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Fred Fields and Gary Buttrey Papers regarding University of Tennessee Theatres

 Collection
Identifier: AR-0029

This collection houses correspondence, clippings, programs, research notes, and other materials documenting the Carousel Theatre and the Hunter Hills Theatre between 1951 and 1986.

Dates

  • 1951-1986

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.

Extent

1 Linear Feet

Abstract

This collection houses correspondence, clippings, programs, research notes, and other materials documenting the Carousel Theatre and the Hunter Hills Theatre between 1951 and 1986.

Biographical/Historical Note

James Frederick Fields was born to Robert and Margaret Fields in Greeneville, Tennessee on July 31, 1919. He earned his BA at the University of Tennessee (1942) before joining the military. During World War II, he served with the 8th Air Force and eventually rose to the rank of Major. After the war ended, Fields returned to UT, where he taught in the Theatre Department from 1946 until his retirement in 1979. He also completed an MA at Ohio State University (1948), where he was introduced to the concept of the theater-in-the-round. He used the idea when he founded the Carousel Theatre in 1951. Fields was also involved with the Clarence Brown Theatre and served as Director of the Hunter Hills Theatre (which became affiliated with U. T. in 1966) during the mid-1960s. In addition to his academic work, Fields was involved with the Tennessee Theatre Association, the Greeneville Community Theater, and St. John's Episcopal Church. Fields died in Knoxville, Tennessee on August 31, 1991.

Gary Kendall Buttrey was born in Fairview, Tennessee. He completed his BS degree at Austin Peay State University (1971) before coming to the University of Tennessee and working with Fred Fields. Here, he completed his MA (1979) with a thesis entitled A History of the Hunter Hills Theatre, 1956-1977.

Arrangement

This collection consists of one box divided into two series:

Missing Title

  1. Series I: Fred Fields Papers regarding the Carousel Theatre, 1951-1985 November 8
  2. Series II: Gary Buttrey Papers regarding the Hunter Hills Theatre, 1966-1986

Acquisition Note

Fred Fields and Gary Buttrey donated these papers to the University of Tennessee's Archives.

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