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King-Coit School and Children's Theatre papers

Title
King-Coit School and Children's Theatre papers, 1891-1997.
Author
Rodman, Ellen.
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Folder 5Mixed materialSupervised useAvailable*T-Mss 2002-014 Folder 5Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 1Mixed materialSupervised useAvailable*T-Mss 2002-014 Box 1Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 2Mixed materialSupervised useAvailable*T-Mss 2002-014 Box 2Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 3Mixed materialSupervised useAvailable*T-Mss 2002-014 Box 3Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 4Mixed materialSupervised useAvailable*T-Mss 2002-014 Box 4Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre

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Additional Authors
Coit, Dorothy.
Description
2.65 lf (4 boxes, 1 oversized)
Subjects
Access (note)
  • Collection is open to the public. Library policy on photography and photocopying will apply. Advance notice may be required.
Source (note)
  • Rodman, Ellen
Biography (note)
  • Ellen Rodman wrote her Ph. D. dissertation on the King-Coit School and Children's Theatre of New York. The thesis, written for New York University's School of Education, Health, Nursing, and Arts, was completed in 1979.
  • Edith King (1884-1975) and Dorothy Coit (1889-1976) founded the King-Coit School and Children's Theatre in New York City in 1923, and taught various aspects of theatrical production to young people for over thirty-five years.
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  • Cataloged
Call Number
*T-Mss 2002-014
Author
Rodman, Ellen.
Title
King-Coit School and Children's Theatre papers, 1891-1997.
Summary
The King-Coit School and Children's Theatre papers consist primarily of documents and photographs amassed by Ellen Rodman in the course of writing her dissertation thesis on the school, as well as items collected by Rodman in the years after the thesis was completed in 1979. Much of the correspondence in the King-Coit collection consists of letters from former students, parents of students, and instructors who wrote to Rodman while she was engaged in her research. Rodman composed a questionnaire for these correspondees, and retained many of the replies. She also corresponded with Dorothy Coit's sister Elisabeth, who submitted comments on the thesis. Various other research materials are present as well, including clippings, photocopies of articles, financial reports, handwritten notes, etc. Two books written by Dorothy Coit are included. There are also a number of photographs of Coit, Edith King, the school and its productions, and of a 1979 exhibition at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts devoted to the school.
Restricted Access
Collection is open to the public. Library policy on photography and photocopying will apply. Advance notice may be required.
Biography
Ellen Rodman wrote her Ph. D. dissertation on the King-Coit School and Children's Theatre of New York. The thesis, written for New York University's School of Education, Health, Nursing, and Arts, was completed in 1979.
Edith King (1884-1975) and Dorothy Coit (1889-1976) founded the King-Coit School and Children's Theatre in New York City in 1923, and taught various aspects of theatrical production to young people for over thirty-five years. The King-Coit School offered Arts programs to young people (5-15 years old) on weekday afternoons and weekends. King taught drawing and painting, and was responsible for stage set designs, while Coit taught acting and dancing. Theater studies were geared towards the full production of plays, to which the public was invited. Students studied the historical period and culture relevant to each play selected, and learned the scripts thoroughly before roles were assigned. Because ticket sales alone were insufficient to fund the program, the King-Coit School relied heavily on grants and private donations throughout its existence. Many children of the rich and famous attended the school, and its famous alumnae included author Madeleine L'Engle and actresses Anne Baxter and Lee Remick. The King-Coit School and Children's Theatre closed in 1959 when health concerns caused Edith King's retirement. Dorothy continued to teach classes at other schools through the 1960s.
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Added Author
Coit, Dorothy.
Research Call Number
*T-Mss 2002-014
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