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William Henry Crain, Retired curator ( hum: mus., Retired)retired curator. Decorated knight Holy Sepulchre, 1977, promoted knight commander, 1982, knight commander withstar, 1986, knight grand cross, 1992; recipient Cross of Military Svc., U. District of Columbia, 1961, Jane Dunn Sibley Leadership award, 1992, Arts Week Volunteer award, 1993, Philanthropist of the Year award, 1993.


Crain, William Henry was born on July 19, 1917 in Victoria, Texas, United States. Son of William Henry and Margaret James (McFaddin) C. Student Texas Military Institute, 1933-1936.


Student, Texas Military Institute, 1933—1936. Bachelor, University Texas, 1940. Master of Arts, University Texas, 1943.

Bachelor of Fine Arts, University Texas, 1947. Master of Fine Arts, University Texas, 1949. Doctor of Philosophy, University Texas, 1965.


Resident playwright Artillery Lane Theatre, St. Augustine, Florida, 1950—1951. Director David G. Benjamin Inc., Austin, Texas, 1957—1959, Austin Manufacturing Corporation, 1957—1959. Publicity assistant drama department University Texas, 1959—1960.

Humanities research associate II, 1965—1970. Curator theater arts collections Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, University Texas, Austin, 1970—1994. Retired, 1994

Director Waterloo Press, 1971—1998.

Board directors Austin Civic Theatre, 1961—1964, Paramount Theatre Performing Arts, 1976—1999, Friends Summer Musical. Advisory board New Texas Festival, St. Edward's University School Humanities, Austin Gilbert & Sullivan Society. Member committee curators and historians Celebrate Broadway: 100 Years in Times Sq, Drama League.

Served United States Army, 1941-1945.


  • Other Work

    • Contributor numerous plays produced including Brains and Eggs. Author: (plays) The Muddled Magician, 1957, Sir Marmaduke Miles, 1966, The Sweet Old Thing, 1961, The Reluctant Caesar, 1977, The Crossed Crescent, 1983.


Member committee curators and historians for Celebrate Broadway: 100 Yrs. in Times Sq, Drama League. Served with Army of the United States, 1941-1945. Member Ex-Students' Association (life), Association for Theatre in Higher Education, American Society Theatre Research, United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT award 1996), Society for Theatre Research, Theatre Library.

Association, Actors Fund of America (life), Sons Republic Texas, Serra International, National Society for Arts and Letters (life), Austin Circle of Theatres (life), University Texas Students' Association (life), The Players, Phi Eta Sigma, Phi Kappa Phi, Delta Kappa Epsilon. Clubs: Serra of Austin (treasurer 1978-1979), The Players.


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Margaret James (McFaddin) C. Student Texas Military Institute