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Guide to the Henry May Theater and Costume Design Files
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  • Collection Summary
  • Information for Researchers
  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical Sketch
  • Scope and Content Note

  • Collection Summary

    Collection Title: Henry May Theater and Costume Design Files,
    Date (inclusive): 1955-1991
    Collection Number: CU-36.2
    Creator: May, Henry
    Extent: 8 boxes, 41 oversize folders, 5 framed items (9 linear ft.)
    Repository: The Bancroft Library. University Archives.
    Berkeley, California 94720-6000
    Abstract: Set and costume designs primarily for theater and dance productions at the University of California, Berkeley
    Physical Location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
    Languages Represented: English

    Information for Researchers


    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to The Bancroft Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services. Permission for publication is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Henry May Theater and Costume Design Files, CU-36.2, University Archives, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

    Administrative Information

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Henry May, 1992

    Biographical Sketch

    Henry May taught in Berkeley's Dept. of Dramatic Art from 1963 to 1991. He received his BFA in landscape architecture from the University of Illinois in 1943, and after service in the Navy worked in various theater and television positions on the east coast before coming to Berkeley. He won an Emmy for his artistic direction of "Boswell's Life of Johnson" for the "Omnibus" program in 1958. He designed all major theater productions and dance performances on the UC Berkeley campus for some twenty-five years. He won a bronze medal at the Sixth Triennale of Theatre Set and Costume Design in 1981 ("As You Like It") and a Bay Area Theatre Critic's Award and a West Coast Theater Critic's Award for his design work on Noel Coward's "Tonight at 8:30" in 1982. (Unfortunately only the latter is represented in this collection by some oversize photographs.)

    Scope and Content Note

    The collection contains photographs and slides of productions by Henry May, and original and copies of designs for both theater and dance productions. Most of the productions represented were presented at UC Berkeley, although productions for a few other theaters may be found.