Accession MS COLL 00207 - Dora Mavor Moore Papers (Downsview Offsite)

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Dora Mavor Moore Papers (Downsview Offsite)


  • 1888-1979 (Creation)

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189 boxes and items

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Biographical history

Dora Mavor Moore was a Canadian actress, drama teacher and director. Known as the grande dame of Canadian theatre, she almost solely created Canada's professional theatrical scene. While she is perhaps best remembered for her work with the New Play Society, she had founded the NPS in 1946 when she was already close to 60 years old and after a distinguished career as an actress and director. She died in 1979.

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Gift of Dora Mavor Moore, Francis W. Mavor Moore and J. Mavor Moore

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This collection consists of correspondence, scripts, photos, clippings, theatre programs and tapes covering the personal and professional career of Dora Mavor Moore. It excludes that part of Moore's career when she was director of the New Play Society and School. This material can be found in the New Play Society Papers (MS Coll. 228).

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Series 1: Education and early acting career
Series 2: Teaching and early directing
Series 3: Professional activities, other than teaching or directing
Series 4: Personal
Series 5: Theatrical history
Series 6: Photographs
Series 7: Theatre programmes
Series 8: Tapes
Series 9: Scripts
Series 10: Christmas card collection
Series 11: Family Papers
Series 12: Books

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Material may be requested in person at the Fisher Library Reference Desk, or in advance using our online stack retrieval request form:

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  • English

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Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto

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