Helen Vane Steer Lost Colony Script and Notes, PC.5122


Helen Vane Steer Lost Colony Script and Notes, PC.5122


Helen Vane Steer was hired in May of 1985 to serve as a dialect coach to the cast of The Lost Colony drama. She guided the cast in the use of dialect and accents of Devonshire, Cockney and aristocratic British. This collection consists of Steer's annotated script and notes.

Descriptive Summary

Helen Vane Steer Lost Colony Script and Notes
Call Number
Steer, Helen Vane, 1926-2001
0.200 cubic feet
Outer Banks History Center

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Available for research.

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Copyright is retained by the authors of these materials, or their descendants, as stipulated by the United States copyright law (Title 17 US Code). Individual researchers are responsible for using these materials in conformance with copyright law as well as any donor restrictions accompanying these materials.

Preferred Citation

[identification of item], PC.5122, Helen Vane Steer Lost Colony Script and Notes, Outer Banks History Center, Manteo, NC, U.S.A.

Collection Overview

TThis collection contains Steer's copy of the script for the 1985 production of The Lost Colony, in which she made numerous annotations, as well as several pages of handwritten notes.


Helen Vane Steer was born in Manchester, England, 20 May 1926 to Dorothy Alice (Rice) Steer and Charles Burrell Steer. She considered herself to be American and naturalized British. She attended numerous elementary and high schools throughout the United States, England, and Bermuda, before attending Louisiana State University and receiving a B.A. in 1954 and an M.A. in 1958. She became a theatre professor and director, first at Louisiana State and then at Howard College. In 1963, she joined the faculty at East Carolina University, where she remained until her retirement in 1988. In 1985, she was hired as a dialect coach for that season's production of The Lost Colony, in the hopes that she could cultivate a more authentic English accent in the actors' presentations. She died 14 August 2001.

Contents of the Collection

Collection Contents
Lost Colony Script, 1985
Box 1
Notes, 1985-1986
Box 1

Subject Headings

  • Green, Paul, 1894-1981--Lost Colony
  • English language--Dialects
  • Acquisitions Information

    Donated by Michael Cotter, June 2004.

    Processing Information

  • Processed by Samantha Crisp, June 2021.