George W. Ralph joined the faculty at Hope College as assistant professor of speech in 1966 and served for over thirty years as a professor of theatre, Dean for the Humanities and the Performing and Fine Arts, serving on many College committees, was instrumental in creating the theatre department at Hope College in 1968, serving as that department’s chairperson, and successfully establishing a new theatre in the newly built De Witt Center in 1971. He was awarded the Hope Outstanding Professorship Award (H.O.P.E. Award) in May 1971 by the senior class, and won many other awards for his theatrical productions and poetry.
The collection contains articles written by Ralph, biographical information on his life and career, a chapel talk he gave at Hope College in 1975, correspondence with colleagues and college staff, a published version of his 1985 play Whom Do You Seek: A Modern Version of the Medieval Easter Liturgical Dialogue Quem Quaeritis and a few of his poems. The collection is arranged alphabetically by subject and chronological within each folder. His personnel file is RESTRICTED.
Repository citation: Hope College, "H09-1687.20. Ralph, George W. (1934-1997). Papers, 1964-1997. 0.25 linear ft. PARTIALLY RESTRICTED" (2013). Collection Registers and Abstracts. Paper 668.
July 1, 2013.