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Warner Bentley papers, circa 1928-1969Rauner Manuscript MS-1170

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Warner Bentley papers

Call Number:

Rauner Manuscript MS-1170

Collection Dates:

circa 1928-1969

Size of Collection:

.5 linear ft., 1 box


Warner Bentley (1901-1987), director of the Hopkins Center for the Arts at Dartmouth College. The collection contains correspondence on the occasion of his retirement from the Hopkins Center in 1969, as well as reports, handwritten class notes, a critique and a Drama Festival Program.

Access to Collection:


Use & Access

The materials represented in this guide may be accessed through the Rauner Special Collections Library at Dartmouth College. Rauner Library is located in Webster Hall. The materials must be used on-site and may not leave Rauner Library.

Rauner Special Collections Library is open to the public and in most cases no appointment is necessary. The exception is in the case of materials stored off site for which there may be a delay of up to 48 hours in retrieval. Please consult the Access to Collection statement below or contact Rauner Reference.

Conditions Governing Access


Conditions Governing Use

These materials may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.).

Introduction to the Collection

The papers of Warner Bentley contain correspondence, notes, photographs and sketches on the occasion of his retirement as the director of the Hopkins Center at Dartmouth College in 1969, including letters from Theodor Geisel, John Huston, Budd Schulberg, Herbert Solow and Harry Ackerman. A Drama Festival Program, handwritten class notes, a typescript critique of the Dartmouth Theater Department, as well as reports on plans for the construction of theaters at Dartmouth College and Oberlin College and a pen and ink sketch by C.D. Gibson are also included.


Warner Bentley was born December 3, 1901, in Bradley, South Dakota. He received his B.A. from Pomona College in 1926, and attended the Yale School of Drama. He came to Dartmouth in 1928, as an instructor in the English department and director of the theater program. Though he had offers to relocate and work on Broadway, Bentley stayed on at Dartmouth having been promised a new drama facility. Thirty-four years later this promise was fulfilled with the opening of the Hopkins Center. He retired in Sept. 1969, as Director, Emeritus of the Hopkins Center for the Performing Arts. Bentley was awarded an honorary master of arts degree 1937. Bentley died December 26, 1987.

Box & Folder List

Box: 1, circa 1928-1969

Access Restrictions


Box: 1

Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, Correspondence A-C, 1969
  • Folder: 2, Correspondence D-G, 1969
  • Folder: 3, Correspondence H-L, 1969
  • Folder: 4, Correspondence M-R, 1969
  • Folder: 5, Correspondence S-Z, 1969
  • Folder: 6, Drama Festival Program: Warner Bentley - Luise Sillcox, 1939
  • Folder: 7, Reports on plans for theater constructions at Dartmouth College and Oberlin College, 1938-1939
  • Folder: 8, Handwritten lecture notes, undated
  • Folder: 9, Critique on Dartmouth Drama Dept., typescript, undated
  • Folder: 10, "Brand" by Ibsen, stage manager's notebook, circa 1928
  • Folder: 11, "Brand" by Ibsen, pen and ink sketch by C.D. Gibson, undated

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