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Frederick Gaines papers

Identifier: PA022

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of correspondence and papers regarding Mr. Gaines' plays. The correspondence ncludes letters between Mr. Gaines and actors, actresses, agents, directors and members of the Gaines family. Papers regarding Mr. Gaines' plays include typescripts, mimeographed copies and incomplete and complete drafts of over 100 plays.


  • 1958-[ongoing]


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Restrictions on Access

The collection is open and available for use by researchers in the Andersen Library Reading Room.

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Biographical Note

Frederick Gaines is a local playwright whose plays have been performed across the United States. He attended the University of Nebraska, earning his bachelor's and master's degrees. He also attended the University of Minnesota, earning a Ph.D. and the University of Manchester (England) as a Fulbright Fellow. Mr. Gaines held the McKnight fellowship in playwriting at the Guthrie Theatre (1965-1967) and was playwright in residence at the Asolo Festival Theatre in Sarasota, Florida. Locally, his plays have been performed at the Children's Theater Company, The Eastside Theatre, the University of Minnesota and the Firehouse Theatre.


73 boxes (33.75 linear feet)


The collection includes correspondence and drafts of Frederick Gaines’ plays.

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Additional Finding Aid

An unpublished finding aid with detailed contents is available. Please contact the Performing Arts Archives for details.


The collection was donated by Frederick Gaines beginning in 1971.

Frederick Gaines papers
Karen Spilman
February 2005
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