Fonds MS-3-27 - Richard J.H. Perkyns fonds

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Richard J.H. Perkyns fonds

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  • Bulk, 1978-1985 (Creation)
  • 1968-1989 (Creation)

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38 cm of textual records and graphic material

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Richard John Hardy Perkyns (1932- ) was a professor and drama specialist in the English department at Saint Mary's University (1968-1998). He directed and performed in a number of plays for the Saint Mary's University Drama Society, the Theatre Arts Guild, and Pier One Theatre, and was also a founding member of the Halifax Independent Theatre (1978). Born in England, Perkyns married Dorothy Perkyns. He graduated with a PhD from London University in 1968 and moved to Halifax, Nova Scotia, the same year. Richard Perkyns published numerous articles on theatre in scholarly journals including Canadian Drama and Theatre History in Canada . He is the author of The Neptune Story: Twenty-Five Years in the Life of a Leading Canadian Theatre (1989) and editor of two others, Major Plays of the Canadian Theatre 1934-1984 (1984) and Introduction to Literature: British, American, Canadian (1981).

Custodial history

The fonds remained in the custody of Richard J.H. Perkyns until 1998, when he donated it to the Dalhousie University Archives.

Scope and content

The fonds consists of records related to Richard Perkyns' research undertaken in writing The Neptune Story: Twenty-Five Years in the Life of a Leading Canadian Theatre and editing Major Plays of the Canadian Theatre 1934-1984 . The fonds also includes a copy of his doctoral thesis, The Impact of the Expressionists Movements on British and American Drama and Theatre Practice (1968) and records which pertain to his involvement with the Halifax Independent Theatre. Records include correspondence, minutes from meetings, research notes, drafts, newspaper clippings, reviews, manuscripts, photographs, and interviews recorded on audio cassettes. The fonds has been arranged in four series: The Neptune Story, Major Plays of the Canadian Theatre, Doctoral Thesis, and Halifax Independent Theatre.

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The arrangement is based on the original order which was organized into four broad subject areas: research from The Neptune Story , research from Major Plays , doctoral thesis, and records involving the Halifax Independent Theatre. Materials withing these subject areas, however, have been rearranged according to record format and chronology.

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  • English

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There are no access restrictions on these materials. All materials are open for research.

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Materials do not circulate and must be used in the Archives and Special Collections Reading Room. Materials may be under copyright. Contact departmental staff for guidance on reproduction.

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See also Pier One (MS-3-7), Neptune Theatre (MS-3-1), and Theatre Arts Guild (MS-3-4) fonds, Dalhousie University Archives and Special Collections.

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Further accruals are not expected.

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Preferred citation: [Identification of item], Richard J.H. Perkyns fonds, MS-3-27, Box [box number], Folder [folder number], Dalhousie University Archives and Special Collections, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

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