfoot Ridge and started a pottery.

In Brasstown, Gault taught pottery classes at the John C. Campbell Folk School, served on the school's board of directors, and was one of the early members of the Southern Highland Handicraft Guild. He was also a founding member of the Brasstown Concert Association, and, in 1974, he helped to originate the Brasstown Community Theatre. Gault read The Christmas Carol in a special Folk School performance every year from 1952 through 1980.

Gault's wife Lucille died in 1981. Gault died on 30 March 1998 at his home in Brasstown.

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This collection primarily documents Lynn Gault's work in theater, especially with the Carolina Playmakers, in the late 1940s and early 1950s. It contains scripts of his plays, poetry, and other writings; and articles, posters, playbills, and other material relating to Gault, to the Carolina Playmakers, and to the Virginia Players. The five reels of film received with the papers have not been viewed, but may contain images of Playmakers productions and to productions of Paul Green's The Lost Colony in the late 1940s or early 1950s.

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About 100 items.

Arrangement: by type of material.

This collection primarily documents Lynn Gault's work in theater, especially with the Carolina Playmakers, in the late 1940s and early 1950s. It contains scripts of his plays, poetry, and other writings; and articles, posters, playbills, and other material relating to Gault, to the Carolina Playmakers, and to the Virginia Players.

Many photographs received with these papers have been transferred to the Photographic Archives of the North Carolina Collection. The five reels of film received with the papers have not been viewed, but may contain images of Playmakers productions and to productions of Paul Green's The Lost Colony in the late 1940s or early 1950s.

Folder 1

Chaucer: "Merchant's Tale" adapted for performance #04987, Series: "Papers, 1937-1998." Folder 1

Folder 2

Child of Strangers: a short play for the Christmas season #04987, Series: "Papers, 1937-1998." Folder 2

Folder 3

Courthouse on the Square: a middle-western comedy of the 1890s by Lynn Gault #04987, Series: "Papers, 1937-1998." Folder 3

Folder 4

Dickens's A Christmas Carol arranged for a group reading by Lynn Gault #04987, Series: "Papers, 1937-1998." Folder 4

Folder 5

His Boon Companions: a temperance comedy by Lynn Gault #04987, Series: "Papers, 1937-1998." Folder 5

Folder 6

The Magnolia Kid: a light comedy in three acts by Lynn Gault #04987, Series: "Papers, 1937-1998." Folder 6

Folder 7

My Name Is Joseph: adapted slightly from the short story by James Dillet Freeman #04987, Series: "Papers, 1937-1998." Folder 7

Folder 8

An Unknown Land: a radio play by Lynn Gault #04987, Series: "Papers, 1937-1998." Folder 8

Folder 9

The Walrus Said: a comedy in three acts by Robert Schenkkan and Lynn Gault #04987, Series: "Papers, 1937-1998." Folder 9

Folder 10

The Wife of Usher's Well by Lynn Gault #04987, Series: "Papers, 1937-1998." Folder 10

Folder 11

You Can't Tell the Horses: an innocuous comedy #04987, Series: "Papers, 1937-1998." Folder 11

Folder 12

Plays by Lynn Gault #04987, Series: "Papers, 1937-1998." Folder 12

Folder 13

Untitled script #04987, Series: "Papers, 1937-1998." Folder 13

Folder 14

Notes on "The Bud" #04987, Series: "Papers, 1937-1998." Folder 14

Folder 15

Poetry #04987, Series: "Papers, 1937-1998." Folder 15

Folder 16

Published articles by Lynn Gault #04987, Series: "Papers, 1937-1998." Folder 16

Folder 17

Short writings #04987, Series: "Papers, 1937-1998." Folder 17

Folder 18

Notes and miscellaneous papers #04987, Series: "Papers, 1937-1998." Folder 18

Folder 19

Letters #04987, Series: "Papers, 1937-1998." Folder 19

Folder 20

Sketch #04987, Series: "Papers, 1937-1998." Folder 20

Folder 21

Posters: OP-4987. Nine posters advertising Carolina Playmakers productions and one for a Durham Theatre Guild production #04987, Series: "Papers, 1937-1998." Folder 21

Folder 22

Biographical material #04987, Series: "Papers, 1937-1998." Folder 22

Folder 23

Clippings about Gault in Carolina Playmakers #04987, Series: "Papers, 1937-1998." Folder 23

Folder 24

Clippings and articles about Carolina Playmakers #04987, Series: "Papers, 1937-1998." Folder 24

Folder 25

Playbills and flyers for Carolina Playmakers #04987, Series: "Papers, 1937-1998." Folder 25

Folder 26

Clippings about Virginia Players #04987, Series: "Papers, 1937-1998." Folder 26

Folder 27

Printed items from Virginia Players #04987, Series: "Papers, 1937-1998." Folder 27

F-4987/1-5. Films, possibly of Carolina Playmakers productions and The Lost Colony #04987, Series: "Papers, 1937-1998." Folder 27

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Items separated include films (F-4987/1-5).

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