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Guide to the San Diego Union Performing Arts Department Records
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  • Overview of the Collection
  • Administrative Information
  • Arrangement of Materials:
  • Scope and Contents

  • Overview of the Collection

    Collection Title: San Diego Union Performing Arts Department Records
    Dates: 1940-2002
    Identification: MS-0226
    Physical Description: 40.45 linear ft
    Repository: Special Collections & University Archives
    5500 Campanile Dr. MC 8050
    San Diego, CA, 92182-8050
    URL: http://library.sdsu.edu/scua
    Email: scref@rohan.sdsu.edu
    Phone: 619-594-6791

    Administrative Information


    1985-006, 1991-005

    Conditions Governing Use:

    The copyright interests in these materials have not been transferred to San Diego State University. Copyright resides with the creators of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. The nature of historical archival and manuscript collections is such that copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine.  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 materials.

    Conditions Governing Access:

    This collection is open for research.

    Preferred Citation:

    Identification of item, folder title, box number, San Diego Union Performing Arts Department Records, Special Collections and University Archives, Library and Information Access, San Diego State University.

    Related Materials:

    Records of JuleTone Productions, Incorporated.
    San Diego Opera Association Records
    San Diego Opera Guild Records
    San Digeo Opera Office Records
    Old Globe Theatre Photograph Collection
    Vishner Performing Arts Collection
    Ellis Family Theater Memorabilia Collection
    Information about related materials is available at http://library.sdsu.edu/exhibits/2010/06/SdUnion/index.shtml

    Arrangement of Materials:

    Series I: Office Records, 1966-1999
          1. Correspondence, 1966-1977
          2. Appointment Diaries, 1966-1981
          3. Subject Files, 1951-1999
    Series II: Publicity, Programs, and Photographs, 1919-1996
          1. Theatres and Performing Organizations, 1919-1996
                a. San Diego
                b. National
                c. International
          2. Music and Opera, 1960-1994
                a. San Diego
                b. National
                c. International
          3. Ballet and Dance
                a. San Diego
                b. National
                c. International
          4. Performers and Actors
                a. San Diego
                b. National
          5.  Art
                a. San Diego
                b. National
    Series III: California Arts Commission and Arts Council

    Scope and Contents

    The materials in this collection document the rich history of the performing arts in San Diego from the late 1940s to 2001, as collected by the Entertainment Department at the San Diego Union. The editor of the Entertainment Department, Welton Jones, maintained these working files during his many years as a columnist for the San Diego Union and as an enthusiastic patron of the performing arts in San Diego. His Entertainment staff added many items to the collection, including photographs from the Photography Department of local venues, performers, and performances.
    Series I: Office Records includes the correspondence of the Entertainment Department with local organizations and individuals involved in the performing arts scene in San Diego. Welton Jones' daily appointment diaries chronicle his activities as editor and show the range of performances he covered on his beat. Subject files for the Entertainment Department include clippings, press releases, and internal notes on a number of topics, organizations, and arts-related initiatives in the San Diego area.
    Series II: Publicity, Programs, and Photographs is comprised of five subseries, each arranged further into regional sub-sub series. Folders in these series include theatre programs, press releases and publicity ephemera, and photographs of performances or sites  (usually taken by the Photography Department of the San Diego Union).  Subseries I: Theatre and Performing Organizations contains materials documenting numerous theatre venues or performing organizations in San Diego, and is the largest and strongest of the multiple subseries. The files in Subseries I document theatre history over a fifty year period in San Diego, and include materials on many obscure or defunct performing organizations in the area. The strength of Subseries II: Music and Opera, lies in its coverage of the San Diego Civic Light Opera, San Diego Opera, and the San Diego Symphony. The last three subseries, Subseries 3: Ballet and Dance, Subseries 4: Performers and Actors, and Subseries 5: Art contain less robust documentation of the San Diego scenes.
    Series III: California Arts Commission and Arts Council documents Jones' work on these organizations over a thirty-year period.