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University of California, Los Angeles. Department of Theater Arts records
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  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Preferred Citation
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition
  • Processing Information
  • UCLA Catalog Record ID
  • Biographical / Historical
  • Scope and Contents
  • Arrangement

  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
    Title: University of California, Los Angeles. Department of Theater Arts records
    Creator: University of California, Los Angeles. Department of Theater Arts
    Identifier/Call Number: UARC.0016
    Physical Description: 6.2 Linear Feet (3 boxes and 5 cartons)
    Date (inclusive): 1918-2002
    Abstract: Record Series 16 contains the minutes of meetings, publications, and promotional materials for theatrical productions generated by the Theater Arts Department at the University of California, Los Angeles. Also included are 16 bound volumes of Greek plays directed by Evalyn Ann Thomas, a member of the Los Angeles State Normal School faculty in Reading and UCLA faculty in English.
    Language of Material: Materials are in English.
    Physical Location: Stored off-site. All requests to access special collections material must be made in advance using the request button located on this page.

    Conditions Governing Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE: Open for research. All requests to access special collections materials must be made in advance using the request button located on this page.

    Conditions Governing Use

    Copyright to portions of this collection has been assigned to the UCLA Library Special Collections. The library can grant permission to publish for materials to which it holds the copyright. Commercial use may require additional rights that must be determined and obtained by the researcher. All requests for copyright permission to publish must be submitted in writing to Library Special Collections. Credit shall be given as follows: The Regents of the University of California on behalf of the UCLA Library Special Collections.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], University of California, Los Angeles. Department of Theater Arts records (University Archives Record Series 16). UCLA Library Special Collections, University Archives University of California, Los Angeles.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Theater Arts Department; Transfer; 1998, 1992, 2002. Provenance of Series 2 unknown.

    Processing Information

    Processed by University Archives staff, 1988 February; further revisions by University Archives staff, 2011; Katharine A. Lawrie, 2013 March. Reprocessing, including enhanced description and further arrangement, by Dylan Karlsson in the Center for Primary Research and Training (CFPRT)  under the supervision of Lori Dedeyan, 2019.
    Record Series 16 includes the contents of former University Archives record series 124, 633, and 729, which were retired after their contents were merged into this record series in February 2019.

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 3520522 

    Biographical / Historical

    The Theater Arts Department at UCLA was founded in 1947, with William Melnitz serving as chair. In 1961, the department merged with the Department of Motion Pictures, Television and Radio to form the UCLA College of Fine Arts, offering undergraduate study across three divisions: Theater, Motion Pictures, and Radio. Melnitz served as the College's founding dean. After the College of Fine Arts was dissolved in 1987, the then-named Theater Department reemerged in the School of Theater, Film and Television, which was created in 1990 with Gilbert Cates as the founding dean. Prior to the founding of the Theater Arts Department, theatrical productions at UCLA were presented by the student body. Starting in 1918, classical Greek plays were presented by the student government ASUCLA annually in the spring. They were directed by Evalyn Ann Thomas, a member of the Los Angeles State Normal School faculty in Reading, and later in the UCLA faculty in English.

    Scope and Contents

    Record Series 16 contains minutes of meetings, programs, and promotional materials for theatrical productions and one-act plays by student and non-student theater groups within the Department of Theater. This record series also contains 16 bound volumes of Greek plays presented by students of the Los Angeles State Normal school (and later UCLA) between 1919 and 1938 and directed by Evalyn Ann Thomas.
    Note: Some production photographs in Subseries 4.3. contain depictions of blackface.

    Arrangement

    This collection has been arranged in the following series:
    • Series 1: Meeting minutes, 1946-1950
    • Series 2: Greek plays presented to Evalyn Ann Thomas, 1919-1938
    • Series 3: Programs and publicity, 1918-2002
      • Sub-series 3.1: Student productions, 1918-2002
      • Sub-series 3.2: One-act plays, 1933-2001
      • Sub-series 3.3: Professional productions, 1959-1998
    • Series 4: Promotional materials, 1941-1998
      • Sub-series 4.1: Announcements and reports, 1941-1990
      • Sub-series 4.2: Publications, 1941-1998
      • Sub-series 4.3: Photographs, 1950-1989
    Materials in Series 1 are arranged alphabetically by subject. Materials in Series 2, 3, and 4 are arranged chronologically.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    College theater -- California -- Los Angeles
    Theater programs
    Greek drama
    Drama in education -- California -- Los Angeles
    University of California, Los Angeles. Department of Theater Arts -- Archives.