Guide to the Grosvenor May Robinson papers, 1924-1945 | MC026

Summary Information

Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library
Robinson, Grosvenor May
Grosvenor May Robinson papers
1.5 Linear feet
Notebooks, scrapbooks, and travel logs documenting Bates College professor Grosvenor May Robinson's many trips throughout Europe, Russia and the United States to observe and lecture on theater.

Preferred Citation

Grosvenor May Robinson papers, Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library, Bates College.

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Historical Note

Grosvenor Robinson (1867-1953) came to Bates as instructor of Elocution in 1896. While at Bates he became involved with developing the Little Theater Movement in New England at Bates and assisting with the 4-A theater productions. His studies extended outside Bates during summer vacations through extensive travel. He toured various theaters, attended drama and theater workshops, traveling extensively throughout Europe and Russia. He retired from Bates in 1938.

Scope and Content Note

The collection includes a notebook kept by Bates theater professor Robinson that records his various trips and theater tours: a 1929 trip to Europe, a 1932 trip to Finland, and the publicized 1940 lecture tour to California taken on a Greyhound (he held a 15 foot bus ticket "believed longest in America.") The collection also includes travel logs and notes of his summer tours taken of the United States, Europe and Russia from 1924 to 1945 and scrapbooks (1933-1938) of photographs taken on his many trips abroad.

Organization and Arrangement

The collection is in chronological order.

Administrative Information

Publication Information

 Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library

70 Campus Avenue
Lewiston, Maine, 04240

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

The collection is the physical property of Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library. Bates College holds literary rights only for material created by College personnel working on official behalf of the College, or for material which was given to the College with such rights specifically assigned. For all other material, literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. Researchers are responsible for obtaining permission from rights holders for publication or other purposes that exceed fair use.

Acquisition and Custody Information

No provenance information available. Accession No.: xx-066.

Processing Information

Processsed by Caron Pelletier, 2000.

Final arrangement and description by Kurt Kuss, Special Collections Librarian, 2000.

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Related Materials

Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Bates College (Lewiston, Me.)--Faculty

Geographic Name(s)

  • Europe--Description and travel
  • Russia--Description and travel
  • United States--Description and travel

Personal Name(s)

  • Robinson, Grosvenor May--Archives


  • Theater--History--20th century
  • Travelers' writings, American
  • Voyages and travels

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