This collection includes playbills and photos of the University Players (theater group from the University of Chattanooga), 1930's; playbills, newspaper clippings of the Little Theater of Chattanooga, 1920's; and a play typescript of The Whipporwill and other plays by Cornelius as well as related newspaper clippings. Also included are a few personal photos.
Manuscripts from this collection are under copyright. Other material from the Orrelle Cornelius manuscripts, correspondence, and playbills collection is in the public domain and may used without copyright restriction.
Little information is known about Orrelle Fidlar Cornelius. She was a University of Chattanooga theater production director for the University Players from 1928-1942. She was hired to this position in order to provide additional extracurricular offerings to the UC student body. She wrote at least 3 original plays:The Whippoorwill, The Tie that Binds, and Mother's Old Home. She directed numerous UC theater productions as well as other dramatic performances in the Chattanooga area. Her husband is David William Cornelius who was a University of Chattanooga physics professor from 1920 to 1940.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
This collection was deposited with the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga on an unknown date by an unknown source.
Orrelle Cornelius manuscripts, correspondence, and playbills. University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Special Collections. http://findingaids.library.utc.edu/repositories/2/resources/12 Accessed November 24, 2017.