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Doug Swink Theater Collection

Identifier: SC-MS-102

Scope and Contents

This collection contains theatre memorabilia from Wilmington College during the 1960s. It includes slides, performance programs and tickets, photos, newspaper clippings, and student information bulletins encompassing many facets of student and faculty happenings, as well as theatre news, both on and off campus.


  • 1938-2006
  • Majority of material found within 1957-1969

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research use.

Copyright Statement

Copyright retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Biographical Note

Doug Swink was a native of Richmond, Va., and graduated from Davidson College in North Carolina. After World War II he returned to North Carolina for a teaching job at Kings Mountain. He and his wife Kay moved to Wilmington in 1955 where he taught drama at New Hanover High School.

Swink became involved with local theater and started a summer theater in 1959. He later joined the faculty of Wilmington College where he founded the Department of Drama. He was instrumental in the final design of Kenan Auditorium at UNCW and managed the facility for two decades.

Doug also became involved in the Pied Piper theater, a local live theater for elementary school children held at Kenan Auditorium. In 1990 Pied Piper moved to Thalian Hall in Wilmington.

Until his death in 2005, Doug Swink remained active in several local theater groups. He was last seen in the Opera House Theatre production of “The Sunshine Boys”.


2.8 Linear Feet (Contains 1 document box and 1 oversize box)



Acquisition Information

Method and date of acquisition unknown.
Doug Swink Theatre Collection
Abigail Clanton
2021 December 07
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Repository Details

Part of the Randall Library Special Collections Repository