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Patti P. Gillespie slides collection

 Collection 0168-SCPA

Dr. Patti P. Gillespie was born c. 1938 and was the co-author of The Enjoyment of Theatre, which, in 2010, entered its eighth printing. As a professor, she taught courses on the history of theatre and drama, theatre criticism, theatre education, the history of directing, as well as masters and doctoral seminars at various universities from 1970 to 2000, retiring in 1999. She also chaired the Department of Communication at the University of Maryland from 1982 to 1989. In 1992 Dr. Gillespie received a Fulbright scholarship to teach in the English department at the University of Botswana.


  • 1982-2000
  • Majority of material found within 1982-2000

Use and Access to Collection

There are no restricted files in this collection.

Duplication and Copyright Information

Materials from this collection must be used in the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library's Irving and Margery Morgan Lowens Special Collections Room, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Please make an appointment with the curator:


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Scope and Content of Collection

The Patti P. Gillespie slides collection covers the period from 1982 to 2000 with the bulk of the materials falling between those dates. The collection consists of two boxes of slides used in Dr. Gillespie’s theatre and drama classes to illustrate such subject matter as the Grecian beginnings of theatre, Elizabethan dramas, American minstrel shows, famous actors and actresses, and collegiate musicals.


Dr. Patti Gillespie (b. circa 1938) attended the University of Kentucky earning a bachelor's degree in bacteriology, with honors, in 1958. She went on to earn a masters degree in special education from Western Kentucky University from 1961 to 1964. Her doctoral studies were completed at Indiana University from 1966 to 1970. She began her teaching career at the University of Iowa where she served as Associate Chair and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Speech and Dramatic Art from 1972 to 1974.

At the University of South Carolina, from 1974 to 1979, she transitioned from associate to full professor as well as Director of Graduate Studies and Head of the Department of Theatre and Speech. Throughout her career, Dr. Gillespie was a visiting professor and scholar at various institutions such as Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio, The University of Iowa, Peace College in Roanoke, Virginia, and Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. In 1980, she co-authored The Enjoyment of Theatre, a textbook for theatre and drama, which entered its eighth printing in 2010. She also authored numerous articles and reviews on the history of theatre, dramatic theory, speech, communication, feminism, education, and careers in the arts.

In 1982, Dr. Gillespie came to the University of Maryland, College Park where she was a longtime professor of theatre and drama until her retirement in 1999. From 1982 to 1989 she also chaired the Department of Communication. In 1992, during her tenure at UMD, she received a Fulbright Scholarship to teach in the English Department at the University of Botswana.


This collection is organized into one series.

  1. Slides

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

Transferred to MSPAL by Heather Nathans in 2007.

Patti P. Gillespie slides collection
Sarah Lindblom
January 2013
Description rules
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Finding aid written in English

Library Details

Part of the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library

University of Maryland Libraries
8270 Alumni Drive
College Park MD 20742 United States