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Collection Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents Note

Arrangement of the Collection

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Series 1: Personal papers, 1864-2011

Series 2: Correspondence, 1966-2010

Series 3: Works, 1967-2009

Series 4: Photographs, 1950s-2010

Series 5: Sound recordings, circa 1968

Southern Methodist University

James McLure papers

A Guide



Collection Summary

Collector: McLure, James
Title: James McLure papers
Dates: 1864-2011, bulk 1960s-2011
Abstract: James McLure (1951-2011) was a Southern playwright and Southern Methodist University alumnus known for his plays “Lone Star,” “Pvt. Wars,” and “Wild Oats.” This collection contains poetry, prose, and play manuscripts; photographs; correspondence; playbills; and newspaper clippings that reflect his career as an actor and playwright.
Identification: A2019.0001
Quantity: 4 boxes (4 linear feet); 209 MB
Language: English
Repository: DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University

Biographical Note

James Miller McLure Jr. was the only son of James and Mary McLure, of Shreveport, Louisiana. He was active in the theater department of Jesuit High School, and continued his studies at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas where he received a bachelor of fine arts degree in 1973. After graduation, he and fellow theater program alumni Powers Boothe, Jack Heifner, Lanny Flaherty, and Beth Henley achieved success in American theater in the 1970s.

Several years after working as an actor in New York City, McLure received critical praise for his one-act plays “Lone Star” and “Pvt. Wars” staged in Louisville, Kentucky in 1979. Both plays were performed at the Century Theatre on Broadway during the summer of that year. McLure is also known for his plays “The Day They Shot John Lennon,” “Max and Maxie,” and “Wild Oats.”

Throughout his career he was active in the playwriting workshop and festival communities of Missoula Colony, Healing Springs, and Stephen F. Austin State University.

James McLure died in 2011 of cancer at the age of 59 in Marina del Rey, California. He is survived by his sister, Jenny McLure Schroeder and her extended family.

Sources:

Biographical material, Box 1, Folder 1

“James Miller McLure Jr.,” The Town Talk, March 3, 2011. https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/TheTownTalk/obituary.aspx?page=lifestory&pid=149046277

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Scope and Contents Note

This collection of a Southern actor and playwright contains one box of manuscript poetry, prose, and plays; one box of photographs, one box of correspondence, and a variety of playbills, personal papers, and newspaper clippings. Notable correspondents in series 2 include Tony Campisi, Colleen Dodson Baker, Murphy Guyer, Mark Harelik, Jack Heifner, Beth Henley, Staci Swedeen, and Mercedes Ruehl.

Series 3 contains James McLure’s manuscripts from high school theater, SMU theater classes, and produced plays. Most of the photographs in series 4 feature many years of playwriting workshops in Missoula Colony, Montana; Healing Springs, North Carolina; and Stephen F. Austin State University.

Books from James McLure’s personal library can be found by searching the online catalog with the search string "Part of the James McLure collection."

The digital material in the collection has been separated from the physical material and is stored on Southern Methodist University server storage, but is described in this finding aid.

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Arrangement of the Collection

The collection is organized into 5 series:
Series 1: Personal papers, 1864-2011
Series 2: Correspondence, 1966-2010
Series 3: Works, 1967-2009
Series 4: Photographs, 1950s-2010
Series 5: Sound recordings, circa 1968

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish materials must be obtained from the Director of the DeGolyer Library. It is the responsibility of the user to obtain copyright authorization.

Sensitive Material Statement:

Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations. Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications for which DeGolyer Library assumes no responsibility.

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Index Terms

This collection is indexed under the following terms in the Southern Methodist University Libraries' online catalog. Researchers desiring related materials may search the catalog using these terms.
Subjects (Persons)
McLure, James.
Subjects (Organizations)
Southern Methodist University - Students.
Subjects
Playwriting.
Subjects (Places)
New York (N.Y.)
Dallas (Tex.)
Montana
North Carolina
Occupations
Dramatists, American -- 20th century.
Actors -- United States -- 20th century.
Document Types
Correspondence.
Manuscripts for publication.
Plays.
Programs.
Photographs.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

James McLure papers, DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University

Acquisition Information

Gift, Corinne Walsh, 2019.

Processing Information

Data was migrated from floppy disc and a printed copy of the file was placed in series 3 of the collection. Photographs were placed in acid free folders, and scripts were separated from rusted brads and paper covers, then rehoused in acid free folders.

Digital materials were transferred off their physical medium on to an un-networked workstation in an instance of BitCurator using Guymager and FTK Imager. Metadata was captured and Md5 checksums were created using Data Accessioner and transformed into a readable Excel spreadsheet by the Metadata Transformer tool. Files were scanned for viruses using ClamAV. Derivative copies were created for files that were received in obsolete formats.

All digital files were packaged and transferred to SMU server storage using Rsync and verified using checksums created by Data Accessioner. This collection was processed in accordance with SMU Libraries Digital Preservation Processing Guide. A printed copy of the files were placed in the collection.

Processed by Cynthia Franco, 2019. Digital files processed by Jared Dempsey, 2019. Finding aid written and encoded by Cynthia Franco, 2019.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Personal papers, 1864-2011
2 boxes

The first box contains papers about James McLure’s early life, and two folders of material celebrating his life at two memorial services in Los Angeles and New York. His awards are listed at the end of the series.
Box Folder
1 1 Biographical material, resume and head shots on CD, 2004
2 L.S. Rugg Elementary School yearbook, 1959
3 Jesuit High School, Shreveport, Louisiana school newspaper, theater programs, and materials, 1966-1969
4 National Society of Arts and Letters Career Award Competition – drama award materials, 1969
5 Southern Methodist University grades and theater playbills and materials, 1969-1973
6 Missoula Colony 10, 12-14 playbills and notes, 2005-2009
7 Memorials in New York City and Los Angeles, 2011
8 Tributes, circa 2011
9 Financial earning statement, 1984
10 Theater brochures, 1970s-circa 1980s
11-13 Clippings about James McLure, 1960s-1980s
14 Newspaper clippings, 1970-1990s
15 Drawings by James McLure
16 Blank postcards and ephemera
17 Confederate States of America currency, 1864
Box Folder
4 4 Jesuit High School diploma, 1969
5 Southern Methodist University diploma, 1973
6 New York Yankees pennant
The Shreveport Times drama award for best performance by an actor in “Night Must Fall”, 1968-1969
Southwest Theatre Association Hall of Fame award, 1988

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Series 2: Correspondence, 1966-2010
1 box

Personal and professional correspondence is included in this series. Notable correspondents in series 2 include Jack Heifner, Beth Henley, and Mercedes Ruehl.
Box Folder
1 18 James McLure Sr. to James McLure Jr., 1968-1983
19 Mary McLure to son James McLure Jr., 1981
20 Mary Eleanor Cole [McLure family] correspondence, 1996
21 James McLure letters, 1970-2002
22-38 Letters to James McLure, 1966-2010

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Series 3: Works, 1967-2009
1 box

James McLure’s early poetry, prose, and plays from high school and college are found in the first six folders. His seven journals of theater production notes date from the 1970s and show his creative process. At the end of this series are playbills and promotional materials for plays, some of which feature McLure as an actor. Playbills in folders 26-27 are mostly from Broadway shows, including Annie (1979) and The Great White Hope (1969).
Box Folder
2 1 Poetry and prose manuscripts, 1967-1970
2 Ashland notebook, 1970
3 Poems, 1971
4 Booth – Creative Project, Spring 1972
5 McCarthy research notebook, SMU
6 Playwriting practicum THEA 2102
7 4 theater production journals, 1970s
8 Blue Silence, 2002 - floppy disc, printed copies from disc include Blue Silence play, 2002 July 26; and Blue Silence screenplay, 2002 August 5
9 Drive In Dreams
10 Father and Son: A Vaudeville, 2009 August
11 Iago
12 Lone Star, 1977
13 Lone Star, 1980 November 19
14 Lone Star, 1983 July 20
15 Lone Star production materials
16 Pvt. Wars: A Comedy
17 Pvt. Wars, 1987 November
18 A Southern Christmas, 1996 November 15; floppy disc and printed copy from disc
19 States of Grace
20 Used Cars
21 The Very Last Lover of the River Cane, 1985 April
22 Islanders – notes
23 Unidentified writing
24-25 Theater programs featuring James McLure as an actor or playwright
26-27 Theater programs

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Series 4: Photographs, 1950s-2010
2 boxes

The bulk of this series includes candid photographs of fellow actors and writers in the playwriting workshops in Missoula Colony, Montana and Healing Springs, North Carolina.
Box Folder
3 1 McLure family, 1950s-1970s
2 James McLure childhood
3 James McLure portraits, 1970s-2000s
4 James McLure acting photographs, 1970s
5 Southern Methodist University, 1973
6 Susan Kingsley photographs, acting resume, memorial service program, notes from her sister Sylvia, 1984
7 Chacun sa Guerre – Paris production
8-12 Montana, 1990-2010
13 Healing Springs, North Carolina, 2001-2006
14 North Carolina, 1999-2010
15 Playwrights Project, 1999-2001
16 Stephen F. Austin State University theater productions, 1998-2010
17 Wild Oats theater production, 1995
18-27 Photographs, 1967-2009
Box Folder
4 1-2 Photographs, 2010 and undated
3 Various autographed photographs

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Series 5: Sound recordings, circa 1968
7 sound reels

Box
4 7 audio reels – two reels of a Jesuit High School performance of Hamlet; one reel of Coriolanus featuring Richard Burton and Jessica Tandy; 4 unidentified reels

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