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Walter Boughton Papers

Identifier: MA.00009

Scope and Contents

Walter Boughton's papers consist chiefly of teaching notes and class material for a variety of drama classes at Amherst College, from ancient Greek through contemporary American drama.


  • Creation: 1950-1986


Conditions Governing Access

There is no restriction on access to the Walter Boughton Papers for research use. Particularly fragile items are restricted for preservation purposes.

Conditions Governing Use

Requests for permission to publish material from the Papers should be directed to the Archives and Special Collections. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

Biographical / Historical

Walter Leroy Boughton (1918-1987) taught and directed theater at Amherst College for over thirty years. A native of Toledo, Ohio, he received a B.A. (1941) and M.A. (1949) from Brown University and an M.F.A. degree (1951) from Yale University. Before coming to Amherst, Boughton taught at Brown, Ripon College, and the University of California at Berkeley. At Amherst College he was Director of Kirby Theater and Assistant Professor of Dramatic Arts (1957-1960) and was promoted to Associate Professor (1960-1964) and Stanley King Professor (1964-1987). He received an honorary M.A. from Amherst College in 1964. Boughton was also producer of the Weston (Vt.) Playhouse from 1972 to 1986. He died in January 1987.


0.5 Linear feet (1 archives box)

Language of Materials



The Walter Boughton Papers contain mainly teaching notes and classroom materials from Walter Boughton's approximately thirty years teaching and directing theatre at Amherst College. Also contains notes schoolwork done by Boughton while attending Brown University.

Physical Description

(0.5 linear feet)

Debby Applegate
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Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Repository Details

Part of the Amherst College Archives and Special Collections Repository

Amherst College Archives & Special Collections
Robert Frost Library
61 Quadrangle Drive
Amherst MA 01002-5000
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