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M. Blair Hart Papers

MC 913

Special Collections
University of Arkansas Libraries

365 N. McIlroy Avenue
Fayetteville, Arkansas 72701-4002
Phone: 479-575-8444
Email: specoll@uark.edu

Machine-readable finding aid encoded in EAD by Zachary Morgan, 2017.

Materials are in English.

Table of Contents

Descriptive Summary

Creator
Hart, M. Blair
Title
M. Blair Hart Papers
Inclusive Dates
1925-1987
Identification
MC 913
Extent
.75 linear feet (2 boxes)
Repository
Special Collections Department, University of Arkansas Libraries

Access Information

Please call (479) 575-8444 or email specoll@uark.edu at least two weeks in advance of your arrival to ensure availability of the materials.

Use Information

No Use Restrictions Apply.

No Interlibrary Loan.

Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17).

Acquisition Information

The M. Blair Hart Papers was donated by M. Blair Hart's wife, Opal Hart, of Fayetteville, Arkansas in January 1989.

Processing Information

Processed by Norma Ortiz-Karp; completed in February, 1989.

Preferred Form of Citation

M. Blair Hart Papers (MC 913), Special Collections, University of Arkansas Libraries, Fayetteville.

Biographical Note

M. Blair Hart was professor of Speech and Drama at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville from 1936-1975. Born September 27, 1907 at Delovan, Minnesota, he died December 10, 1986 in Fayetteville, Arkansas. After graduating from Delavan High School, M. Blair Hart attended Macalester College, receiving a B.A. in Biology and English in 1932 and then an M.A. from the State University of Iowa in Theatre in 1936. In 1951 he received a doctorate in education from the University of Denver in Speech Communication. He also served in the Air Force from June 1942 to October 1945. After returning from military service, he married Opal G. Munger who taught English in both the Siloam Springs and Fayetteville school systems until her retirement.

M. Blair Hart spent most of his professional career teaching at the University of Arkansas, 1936-1940, 1946-1975. He served as chairman of the Speech and Dramatic Art Department from 1953-1968, received the Distinguished Award in Teaching in 1971, and retired as Professor Emeritus in 1975. Professor Hart directed theatre productions; wrote about theatre, speech, and oral interpretation; wrote poetry; and was an active member of state and national professional organizations. He was President of the National Collegiate Players, 1960-1966 and a charter member of the Arkansas Arts and Humanities Council. After his retirement, the M. Blair Hart Scholarship in Speech and Dramatic Art was established in his honor. From 1975 until his death in 1986 he devoted himself to gardening and writing about daylilies.

Scope and Content Note

The papers contain materials from M. Blair Hart's university years as well as his four years in the Air Force. Correspondence, theatre programs, material on Gaebale (a student festival), clippings, and photographs complete the collection.

Arrangement of the Papers

Materials arranged by format in chronological order.

Detailed Description of the Collection

The following contains a detailed list of the materials in the collection

Box 1

Box 1 Folder 1

Macalester College, 1925-1932

Box 1 Folder 2

Air Force, 1942-1945, 1966

Box 1 Folder 3

University of Denver, ca. 1949-1952

Box 1 Folder 4

Correspondence, 1950-1987

Box 1 Folder 5

Publication data sheets and speeches, n.d.

Box 1 Folder 6

Book reviews and poetry, n.d.

Box 1 Folder 7

Class handouts and report of off-campus duty assignment, 1959

Box 1 Folder 8

Articles on speech and theatre, n.d.

Box 1 Folder 9

Articles on gardening and daylilies, n.d.

Box 1 Folder 10

Awards, M. Blair Hart scholarship fund, and memorial card and program, n.d.

Box 1 Folder 11

Gaebale materials including letter from Jobelle Holcomb, n.d.

Box 1 Folder 12

Theatre programs, 1947-1956

Box 1 Folder 13

Clippings, Dec 29, 1940-Apr 10, 1987

Box 2

Box 2 Folder 1

Photographs 1-12, ca. 1920-1945

Box 2 Folder 2

Photographs 12-18, ca. 1950-1975

Box 2 Folder 3

Photographs 19-24, ca. 1975-1986

Box 2 Folder 4

Photographs 25-35: theatre scenes, n.d.

Box 2 Folder 5

Negatives 1-7: scenes from "The Tempest" directed by M. Blair Hart, 1949

END OF COLLECTION