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Patricia Minnaugh Puppet Collection: Patricia Minnaugh Puppet Collection

Puppet collection

Title: Patricia Minnaugh Puppet Collection

Dates: 1978-1991

Creator: Patricia Minnaugh

Location: University Archives & Special Collections - Lehman 201

Extent: 5 boxes (2.5 linear ft.) (147 items?)

Language: English with some articles in Spanish


II. Biographical note

Nationally acclaimed puppeteer and director of the Theatre department at Barry University, Patricia Minnaugh was born in Erie, PA, in 1936. She earned her BA in drama from Barry in 1958, and an MFA from Catholic University. She began teaching at Barry in 1966 where she stayed for more than 24 years.

Although always interested in theatre, Minnaugh’s passion was puppetry. She was an accomplished playwright. Between 1983 and 1991, she wrote, directed and designed all puppets for six-full length plays, including “The Wanderings of Odysseus,” which played to full audiences in May. In 1988 she put together a month-long exhibition of 150 puppets entitled “Cultural Phenomena: The art of puppetry.” The exhibit, viewed by more than 3,000, included original creations by Walt Disney and Jim Henson.

In 1990, Puppeteers of America elected her to its national board of directors.

Pat Minnaugh passed away on June 18, 1991, in an auto accident outside London. She was visiting England for six weeks, taking courses at Manchester College and researching a book on English puppeteer Walter Wilkinson.


III. The Collection

Scope and content note: The collection documents Barry faculty Patricia Minnaugh’s professional work in puppetry from 1979 to 1991. The bulk of the collection consists of scripts, research material, collectibles, personal files and photographs. The collection also includes over a hundred of puppets collected by Mrs. Minnaugh. Puppets are still in process, these are not available for research or view yet.


IV. Container list:

Box     Title

Series I: Personal Files

19a      Biographical Information

            Correspondence, 1978-1991

            Diary [Manchester College], 1990


            Outstanding Alumni Award

            Poems by PM

Series II: Work in Puppetry

19b      Puppetry at Barry

            Cards & Postcards

            Cards, Chinese masks

            Puppet shows

            Puppet shows: Cultural Phenomena: the art of puppetry, 1987-88

            Research: manuscripts & notes

            Research: clippings and pamphlets


Sub-Series A: Scripts by P.M.

19c      Aladdin and the wonderful lamp, 1979


            A bear’s Christmas [from a story by Ray St. Clair], 1987

            Brer Rabbit and the Tar-Baby

            Christmas puppet show

            El Cura y el criado

            Detective Ener Genie in … The Watt Wasters Caper, 1980

            Elves and the shoemaker, 1979

            Everyman, 1987

            Fiesta de Cucas (The roaches party)

            Forgetful wise man

            Gift of Magi

            Great cross country race; or, The hare and the tortoise

            Half chick (English)

            Half chick (Spanish)

            History of Barry College puppet show

            History of Florida


            Indian story

            Lo que pasa cuando nos juntamos

            Medical spoof puppet show, 1979

            Ming Lee and the magic tree

            Monkey King [based on Monkey by Wu Ch’Eng-en], 1982

            Monkey King: Program, 1984

            Monkey meets the white-bored Demon [based on Journey to the West by Wu Ch’Eng-en]

19d      The Odyssey: Teacher’s study guide, 1990

            Second Shephards play, 1988

            The Shadow knows

            St. George and the Dragon, 1980

            UTO [based on UTO by Zeami Motokiyo], 1987

            UTO: Teacher’s study guide, 1987

            Wanderings of Odysseus [based on The Odyssey by Homer], 1991

            Wanderings of Odysseus: Designs, 1991

            Wanderings of Odysseus: Program

            Zorro [Spanish]

Sub-Series B: Scripts by others

            Bird of sorrow, 1987

            First rainbow (by Estelle Smith)

            Gondoliers (W.S. Gilbert and A. Sullivan)

            Karagiosis and the Dragon

Series III: Photographs

19e      General

            Wilkinson, Walter


Series IV: Puppets


V. Administrative Information

Acquisition Information: Gift, May 2015

Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research. Puppets are in process, so they are not available for research or view yet

Processed by: Ximena Valdivia, 2015

Preferred Citation: Patricia Minnaugh Puppet Collection, Barry University Archives and Special Collections, Miami Shores, Florida.

Patricia Minnaugh