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Guide to Peer Gynt Costume Illustration Collection MSS.2012.01.17
MSS-2012-01-17  
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Description
This collection is comprised of 43 original costume illustrations used for the San Jose State College production of Henrik Ibsen’s Peer Gynt, which was presented during the college’s Diamond Jubilee on May 21st, 1937. These costume designs were produced by students in San Jose State College’s Art 87B Illustration course during Spring semester of 1937. The color illustrations depict either an individual or group of characters wearing their costumes. The figures are often posed in a state of action that corresponds to their role in the play. The majority of the sketches have extensive handwritten notes regarding fabric, color preferences, types of footwear and headgear, and other accessories. Some sketches include attached swatch of fabric. Most illustrations bare the designer’s signature.
Background
The collection of original costume sketches were designed by students in San Jose State College Art 87B Illustration class for the college’s inter-departmental production of Henrik Ibsen’s drama Peer Gynt, which was presented at San Jose’s Civic Auditorium on May 21st 1937. The production was part of San Jose State College’s Diamond Jubilee celebration (May 20th-22nd) in honor of the institution’s 75th birthday. The three-day program formally commenced on May 20th with the Phelan award program, which featured a keynote speech from Lloyd C. Douglas, author of “The Magnificent Obsession” and other best sellers. Some of other highlights include a concert at the Civic Auditorium on May 20th that features the San Jose State College symphony orchestra with guest conductor Rudolph Ganz, as well as the Jubilee Ball on May 22nd to end the festivities. In addition to various distinguished visitors to the celebration, President Franklin D. Roosevelt sent a congratulatory message, and Governor Frank M. Merriam delivered an address of recognition.
Extent
0.42 linear feet (1 box)
Restrictions
Copyright has been assigned to the San José State University Library Special Collections & Archives. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Director of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the SJSU Special Collections & Archives as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader. Copyright restrictions also apply to digital reproductions of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.
Availability
The collection is open for research.