Manuscript Collection - Dora Mavor Moore Papers

Dora Mavor Moore Papers Dora Mavor Moore Papers

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Dora Mavor Moore Papers


  • 1888-1979 (Creation)

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191 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 Diane Plant, 2015

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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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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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