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Guide to the Partheneia Texts, Reports and Music
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  • Collection Summary
  • Information for Researchers
  • Administrative Information
  • Administrative History
  • Scope and Content Note

  • Collection Summary

    Collection Title: Partheneia texts, reports and music,
    Date (inclusive): 1912-1936
    Collection Number: CU-223
    Creator: University of California (1868-1952). Partheneia
    Extent: 8 boxes (9.15 linear ft.)
    Repository: The Bancroft Library. University Archives.
    Berkeley, California 94720-6000
    Abstract: Texts of the plays, annual reports on the preparation and completion of the year's activities, and original music composed for the pageant.
    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], Partheneia texts, reports and music, CU-223, University Archives, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

    Administrative Information

    Acquisition Information

    Materials were collected on an annual basis by University Archives; often as gifts of the authors and composers.

    Administrative History

    Partheneia, an original, open-air pageant or masque presented each spring term, was initiated in 1911 by Miss Lucy Sprague, then dean of women. A competition for a student-written script was held in the previous fall term, the general theme being that of the transition from girlhood into womanhood; 400-500 women took part in the performance.
    The first Partheneia, presented on April 6, 1912, was performed under the oaks bordering the eucalyptus grove. It was not a satisfactory location for spectators, however, and later performances were given in Faculty Glade. The Partheneia was produced regularly until interest in pageantry declined generally. It was discontinued in 1931.

    Scope and Content Note

    The collection consists of texts of the plays, reports on the year's activities, and music composed or used in the productions. There is a small amount of correspondence and one unused play at the end of series 1.