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Personal papers of Jack Brooking

Call Number: PP 590


Jack Brooking, sometimes referred to as Jack Beach, was a professor of speech and debate at the University of Kansas from 1955-1974. This collection includes photographs, slides, news clippings, programs, and posters concerning theatrical productions he directed or otherwise helped produce at KU and in Costa Rica or Guatemala City.


  • 1956 - 1974


Conditions Governing Access

No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.

Biography of Jack Brooking (Beach)

Jack Brooking, also referred to as Jack Beach or Jack Brooking (Beach), was born in 1927 and received degrees from Iowa State and Western Reserve Universities. He obtained a doctorate from Western Reserve in 1956.

Brooking started as an associate professor at the University of Kansas in 1955 and became a professor of Speech and Debate where he taught until 1974. During his time at KU he was involved in close to 40 theater productions, including both plays and musicals. He was also involved in theatrical productions in Costa Rica and Guatemala City on behalf of KU.


.75 Linear Feet (2 document cases + 1 oversize box, 1 oversize folder)

Scope and Contents

This collection includes programs, posters, slides, and/or photographs from these plays and musicals, organized by season:

1955-1956 season
Lord Byron's Love Letter, Gammer Gurton's Needle, Stage Door, Pygmalion
1956-1957 season
Ring Around the Moon, Trouble in Tahiti, House of Bernarda Alba, Gianna Schicchi
1957-1958 season
Skin of Our Teeth, Seven Year Itch
1958-1959 season
Carmen, Summer and Smoke, Once in a Lifetime
1959-1960 season
The World of Scholem Aleichem
1960-1961 season (Guatemala 1956-1966)
Look Homeward, Angel
1961-1962 season
Joan of Arc at the Stake, Idiot's Delight
1963-1964 season
Corn is Green
1964-1965 season
Man for All Seasons, Mother Courage, Night of the Iguana
1965-1966 season
Naive Swallows
1966-1967 season
Oliver, School for Scandal
1967-1968 season
Country Wife, Gypsy, MacBeth
1968-1969 season
Grass Harp
1969-1970 season
Prime of Miss Jean Brody, Rain
1970-1971 season
1971-1972 season
1972-1973 season
Julius Caesar, Cabaret
1973-1974 season
Tales of Hoffmann, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Picnic

Physical Location

PP 590

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Jack Brooking, 2011.

Related Materials

Consult library staff regarding the availability of related photographs, biographical files, and scrapbooks.



Guide to the Jack Brooking Collection
Personal papers of Jack Brooking
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Preferred citation
Jack Brooking Collection, PP 590, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas.

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

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