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Lee Adey papers

Identifier: ua-01218

Scope and Content

The collection consists of news clippings, brochures, programs, photographs, slides and correspondence outlining Lee Adey's work in the University Theatre Department as a set designer, director and actor, as well as Adey's involvement with other local theater companies, including the Stagecoach Opera House and the Minnesota Showboat Theater.

Of particular note is one hollinger box of documentation relating to a 1969 USO tour organized and led by Professor Adey with a performance troupe composed of University of Minnesota theater majors. The group traveled to military bases in Europe and the Mediterranean under the auspices of the USO, performing shows of traditional American music, including standards and show tunes, for soldiers and non-commissioned staff. Documentation includes daily reports outlining activities and travel, photographs of performances and slides.


  • 1957-2002

Language of Materials

Collection material in English

Use of Materials

Items in this collection do not circulate and may be used in-house only.


Researchers may quote from the collection under the fair use provision of the copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code). Requests to publish should be arranged with the University of Minnesota Archives.

Biographical Sketch

Lee Adey was born in 1928 and graduated from Allegheny College in 1952 with a degree in theater arts. That same year he was hired as interim scene designer and technical director at the University Theater. After a stint in the Army and a brief period in New York acting and teaching, Adey returned to the University in 1958 as a theater instructor and technical director for the University Theater. In 1962 he was promoted to assistant professor, and in 1967 he was promoted to associate professor in the department. Adey took over the directing program in theatre arts on the retirement of Frank Whiting, and continued directing University Theater productions and teaching directing courses in the department until his retirement in 1996. Adey died in 2010.


3 Cubic Feet (3 boxes (2 record cartons; 1 oversize))


The collection contains materials from Professor Lee Adey's tenure in the University of Minnesota Theater Arts department.

Source of acquisition

The papers were donated to University Archives in June, 2014 by Mary Sue Adey.

Related Materials in University Archives

University of Minnesota. Dept.of Speech, Communications and Theatre Arts papers, 1911-1961

University of Minnesota. Dept. of Speech and Theater

University of Minnesota. Dept. of Theatre Arts

University of Minnesota. University Theatre

Processing Information

The Collection was processed by Susan Hoffman

Lee Adey papers, 1957-2002
Susan Hoffman
July 2014
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Finding aid written in English

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