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Collection Number: 03839

Collection Title: Eugenia Rawls and Donald Seawell Theater Collection, 1916- 1988.

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Size About 34,500 items (64.5 linear feet).
Abstract Actress; wife of lawyer, theatrical producer, and newspaper publisher Donald Seawell (1912- ). Papers and other materials of Rawls (1913- ), Broadway and television actress; and her husband Seawell, lawyer, army officer, and theatrical producer of Denver, Colo., and New York, N.Y. Series I contains the personal and professional correspondence of Rawls with her children, relatives, colleagues, and friends, 1916-1974. Series II, comprising Seawell's office files, 1947-1972, relates to his business and theatrical affairs and to the production of several plays in the 1960s. In addition, there is extensive correspondence between husband and wife during World War II, while Seawell was an army counterintelligence officer stationed in England and France. Series III consists of writings by Rawls and others, chiefly typescripts of radio plays, plus drafts of her one- woman shows on Fanny Kemble and Tallulah Bankhead. Also included are photographs; posters; video tapes; scrapbooks of clippings; notebooks of Rawls's activities as a drama student at University of North Carolina, 1932-1933; and a large number of radio, television, and theatrical scripts for productions in which she appeared.
Creator Rawls, Eugenia.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Eugenia Rawls and Donald Seawell Theater Collection, #3839, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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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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Actress; wife of lawyer, theatrical producer, and newspaper publisher Donald Seawell (1912- ).

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Papers and other materials of Rawls (1913- ), Broadway and television actress; and her husband Seawell, lawyer, army officer, and theatrical producer of Denver, Colo., and New York, N.Y. Series I contains the personal and professional correspondence of Rawls with her children, relatives, colleagues, and friends, 1916-1974. Series II, comprising Seawell's office files, 1947-1972, relates to his business and theatrical affairs and to the production of several plays in the 1960s. In addition, there is extensive correspondence between husband and wife during World War II, while Seawell was an army counterintelligence officer stationed in England and France. Series III consists of writings by Rawls and others, chiefly typescripts of radio plays, plus drafts of her one- woman shows on Fanny Kemble and Tallulah Bankhead. Also included are photographs; posters; video tapes; scrapbooks of clippings; notebooks of Rawls's activities as a drama student at University of North Carolina, 1932-1933; and a large number of radio, television, and theatrical scripts for productions in which she appeared.

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

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