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Collection Number: 03821

Collection Title: Edith Russell Papers, 1930-1973.

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This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities; this finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.

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Size 4.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 4,500 items)
Abstract Edith Russell Harrington was a writer, producer, and director of civic pageants across the South, who professionally used the name Edith Russell. With her husband, Herschel R. Harrington, she founded Harrington-Russell Studios, Complete Pageant Service, in Asheville, N.C., in 1930, and operated the business for about fifteen years. Herschel Harrington did technical work, including lighting and set design, for the pageants his wife wrote and directed. The collection includes correspondence, plans, outlines, notes, and other papers of Edith Russell, primarily from the 1930s, relating to outdoor dramas, pageants, and festivals produced by Harrington-Russell Studios throughout the South; material relating to Van Horn's, a Philadelphia costume supplier for which Harrington-Russell acted as agent in Florida in the 1930s; and scripts Russell wrote for the Children's Civic Theater in Atlanta, Ga., in the 1960s and early 1970s.
Creator Russell, Edith, 1898-1967.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Restrictions to Use
No usage restrictions.
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 Edith Russell Papers, #3821, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Additional Descriptive Resources
A copy of the original finding aid for this collection is filed in folder 1a.
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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Edith Russell Harrington was a writer, producer, and director of civic pageants across the South, who, professionally, used the name, Edith Russell. With her husband, Herschel R. Harrington, she founded Harrington-Russell Studios, Complete Pageant Service, in Asheville, N.C., in 1930, and operated the business for about fifteen years. Herschel Harrington did technical work, including lighting and set design, for the pageants his wife wrote and directed.

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The collection includes correspondence, plans, outlines, notes, and other papers of Edith Russell, primarily from the 1930s, relating to outdoor dramas, pageants, and festivals produced by Harrington-Russell Studios throughout the South; material relating to Van Horn's, a Philadelphia costume supplier for which Harrington-Russell acted as agent in Florida in the 1930s; and scripts Russell wrote for the Children's Civic Theater in Atlanta, Ga., in the 1960s and early 1970s.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Correspondence and Miscellaneous Files, 1933-1954 and undated.

Includes incoming and copies of some outgoing correspondence with actual and perspective clients, suppliers, and staff. The most frequent correspondents were Rollin Weber VanHorn and the staff of his Philadelphia, Pa., costume company. Materials for 1937 include correspondence and notes, some autobiographical, related to Russell's application for a Guggenheim fellowship. Also included are miscellaneous scene, lighting and costume designs, shop notes, clippings, pamphlets, and photographs, and other items.

Folder 1a

Original finding aid #03821, Series: "1. Correspondence and Miscellaneous Files, 1933-1954 and undated." Folder 1a

Folder 1-4

Folder 1

Folder 2

Folder 3

Folder 4

1933-1934 #03821, Series: "1. Correspondence and Miscellaneous Files, 1933-1954 and undated." Folder 1-4

Folder 5-7

Folder 5

Folder 6

Folder 7

1935 #03821, Series: "1. Correspondence and Miscellaneous Files, 1933-1954 and undated." Folder 5-7

Folder 8-9

Folder 8

Folder 9

1936 #03821, Series: "1. Correspondence and Miscellaneous Files, 1933-1954 and undated." Folder 8-9

Folder 10-11

Folder 10

Folder 11

1937-1938 #03821, Series: "1. Correspondence and Miscellaneous Files, 1933-1954 and undated." Folder 10-11

Folder 12

1939 #03821, Series: "1. Correspondence and Miscellaneous Files, 1933-1954 and undated." Folder 12

Folder 13-14

Folder 13

Folder 14

1940, 1941, 1954 #03821, Series: "1. Correspondence and Miscellaneous Files, 1933-1954 and undated." Folder 13-14

Folder 15

Research notes #03821, Series: "1. Correspondence and Miscellaneous Files, 1933-1954 and undated." Folder 15

Folder 16-18

Folder 16

Folder 17

Folder 18

Miscellaneous #03821, Series: "1. Correspondence and Miscellaneous Files, 1933-1954 and undated." Folder 16-18

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Items include scripts, set, lighting, and costume designs; clippings; programs; and correspondence. Some or all of the correspondence related to each pageant may be in the correspondence files.

Proposals are outlines (and scattered drawings) creating by Harrington-Russell for pageants which were not performed. Most were written for specific events at the request of local pageant committees. Related correspondence may also be found in the correspondence files.

Folder 19

"A City Called Wilmington", 1930 #03821, Series: "2. Pageants, 1930-1954." Folder 19

Folder 20

"Carolina Chronicle", 1931 #03821, Series: "2. Pageants, 1930-1954." Folder 20

Folder 21

"Pageant of Oklahoma Heritage", 1932 #03821, Series: "2. Pageants, 1930-1954." Folder 21

Folder 22-24

Folder 22

Folder 23

Folder 24

"Statesmen in Buckskin", 1933 #03821, Series: "2. Pageants, 1930-1954." Folder 22-24

Folder 25

"Spell of the Smokies", 1933 #03821, Series: "2. Pageants, 1930-1954." Folder 25

Folder 26

"Story of Georgia", 1933 #03821, Series: "2. Pageants, 1930-1954." Folder 26

Folder 27

Rehearsal and production schedule, 1933 #03821, Series: "2. Pageants, 1930-1954." Folder 27

Folder 28

Pageant of the Georgia Indians, 1933 #03821, Series: "2. Pageants, 1930-1954." Folder 28

Rhododendron Festival #03821, Series: "2. Pageants, 1930-1954." Folder 28

Folder 29-30

Folder 29

Folder 30

Pageant of Roanoke #03821, Series: "2. Pageants, 1930-1954." Folder 29-30

Folder 31

Augusta, Ga., Bicentennial, 1935 #03821, Series: "2. Pageants, 1930-1954." Folder 31

Folder 32

Orlando, Fla., Spring Festival, 1935 #03821, Series: "2. Pageants, 1930-1954." Folder 32

Folder 33

"Fort Hill Pageant", 1936 #03821, Series: "2. Pageants, 1930-1954." Folder 33

Folder 34-36

Folder 34

Folder 35

Folder 36

Davy Crockett Sesquicentennial, 1936 #03821, Series: "2. Pageants, 1930-1954." Folder 34-36

Folder 37

Wilson, N.C., Tobacco Festival, 1937 #03821, Series: "2. Pageants, 1930-1954." Folder 37

Folder 38-42

Folder 38

Folder 39

Folder 40

Folder 41

Folder 42

"A Century of Culture", 1937 #03821, Series: "2. Pageants, 1930-1954." Folder 38-42

Folder 43-46

Folder 43

Folder 44

Folder 45

Folder 46

"Saga of Summer", 1937 #03821, Series: "2. Pageants, 1930-1954." Folder 43-46

Folder 47

"Within a Century", 1938 #03821, Series: "2. Pageants, 1930-1954." Folder 47

Folder 48-50

Folder 48

Folder 49

Folder 50

"Pageant of the Iris", 1938 #03821, Series: "2. Pageants, 1930-1954." Folder 48-50

Folder 51

Rhododendron Festival, 1939 #03821, Series: "2. Pageants, 1930-1954." Folder 51

Folder 52-58

Folder 52

Folder 53

Folder 54

Folder 55

Folder 56

Folder 57

Folder 58

Greenville, S.C. Cotton Festival, 1939 #03821, Series: "2. Pageants, 1930-1954." Folder 52-58

Folder 59-71

Folder 59

Folder 60

Folder 61

Folder 62

Folder 63

Folder 64

Folder 65

Folder 66

Folder 67

Folder 68

Folder 69

Folder 70

Folder 71

"Story of Paper", 1939 #03821, Series: "2. Pageants, 1930-1954." Folder 59-71

Folder 72

Tobacco Festival, 1940 #03821, Series: "2. Pageants, 1930-1954." Folder 72

Folder 73

Rhododendron Festival, 1940 #03821, Series: "2. Pageants, 1930-1954." Folder 73

Folder 74

"Design for Liberty", 1940 #03821, Series: "2. Pageants, 1930-1954." Folder 74

Folder 75

Christmas Pageant, 1941 #03821, Series: "2. Pageants, 1930-1954." Folder 75

Folder 76-77

Folder 76

Folder 77

Rhododendron Festival, 1941 #03821, Series: "2. Pageants, 1930-1954." Folder 76-77

Folder 78

"Court of the Magic Weed [Tobacco]", 1941 #03821, Series: "2. Pageants, 1930-1954." Folder 78

Folder 79

"Forest Festival" #03821, Series: "2. Pageants, 1930-1954." Folder 79

Folder 80

"Dem Wuz Laughing Days", 1948 #03821, Series: "2. Pageants, 1930-1954." Folder 80

Folder 81

"America the Beautiful", 1949 #03821, Series: "2. Pageants, 1930-1954." Folder 81

Folder 82

"Pine Tree Festival", 1951 #03821, Series: "2. Pageants, 1930-1954." Folder 82

Folder 83-86

Folder 83

Folder 84

Folder 85

Folder 86

"Thunderland", 1953 #03821, Series: "2. Pageants, 1930-1954." Folder 83-86

Folder 87

"The Andrew Story", 1954 #03821, Series: "2. Pageants, 1930-1954." Folder 87

Folder 88

"Pageant of the Smoke Flower" #03821, Series: "2. Pageants, 1930-1954." Folder 88

Folder 89

Fragments #03821, Series: "2. Pageants, 1930-1954." Folder 89

Folder 90

Proposals: Miscellaneous #03821, Series: "2. Pageants, 1930-1954." Folder 90

Folder 91

Proposal: "Saga of Desoto" #03821, Series: "2. Pageants, 1930-1954." Folder 91

Folder 92

Proposal: "Daniel Boone Bicentennial" #03821, Series: "2. Pageants, 1930-1954." Folder 92

Folder 93

Proposal: Miami Beach #03821, Series: "2. Pageants, 1930-1954." Folder 93

Folder 94

Proposal: Tung Festival #03821, Series: "2. Pageants, 1930-1954." Folder 94

Folder 95

Proposals: St. Petersberg Florida #03821, Series: "2. Pageants, 1930-1954." Folder 95

Folder 96

Proposals: Other Florida Cities #03821, Series: "2. Pageants, 1930-1954." Folder 96

Folder 97

Proposal: Stone Mountain, Ga. #03821, Series: "2. Pageants, 1930-1954." Folder 97

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Scripts written for the Children's Civic Theater, Atlanta, Ga., by Russell who also directed most of them. Many have technical and lighting notations, probably done by Herschel Harrington. The 1973 program of "Alice" includes a synopsis of Edith Russell's association with the theater.

Folder 98

"Story of Paper" #03821, Series: "3. Scripts, 1964-1973 and undated." Folder 98

Folder 99

"Alladin and the Wonderful Lamp", 1964 #03821, Series: "3. Scripts, 1964-1973 and undated." Folder 99

Folder 100

"The Prince and the Pauper", 1965 #03821, Series: "3. Scripts, 1964-1973 and undated." Folder 100

Folder 101

"Little Women", 1965-1966 #03821, Series: "3. Scripts, 1964-1973 and undated." Folder 101

Folder 102

"Alice in Wonderland", 1966 #03821, Series: "3. Scripts, 1964-1973 and undated." Folder 102

Folder 103

"Rebecca of Stonybrook Farm", 1966 #03821, Series: "3. Scripts, 1964-1973 and undated." Folder 103

Folder 104

"Pinocchio", 1967 #03821, Series: "3. Scripts, 1964-1973 and undated." Folder 104

Folder 105

"Snow White and the Seven Drawfs", 1968 #03821, Series: "3. Scripts, 1964-1973 and undated." Folder 105

Folder 106

"Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves", 1969 #03821, Series: "3. Scripts, 1964-1973 and undated." Folder 106

Folder 107

"Pied Piper of Hamelin", 1970 #03821, Series: "3. Scripts, 1964-1973 and undated." Folder 107

Folder 108

"Rip van Winkle", 1972 #03821, Series: "3. Scripts, 1964-1973 and undated." Folder 108

Folder 109

"The Wizard of Oz" #03821, Series: "3. Scripts, 1964-1973 and undated." Folder 109

Folder 110

Program for "Alice", 1973 #03821, Series: "3. Scripts, 1964-1973 and undated." Folder 110

Folder 111

"Home Came the Steed" #03821, Series: "3. Scripts, 1964-1973 and undated." Folder 111

Folder 112

"Oglethorpe's Colony" #03821, Series: "3. Scripts, 1964-1973 and undated." Folder 112

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Audiodisc D-3821/1

Audio disc #03821, Series: "4. Audiovisual Material" D-3821/1

"Home Came the Steed, A play in three acts" recorded 15 November 1944 from NBC during broadcast, parts 1 and 3.

Audiodisc D-3821/2

Audio disc #03821, Series: "4. Audiovisual Material" D-3821/2

"Home Came the Steed ", parts 2 and 4.

Audiocassette T-3821/1-2

T-3821/1

T-3821/2

Audiocassette #03821, Series: "4. Audiovisual Material" T-3821/1-2

Contents of audiodisc transferred to tape

Side A: "Home Came the Steed, A play in three acts" recorded 15 November 1944 from NBC during broadcast, parts 1, 2, and 3.

Side B: "Home Came the Steed ", part 4.

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Oversize Volume SV-3821/1-5

SV-3821/1

SV-3821/2

SV-3821/3

SV-3821/4

SV-3821/5

Volumes 1-5: Scrapbooks #03821, Series: "5. Volumes" SV-3821/1-5

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Kate Stratton and Jodi Berkowitz, July 2009

This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

This finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.

Diacritics and other special characters have been omitted from this finding aid to facilitate keyword searching in web browsers.

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