Smiles of a Summer Night

The assembled audience for an Old Campus outdoor production of Robin of Sherwood by the Yale Dramat, 1912. Student theater is a long and still-thriving tradition at Yale, and is well documented in many Manuscripts and Archives collections, including the Yale Dramatic Association Records (RU 300), from which this photograph was taken (Accession 1976-A-013, Box 31). The “Dramat,” founded during the 1899-1900 school year, was the first student organization to receive permission from the faculty to present plays in public on a regular basis.

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