Scope and Content
Title: Violette Costabel Theatre Programs Collection,
Date (inclusive): 1926-1945
Collection number: Mss44
Extent: 0.5 linear ft.
University of the Pacific. Library. Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections
Shelf location: For current information on the location of these
materials, please consult the library's online catalog.
Collection is open for research.
[Identification of item], Violette Costabel Theatre Programs Collection, Mss44,
Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library
This collection consists of two scrapbooks of programs and clippings pertaining to
musical and theatrical performances in northern California, New York, England and France
between 1916 and 1945. The bulk of these materials concern performances in Stockton, San
Jose and San Francisco, California.
The scrapbooks were created by Violette Costabel, M.A., a 1922 graduate of the College of
the Pacific. In 1928 Costabel received a Certificat d'Etudes Francaises from the
Universite de Lyons and in 1930 she was awarded an M.A. in French from Stan-ford
University. From 1924 through 1932 Violette Costabel was an assistant professor of French
at the College of the Pacific. At the height of the Great Depression she was terminated
by the college and ultimately took a position in the library at Stanford University,
where she remained until her retirement in 1965.
Scope and Content
The content of the scrapbooks reflects Miss Costabel's life circumstances. The bulk of
the earliest programs and clippings pertain to events in San Jose where the College of
the Pacific was located when Miss Costabel was a student there. The lion's share of those
programs dating between 1924 and 1932 pertain to events in Stockton, where the College of
the Pacific was located when Costabel was a faculty member there. She collected a small
group of programs during the academic year 1927-1928, when she was a student in France.
Most programs and clippings dating from 1933 onward pertain to events at San Jose,
Stanford or San Francisco.