Lilla A. Heston (1927-1984) Papers
Scope and Contents
The Lilla Heston papers fill fourteen boxes and span the dates from 1948 to 1984. The bulk of the papers date from the late 1970s. The Papers are arranged into the following subseries: biographical materials and correspondence, professional organizations records, Interpretation departmental records, teaching materials, scripts, and writings and speeches.
The biographical materials include vitae, clippings, press releases, activity reports, diplomas, certificates, and production programs documenting Heston's career. The correspondence includes letters between Heston and poet Kathryn Aal and director Alvina Krause. Also found here is a folder of correspondence pertaining to Heston's chairmanship of the Interpretation Department, a folder of general correspondence, and a folder of tributes and sympathy notes written upon Heston's death.
A small amount of professional organizations records date from the late 1970s and document Heston's work on behalf of the Speech Communication Association, the SCA Interpretation Division, and the Illinois Speech & Theatre Association.
A few folders of Interpretation Department records pertain largely to the activities of the Theatre and Interpretation Administrative Committee and departmental staffing, production scheduling, and related administrative matters dating from Heston's tenure as department chair.
Teaching materials fill about four boxes and include mainly course and teacher evaluations and course materials from both undergraduate and graduate courses taught by Heston. The course materials, arranged sequentially by course number, are comprised of syllabi, bibliographies, lecture notes, examination questions, and a few completed examinations. Also included are Heston's research and lecture notes on authors, specific works of literature, and literary topics. These notes are arranged alphabetically by folder title, i.e., author, title, or topic.
Scripts used by Heston for both personal performances and in directing students and other performers are arranged in folders alphabetically by subject or performance title. Related to these scripts are Heston's annotated copies of published novels, poetry, and plays. These annotated works are boxed at the end of the series.
Heston's writings and speeches form the largest component of the papers, filling nearly eight boxes. Included are her doctoral dissertation, a study of author Henry James; draft and published articles; reviews; notes from and drafts of speeches; and several series of textbooks edited by Heston and published by McDougal, Littell & Company.
The addition to the Lilla A. Heston Papers fills three boxes. It consists of correspondence, letters of recommendation, course and teacher evaluations, 1974-1984, and a photocopy of the guest registry for Lilla A. Heston's funeral, May 30, 1984.
The correspondence comprises eleven folders of general correspondence and four folders of correspondence with Northwestern University administrators and colleagues, Virginia Hastings Floyd, (Ph.D., 1967); Tom W. Tillman, Associate Dean of the School of Speech; Clarence L. Ver Steeg, Dean of the Graduate School; and Roy V. Wood, Dean of the School of Speech. Heston's letters to Virginia Floyd concern the establishment of a conference in honor of Professor Wallace Bacon, upon his retirement in 1980. The correspondence with the Deans is largely in the form of memoranda sent to department chairs and members of the graduate faculty, of which Lilla Heston was both. The Letters within the folders are arranged chronologically by date. The eleven folders of general correspondence are arranged chronologically by date.
The letters of recommendation are for Heston's students who were applying for temporary jobs, teaching and other career-oriented positions, to graduate schools, and for fellowships.
- Heston, Lilla, 1927-1984 (Person)
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Language of Materials
Lilla Heston was a professor in the Interpretation Department of the School of Speech at Northwestern University. She was a prolific author, editor, and performer, focusing on drama and the interpretation of literature. She wrote numerous articles and reviews relating to literature and performance, edited textbooks on drama, and adapted, directed, and performed in scores of stage productions throughout her career. The Lilla Heston papers are arranged into the following subseries: biographical materials and correspondence, professional organizations records, Interpretation departmental records, teaching materials, scripts, and writings and speeches.
The Papers are arranged into the following subseries: biographical materials and correspondence (grouped by document type), professional organizations records (arranged alphabetically), Interpretation departmental records (grouped by document type), teaching materials (divided into course and teacher evaluations and course materials, each arranged by course number, and research notes, arranged alphabetically by author, title, or topic), scripts (alphabetically by title or topic), and writings and lectures (grouped into writings and lectures, books edited by Heston, and books annotated by Heston).
Method of Acquisition
The University Archives acquired this series in three accessions from Prof. Heston’s mother and from School of Speech Dean Roy Wood (Accessions #84-129, #84-170, and #84-216). The addition to the Lilla A. Heston Papers was acquired by the University Archives from Carol Simpson Stern, Chair, Department of Performance Studies as Accession #88-268 on November 14, 1988.
Several long-playing records, reel-to-reel audio tapes, and audio tape cassettes have been separated to the University Archives' recorded sound collection. Included among these recordings are:
Dolly K. Elligson, Seals, Sea Gulls and Other Sounds (Chicago: Systems for Education Inc., 1966). A two record album with accompanying reader. Narration by Lilla Heston.
America Listens to Literature (Scott, Foresman and Company, 1959). A two record album to accompany The United States in Literature. Selections read by Lilla Heston, Robert Breen, and Gertrude Breen among others. Narrated by Robert Breen.
America Listens to Literature (Scott, Foresman and Company, 1959). A one record album to accompany Good Times Through Literature. One selection read by Lilla Heston. Other selections read by Robert and Gertrude Breen, and Lew Sarett. Narrated by Robert Breen.
America Listens to Literature (Scott, Foresman and Company, 1959). A one record album to accompany Exploring Life Through Literature. One selection read by Lilla Heston, others read by Robert Breen. Narrated by Robert Breen.
A Survey of English Poetry (Lakeland, Florida: Imperial Film Company, Inc., n.d.) Readings by Lilla Heston on Record #966-1, Side A: Bands 2, 6; Record 1966-2, Side A: Bands 3,6, Side B: Band 6.
Antigone (copy of long-playing record on tape cassette), performed by Lilla Heston.
Lilla Heston Faculty Performance, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, Sept. 20, 1983 (tape cassette).
Lilla Heston, Interpretation Department (?) Performance of Icelandic Sagas, n.d. (quarter-inch reel-to-reel audio tape). Tape also includes Robert Breen” reading of the “Once and Future King.”
Lilla Heston, Far East Program (?), n.d. quarter-inch reel-to-reel audio tape.
In the addition, one folder of material concerning the Provost's Advisory Council on the Arts was transferred to the University Archives general files. 1/2 box of correspondence between Wallace Bacon, Chair of the Interpretation Department, and Roy V. Wood, Dean of the School of Speech, was transferred to the Wallace Bacon Papers 20/22. The letters dated from September 1978 to March 1979. They were filed chronologically by date in the Wallace Bacon Papers, box 8 folder 6. Eight memos from the Dean of the Graduate School's office (Clarence Ver Steeg), dating from September 1978 to March 1984, were transferred to the Dean of the Graduate School's general files.
Kevin B. Leonard and Erik W. Goldstrom, March 8, 1985.
- Heston, Lilla, 1927-1984
- Krause, Alvina, -1981
- Machan, Katharyn Howd, 1952-
- Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.)--Faculty
- Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.). Department of Interpretation
- Speech Communication Association. Interpretation Division
- Speech--Study and teaching
- Theater--Study and teaching
- Guide to the Lilla A. Heston (1927-1984) Papers
- Kevin B. Leonard and Erik W. Goldstrom
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