George R. Kernodle Scrapbooks

MC 840

Special Collections
University of Arkansas Libraries

365 N. McIlroy Avenue
Fayetteville, Arkansas 72701-4002
Phone: 479-575-8444

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

Materials are in English.

Table of Contents

Descriptive Summary

Kernodle, George R.
George R. Kernodle Scrapbooks
Inclusive Dates
MC 840
3 Volumes ()
Special Collections Department, University of Arkansas Libraries

Access Information

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Use Information

No Use Restrictions Apply.

No Interlibrary Loan.

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

Acquisition Information

The George R. Kernodle scrapbooks were donated to Special Collections by Portia Baker Kernodle (Kernodle's widow), of Fayetteville (Washington County), Arkansas, on June 2, 1988.

Processing Information

Prepared by Janet G. Tucker; completed in June 1988.

Preferred Form of Citation

George R. Kernodle Scrapbooks (MC 840), Special Collections, University of Arkansas Libraries, Fayetteville.

Biographical Note

George Riley Kernodle (1907-88) was born in Camp Hill, Alabama. He attended Auburn University but received his B.S. from St. Lawrence University, Canton, New York in 1926. Kernodle pursued further studies at the Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie-Mellon University) and studied drama at Columbia University, 1928-29. He received his M.A. from the University of Chicago in 1930 and his Ph.D. from Yale University, 1937. Kernodle's career encompassed lecturing and teaching; he taught at such institutions as the Riverdale School (Riverdale, New York, 1930), Ball State Teachers College (Muncie, Indiana, 1930-33), Cleveland College (Cleveland, Ohio, 1936-43), and the State University of Iowa (Iowa City, Iowa, 1945-50). He was director and teacher at the University of Tulsa (Tulsa, Oklahoma, 1950-52) and at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville (1952-74). Kernodle was the author of several scholarly works on theatre, focusing on theatre in the Renaissance, and of a new translation of Molière's comedy, The Miser. Further information concerning Kernodle can be obtained from George R. Kernodle, Man of the Theatre, by Charmaine Beleele, University of Arkansas master's thesis, 1974.

Scope and Content Note

The three scrapbooks that comprise the collection contain clippings, playbills, university catalogues, and broadsides concerning Kernodle's professional career. A few photographs and post cards are included as well, but the emphasis of the collection is on playbills and clippings, specifically reviews, of the plays Kernodle directed.

Detailed Description of the Collection

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

Volume 1

Volume 1

Playbills, University Catalogues, Post Cards, Clippings, Photographs, 1930-1942

Items in this volume pertain to the first third of Kernodle's career as a director and teacher. These materials are linked with his early work at the Riverdale School, Ball State Teachers College, and Cleveland College.

Volume 2

Correspondence, Playbills, University Bulletins, Clippings, 1928-1952

Although containing a few items from 1928-29, this volume is related principally to the middle period of Kernodle's career, from 1943-1952. Materials concerning his tenure at Cleveland College, at the State University of Iowa, and at the University of Tulsa are included.

Volume 3

Correspondence, Playbills, Broadsides, Clippings, Photographs, 1953-1955

This volume contains correspondence, playbills, and other papers from Kernodle's early career at the University of Arkansas. A small number of photographs is included as well.


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