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Hunton D. Sellman Playscripts Collection

Identifier: MS-0414

Scope and Contents

This collection is made up of ten manuscript playscripts and actors sides, from plays written between 1900 and 1913. Some are copyrighted and published by the Chicago Manuscript Company. The majority seem to have been produced by a theatrical company called "Gray, Dowell, and Company"; the names Julia Gray and Ed Dowell appear consistently as names of actors. Scripts and sides have manuscript notations and stage directions, presumably made by the actors; most sides have the name of the actor to play the role pencilled on the front cover. These playscripts were donated by Hunton D. Sellman, a  professor of Theatre and stage lighting designer at San Diego State until his retirement in 1971. It is not known whether Sellman had any personal involvement in the production of these plays.


  • Creation: 1900-1913

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in some or all of these materials have not been transferred to San Diego State University. Copyright resides with the creator(s) of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. The nature of archival collections is such that multiple creators are often applicable and copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine. In any case, the user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, obtaining publication rights and copyright infringement. When requesting images from Special Collections & University Archives for publication, we require a signed agreement waiving San Diego State University of any liability in the event of a copyright violation.


2.50 Linear Feet

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Arrangement Note

The plays are arranged alphabetically by title; two unidentified plays appear at the end and list names of the parts found in each play.

Source of Acquisition

Hunton D. Sellman



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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections & University Archives Repository

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