Guide to the Robert S. Breen (1909-1991) Papers

Collection Title: Robert S. Breen (1909-1991) Papers
Dates: 1909-1992
Identification: 20/42
Creator: Breen, Robert S.
Breen, Gertrude, 1911-1992
Extent: 38 Boxes
Language of Materials: English
Abstract: Professor Robert S. Breen joined the faculty of the Northwestern University in 1947. Professor Breen’s distinguished academic career included his originating and refining the concept of Chamber Theatre. Chamber Theatre, now widely known and used, permitted the dramatic presentation of fiction and non-fiction without the artificial elimination of the narrator which more traditional dramatizations required. Readers' Theatre, the ensemble presentation of dramatic literature, were also a research and performance interest of Professor Breen. Professor Breen appeared on Broadway and performed on television and directed television productions. He married the former Gertrude Bader in 1935. As documentation of Robert and Gertrude Breen’s careers are interwoven and, in many places, indistinguishable, the Robert and Gertrude Breen Papers conflate documents relating to both dramatic artists. This series contains course materials, performance files which document theatre performances in which Breen both appeared and directed, research files as well as correspondence files.
Acquisition Information: The Robert S. Breen Papers were donated to the University Archives by Professor Breen on June 14, 1987 as Accession #87-182.
Processing Information: Patricia Cloud. Hal Taylor, September-December. 1987.
Separated Materials: One linear foot of the Cameo of Zeta Phi Eta was added to the Northwestern University Archives serials file; one folder of photographs were added to the University Archives' photographs collection; several copies of Ph.D. dissertations from the Department of Interpretation were discarded as duplicates of copies held in the University Library's general collection.
Conditions Governing Access: None.
Related Materials: See also Northwestern University Archives Alumni Biographical files, series 51/14, box 360 (Gertrude Catherine Bader) and box 336 (Robert Breen).
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

Professor Robert S. Breen was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on September 30, 1909. He received a bachelor of Science in Speech, majoring in study of the theatre, in 1933, and a Master of Arts in Theatre in 1937, both from Northwestern University. He received a Ph.D. in Interpretation from Northwestern University's School of Speech in 1950. He served as an instructor at Knox College (1935-36), and Lafayette College (1940-41), and in the U.S. Army (1941-45) before joining the faculty of the Northwestern University School of Speech's Department of Interpretation in 1947 as an instructor. He was promoted to Assistant Professor of Interpretation in 1951, to Associate Professor in 1956, and to full professor in 1965. He retired with emeritus status in 1978.

Professor Breen's distinguished academic career included his originating and refining the concept of Chamber Theatre, first introduced by him to his interpretation classes at Northwestern in 1947. Chamber Theatre, now widely known and used, permitted the dramatic presentation of fiction and non-fiction without the artificial elimination of the narrator which more traditional dramatizations required. In Chamber Theatre, the narrator is presented as one of the players, whose role in the prose work is examined through the performance. Readers' Theatre, the ensemble presentation of dramatic literature, were also a research and performance interest of Professor Breen.

Professor Breen published widely. Among his published works are Literature as Experience, with Wallace Bacon (McGraw-Hill, 1959), Literature for Interpretation, for which he served as co-editor with Wallace Bacon (Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 1961), and his seminal text Chamber Theatre (Prentice-Hall, Inc., 1978).

Professor Breen appeared on Broadway and performed on television and directed television productions. He appeared as a panelist on Bergen Evans' WGN-TV program “Down You Go” (1951-54, 1961-62). He was himself responsible for producing an NBC-TV summer series, “Short Story Playhouse”, which made use of Chamber theatre techniques in 1951.

Professor Breen was long active in the Speech Communication Association, serving as president of the Interpretation Division of this professional organization in 1963. His students have included many distinguished performers and academicians, among whom are Robert Benedetti, John C. Edwards, Gerald Freedman, and Frank Galati. He married the former Gertrude Bader in 1935. They had two children, Katherine (b. 1948) and Kevin (b. 1951).

Scope and Content

The series comprises 21 boxes of material from the years 1934-1984. The material is arranged in four subseries: Course files, Performance files, Research files, and Chamber Theatre files.

One folder at the beginning of the series contains biographical information. which includes a vita, university biographical questionnaires, and clippings. A second folder contains material concerning Breen's 25th wedding anniversary. Two folders contain material concerning Professor Breen's academic career and include a copy of his doctoral dissertation. One folder contains a small number of undated letters to Breen, most of which are from former Department of Interpretation Chairman Professor Wallace A. Bacon.

Approximately two boxes contain course materials, including course handouts and exercises.

Approximately seven and one-half boxes are devoted to Performance files and relate to Chamber and Readers' Theatre performances in which Breen both appeared and directed. The performances, from Northwestern University and elsewhere, cover the wide range of Professor Breen's performing and directing interests. The folders contain scripts, staging plans, notes and announcements, providing a useful source for understanding his theory and practice. Approximately half of the folders, however, contain very little material. They are arranged alphabetically by title of production.

Nine boxes contain Professor Breen's Research files. Many of these files touch on the performance of particular literary pieces; others concern specific issues of performance, such as gesture and movement. The material in these folders includes clippings, notes, essays and articles. They are arranged alphabetically by folder title.

The last 10 folders of box 21 contain correspondence, notes and manuscripts of Professor Breen's 1978 text, Chamber Theatre.

Addition, Boxes 22-28

This addition to the Robert S. Breen Papers includes biographical materials, correspondence, lecture notes, bibliographic notes, scripts for chamber theatre productions, a draft of Breen's M.A. thesis, and drafts of Breen's book, Chamber Theatre.

Among the biographical materials is a statement on Breen by his long-time collaborator, Wallace Bacon, as well as several certificates and clippings.

The correspondence consists mostly of letters between Breen and his wife, Gertrude, during World War II. Breen served in Europe and many of his letters describe his travels and experiences there. Some of them are quite personal. He was wounded by machine gun fire in February, 1945, and was in the hospital for several months.

Addition, Boxes 29-38

As documentation of Robert and Gertrude Breen's careers are interwoven and, in many places, indistinguishable within this second addition, the Robert and Gertrude Breen Papers conflate documents relating to both dramatic artists. Filling nine and one half archival boxes, files span the years 1909 to 1992 and include biographical, correspondence, research, and performance files, as well as files pertaining to the Breen's speeches, publications, and financial matters.

Biographical materials date from 1945 to 1992 and comprise typescript biographical sketches of Robert and Gertrude Breen; a manuscript obituary for Gertrude Breen; Robert Breen's military discharge certificate; and materials relating to Gertrude Breen's residence at The Georgian (422 Davis Street), an Evanston retirement community, from 1991 to 1992.

Dating from 1983 to 1984, merit certificates pertain to Gertrude Breen's activities with the Northwestern Alumni Association and Communications fraternity Zeta Phi Eta.

Personal documents date from 1909 to 1985 and consist of Robert and Gertrude Breen's birth certificates and passports.

Gertrude Bader's diary for the year 1930 details her experience as an undergraduate student at Northwestern University's School of Speech. Gertrude Breen's journal chronicles a trip to Mexico in December 1973. Her appointment book documents her actual and projected activities at The Georgian, an Evanston nursing facility, for the years 1991 and 1992.

Newspaper clippings span from 1932 to 1990 and document Robert and Gertrude Breen's theatre productions; performances of Gertrude's script Indian Captive, published in 1961; and the Alumni Merit Awards presented to Robert in 1981 and 1984.

Graduate recital files document Gertrude Breen's 1934 and 1935 performances as a graduate student in the Northwestern University School of Speech.

Chronologically arranged, Robert and Gertrude Breen's general correspondence files date from 1935 to 1992 and include incoming letters from family members, personal friends, and professional colleagues.

Dating from 1959 to 1990, correspondence subject files are arranged alphabetically by topic and chronologically within each folder, and include incoming and outgoing correspondence. Subjects include the Breens' financial contributions to the Northwestern Alumni Association from 1981 to 1986; Gertrude's organization of Class of 1934 reunions in 1984 and 1989; Robert's participation in the Central States Speech Association between 1983 and 1988; Gertrude's communication with author E.B. White (Charlotte's Web) and Random House publishers regarding possible children's theatre adaptations; Robert's personal and professional contact with former student John Edwards, a dramatics professor at the University of New Hampshire; Gertrude's winnings from the game show Number Please in December 1961; the organization of Robert's retirement celebration in 1978; and Summer Theatre Conferences in 1959 and 1976.

Restricted financial documents consist of the Breens' income tax and W2 forms extending from 1972 to 1980.

Dating from 1975 to 1980, the restricted Hershberger inheritance documents include correspondence concerning Gertrude Hershberger's legacy to Gertrude Breen, as well as a copy of Hershberger's Last Will and Testament.

Student papers comprise three compositions by Robert Breen's students Diane Sherer (1968), Thomas Drolet (1969), and Frances Freeman Paden (undated).

Spanning from 1954 to 1986, Robert Breen's research files consist of notes and clippings pertaining to a variety of literary theory topics, primarily the relationship of images to identity. The arrangement of research files is alphabetical by subject.

Undated speech files comprise typescripts of dramatic readings probably relating to Gertrude's audio recordings for the American Foundation for the Blind and Scott, Foresman, and Company; notes for a presentation on King Lear; and typescripts of Gertrude's tributes to colleagues Hazel Easton and Winifred Ward.

Ranging from 1952 to 1986, publication files include correspondence and contracts pertaining to Prentice-Hall's publication of Robert's book Chamber Theatre (1978), as well as a typescript of his article “Montage and the Interpretation of Literature” (1952).

Arranged alphabetically, the largely undated production files consist of drama scripts, marked with the Breens' stage directions, as well as correspondence and notes related to each production. Summer fiction scripts consist of undated, untitled dramatic sketches. One undated, untitled script on New Testament themes likely pertains to Gertrude's activity in Evanston's First United Methodist Church.

Arrangement of Materials

The series comprises 21 boxes of material from the years 1934-1984. The material is arranged in four subseries: Course files, Performance files, Research files, and Chamber Theatre files. Papers are primarily arranged alphabetically by folder title.

Subjects

Personal Name

Breen, Gertrude, 1911-1992

Breen, Robert S.

Subjects

College teachers--Illinois--Evanston

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


Container List / Contents

  • Course Files
    • Course Descriptions, n.d.Box 1, Folder 6
    • A-10 Voice & Interpretation, 1969-73Box 1, Folder 7
    • B-10 Guide Sheet for Literature, 1963Box 1, Folder 8
    • B-10 Contact Environment, N.DBox 1, Folder 9
    • B-16 Folk Literature, 1978Box 1, Folder 10
    • C-02 Verb & Nonverb Behavior Interpretation, 1975Box 1, Folder 11
    • C-13 John Keats, 1946Box 1, Folder 12
    • C-13 Letters for Analysis, n.d.Box 1, Folder 13
    • C-136 English Letter Writers, n.d.Box 1, Folder 14
    • C-136 Hen Hayden Lectures, n.d.Box 1, Folder 15
    • C-136 Oral Techniques for Reading Letters, n.d.Box 1, Folder 16
    • C-13b British Diarists, n.d.Box 2, Folder 1
    • C-16-0 Marriot Indians, n.d.Box 2, Folder 2
    • C-16 Aesthetics of Oral Interpretation, 1956Box 2, Folder 3
    • C-16 Osborne Aesthetics & Critic, n.d.Box 2, Folder 4
    • C-17 Travel Bibliography, n.d.Box 2, Folder 5
    • Travel Lecture, 1948-1960Box 2, Folder 6
    • C-21 Record Progress, 1957Box 2, Folder 7
    • D-10 Problems of Art - S.K. Langer, n.d.Box 2, Folder 8
    • D-10 General Information, 1984Box 2, Folder 9
    • D-14 Exams, 1961, 1963, 1959Box 2, Folder 10
    • D-14 Lecture on Psychology, Physiology, n.d.Box 2, Folder 11
    • D-1.4 Chaytor, n.d.Box 2, Folder 12
    • D-14 Spectator, n.d.Box 2, Folder 13
    • D-14 Spectator, n.d.Box 2, Folder 14
    • D-14 Natural & Mechanical in Oral Interpretation, n.d.Box 2, Folder 15
    • D-14 Notes, n.d.Box 2, Folder 16
    • D-14 Hamlet, 1952-69Box 2, Folder 17
    • D-14 Concept of Nature, n.d.Box 2, Folder 18
    • D-14 Reports - Bacon, Burgh, Breen, n.d.Box 2, Folder 19
    • D-14 Reports - Walker-Mason-Steele, n.d.Box 2, Folder 20
    • D-14 Historical Interpretation, 1970-71Box 2, Folder 21
    • D-14 Historical Papers, 1959Box 3, Folder 1
    • D-14, 1972-76Box 3, Folder 2
    • D-14 Reports - Emerson, n.d.Box 3, Folder 3
    • D-14 Reports - Whatley, Rush, n.d.Box 3, Folder 4
    • D-14 Reports - Rarig, Cobin, 1956, 1959Box 3, Folder 5
    • D-14 Reports - Del Sarte, Curry, Steiner, n.d.Box 3, Folder 6
    • D-14 Lynch, Crain, Lowrey, Clark, 1959, 1940, 1942Box 3, Folder 7
    • D-14 T. Sheridan, 1964Box 3, Folder 8
    • D-14 Reports - Austin, Cockin, n.d.Box 3, Folder 9
    • D-14 Reports — Porter, 1964Box 3, Folder 10
    • Course on the Individual, Society, and Behavior, n.d.Box 3, Folder 11
  • Performance Files
    • “Action Will Be Taken”, n.d.Box 3, Folder 12
    • “African Discovery”, n.d.Box 3, Folder 13
    • “After Lilacs Come Out”, n.d.Box 3, Folder 14
    • “Afterwards”, n.d.Box 3, Folder 15
    • “Alice”, n.d.Box 3, Folder 16
    • “American Notes”, n.d.Box 3, Folder 17
    • “American. I Presume”, 1959Box 3, Folder 18
    • “American, I Presume”, 1959Box 3, Folder 19
    • “Anna Karenina”, 1963Box 3, Folder 20
    • “As I Lay Dying”, n.d.Box 4, Folder 1
    • “As I Lay Dying”, n.d.Box 4, Folder 2
    • “As I Lay Dying”, n.d.Box 4, Folder 3
    • “The Aspern Papers”, n.d.Box 4, Folder 4
    • “Auden Song XXX”, 1947Box 4, Folder 5
    • Autobiographical Sketches, n.d.Box 4, Folder 6
    • Bacchae, 1961Box 4, Folder 7
    • Baroque Literature, 1968Box 4, Folder 8
    • J.M.Barrie(Letter), n.d.Box 4, Folder 9
    • Bernhardt, n.d.Box 4, Folder 10
    • “Bliss & Brill”, n.d.Box 4, Folder 11
    • “Bonny Cravat”, n.d.Box 4, Folder 12
    • “Breakfast at Tiffanys”, n.d.Box 4, Folder 13
    • Eliza & Robert Browning, n.d.Box 4, Folder 14
    • “Bundling to Beat”, 1962Box 4, Folder 15
    • Butler - Savage, n.d.Box 4, Folder 16
    • Byron, n.d.Box 4, Folder 17
    • Byron Letter, n.d.Box 4, Folder 18
    • “Calico Gray”, n.d.Box 4, Folder 19
    • “Candide”, n.d.Box 4, Folder 20
    • “Carlyle,” June Y. Thomas, n.d.Box 4, Folder 21
    • Character Sketches on Working, n.d.Box 5, Folder 1
    • “Christmas Present” - Dickens, n.d.Box 5, Folder 2
    • “Chrysanthemums”, n.d.Box 5, Folder 3
    • “Clay” by Joyce, n.d.Box 5, Folder 4
    • “Colette”, n.d.Box 5, Folder 5
    • “Colette”, n.d.Box 5, Folder 6
    • “Comedy of Courtship”, n.d.Box 5, Folder 7
    • “The Congo”, n.d.Box 5, Folder 8
    • “Cyrano De Bergerac”, n.d.Box 5, Folder 9
    • Dance, Dance, Poem, n.d.Box 5, Folder 10
    • Dance Poetry, n.d.Box 5, Folder 11
    • “The Dead”, n.d.Box 5, Folder 12
    • “The Dead”, n.d.Box 5, Folder 13
    • “Death of Robespierre” - “Death of Louis Capet”, n.d.Box 5, Folder 14
    • Dickinson, n.d.Box 5, Folder 15
    • “Dombey & Son”, 1980Box 5, Folder 16
    • “Dombey & Son”, 1980Box 6, Folder 1
    • “The Dress”, n.d.Box 6, Folder 2
    • “Duo”, 1974Box 6, Folder 3
    • Durell - Travel, n.d.Box 6, Folder 4
    • “Emma”, 1969Box 6, Folder 5
    • “Erasmus P. Jeppe”, n.d.Box 6, Folder 6
    • “Eve of Baroque Literature I”, n.d.Box 6, Folder 7
    • “Eve of Baroque Literature II”, n.d.Box 6, Folder 8
    • Faraday, n.d.Box 6, Folder 9
    • “Flight of Heart”, 1946Box 6, Folder 10
    • “Flower, Judas”, n.d.Box 6, Folder 11
    • “Four Meetings”, n.d.Box 6, Folder 12
    • “Four Meetings”, n.d.Box 6, Folder 13
    • “The Fox”, n.d.Box 6, Folder 14
    • Freud-Breen, 1980Box 6, Folder 15
    • Freud-Breen, 1980Box 6, Folder 16
    • “Garden Party”, n.d.Box 6, Folder 17
    • Geiger's Dissertation, n.d.Box 6, Folder 18
    • “The Connection”, n.d.Box 6, Folder 19
    • GI Letters, n.d.Box 6, Folder 20
    • “Ginger Man”, n.d.Box 6, Folder 21
    • Gissing, n.d.Box 6, Folder 22
    • “Gold Rush of 1949”, n.d.Box 6, Folder 23
    • “Kiltartan Molicre”, n.d.Box 6, Folder 24
    • “The Good Sport”, n.d.Box 6, Folder 25
    • “Good Soldier”, n.d.Box 6, Folder 26
    • “Good Soldier”, n.d.Box 6, Folder 27
    • “Groundhog”, 1957Box 6, Folder 28
    • “Horse Deal Daughter”, n.d.Box 6, Folder 29
    • “Huck Finn”, n.d.Box 7, Folder 1
    • “In Dreams Begin...”, n.d.Box 7, Folder 2
    • “Invitation to Beheading”, n.d.Box 7, Folder 3
    • “Ion”, n.d.Box 7, Folder 4
    • “Isle of Man”, n.d.Box 7, Folder 5
    • Henry James Letter, n.d.Box 7, Folder 6
    • “James & the Giant Peach”, n.d.Box 7, Folder 7
    • “Jealously”, 1965Box 7, Folder 8
    • “The Jilting of Granny Weatherall”, n.d.Box 7, Folder 9
    • “Juggler”, n.d.Box 7, Folder 10
    • “Justine”, 1976Box 7, Folder 11
    • “The Lady With The Dog”, n.d.Box 7, Folder 12
    • “Let Us Praise Famous Men”, n.d.Box 7, Folder 13
    • Letters Program, N. D.Box 7, Folder 14
    • 4 Letters, n.d.Box 7, Folder 15
    • “Lillydow & 3 Ladies”, 1963Box 7, Folder 16
    • “Little Brother of The Wilderness”, n.d.Box 7, Folder 17
    • Literature of Dancing, n.d.Box 7, Folder 18
    • “Lolita”, n.d.Box 7, Folder 19
    • “Adventures in The Skin Trade”, 1964Box 7, Folder 20
    • “London Perceived”, 1967Box 7, Folder 21
    • “London Program”, 1967Box 7, Folder 22
    • “Love Documents”, n.d.Box 7, Folder 23
    • “Love at First Sight”, n.d.Box 7, Folder 24
    • “Lucky Jim”, n.d.Box 7, Folder 25
    • “Lucky Jim”, n.d.Box 8, Folder 1
    • “Lyke-Wake Dirge”, n.d.Box 8, Folder 2
    • “A Lyrical Opera Made by Two”, n.d.Box 8, Folder 3
    • “Magic Fish-Bone”, n.d.Box 8, Folder 4
    • “Making Friends Is Our Business”, n.d.Box 8, Folder 5
    • Thomas Mann Letters, n.d.Box 8, Folder 6
    • Maupassant, n.d.Box 8, Folder 7
    • “Mill & His Platonica”, n.d.Box 8, Folder 8
    • “Moby Dick”, n.d.Box 8, Folder 9
    • “Nicholas Nickelby”, n.d.Box 8, Folder 10
    • “Noon Wine”, 1960Box 8, Folder 11
    • October 13 Program, 1975Box 8, Folder 12
    • “Of Human Bondage”, n.d.Box 9, Folder 1
    • “Old Morality”, n.d.Box 9, Folder 2
    • “Once & Future King”, n.d.Box 9, Folder 3
    • Oral Reading Suggestions, n.d.Box 9, Folder 4
    • Pale Horse, Pale Rider, n.d.Box 9, Folder 5
    • “Pantagleize”, n.d.Box 9, Folder 6
    • Pound Letter to T.S. Elliot, n.d.Box 9, Folder 7
    • Peer Gynt, n.d.Box 9, Folder 8
    • “Pickwick Papers”, 1962Box 9, Folder 9
    • “Picture of Dorian Gray”, n.d.Box 9, Folder 10
    • “Pleasure of Their Company”, 1959Box 9, Folder 11
    • “Pnin”, n.d.Box 9, Folder 12
    • “Prelude”, n.d.Box 9, Folder 13
    • “Portuguese Princess”, n.d.Box 9, Folder 14
    • Prison Documents, n.d.Box 10, Folder 1
    • Pygmalian, n.d.Box 10, Folder 2
    • Reading Hours, 1957-72Box 10, Folder 3
    • Rhinoceros,(Ionescu), 1961Box 10, Folder 4
    • Rocky House Winner, n.d.Box 10, Folder 5
    • Russian Nights, n.d.Box 10, Folder 6
    • Sacre du Printemps, n.d.Box 10, Folder 7
    • Saddest Summer of Sam S.,(Don Leavy), n.d.Box 10, Folder 8
    • Scarlet Letter, n.d.Box 10, Folder 9
    • Shake's Sonnets, n.d.Box 10, Folder 10
    • Shakespeare Speaks for Himself, n.d.Box 10, Folder 11
    • Sitwell Polka, n.d.Box 10, Folder 12
    • S. Smith, 1955Box 10, Folder 13
    • Snow White, 1972Box 10, Folder 14
    • Socrates - (Apology-Crito-Phaedo), 1962Box 10, Folder 15
    • Sonnet #71, n.d.Box 10, Folder 16
    • Sorrows of Werther: Readers Theatre Scripts, n.d.Box 10, Folder 17
    • Spinster's Tale:(P.Taylor), n.d.Box 10, Folder 18
    • Spoon River, n.d.Box 10, Folder 19
    • Staff of Life - (H. Miller), 1977Box 10, Folder 20
    • G. Stein. - (Landis), n.d.Box 10, Folder 21
    • “Love Scene” - (Robert Coover), n.d.Box 10, Folder 22
    • Swan Song - (Chekhov), n.d.Box 10, Folder 23
    • Taj Mahal - (Stouffer), n.d.Box 10, Folder 24
    • Tarantella, n.d.Box 10, Folder 25
    • Tartuffe, n.d.Box 10, Folder 26
    • Terkel Para Literature Reading Hour, 1975Box 10, Folder 27
    • D. Thomas, 1953Box 11, Folder 1
    • Titanic Letters;(Henry Adams), n.d.Box 11, Folder 2
    • A Toccata of Galuppi's (Browning), n.d.Box 11, Folder 3
    • Treasure Island, n.d.Box 11, Folder 4
    • Tortilla Flat, 1964Box 11, Folder 5
    • The Trial, n.d.Box 11, Folder 6
    • Tristram Ahandy, 1972Box 11, Folder 7
    • Tristram Shady, n.d.Box 11, Folder 8
    • P.I. Tschaikovski, n.d.Box 11, Folder 9
    • Turnip's Blood, n.d.Box 11, Folder 10
    • Turnip's Blood, n.d.Box 11, Folder 11
    • Mark Twain & Livy Two Bluebirds (Lawrence photos), n.d.Box 11, Folder 12
    • Vanity Fair, 1984Box 11, Folder 13
    • Walt Whitman-(Anniversary Program), 1947-55Box 11, Folder 14
    • The Waterpolo(Drabble), n.d.Box 11, Folder 15
    • WGN - Letters, 1952-62Box 12, Folder 1
    • Winesburg, O., 1967Box 12, Folder 2
    • Winnie-The-Pooh, n.d.Box 12, Folder 3
    • “Wonder Boy” & I Am Vastly at Home”, n.d.Box 12, Folder 4
    • Word of Mouth, 1972Box 12, Folder 5
    • A Work of Art - (Chekhov), n.d.Box 12, Folder 6
  • Research Files
    • Acting, N. D.Box 12, Folder 7
    • Actors/Acting, 1940-77Box 12, Folder 8
    • Alexander technique, 1971Box 12, Folder 9
    • Apfel/Wurn, 1967Box 12, Folder 10
    • Aristotle Poetics, n.d.Box 12, Folder 11
    • Art/Literature/Science, n.d.Box 12, Folder 12
    • “Art & Play” (James Johnson Sweeney), n.d.Box 12, Folder 13
    • Articles & Notes, 1962-72Box 12, Folder 14
    • Wallme A. Bacon, 1975-81Box 12, Folder 15
    • Bacon/“Alone on Moon” & “Our Stammering Society”, 1975Box 12, Folder 16
    • Dangerous Shores: Decade Later-Bacon, 1972Box 12, Folder 17
    • Bacon/Inner - Outer Form, n.d.Box 12, Folder 18
    • Bacon/Higher Education & Special Comm., 1977Box 12, Folder 19
    • Bacon/Problems in the Interpretation of Shakespeare, n.d.Box 12, Folder 20
    • Bacon's Lectures on Henry IV & Troi & Cres., 1973Box 12, Folder 21
    • Bacon/“Art of Oral Reading”, 1956-61Box 12, Folder 22
    • Bacon/Prob. in Interpreting Shakespeare, 1973Box 12, Folder 23
    • Bacon Revisions, n.d.Box 12, Folder 24
    • Bacon/“Scholarship and Interpretation”, 1952Box 12, Folder 25
    • Bacon/A Sense of Being, 1976Box 12, Folder 26
    • Beat Literature, 1940-63Box 12, Folder 27
    • Behavior & Language, 1967-71Box 12, Folder 28
    • “Books on Boards” (comments by Breen), 1982-83Box 12, Folder 29
    • Books & Magazines, 1981-84Box 13, Folder 1
    • Benedetti s MS, Acting & Theatre, n.d.Box 13, Folder 2
    • Left/Right Brain, 1973Box 13, Folder 3
    • Brecht/Alienation, 1949-75Box 13, Folder 4
    • Brecht/Bibliography, 1968Box 13, Folder 5
    • Breen s Reading Modern Poetry from Western Speech, 1953-55Box 13, Folder 6
    • Ken Burke/Beverely Long, n.d.Box 13, Folder 8
    • Ken Burke/Critic, 1960Box 13, Folder 9
    • Carlyle Correspondence/Part One, n.d.Box 13, Folder 10
    • A Century of Service, n.d.Box 13, Folder 11
    • Characterization, n.d.Box 13, Folder 12
    • Characterization, 1949-53Box 13, Folder 13
    • Chamber Theatre/(2 Articles), 1953Box 13, Folder 14
    • Chamber Theatre Article, 1972Box 13, Folder 15
    • Chamber Theatre Article for Jay Davis in Hawaii, n.d.Box 13, Folder 16
    • Chamber Theatre Demonstration/ “The Tommy Crans” Eliza Bowen, n.d.Box 13, Folder 17
    • Chamber Theatre & R.T. Gestalt Therapy—Peter Brook, 1973Box 13, Folder 18
    • Chamber Theatre Illustro, n.d.Box 13, Folder 19
    • Chamber Theatre Language, 1965Box 13, Folder 20
    • Chamber Theatre Modern Samples, 1965-73Box 13, Folder 21
    • Chamber Theatre Notes, 1966Box 13, Folder 22
    • Chamber Theatre Notices, 1956-74Box 13, Folder 23
    • Chamber Theatre Programs, 1951-80Box 14, Folder 1
    • Chamber Theatre Programs, 1974-84Box 14, Folder 2
    • Chamber Theatre Sample Illustrations, 1975Box 14, Folder 3
    • Chamber Theatre Staging-Acting Directing, 1948-68Box 14, Folder 4
    • Chamber Theatre Stages, 1956-65Box 14, Folder 5
    • Chamber Theatre Titles, 1965Box 14, Folder 6
    • Classical Greek Theatre (acting_), n.d.Box 14, Folder 7
    • College/ Junk Art/ Poetry, 1962-77Box 14, Folder 8
    • Concrete Poetry, 1975Box 14, Folder 9
    • Costume, 1953-56Box 14, Folder 10
    • Comedy/Tragedy, 1960-72Box 14, Folder 11
    • Dance, 1976Box 14, Folder 12
    • Dance Poetry, 1937Box 14, Folder 13
    • Dangerous Shores Once Again - Bacon, 1979Box 14, Folder 14
    • Darkness at Noon, 1948-68Box 14, Folder 15
    • Del. Text, 1970-75Box 14, Folder 16
    • Diary Reading Lists, n.d.Box 15, Folder 1
    • Direct & Indirect Discourse, 1968Box 15, Folder 2
    • John Donna, 1951-54Box 15, Folder 3
    • Novels of Margaret Drabble, n.d.Box 15, Folder 4
    • Drama & Acting_, 1970-76Box 15, Folder 5
    • Durrell, 1961-63Box 15, Folder 6
    • Edie - Probability of Enactment, 1972-73Box 15, Folder 7
    • Edwards - Chekhov Program, n.d.Box 15, Folder 8
    • T.S. Eliot, 1949-53Box 15, Folder 9
    • Elizabethan Acting, n.d.Box 15, Folder 10
    • Emotion, 1953Box 15, Folder 11
    • Emotion, n.d.Box 15, Folder 12
    • Emotional Behavior & Characterization, 1977Box 15, Folder 13
    • Miscellaneous Notes on Emotion in Literature, n.d.Box 15, Folder 14
    • Empathy, 1962-64Box 15, Folder 15
    • Epic Theatre, 1946-77Box 15, Folder 16
    • Epic Theatre/Alienation, 1968-1970Box 15, Folder 17
    • Essay, 1948-57Box 15, Folder 18
    • Exercises in Gestahlt Therapy, n.d.Box 15, Folder 19
    • Expressive Movement - Bacon, n.d.Box 15, Folder 20
    • American Folklore, 1942-73Box 16, Folder 1
    • Folk/Art Literature (Tortilla Flat), n.d.Box 16, Folder 2
    • Folktale - Myth, n.d.Box 16, Folder 3
    • Bill Forrest, 1968-69Box 16, Folder 4
    • Galati Interview, 1980Box 16, Folder 5
    • T.C. Fox Reviews Galileo, 1975Box 16, Folder 6
    • W.M.H. Gass Review, 1971-75Box 16, Folder 7
    • Gesture, 1954-70Box 16, Folder 8
    • Gesture, 1960-1970Box 16, Folder 9
    • Erving Goffman, 1973Box 16, Folder 10
    • Group Performance, n.d.Box 16, Folder 11
    • Grotowski, 1968Box 16, Folder 12
    • Gutenberg Galaxy, 1963-72Box 16, Folder 13
    • Gutenberg Galaxy Ditto Sheets, n.d.Box 16, Folder 14
    • Daniel Grene on Herodotus, 1980Box 16, Folder 15
    • G.M. Hopkins, n.d.Box 16, Folder 16
    • Of Human Bondage, n.d.Box 16, Folder 17
    • Of Human Bondage, n.d.Box 16, Folder 18
    • Illinois Interpretation Workshop, 1972-74Box 16, Folder 19
    • Imagination, 1953-70Box 16, Folder 20
    • Interior Monologue, n.d.Box 16, Folder 21
    • Interpretation Bibliography, 1966-67Box 16, Folder 22
    • Interpretation Notes, 1949-69Box 16, Folder 23
    • Interpretation Notes - Outline of Robb's Historical Interpretation, n.d.Box 17, Folder 1
    • Interpretation Speech, n.d.Box 17, Folder 2
    • Henry James, 1953-55Box 17, Folder 3
    • Jeffer Program WFMT, n.d.Box 17, Folder 4
    • Kauffman Reviews, n.d.Box 17, Folder 5
    • Keats, n.d.Box 17, Folder 6
    • Language/Linguistics, n.d.Box 17, Folder 7
    • Letters, 1954-71Box 17, Folder 8
    • Letters From Jenny, n.d.Box 17, Folder 9
    • Letters and Journals, 1975Box 17, Folder 10
    • Letters Reading List', n.d.Box 17, Folder 11
    • Literature in Performance Correspondence, 1979Box 17, Folder 12
    • Literature & Kinesthesia, n.d.Box 17, Folder 13
    • Literature Music Sound, 1967-75Box 17, Folder 14
    • Loesch, 1965Box 17, Folder 15
    • Meta Theatre, 1965-69Box 17, Folder 16
    • Modes & Genres, 1971-73Box 17, Folder 17
    • Movement of the Creative Process, 1974Box 17, Folder 18
    • Narrative, 1980Box 17, Folder 19
    • Narrator in Fiction, 1976Box 17, Folder 20
    • New Republic Articles, 1981Box 17, Folder 21
    • Non-Verbal Behavior, 1971Box 17, Folder 22
    • Non-Verbal Communication, n.d.Box 17, Folder 23
    • Old World Landowners, n.d.Box 17, Folder 24
    • Oral English, 1969-75Box 17, Folder 25
    • Oral English (Interview w/Breen on Chamber theatre & Narrative), 1976Box 17, Folder 26
    • Oral English, 1976Box 17, Folder 27
    • Oral History - Bibliography I&II, n.d.Box 18, Folder 1
    • Oral History Reading, n.d.Box 18, Folder 2
    • Oral Interpretation of Literature - Acting, 1947-53Box 18, Folder 3
    • Contemporary Oral Tradition, 1970Box 18, Folder 4
    • Orchesis Program, 1976Box 18, Folder 5
    • Pale Fire, n.d.Box 18, Folder 6
    • Pandering, 1975-76Box 18, Folder 7
    • Paraliterature, 1972-7Box 18, Folder 8
    • Pintermania, 1970Box 18, Folder 9
    • Poetry, 1974-75Box 18, Folder 10
    • Poetry, 1947-76Box 18, Folder 11
    • Poetry - Prose & Machine, 1962Box 18, Folder 12
    • Point of View, 1973-74Box 18, Folder 13
    • Point of View, 1948-68Box 18, Folder 14
    • Presentational Aesthetics, 1985Box 18, Folder 15
    • Programs - Kreutcberg - Graham - Henry V, 1946-48Box 18, Folder 16
    • Prosodic / Paralinguistic Features, 1977Box 18, Folder 17
    • Prosody - Poetics, 1951-62Box 18, Folder 18
    • Prospectus - Delivery Book, n.d.Box 19, Folder 1
    • Queener Bibliography, 1980Box 19, Folder 2
    • Raban - Tech. Modern Fiction, n.d.Box 19, Folder 3
    • Reaches of Interpretation, 1976Box 19, Folder 4
    • Readers Theatre, 1977Box 19, Folder 5
    • Readers Theatre, 1971Box 19, Folder 6
    • Readers TheatreBox 19, Folder 7
    • Readers Theatre, 1971-77Box 19, Folder 8
    • Readers Theatre, 1975-78Box 19, Folder 9
    • Readers Theatre Institute, 1978-79Box 19, Folder 10
    • Readers Theatre Institute - London, 1981Box 19, Folder 11
    • Readers Theatre (London Workshop), 1981Box 19, Folder 12
    • Readers Theatre Mimeo Chapters, n.d.Box 19, Folder 13
    • Readers Theatre Notes, 1968-78Box 19, Folder 14
    • Revenge of the Lawn, N.DBox 19, Folder 15
    • Revolution in the Classroom, n.d.Box 19, Folder 16
    • Rhetorical Gesture, 1964Box 19, Folder 17
    • Rhetoric / Interpretation (Sloan - Bacon - Lorsch), 1970Box 19, Folder 18
    • S, n.d.Box 19, Folder 19
    • Santayana, 1959Box 19, Folder 20
    • Sappho - Trans, 1971Box 19, Folder 21
    • SCA Workshop (Haptics - Prokemics -Kinesis), 1972Box 19, Folder 22
    • Scholarship-Showmanship - R.Sonkowsky, n.d.Box 19, Folder 23
    • SEA & Sardinia, 1957Box 19, Folder 24
    • Shakespeare, 1949Box 19, Folder 25
    • Shakespeare, n.d.Box 19, Folder 26
    • Notes on Short Stories, n.d.Box 20, Folder 1
    • Silence, 1976Box 20, Folder 2
    • SIU, 1978-79Box 20, Folder 3
    • SIU Lecture, 1978-79Box 20, Folder 4
    • SIU Seminar Speech, 1968-78Box 20, Folder 5
    • Special Aids, n.d.Box 20, Folder 6
    • Spenser - Variorom, n.d.Box 20, Folder 7
    • G. Stein - Hemingway - Joyce, 1972Box 20, Folder 8
    • Style, 1969-72Box 20, Folder 9
    • Style, 1942-73Box 20, Folder 10
    • Style, 1953-81Box 20, Folder 11
    • Style Building, n.d.Box 20, Folder 12
    • Symbolic Action - Polarization, 1948Box 20, Folder 13
    • Text - Perform, 1975-76Box 20, Folder 14
    • Theatre, 1968-71Box 20, Folder 15
    • Thomas Wilson ARTE OF RHETORIQUE, n.d.Box 20, Folder 16
    • Time / Space, 1964Box 20, Folder 17
    • Time / Style, n.d.Box 20, Folder 18
    • Trans. Analysis & Acting, 1967-76Box 20, Folder 19
    • Travel, 1984-85Box 20, Folder 20
    • Travel Literature, n.d.Box 20, Folder 21
    • Verbal / Non-Verbal / Behavior, 1975Box 20, Folder 22
    • Women, 1972-75Box 20, Folder 23
    • Word of Mouth (Oral History), 1970-74Box 21, Folder 1
    • Wound & Adjacent Territory, 1970Box 21, Folder 2
  • Chamber Theatre Files
    • Chamber Theatre Correspondence, 1973-78Box 21, Folder 3
    • Chamber Theatre, 1952-75Box 21, Folder 4
    • Chamber Theatre, n.d.Box 21, Folder 5
    • Chamber Theatre Notes, 1968-80Box 21, Folder 6
    • Chamber Theatre Notes, 1969Box 21, Folder 7
    • Chamber Theatre M.S. Notes &Criticism, n.d.Box 21, Folder 8
    • “Adapting Fiction: Chamber Theatre” - Paul Edwards, n.d.Box 21, Folder 9
    • Chamber Theatre Chapter I, n.d.Box 21, Folder 10
    • Chamber Theatre Chapter III: Style, 1964Box 21, Folder 11
    • Epic Theatre: Chapter IV, n.d.Box 21, Folder 12
    • Chamber Theatre Chapter V: Film, n.d.Box 21, Folder 13
  • First Addition
      Note:  ROBERT BREEN Audio Discs are Filed in Room 111B in Cabinet D Scope and Contents: This addition to the Robert S. Breen Papers includes biographical materials, correspondence, lecture notes, bibliographic notes, scripts for chamber theatre productions, a draft of Breen's M.A. thesis, and drafts of Breen's book, Chamber Theatre. Among the biographical materials is a statement on Breen by his long-time collaborator, Wallace Bacon, as well as several certificates and clippings. The correspondence consists mostly of letters between Breen and his wife, Gertrude, during World War II. Breen served in Europe and many of his letters describe his travels and experiences there. Some of them are quite personal. He was wounded by machine gun fire in February, 1945, and was in the hospital for several months.
    • Biographical Materials
      • General, 1964-1978Box 22, Folder 1
      • Certificate - Appreciation, 25 years at NU, 1972Box 22, Folder 2
      • Award of Merit, Alumni Association, 1984Box 22, Folder 3
      • Golden Reunion, 1983Box 22, Folder 4
      • Clippings, 1938;1975-1979Box 22, Folder 5
      • Guest Book, May 13, 1978Box 22, Folder 6
      • Programs, 1931-1977Box 22, Folder 7
    • Master's Thesis
      • Master's Thesis, draft part I, pp. 1-51, May, 1937Box 22, Folder 8
      • Part II, pp. 1-142, May, 1937Box 22, Folder 9
      • Part III, pp. 1-68, May, 1937Box 22, Folder 10
      • Summary, May, 1937Box 22, Folder 11
    • Correspondence
      • General, 1938-45;1977-89Box 22, Folder 12
      • To Gertrude Breen, Nov-Dec, 1940Box 22, Folder 13
      • To Gertrude Breen, Jan, 1 1941Box 22, Folder 14
      • To Gertrude Breen, Aug-Sept, 1943Box 22, Folder 15
      • To Gertrude Breen, Oct 2, 1943Box 22, Folder 16
      • To Gertrude Breen, Oct-Dec, 1944Box 22, Folder 17
      • To Gertrude Breen, Jan-Mar, 1945Box 22, Folder 18
      • To Gertrude Breen, Apr-Jun, 1945Box 22, Folder 19
      • To Gertrude Breen, July, 1945Box 22, Folder 20
      • To Gertrude Breen, Aug-Sept, 1945Box 23, Folder 1
      • To Gertrude Breen, Oct, 1945Box 23, Folder 2
      • To Gertrude Breen, n.d.Box 23, Folder 3
      • From Gertrude Breen to Robert Breen, 1938-1944Box 23, Folder 4
      • From Gertrude Breen to Robert Breen, Feb-June, 1945Box 23, Folder 5
      • From Gertrude Breen to Robert Breen, July-Oct, 1945Box 23, Folder 6
      • Breen, Gertrude - general, 1943-1945Box 23, Folder 7
      • Edwards, John, 1977-1988Box 23, Folder 8
    • Lecture Notes
      • “Build a Character”, n.d.Box 23, Folder 9
      • Chamber Theater, Film, n.d.Box 23, Folder 10
      • Discipline, n.d.Box 23, Folder 11
      • Film, n.d.Box 23, Folder 12
      • Modern Novel, n.d.Box 23, Folder 13
      • Style, O. Henry, n.d.Box 23, Folder 14
    • Bibliographic Notes
      • Bibliography (1.), part 1, n.d.Box 23, Folder 15
      • Bibliography (1), part 2, n.d.Box 24, Folder 1
      • Bibliography (1), part 3, n.d.Box 24, Folder 2
      • Bibliography (1), part 4, n.d.Box 24, Folder 3
      • Bibliography (2), part 1, n.d.Box 24, Folder 4
      • Bibliography (2), part 2, n.d.Box 24, Folder 5
      • Bibliography (2), part 3, n.d.Box 24, Folder 6
      • Bibliography (2), part 4, n.d.Box 25, Folder 1
      • Bibliography (2), part 5, n.d.Box 25, Folder 2
      • Bibliography (2), part 6, n.d.Box 25, Folder 3
      • Bibliography, Chamber Theater, n.d.Box 25, Folder 4
      • Patience, n.d.Box 25, Folder 5
    • Scripts
      • “Blithe Spirit”, n.d.Box 25, Folder 6
      • [The Duchess], n.d.Box 25, Folder 7
      • [Frances Willard], n.d.Box 25, Folder 8
      • “Friendly Persuasion”, n.d.Box 26, Folder 1
      • “The Giocanda Smile”, n.d.Box 26, Folder 2
      • “Indian Captive: The Story of Mary Jemmon”, n.d.Box 26, Folder 3
      • “James and the Giant Peach”, n.d.Box 26, Folder 4
      • “A Majority of One”, n.d.Box 26, Folder 5
      • “The Matchmaker”, n.d.Box 26, Folder 6
      • “The Miracle Worker”, n.d.Box 26, Folder 7
      • “A Passage to India”, n.d.Box 26, Folder 8
      • “Roar like a Dove”, n.d.Box 26, Folder 9
      • “Winnie-the-Pooh”, n.d.Box 26, Folder 10
      • Untitled, n.d.Box 26, Folder 11
      • Readings - Edna Vincent Millay, n.d.Box 26, Folder 12
      • - Miscellaneous, n.d.Box 26, Folder 13
      • - Travelog, Oct, 1940Box 26, Folder 14
    • Publications
      • Stories in manuscript, n.d.Box 27, Folder 6
      • “Film/Lit”, for Studies in Interpretation, n.d.Box 28, Folder 1
      • (Montage), n.d.Box 28, Folder 2
      • “Symbolic Action in Roan Stallion” Part I Part I, n.d.Box 28, Folder 3
      • Part IIBox 28, Folder 4
      • Chamber Theatre
        • 1st draft, n.d.Box 26, Folder 15
        • Draft, n.d.Box 26, Folder 16
        • Partial draft, n.d.Box 26, Folder 17
        • Third draft, n.d.Box 27, Folder 1
        • Draft, n.d.Box 27, Folder 2
        • Draft, n.d.Box 27, Folder 3
        • Partial draft, n.d.Box 27, Folder 4
        • Draft, n.d.Box 27, Folder 5
  • Second Addition
      Separated materials:  One linear foot of Zeta Phi Eta records and two Zeta Phi Eta scrapbooks were were separated to form the Records of Zeta PhiEta (series 31/70); .5 linear foot of photographs were transferred to the University Archives' photographic collection; one audiotape was transferred to the University Archives' audiovisual collection; one folder of materials pertaining to Northwestern professor Theodore Fuchs was transferred to the University Archives' biographical files; three books were sent to the University Archives' faculty books collection; and eight books of fiction and poetry were transferred to the University Library Acquisitions Department. Approximately two linear feet of duplicate and extraneous material were discarded. Scope and Contents: As documentation of Robert and Gertrude Breen's careers are interwoven and, in many places, indistinguishable within this second addition, the Robert and Gertrude Breen Papers conflate documents relating to both dramatic artists. Filling nine and one half archival boxes, files span the years 1909 to 1992 and include biographical, correspondence, research, and performance files, as well as files pertaining to the Breen's speeches, publications, and financial matters. Biographical materials date from 1945 to 1992 and comprise typescript biographical sketches of Robert and Gertrude Breen; a manuscript obituary for Gertrude Breen; Robert Breen's military discharge certificate; and materials relating to Gertrude Breen's residence at The Georgian (422 Davis Street), an Evanston retirement community, from 1991 to 1992. Dating from 1983 to 1984, merit certificates pertain to Gertrude Breen's activities with the Northwestern Alumni Association and Communications fraternity Zeta Phi Eta. Personal documents date from 1909 to 1985 and consist of Robert and Gertrude Breen's birth certificates and passports. Gertrude Bader's diary for the year 1930 details her experience as an undergraduate student at Northwestern University's School of Speech. Gertrude Breen's journal chronicles a trip to Mexico in December 1973. Her appointment book documents her actual and projected activities at The Georgian, an Evanston nursing facility, for the years 1991 and 1992. Newspaper clippings span from 1932 to 1990 and document Robert and Gertrude Breen's theatre productions; performances of Gertrude's script Indian Captive, published in 1961; and the Alumni Merit Awards presented to Robert in 1981 and 1984. Graduate recital files document Gertrude Breen's 1934 and 1935 performances as a graduate student in the Northwestern University School of Speech. Chronologically arranged, Robert and Gertrude Breen's general correspondence files date from 1935 to 1992 and include incoming letters from family members, personal friends, and professional colleagues. Dating from 1959 to 1990, correspondence subject files are arranged alphabetically by topic and chronologically within each folder, and include incoming and outgoing correspondence. Subjects include the Breens' financial contributions to the Northwestern Alumni Association from 1981 to 1986; Gertrude's organization of Class of 1934 reunions in 1984 and 1989; Robert's participation in the Central States Speech Association between 1983 and 1988; Gertrude's communication with author E.B. White (Charlotte's Web) and Random House publishers regarding possible children's theatre adaptations; Robert's personal and professional contact with former student John Edwards, a dramatics professor at the University of New Hampshire; Gertrude's winnings from the game show Number Please in December 1961; the organization of Robert's retirement celebration in 1978; and Summer Theatre Conferences in 1959 and 1976. Restricted financial documents consist of the Breens' income tax and W2 forms extending from 1972 to 1980. Dating from 1975 to 1980, the restricted Hershberger inheritance documents include correspondence concerning Gertrude Hershberger's legacy to Gertrude Breen, as well as a copy of Hershberger's Last Will and Testament. Student papers comprise three compositions by Robert Breen's students Diane Sherer (1968), Thomas Drolet (1969), and Frances Freeman Paden (undated). Spanning from 1954 to 1986, Robert Breen's research files consist of notes and clippings pertaining to a variety of literary theory topics, primarily the relationship of images to identity. The arrangement of research files is alphabetical by subject. Undated speech files comprise typescripts of dramatic readings probably relating to Gertrude's audio recordings for the American Foundation for the Blind and Scott, Foresman, and Company; notes for a presentation on King Lear; and typescripts of Gertrude's tributes to colleagues Hazel Easton and Winifred Ward. Ranging from 1952 to 1986, publication files include correspondence and contracts pertaining to Prentice-Hall's publication of Robert's book Chamber Theatre (1978), as well as a typescript of his article “Montage and the Interpretation of Literature” (1952). Arranged alphabetically, the largely undated production files consist of drama scripts, marked with the Breens' stage directions, as well as correspondence and notes related to each production. Summer fiction scripts consist of undated, untitled dramatic sketches. One undated, untitled script on New Testament themes likely pertains to Gertrude's activity in Evanston's First United Methodist Church.
    • Biographical Materials, 1935-1991Box 29, Folder 1
    • Merit Certificates, 1983-1984Box 29, Folder 2
    • Personal Documents (Robert and Gertrude Breen), 1909-1985Box 29, Folder 3
    • Diary (Gertrude Bader), 1930Box 29, Folder 4
    • Journal (Gertrude Breen), Dec. 1973Box 29, Folder 5
    • Appointment Book (Gertrude Breen), 1991-1992Box 29, Folder 6
    • Newspaper Clippings, 1932-1990Box 29, Folder 7
    • Graduate Recital: Gertrude Bader, 1934Box 29, Folder 8
    • Graduate Recital: Gertrude Bader, 1935Box 29, Folder 9
    • General Correspondence (Robert and Gertrude Breen), 1935-1945Box 29, Folder 10
    • General Correspondence (Robert and Gertrude Breen), 1950-1980Box 29, Folder 11
    • General Correspondence (Robert and Gertrude Breen), 1982-1989Box 29, Folder 12
    • General Correspondence (Robert and Gertrude Breen), 1990-1992Box 30, Folder 1
    • General Correspondence (Robert and Gertrude Breen), n.d.Box 30, Folder 2
    • Correspondence: Alumni Contributions, 1981-1986Box 30, Folder 3
    • Correspondence: Alumni Reunions (Gertrude Breen), 1983-1989Box 30, Folder 4
    • Correspondence: Central States Speech Association, 1983-1984Box 30, Folder 5
    • Correspondence: Children's Productions (Gertrude Breen), 1961-1962Box 30, Folder 6
    • Correspondence: Edwards, John (Robert Breen), 1983-1990Box 30, Folder 7
    • Correspondence: Game Show Prizes (Gertrude Breen), 1961-1962Box 30, Folder 8
    • Correspondence: Retirement Celebration, 1976-1978Box 30, Folder 9
    • Correspondence: Summer Theatre Conferences, 1959Box 30, Folder 10
    • Correspondence: Summer Theatre Conferences, 1975-1976Box 30, Folder 11
    • Financial Documents, 1972-1980Box 30, Folder 12
    • Hershberger Inheritance, 1975-1980Box 30, Folder 13
    • Student Papers (Robert Breen), 1968-1969Box 30, Folder 14
    • Research: Fiction and Narrative, 1979-1986Box 30, Folder 15
    • Research: Film and Literature, n.d.Box 30, Folder 16
    • Research: Film Reviews, 1968-1971Box 31, Folder 1
    • Research: Linguistics, 1955-1973Box 31, Folder 2
    • Research: Nature and Art, 1954-1966Box 31, Folder 3
    • Research: Photography, 1972-1981Box 31, Folder 4
    • Research: Psychology of the Self, n.d.Box 31, Folder 5
    • Research: Psychology of the Self: Masks, n.d.Box 31, Folder 6
    • Research: Psychology of the Self: Mirrors, n.d.Box 31, Folder 7
    • Research: Self and Chamber Theatre, n.d.Box 31, Folder 8
    • Research: Trompe L'Oeil, 1953-1968Box 31, Folder 9
    • Speeches: Dramatic Readings I, n.d.Box 31, Folder 10
    • Speeches: Dramatic Readings II, n.d.Box 32, Folder 1
    • Speeches: Lear, n.d.Box 32, Folder 2
    • Speeches: Tributes to Hazel Easton and Winifred Ward, 1975-1982Box 32, Folder 3
    • Publications: Chamber Theatre, 1976-1986Box 32, Folder 4
    • Publications: “Montage and the Interpretation of Literature”, 1952Box 32, Folder 5
    • Productions: Amahl and the Night Visitors, n.d.Box 32, Folder 6
    • Productions: Anastasia, n.d.Box 32, Folder 7
    • Productions: Anna Karenina, n.d.Box 32, Folder 8
    • Productions: Auntie Mame, n.d.Box 32, Folder 9
    • Productions: A Bear Called Paddington, n.d.Box 32, Folder 10
    • Productions: Belles and Beaux, n.d.Box 32, Folder 11
    • Productions: The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, n.d.Box 33, Folder 1
    • Productions: Camelot, n.d.Box 33, Folder 2
    • Productions: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, n.d.Box 33, Folder 3
    • Productions: Conjure Wives, n.d.Box 33, Folder 4
    • Productions: Cry the Beloved Country, n.d.Box 33, Folder 5
    • Productions: Dear Me, The Sky Is Falling, n.d.Box 33, Folder 6
    • Productions: Demon-Lover, n.d.Box 33, Folder 7
    • Productions: The Devil and Daniel Webster, n.d.Box 33, Folder 8
    • Productions: Emma, n.d.Box 33, Folder 9
    • Productions: Fair Young Willowy Trees, n.d.Box 33, Folder 10
    • Productions: Flappers and Philosophers, 1987-1988Box 33, Folder 11
    • Productions: Freud/Jung Letters, 1980Box 33, Folder 12
    • Productions: From Hoops to Hobbleskirts, 1978Box 33, Folder 13
    • Productions: Gigi, n.d.Box 34, Folder 1
    • Productions: How To Go About Laying an Egg, n.d.Box 34, Folder 2
    • Productions: Indian Captive, 1959-1963Box 34, Folder 3
    • Productions: Indian Captive: Choreography and Music, 1961Box 34, Folder 4
    • Productions: J.B., n.d.Box 34, Folder 5
    • Productions: Johnny Appleseed, n.d.Box 34, Folder 6
    • Productions: Last Analysis, n.d.Box 34, Folder 7
    • Productions: Life with Mother, n.d.Box 35, Folder 1
    • Productions: Lily Daw and the Three Ladies, n.d.Box 35, Folder 2
    • Productions: Luv, n.d.Box 35, Folder 3
    • Productions: Macbeth Murder Mystery, n.d.Box 35, Folder 4
    • Productions: Madame Bovary, 1987Box 35, Folder 5
    • Productions: Mary, Mary, n.d.Box 35, Folder 6
    • Productions: Men About Town, n.d.Box 35, Folder 7
    • Productions: Miracle Worker, n.d.Box 35, Folder 8
    • Productions: Music Man, n.d.Box 36, Folder 1
    • Productions: My Fair Lady, n.d.Box 36, Folder 2
    • Productions: Noah, n.d.Box 36, Folder 3
    • Productions: The Pearl, n.d.Box 36, Folder 4
    • Productions: Persuasion, 1984Box 36, Folder 5
    • Productions: Picture of Dorian Gray, 1989Box 36, Folder 6
    • Productions: The Ponder Heart, n.d.Box 36, Folder 7
    • Productions: The Potting Shed, n.d.Box 36, Folder 8
    • Productions: Rainmakers, n.d.Box 37, Folder 1
    • Productions: The Rescuers, 1961Box 37, Folder 2
    • Productions: Solid Gold Cadillac, n.d.Box 37, Folder 3
    • Productions: Standard of Living, n.d.Box 37, Folder 4
    • Productions: The Subject Was Roses, n.d.Box 37, Folder 5
    • Productions: Tartuffe, n.d.Box 37, Folder 6
    • Productions: The Teahouse of the August Moon, n.d.Box 37, Folder 7
    • Productions: Under Milkwood, n.d.Box 37, Folder 8
    • Productions: Ways and Means, n.d.Box 37, Folder 9
    • Productions: Who Was That Lady I Saw You With?, n.d.Box 38, Folder 1
    • Summer Fiction Scripts, n.d.Box 38, Folder 2
    • Untitled Script (unsigned tms), n.d.Box 38, Folder 3
  • Biographical, 1951-74Box 1, Folder 1
  • Wedding Anniversary, 1960Box 1, Folder 2
  • C-4 Notebook, 1934-35Box 1, Folder 3
  • Correspondence, 1981Box 1, Folder 4
  • “Symbolic Action in the Oral Interpretation of Robinson Jeffer's Roan Stallion” (NU Ph.D. diss.), 1950Box 1, Folder 5