Guide to the Louann Hurter Van Zelst (1928- ) Papers

Collection Title: Louann Hurter Van Zelst (1928- ) Papers
Dates: 1945-1982, n.d.
Identification: 31/6/33
Creator: Van Zelst, Louann
Extent: 1 Boxes
Language of Materials: English
Abstract: Louann K. Hurter attended Northwestern University where she took a bachelor of science degree in 1949 and a master of arts degree in 1951; both degrees were in Speech. The Louann Hurter Van Zelst papers fill one box and are comprised mainly of course materials relating to her studies in dramatic production at Northwestern.
Acquisition Information: Luann Hurter Van Zelst donated the course materials to the University Archives on October 23, 1978 (Accession #78-75).
Processing Information: Margaret Faverty; February 15, 1990.
Conditions Governing Access: None.
Repository: Northwestern University Archives
Deering Library, Room 110
1970 Campus Dr.
Evanston, IL, 60208-2300
URL: http://www.library.northwestern.edu/archives
Email: archives@northwestern.edu
Phone: 847-491-3354

Biographical/Historical Information

Louann K. Hurter was born in May, 1928, in Chicago. She attended Northwestern University where she took a bachelor of science degree in 1949 and a master of arts degree in 1951; both degrees were in Speech. During her years at Northwestern Hurter participated in University Theatre and WAA-NU productions. She was a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority, Alpha Lambda Delta freshman scholastic honorary, and Phi Beta music and speech professional fraternity.

Hurter was prominent in University activities as an alumnus. She served as a co-chair for the campaign to build Northwestern's Shiel Center and Galvin Chapel; was a member of the School of Speech Steering Committee (1974-1977); edited Dialogue, the School of Speech newsletter (1976-1977); and was a director-at-large of the University's Alumni Association. In 1978 she received Northwestern's Alumni Service Award. Between 1980 and 1983 she was an alumni member of the Northwestern Board of Trustees.

Hurter became an authority on the culture and art of Native Americans and lectured extensively on related topics. She has been recognized for her service on behalf of Catholic schools in metropolitan Chicago.

On December 29, 1951, Hurter married Theodore Van Zelst, also a Northwestern alumnus (B.S., 1945, Civil Engineering; M.S., 1948, Civil Engineering). The couple have three children: Anne, Jean, and David. In 1981 the Van Zelsts funded the Van Zelst Research Chair in Communication at Northwestern's School of Speech.

Scope and Content

The Louann Hurter Van Zelst papers fill one box and are comprised mainly of course materials relating to her studies in dramatic production. Featuring lecture notes and completed assignments the papers document the curricular content of Northwestern theatre courses from the period 1945-1951. One folder of scattered syllabi, examinations, and fragments and another of biographical materials complete the series.

Arrangement of Materials

Materials are arranged in folders according to course and are then filed sequentially by course number.

Subjects

Personal Name

Van Zelst, Louann

Subjects

Theater--Study and teaching (Higher)--Illinois--Evanston

Women college students--Illinois--Evanston


Container List / Contents

  • Biographical Materials Course Materials, 1974-1982, n.d.Box 1, Folder 1
  • Speech B40b: Fundamentals of Theatre Practice: Lighting, Costume, 1949Box 1, Folder 2
  • Speech B40c: Fundamentals of Theatre Practice: Properties, Directing, 1949Box 1, Folder 3
  • Speech B40c: Fundamentals of Theatre Practice: Properties, Directing, 1949Box 1, Folder 4
  • Speech B42: Stage Make-Up, 1947Box 1, Folder 5
  • Speech C40: Stage Directing, 1949-1950Box 1, Folder 6
  • Speech C42: Stage Lighting, 1949Box 1, Folder 7
  • Speech C43: Stage Scenery and Properties, 1948Box 1, Folder 8
  • Speech C44: Stage Costuming, 1950Box 1, Folder 9
  • Speech Course Materials: Syllabi, Examinations, and Fragments, 1945-1951Box 1, Folder 10