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Personal Papers, 1863-2002 (bulk 1926-1990) (continued)
BOX 253-258 Christine G. Stevens, 1932-2001
Christine Gesell Stevens was born on March 10, 1918, in St. Louis, Missouri, the only child of Robert E. Gesell (1886-1954) and Cora Lees Gesell (1883-1976). The family moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan, in 1923, when Robert Gesell became chair of the Department of Physiology at the University of Michigan. A folder of Robert Gesell's personal correspondence and papers is included in this subseries. Christine attended the University of Michigan and later studied at the Society of Arts and Crafts in Detroit. Several of her drawings are collected here, although some of the sketchbooks may contain the work of her daughter Christabel. Christine drew the Stevens' annual Christmas card, many examples of which are housed here. Also present is correspondence with and between her mother and daughter and letters from her in-laws, Stanley and Florence Stevens. One full document box consists of condolence letters and cards sent to Christine Stevens after her husband's death in 1998.

In 1951, Christine Stevens founded the Animal Welfare Institute and remained a lifelong advocate for the fair and ethical treatment of animals. Detailed logs of AWI's first decade are found in this subseries, as is correspondence with fellow animal rights activist Madeline Bemelmans. Business papers and financial records document some of Christine Stevens's investments in her husband's real estate endeavors. Both Christine Stevens and her mother were listed as individual investors for several projects, and their names appear throughout the Real Estate Files. Christine Gesell Stevens died on October 10, 2002, in Washington D. C.

Arranged alphabetically by material type or subject matter.
BOX-FOLDER 253/1 to 254/3 Animal Welfare Institute logs, 1953-1961
BOX-FOLDER 254/4 Bills and receipts, 1952-1956
BOX-FOLDER 254/5 Business papers, 1951-1992, 2001
BOX-FOLDER 254/6 Christmas card designs, 1998 and undated
BOX-FOLDER 254/7 Christmas lists, 1955-1978
BOX-FOLDER 255/1-18 Condolence cards and letters, 1998
BOX-FOLDER 256/1 Bemelmans, Madeleine, undated
BOX-FOLDER 256/2 Best, Geoffrey and Marigold, 1954-1964
BOX-FOLDER 256/3 Bohland, Gustav, 1955-1958
BOX-FOLDER 256/4 Dole, Bob, 1988
BOX-FOLDER 256/5 Hume, C. W., 1955-1956
BOX-FOLDER 256/6-9 Miscellaneous correspondence, 1953-1998 and undated
BOX-FOLDER 256/10 Sonnenberg, Benjamin, 1953
BOX-FOLDER 256/11 Stevenson, Adlai E., 1956 and undated
BOX-FOLDER 256/12 Wilson, Nancy Ross, 1956, 1980
BOX-FOLDER 256/13, 399/11 Drawings and sketchbooks, undated
BOX-FOLDER 257/1-2 Gesell, Cora Lees, 1955-1964 and undated
Correspondence with Christine G. Stevens
BOX-FOLDER 257/3 Gesell, Cora Lees, 1952-1991
Personal papers
BOX-FOLDER 257/4 Gesell, Robert, 1932-1937
Personal papers
BOX-FOLDER 257/5 Gough, Christabel Stevens, 1955-1964 and undated
Correspondence with Christine G. Stevens
BOX-FOLDER 257/6 Gough, Christabel Stevens, 1944-1964
Correspondence with Cora Lees Gesell
BOX-FOLDER 257/7 Stevens, Florence O. and Stanley G., 1944-1957 and undated
Correspondence with Christine G. Stevens
BOX-FOLDER 257/8 Financial records, 1948-1967, 1990
BOX-FOLDER 257/9 Jewelry insurance policies, 1958-1971
BOX-FOLDER 257/10 Photographs of Christine, Christabel, and the Gesell family, 1939-2001 and undated
BOX-FOLDER 258/1 Testimony in favor of H. R. 9743, 1965
BOX-FOLDER 258/2 Travel documents, 1952-1994
BOX-FOLDER 258/3 Wills and estate documents, 1950-2000
BOX-FOLDER 258/4 Writings and notes, 1946-1948 and undated
BOX 258-262, 399-403, 406-407, 409-410, 416-418, 422, 424, 427, 431-434, 436 Awards and Honors, 1958-1998
This series consists of certificates, citations, medals, plaques, and other three-dimensional awards given to Roger L. Stevens in recognition and appreciation of his contributions to various arts organizations; colleges and universities; and city, state, and national governments. In addition to being awarded both the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the National Medal for the Arts, Stevens was also named a Knight Commander of the British Empire and received medals from the governments of Austria, Germany (West), Italy, and Sweden. Stevens was granted at least 13 honorary degrees, including one from the University of Michigan, an institution he briefly attended. Also found in this series are awards for shows Stevens produced, including a Drama Desk award for Annie (1977); an Outer Critics Circle award for She Loves Me (1994); and Tony Awards for Death of a Salesman (1984) and On Your Toes (1983). Folders also contain correspondence, programs, itineraries, and photographs connected to the awards ceremonies and events.

Arranged alphabetically by the granting organization or government.
BOX-FOLDER 399/12 American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, Distinguished Service Award, 1974
Includes: Remarks
American Conservatory Theatre
BOX-FOLDER 258/5, 424/3 Conservator of American Arts, 1983
BOX 436 Conservator of American Arts, 1983
BOX-FOLDER 399/13 American Educational Theatre Association, Distinguished Service Award, 1966
American Film Institute
BOX-FOLDER 399/14 Distinguished service certificate, 1972
BOX-FOLDER 258/6, 399/14 Honorary degree, 1991
BOX-FOLDER 399/14 Trustee emeritus certificate, 1997
American National Theatre and Academy
BOX-FOLDER 416/1 National Artist Award, 1983
BOX 406 National Artist Award, 1983 April 23
Medal on ribbon
BOX-FOLDER 258/7 American Theatre Association, ATA/ITI World Theatre Award, 1978
American Theatre Wing
BOX-FOLDER 258/8-9 Correspondence, nomination certificates, 1962-1994
BOX 432 Special Tony Award for Roger L. Stevens, 1971
BOX 432 Tony Award for Outstanding Revival: Death of a Salesman, 1984
BOX 432 Tony Award for Outstanding Revival: On Your Toes, 1983
BOX-FOLDER 258/10, 416/2 American University, honorary degree, 1979
BOX-FOLDER 258/11 Amherst College, honorary degree, 1968-1969, 1992
Includes: Photograph
BOX-FOLDER 258/12, 261/2 Association for Theatre in Higher Education, Bridging Award, 1988
BOX-FOLDER 258/13, 262/1 Association of American Dance Companies, Distinguished Service Award, 1970
BOX 418 Ataturk Centennial Committee, recognition plaque, 1981 May 19
BOX-FOLDER 258/14 Grand Decoration of Honor in Silver, 1979
BOX 406 Grand Decoration of Honor in Silver, 1979
Medal in original box
BOX-FOLDER 399/15 Baltimore, honorary citizen, 1977
BOX-FOLDER 258/15 Barter Theatre, award, 1965
see also Crossroads, USA
BOX-FOLDER 259/1 Boston University, honorary degree, 1970
Includes: Photograph
BOX-FOLDER 259/2 Brandeis University, Creative Arts Award nomination, 1977
BOX-FOLDER 259/3 Catholic University of America, President's Award for Distinguished Civic Service, 1975
BOX-FOLDER 259/4 Charlottesville/Albemarle Foundation for the Encouragement of the Arts, 1981-1982
Includes: Photographs
College of Fellows of the American Theatre
BOX-FOLDER 259/5 Membership, 1990
BOX 434 Membership, 1990
Medal on ribbon
BOX-FOLDER 259/6 Committee on the Law of the Theatre, certificate of appreciation, 1967
BOX-FOLDER 400/1 Consular Law Society, certificate of merit, 1967
Cultural Alliance of Greater Washington, Founders Award
BOX-FOLDER 259/7 Founders Award, 1990
BOX 406 Founders Award, 1990
Black stand with engraved metal plates
Drama Critics' Circle
BOX-FOLDER 424/4 Award for Best Foreign Play: A Man for All Seasons, 1962
BOX-FOLDER 424/4 Citation for Old Times, 1972
Drama Desk
BOX-FOLDER 259/8 Nomination for Outstanding New Play: The Cocktail Hour, 1989
BOX-FOLDER 259/8 Outstanding Production of a Musical: Annie, 1977
BOX-FOLDER 259/9, 427/3 Duke Ellington School of the Arts, certificate of appreciation, 1978
BOX-FOLDER 259/10, 416/3 Florida State University, honorary degree, 1982
Includes: Photographs
BOX-FOLDER 259/11, 416/4 France, Chevalier de l'Ordre National de la Legion d'Honneur, 1984-1985
Germany (West)
BOX-FOLDER 259/12 Commander's Cross of the Order of Merit, 1979
Includes: Photographs
BOX 409 Commander's Cross of the Order of Merit, 1979
Medal in original box
BOX-FOLDER 259/13 Hadassah, Myrtle Wreath Award, 1978
Harold Clurman Theatre
BOX-FOLDER 259/14 Achievement award, 1984
BOX 434 Achievement award, 1984
BOX-FOLDER 416/5 Indiana, Sagamore of the Wabash, 1967
BOX-FOLDER 262/2 International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, honorary membership plaque, 1987
BOX-FOLDER 416/6 International Society of Performing Arts Administrators, certificate of achievement, 1984
BOX-FOLDER 259/15, 416/7 Grande Ufficiale of the Order of Merit, 1976-1977
BOX 403 Grande Ufficiale of the Order of Merit, 1977
Medal in original box
BOX-FOLDER 259/16 John F. Kennedy Center of the Performing Arts, Kennedy Center Honors, 1988-1990 and undated
see also Honors
Includes: Photographs
BOX 410, 433 John F. Kennedy Center of the Performing Arts, Kennedy Center Honors, 1988
Kennedy Center Honors ribbon and rosette pin
League of Off-Broadway Theatres and Producers
BOX-FOLDER 259/17 Lucille Lortel Award for The Cocktail Hour, 1989
Includes: Photographs
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