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Ellis Mayes Theatre Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MS-3648

The Ellis Mayes Theatre Collection contains memorabilia and personal effects of Ellis Mayes, an actor with Knoxville's Carousel Theatre for several decades. Included are photographs, playbills, scripts, and personal mementos belonging to Mayes. Materials date from the 1940s to the 1990s.

Dates

  • 1935-2002

Conditions Governing Access

Collections are stored offsite, and a minimum of 2 business days are needed to retrieve these items for use. Researchers interested in consulting any of the collections are advised to contact Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in this collection remain with the creator. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library.

Please note, Mayes's death certificate is restricted and cannot be accessed by patrons.

Extent

1 Linear Feet

Abstract

The Ellis Mayes Theatre Collection contains memorabilia and personal effects of Ellis Mayes, an actor with Knoxville's Carousel Theatre for several decades. Included are photographs, playbills, scripts, and personal mementos belonging to Mayes. Materials date from the 1940s to the 1990s.

Biographical/Historical Note

Ellis Ephraim Mayes was born in Rutledge, Tennessee on April 4,1918, to Joseph and Nannie Elizabeth Mayes. He graduated from Knoxville High School in 1937 where he engaged in extracurricular activities including acting. Following military service, where he acheived the rank of Major, Mayes returned to Knoxville. He was very active in the Carousel Theatre, helping bring many of its stagings to life. Mayes died March 4, 1999, and requested his body be donated to science.

Arrangement

This collection is divided into three boxes and arranged by material type and chronological order.

Acquisition Note

This collection is the property of Special Collections.

Processing Information

A scrapbook was dismantled and divided into separate folders for space purposes.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

Contact:
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA
865-974-4480