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Richard G. Oram Chautauqua Collection

Identifier: MsC0150.15

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Scope and Contents

The majority of this material relates to Oram's time as a member of the Hanscom Players, a well-known troupe represented in the Redpath Chautauqua collection. The correspondence, addressed to Mr. and Mrs. G. Harry Oram (parents) is especially interesting as he shares information on traveling through a number of northern states, followed by a circuit through the southeastern and southern United States. Grueling schedules and long days are evident, as was true for most traveling talent. At the same time, members of the company take advantage of the cities they play in and take in a lot of the sights, which is described in great detail by Oram. Not every letter is listed; those mentioned refer to performances and related details.


  • Creation: 1937-1941


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This collection is open for research.

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Member of a the Hanscom Players a well-known Chautauqua troupe that toured throughout the U.S.

Method of Acquisition

Donated by Rich Oram, nephew, in 2001.

Related Materials

Records of the Redpath Lyceum Bureau, MsC 150. Please note the list of additional mini-collections of Chautauqua material at the end of the Redpath finding aid.

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Repository Details

Part of the University of Iowa Special Collections Repository

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