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The Wayfarer collection

The Wayfarer collection

Descriptive Summary

Title: The Wayfarer collection
Creator: Unknown
Inclusive Dates: 1919-1920
Language(s): English
Extent: 2.4 Linear Feet (58 items in 2 oversized boxes)
Collection Number: ms689
Repository: Hargrett Library

Collection Description

Historical Note

The Wayfarer was a modern passion play, a religious work combining drama, opera, pageant, and oratorio written by J.E. Crowther. Directed by Laurence H. Rich and presented by the Interchurch World Movement of North America, The Wayfarer premiered at Columbus, Ohio, June 28-July 13, 1919 as part of the Methodist Centenary Missionary Exposition. The play was later presented at Madison Square Garden, New York from December 15, 1919 - January 15, 1920.

Scope and Content

The collection consists of materials pertaining to the production of the passion play The Wayfarer from 1919-1920 and includes the playbook of director Lawrence H. Rich containing autographs of performers, a typed program, sheet music, and hand written notes on stage directions, sound effects, and lighting. A scrapbook contains photographs of Walter Hampden, Blanche Yurka, Helen Newitt, Theo Karle, and scenes of the pageant; clippings; a poster; programs; and brochures relating to The Wayfarer. The collection also includes a booklet of the musical score and photographs, probably from D.W. Griffin's unreleased film production of The Wayfarer.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

The Wayfarer collection, ms689. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

General Notes

Cataloged as part of the Georgia Archives and Manuscripts Automated Access Project: A Special Collections Gateway Program of the University Center in Georgia.

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Columbus (Ohio)
Madison Square Garden (New York, N.Y.)
Methodist Centenary Missionary Exposition
Methodists -- United States.
Sheet music.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

1Play materials
2Play materials