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Guide to Peer Gynt Costume Illustration Collection MSS.2012.01.17
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  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Processing Information note
  • Organizational/Biographical History
  • Bibliography
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Arrangement

  • Title: Peer Gynt Costume Illustration Collection
    Date: 1937
    Identifier/Call Number: MSS-2012-01-17
    Creator: San Jose State College Art 87B (Spring 1937).
    Contributing Institution: SJSU Special Collections & Archives
    Physical Description: 0.42 linear feet (1 box)
    Abstract: 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.
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Location: Vault 1, Range 30B

    Access

    The collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    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.

    Preferred Citation

    Peer Gynt Costume Illustration Collection, MSS-2012-01-17, San Jose State University Library Special Collections & Archives.

    Processing Information note

    Collection processed by Xiaoda Wang. Finding aid created using Archivists' Toolkit. Reviewed by Danelle Moon.

    Organizational/Biographical History

    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.
    Peer Gynt is a play written in 1867 by Norwegian dramatist Henrik Ibsen (1828-1906). It is a blend of folkloric fantasy and social satire that centers on the title role who constantly compromises his moral judgments on instances of controversy in order to avoid the hardships of life. The structure of the play is divided into five acts, which chronicles Peer Gynt’s journey from the Norwegian mountains to the North African desert and introduces a mixture of fantastic and realistic supporting characters. Hugh Gillis, San Jose State College dramatic head, was responsible for directing the production. The production featured a cast of 128 actors, 22 dancers from the college Orchesis Society, and a 100-piece college symphony orchestra to play the accompanying score composed by Ibsen’s compatriot Edvard Grieg (1843-1907).
    The production’s costume illustration team consisted of students from Art 87B Illustration course for Spring, 1937: Elizabeth Jordan Ruth MacQuarrie, Kay Bryant, Charles Atlas, Margaret Clark, Evelina Lovelday, Franklyn Murch, Georgianna Kann, Virginia Blewett, Joe Rapose, Marvin Olsen, Stanley Temple. The course was taught by Elizabeth Jordan. The purpose of the course was to teach students “rendering and the techniques of commercial reproduction, fashion drawing, story illustration.”

    Bibliography

    Diamond Jubilee Scrapbook 2 and 3. San José State University Scrapbook Collection, MSS-2010-03-04, San José State University Library Special Collections & Archives.
    Gilbert, Benjamin F., and Burdick, Charles. Washington Square, 1857-1979: The History of San Jose State University. [San Jose, CA: San Jose State University, 1980].
    Gilbert, Benjamin F. Pioneers for One Hundred Years: San Jose State College, 1857-1957. San Jose, CA: San Jose State College, 1957.
    San José State College. Circular of Information and Announcement of Courses for the Seventy-ninth Year of the College, 1936-1937. San José: San José State College, 1936.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    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.

    Arrangement

    This collection is arranged into one series. Series I: Peer Gynt Costume Illustrations, 1937.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Ibsen, Henrik, 1828-1906
    Costume design
    Education -- California -- San José
    San José State University -- History
    State Normal School (San Jose, Calif.) -- History