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Register of the Felicita Collection of Photographs and Ephemera MSS 711
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Historical Background
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Note
  • Publication Rights
  • Scope and Contents of Collection

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Felicita Collection of Photographs and Ephemera
    Identifier/Call Number: MSS 711
    Contributing Institution: Mandeville Special Collections Library
    La Jolla, California 92093-0175
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 0.2 Linear feet 1 archives box
    Date (inclusive): 1927-1932
    Abstract: The collection is comprised of photographs, negatives, programs, and promotional materials relating to the historical pageant Felicita, written by Benjamin F. Sherman and performed annually from 1927-1932 in Escondido, California.

    Historical Background

    The historical pageant Felicita, based on a story purported to be true of a local American Indian woman of that name, was performed annually in Escondido, San Diego County, from 1927 to 1932. Written by Benjamin F. Sherman, the pageant adapts material from Elizabeth Roberts' Indian Stories of the Southwest (1917) and from the events of the Battle of San Pasqual (1846).

    Preferred Citation

    Felicita Collection of Photographs and Ephemera, MSS 711. Mandeville Special Collections Library, UCSD.

    Acquisition Note

    Not Available

    Publication Rights

    Publication rights are held by the creator of the collection.

    Scope and Contents of Collection

    The Felicita Collection of Photographs and Ephemera contains gelatin silver photographs ranging in size from 2.5x3.5" to 8x10" and real photo postcards. The collection includes images of performers, performances, and the set (an outdoor amphitheater, now Felicita Park). Eleven images represent the performers and set in 1927. The remainder are undated. Programs in the collection list performers and staff, and provide brief biographies of actors Mildred Voorhees (Felicita) and David Henderson (Mr. Richard). The 1927 program contains a schedule of Escondido's Grape Day festivities. A newspaper clipping includes an image of the local woman, Felicita, in old age.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Felicita -- Dramatic production
    Henderson, David -- Performer
    Sherman, Benjamin F.
    Voorhees, Mildred -- Performer
    Escondido (Calif.)
    Felicita Park (Escondido, Calif.)