Jump to Content

Collection Guide
Collection Title:
Collection Number:
Get Items:
Lewis Segal Collection of Dance and Theater Materials, 1902-2011; Bulk, 1970-2009
1890  
No online items No online items
View entire collection guide What's This?
no PDF HTML
Search this collection
Collection Details
 
Table of contents What's This?
  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography/History
  • Scope and Content
  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms
  • Related Material
  • Separated Material

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Lewis Segal Collection of Dance and Theater Materials
    Date (inclusive): 1902-2011; Bulk, 1970-2009
    Collection number: 1890
    Collector: Segal, Lewis
    Extent: 24 record cartons (24 linear ft.)
    Abstract: Lewis Segal is a performing arts critic who has written on various topics related to the performing arts, from ballet to contemporary dance and musicals. He began working as a freelance writer in the 1960s for a number of publications, including the Los Angeles Times, Performing Arts magazine, the Los Angeles Free Press, Ballet News, and High Performance magazine. He joined the staff of the Los Angeles Times in 1976. From 1996 to 2008 he held the full-time position of chief dance critic, writing full features and reviews on dance companies and performing arts organizations from around the world. Included in the collection are programs Segal collected from the various dance shows, movies, and musicals he has attended, as well as a set of 8mm early film reels, and VHS/DVD recordings of concerts and television features on dance-related topics.
    Language: Finding aid is written in English.
    Language of the Material: Materials are in English.
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Access

    Open for research. STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UC Regents. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    The collection was donated in 2011 by Lewis Segal.

    Processing Note

    Preliminary processing by Andrea Wang; fully processed by Mike D'Errico in 2012 in the Center for Primary Research and Training (CFPRT), with assistance from Jillian Cuellar.
    The processing of this collection was generously supported by Arcadia funds.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Lewis Segal Collection of Dance and Theater Materials (Collection Number 1890). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

    Biography/History

    Lewis Segal was born in Los Angeles in 1941. He attended UCLA and graduated with a BA in Language/Arts, an MA in Theatre History and Criticism, and an MFA in Theatre Directing. After graduating, he began working as a freelance writer for a number of publications, including the Los Angeles Times, Performing Arts magazine, the Los Angeles Free Press, Ballet News, and High Performance magazine. During the first half of the 1970s, he worked as a music publicist, first at Mercury Records, and later at ABC and Capitol Records. In 1976, he joined the staff of the Los Angeles Times as an assistant editor in the Book Review section, while continuing his freelance work for Calendar, the arts and entertainment section. In 1984, he was promoted to the position of Dance Writer, eventually becoming the chief dance critic for the newspaper in 1996. Regarding his professional accolades as a writer, he was one of two American critics participating in the 1990 India International Dance Festival, one of five American critics dubbed “Lord of the Dance” in Brills Content magazine in 2001, and the only American critic invited to submit a critical essay to Nina Alovert’s exhaustive study of Bolshoi Ballet star Nikolai Tsiskaridze, published in Moscow in 2010.
    Although the Los Angeles Times downsized its arts section in 2008, Segal has continued to publish performing arts features and reviews as a freelancer. Aside from his work as a writer, he taught as an adjunct professor in the Department of Theater at the University of Southern California (USC) from 1999-2008.

    Scope and Content

    Collection primarily consists of programs and promotional materials from dance companies and performing arts venues from around the world, spanning the years 1922 to 2011. In addition to the vast collection of materials from ballet companies, international folk ensembles, and contemporary dance groups, there are souvenir programs from both movies and musicals, often containing detailed cast lists, production credits, and synopses. The video recordings include 8mm films from as far back as 1902, as well as VHS and DVD recordings of dance concerts and television features on performing arts groups and individual artists.

    Organization and Arrangement

    Arranged in two series:
    1. Programs, 1922-2011
    2. Video Recordings, 1902-2011.
    All series are arranged alphabetically.
    Box 11 consists of DVD recordings, box 12 contains early 8 mm films, and boxes 13 through 22 consist of VHS recordings.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

    Subjects

    Dance --California --Archival resources.
    Theater --California --Archival resources.

    Other Index Terms Related to this Collection

    Segal, Lewis, collector.

    Related Material

    The following sources provide additional information on dance and the performing arts in the twentieth century:

    Separated Material

    Two record cartons of dance books and seven oversized dance books have been removed from the collection to be cataloged.