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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Thr 1866

George and Joanne Hamlin family papers


Prompt books, photographs, sound recording, and more documenting George Hamlin and Joanne Capen Hamlin's careers.


  • circa 1940-1986

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Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

This collection is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. Retrieval requires advance notice. Readers should check with Houghton Public Services staff to determine what material is offsite and retrieval policies and times.


6.5 linear feet (5 boxes)

The collection includes promptbooks, scores, acting editions, photographs, sound recordings, manuscripts and other materials which Hamlin used or created in the course of his theatrical career. Most of the materials relate to his tenure at the Loeb Drama Center, but there are a few items relating to his work at the Dock Street Theatre in Charleston, South Carolina. There are also a few items related to the career of his wife, the actress Joanne Hamlin, and his grandfather, the singer George Hamlin (1869-1923).

Biographical / Historical

George Hamlin (1921-1986) and Joanne Capen Hamlin were husband and wife. George was an actor and director and Joanne was also an actress, writer, and teacher. George was director of the Dock Street Theatre in Charleston, South Carolina from 1946 to 1951, and was producing director of the Loeb Drama Center at Harvard from 1961 to 1980.


Collection is minimally processed. Materials are loosely arranged in seven series: Newspaper Clippings; Photographs; Promptbooks; Scores; Sound Recordings; and Additions to collection.

Physical Location

Harvard Depository

Immediate Source of Acquisition

2004MT-10. Gift of Joanne Hamlin 1987 June. 2019MT-045. Gift of Jeffrey Hamlin 2018 September.

Processing Information

Processed by Magdaline Lawhorn, 2018.

Hamlin, George. George Hamlin and Joanne Capen Hamlin papers, circa 1940-1986 (MS Thr 1866): Guide
Houghton Library, Harvard University.
October 29, 2018
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Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

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