Frank E. Fowle papers, 1852-1980


Title: Frank E. Fowle papers
Dates: 1852-1980
Creator: Fowle, Frank E.
Call Number: MS089
Size: 14.80 cubic ft.
    Digital Collection and Archives, Tufts University


The collection contains mostly programs and published and unpublished playscripts from amateur productions that Fowle was involved with in the greater Boston area. It also includes a series of scrapbooks from productions in the Boston area from 1883-1930.


Historical or Biographical Note

Frank E. Fowle was director of amateur theatricals in the greater Boston area especially between 1915-35.

Access and Use

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

This collection is processed and open for research.

Use Restrictions

Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections. Please see the DCA's policy on Copyright and Fair Use for more information.

Collection History


Around 2003, this artificial collection was created out of material originally found in boxes containing Arthur W. Row papers, the Max Tennis collection, the Henry Y. Porter papers and the Scrapbook collection. Most of the material was well labeled with Fowle's name making it easy to identify.

Subjects and Genre Terms

Series Description

  1. Playscripts, 1852-1969

    This series contains published play-scripts from the late nineteenth to early twentieth century. An inventory book of these plays exits in the series. It also includes a number of adapted, typed play-scripts used by Fowle in productions he was involved with.

  2. Playbills, 1881-1980

    This series contains playbills from amateur productions that Fowle directed or was involved with in the Boston area, mostly Malden and Winchester.

  3. Scrapbooks, 1880-1940

    This series includes scrapbooks of theatrical productions in the Boston area from 1883-1930.

  4. Production notes, 1915-1930

    This series contains Fowle's hand written and typewritten notes on productions he worked on including notes on costumes, blocking, props lists, scene break downs, and character break downs.