Guide to the Hermine Duthie Decker Plays 1941-1977
Cage 124

Summary Information

Repository
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Creator
Decker, Hermine Duthie
Title
Hermine Duthie Decker Plays
ID
Cage 124
Date [inclusive]
1941-1977
Extent
2.0 boxes
General Physical Description note
1 foot of linear shelf space
Language
English
Abstract
This collection is comprised of 22 typescripts of plays, one with original and revised editions, written by Hermine Duthie Decker.

Preferred Citation note

Hermine Duthie Decker Plays, circa 1941-1977

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections Washington State University Libraries Pullman, WA

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Biographical/Historical note

Hermine Duthie Decker (1908-1996) graduated from Washington State College in 1930 with a speech degree. During her student years at WSC, Decker was the college sweetheart of future journalist Edward R. Murrow. Upon creation of the Old Slocum House Theatre Company in Vancouver, Washington, she became its first president. The company's first play, staged at the Slocum House in 1972, was written by Hermine Duthie Decker and titled, "Esther Short, A Heroic Pioneer Mother."

Hermine Duthie Decker was Head of the Speech and Drama department at Clark College, where she remained until her retirement.

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Scope and Contents note

This collection is comprised of 22 typescripts of plays, one with original and revised editions, written by Hermine Duthie Decker. Several of the manuscripts include notes or letters addressed to Professor Maynard Lee Daggy of Washington State College, asking for his criticism.

Additionally, the collection includes item lists, photographs of performances, an excerpt from a letter to Mrs. Mary Avery, and a WSU Hilltopics article about Hermine Duthie Decker and the Slocum House in Vancouver, Washington.

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Arrangement note

This collection is arranged in a single series.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries 2013

http://www.wsulibs.wsu.edu/masc
Terrell Library
P.O. Box 645610
Pullman, WA, 99164-5610
509-335-6691
mascref@wsu.edu

Conditions Governing Access note

This collection is open and available for research use.

Conditions Governing Use note

Copyright restrictions apply.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

This collection was donated to the Washington State University Libraries by Mrs. Maynard Daggy (1962) and Hermine Duthie Decker (1969).

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

Edward R. Murrow Papers, 1928-1932 (Cage 673).

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Controlled Access Headings

Subject(s)

  • Dramatists, American -- 20th century -- Correspondence
  • Performing Arts
  • Vancouver (Wash.)

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Collection Inventory

Box Folder

"Bury the Roots Deep" - manuscript undated 

1 1

"Oscar takes over" - manuscript 1948 February 18 

1 2

"Such Ingratitude!" - manuscript undated 

1 3

"A Sheaf from the Hell-Box" - manuscript undated 

1 4

"The Chess Player" - manuscript undated 

1 5

"The Festered Lily" - manuscript undated 

1 6

"What? No Genii?" - manuscript undated 

1 7

"The Waves Roll in" - manuscript undated 

1 8

"Bury the Roots Deep" - manuscript 1941 October 1 

1 9

"Be Yu Elopin'?" - manuscript undated 

1 10

"Yesterday and Today" - manuscript undated 

1 11

"The Fly Watched" - manuscript undated 

1 12

"Incognito" - manuscript undated 

1 13

"The Vanishing Hairline" - manuscript undated 

2 14

"Too Big" - manuscript undated 

2 15

"Radio Play" - manuscript 1945 February 18 

2 16

"The Great Diamond Robbery" - manuscript undated 

2 17

"Esther Short - A Heroic Pioneer Mother" - manuscript undated 

2 18

"Bury the Roots Deep" - manuscript (revision) 1969 

2 19

"The Brown Primrose" - manuscript undated 

2 20

"Please Fold, Staple---and Mutilate" - manuscript undated 

2 21

"The Last Step" - manuscript undated 

2 22

"A Very Delicate Subject" - manuscript undated 

2 23

"Once Around Jupiter" - manuscript undated 

2 24

Miscellaneous - excerpt from a letter to Mrs. Mary Avery from Hermine Duthie Decker and a WSU Hilltopics article 1962, 1977 

2 25