Overview of the Collection
Scope and Contents
Overview of the Collection
Collection Title: Darlene Gould Davies Collection
Bulk Dates: 1980-2006
Davies, Darlene Gould, 1939-
Physical Description: 17.72 linear ft
Language of Materials:
Special Collections & University Archives
5500 Campanile Dr. MC 8050
San Diego, CA, 92182-8050
Darlene Davies, born Darlene Geer Gould, was born April 28, 1939 in San Diego, California.
Davies’ experience in the world of theatre first began onstage at the San Diego Junior Theatre in the 1950s. She took part
in productions such as
The Rose and the Ring,
The Remarkable Mr. Pennypacker, and
Hamlet. During this time she met prominent members of the Old Globe community such as directors Craig Noel and Bill Eaton. The Old
Globe was also the enduring passion of her future husband Lowell Davies, who spent forty years working on the Globe’s Board
of Directors, later becoming Board Chairman and President, and for whom the Lowell Davies Festival Stage was named.
Davies pursued her education at San Diego State University, having earned a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication Administration
in 1962, and a Masters in Communicative Disorders in 1965. Starting in 1976, Davies worked at San Diego State as a teaching
assistant for Speech Pathology, ultimately earning tenure as a full-time faculty member before her retirement as Professor
Emeritus in 1994. In 1985, Davies furthered her studies by earning an Educational Specialist degree from Point Loma Nazarene
College. In her professional career, she chaired the Speech Language Division at the San Diego Children’s Hospital, and served
as the first ever Clinical Supervisor of the Speech and Language Clinic at Balboa Naval Hospital.
Although Davies had worked and written professionally in the Speech Pathology field for some years, she maintained her commitment
to theatre and the Old Globe, working closely throughout her life with the San Diego Junior Theatre, the Globe Guilders, and
serving on the Globe Board of Directors for twelve years. Davies has also been a generous donor to the Globe, and aided in
the planning of Globe events such as Galas and fundraisers. She is the first official Historian appointed by the Globe Theatre,
a position she holds to this day. As Globe Historian, Davies has collected an abundance of documents and artifacts from Old
Globe history over many decades. She has written numerous articles for newspapers, magazines, and the San Diego Historical
Society on behalf of the Globe Theatre.
While Davies has been notably active at the Junior Theatre and the Old Globe, she has also worked towards the betterment of
the city of San Diego. She served for eight years on the San Diego City Commission on the Status of Women, two terms on the
San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture, nine years on the City Park and Recreation Board, at the same time serving as Chair
for four years on the Balboa Park Committee, and five years on the Board of the San Diego YWCA.
Davies has received numerous honors and awards for her dedication to the arts and education, and to those in need. In 1989
she was honored as the Salvation Army Woman of Dedication. In 2002 she was honored by San Diego State as a Motor Board Outstanding
Alumni, and for Technology Innovation. Later, in 2008 Davies received the Monty Award for her time as an educator and patron
of the arts. In November 2006, she was honored by not only the San Diego City Council, but by the San Diego County Board of
Supervisors and the State of California as well, in a “Darlene Davies Day” celebration. She also received the Friends of Balboa
Park Millennium Award in that same year.
This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Old Globe Theatre (San Diego, Calif.)
Davies, Darlene Gould--Archives
9999-017, 2004-029, 9999-023, 1995-006, 1993-008, 2005-003, 2015-032
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The copyright interests in some of these materials have not been transferred to or belong to San Diego State University. The
nature of historical archival and manuscript collections means that copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to
determine. Copyright resides with the creators of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. Requests for permission
to publish must be submitted to the Head of Special Collections, San Diego State University, Library and Information Access.
When granted, permission is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical item and is not intended to
include or imply permission of the copyright holder(s), which must also be obtained in order to publish. Materials from our
collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. The user must assume full responsibility
for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced
Conditions Governing Access:
This collection is open for research.
Identification of item, folder title, box number, Darlene Gould Davies Papers, Special Collections and University Archives,
Library and Information Access, San Diego State University.
Lowell Davies Papers, MS-0046
Old Globe Theatre Records, MS-0047
Old Globe Theatre Photograph Collection, MS-0178
Scope and Contents
Darlene Gould Davies Collection consists of documents, materials, and ephemera from the Old Globe Theatre as well as personal files and materials collected
during her active career in the San Diego community. It contains correspondence, meeting minutes, article clippings, magazines,
newspapers, newsletters, journals, flyers, mailings, advertisements, brochures, posters, pamphlets, playbills, invitations,
photographs, DVDs, CDs, VHS tapes, scrapbooks, stationery, and commemorative artifacts. The collection is divided into seven
Personal Files of Darlene Davies (1949-2013),
Old Globe Theatre Files (1980s-2006),
Promotional Materials (1952-2007),
Publications Files (1935-2013),
Audio/Visual Files (1956-2005), and
Artifacts and Regalia (1980s-2000s).
Personal Files (1910-2013) are materials particularly relating to Davies, her involvement with the Old Globe Theatre, and her husband Lowell
Davies’ papers. This series is mainly composed of correspondence by Darlene and Lowell Davies. Darlene Davies’ correspondence
contains many letters of thanks and appreciation, as well as updates and announcements concerning galas, banquets and productions
at the Old Globe. Some other items in this series include awards for Recognition of Sponsorship, and articles written by Darlene
Davies for newspapers and magazines on various subjects. Lowell Davies’ journals, primarily written during his teenage years,
are also included in this series.
Old Globe Theatre Files (1980s-2008) are collected materials having most to do with the running of the theatre, its’ history, and the many events
and programs sponsored by the Old Globe. This series is organized into the following sub-series:
Historical Records, and
Administrative Files include records of Darlene Davie’s time on the Board of Directors, as well as records of other Old Globe councils, committees
and reports. The
Events sub-series contains records of important events happening at and sponsored by the Old Globe such as Galas, fundraisers, anniversaries
and award ceremonies. Notably, this sub-series also contains records of the Royal Visit of Queen Elizabeth II to the Globe
in 1983, celebrating its’ re-opening after being consumed by flames for the second time. The
Historical Records sub-series involves materials relating to the Globe’s many plays and productions, materials which detail the history of the
Globe, and biographies of persons affiliated with the theatre. Founding director Craig Noel’s correspondence and news clippings
about his receipt of the National Medal of the Arts are also included. The
Programs sub-series contains documents related to programs sponsored by the Globe, such as the Craig Noel League and the Young Playwrights
Promotional Materials (1952-2007) are composed of three sub-series:
Flyers, Brochures and Mailings, and
Invitations are sorted according to those produced by the Old Globe for productions, banquets, cruises and other outings for Globe members
and subscribers, and by those having to do with events happening in the San Diego area. The
Flyers, Brochures and Mailings are largely concerned with promoting productions put on by the Old Globe, attracting new subscribers, and detailing coming
events sponsored by the Globe. The
Clippings originate from a myriad of local San Diego and southern California newspapers, magazines and journals, such as the
San Diego Union Tribune,
619 Social Calendar, and the
San Diego Historical Society Journal.
Clippings in this series focus mainly on play reviews, news and announcements about the Old Globe Theatre, and profiles, obituaries,
and interviews with Old Globe affiliates.
Publications Files (1935-2013) are organized by
Old Globe Publications,
Outside Publications, and
Performing Arts Magazine, and include whole printed materials; mainly newspapers, magazines and pamphlets containing articles, editorials and references
to the Old Globe Theatre. Some of these, such as
Performing Arts Magazine, are entirely devoted to the ins and outs of the Globe Theatre season, and many offer profiles and interviews with actors
and directors, reviews of productions, and articles on the history of the Old Globe.
Scrapbooks (1950s-2000s) contain several whole scrapbooks put together by Darlene Davies which include records of Old Globe events,
invitations, clippings from newspaper and magazine, publications having to do with the Globe, correspondence, and promotional
materials. The scrapbooks span periods of time from a few years to a few decades, mostly the 1980s to the 2000s, and one even
retains its’ original housing in a unique, quilted-cover binding.
Audio/Visual Files (1956-2005) are composed of five sub-series:
Post-Cards and Stationery. The post-cards and stationery are specially printed items produced by the Old Globe displaying scenes from performances
and Balboa Park scenery, and depictions of Shakespearean themes and the Old Globe Theatre itself. The DVDs and VHS contain
recordings of the Old Globe 70
th anniversary celebration, “
Backstage at the Globe: 12
”, and educational documentaries concerning the history and artistic merits of The Old Globe Theatre.
Artifacts and Regalia (1980s-2000s) series includes artifacts from Old Globe history, events, and merchandise. There are souvenirs from Globe Galas
and anniversaries, trophies and awards, mementos from productions, items from the Craig Noel League, and commemorative items
produced by the Old Globe Theatre such as clothing and glassware.