Guide to the Partheneia Texts, Reports and Music

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Guide to the Partheneia Texts, Reports and Music

Collection number: CU-223

University Archives, The Bancroft Library

University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley, California

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  • University Archives
  • The Bancroft Library
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • Berkeley, California, 94720-6000
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Processed by:
The Bancroft Library staff
Date Completed:
March 2004
Encoded by:
James Lake
© 2004 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

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.

Container List


Series 1: Texts and reports

Scope and Content Note

Texts may be typewritten or printed; many were printed as an annual feature in the campus periodical Occident, and some of the texts noted below are in fact bound copies of the publication. Reports may be typewritten or in manuscript form; many also contain clippings of newspaper accounts and programs, and a few contain photographs. Photographs may also be found in University Archives pictorial collection.

1912: A masque of maidenhood, by Anna Rearden [Baeck]

box-folder 1:1

Text (for music see box 3)

box-folder 1:2



1913: The awakening of everymaiden, by Evelyn Agnes Steel

box-folder 1:3

Text (for music see box 3)

box-folder 1:4



1914: The dream of Derdra, by Helen Marion Cornelius

box-folder 1:5

Text (music by Ruth Esther Carroll not in collection)

box-folder 1:6



1915: The queen's masque, by Mary Van Orden

box-folder 1:7

Text (music by Charles Louis Seeger not in this collection)

box-folder 1:8



1916: Aranyani of the jasmine vine, by Maude Marion Meagher

box-folder 1:9

Text (for music see box 4)

box-folder 1:10



1917: Youth's advocate, by Mariquita de Laguna

box-folder 1:11

Text (for music see box 4)

box-folder 1:12


box-folder 1:13

1919: The newer Pandora, by Sarah Unna - report (music by Flora Rouleau not in collection)

Additional Note

The text may be found in the May 1919 Occident

1920: The poet's answer, by Priscilla Cavagnaro

box-folder 1:14

Text (for music see box 5)

box-folder 1:15



1921: The lilies of Mirones, by Josephine Brown and Janet Brown

box-folder 1:16

Text (for music see box 5)

box-folder 1:17



1922: The vision of Marpessa, by Harlow Wilson

box-folder 1:18

Text (for music see box 6)

box-folder 1:19



1923: A thing of dust, by Claire Jones and Natalie Lowenthal, revised by Hildegard Flanner

box-folder 2:1

Text (for music box 6)

box-folder 2:2



1924: The merrie masque of May, by Marie Onions and Jean Dupont - text (for music see box 7)

box-folder 2:3

1925: Threads of the loom, by Nellie Hatchell

Additional Note

Text pasted in front cover of score, see box 7
box-folder 2:4

1926: There was a shepherdess, by Dorothy Damianakes - report (no music in this collection)

Additional Note

The text was not printed
box-folder 2:5

1927: The wings of Ranana, by Tanette Jaloff and Dora Richards Shattuck - text (for music see box 7)

box-folder 2:6

1928: Mara, a maid of the Balkans, by Virginia Russ and Genevra Shuey - program only

box-folder 2:7

1929: The Druid's weed, by Leslie Alice Koempl - Program and synopsis (for music see box 8)


1930: Judith, by Kathryn Eshleman and Betty Ballentine

Additional Note

Music: see box 8
box-folder 2:8

1931: The potter's wheel, by Cecilia Silverman and Gertrude Moore - text

box-folder 2:9

1932 correspondence re cancellation

box-folder 2:10

Miscellaneous correspondence, 1922-36

box-folder 2:11

Script contest rules, n.d.

box-folder 2:12

An Era of Eve - script, apparently submitted but unused.


Series 2: Music

Scope and Content Note

Full score and parts unless otherwise noted, housed in original portfolios (some years in two portfolios). Some portfolios have programs or other materials pasted in.
box 3

1912: Music by Edward McDowell; orchestration by Edward Griffith Stricklen

box 3

1913: Music by Edward Griffith Stricklen

box 4

1916: Music by Catherine Urner

box 4

1917: Music by Ruth Cornell and Sarah Unna

box 5

1920: Music by Mary Millard

box 5

1921: Music by J. Leon Ruddick, Marjorie C. Tracy, Marjorie W. Leach and Natalie Bigelow

box 6

1922: Music by Marjorie Tracy

box 6

1923: Music by Edward Griffith Stricklen

box 7

1924: Music by Edward German

box 7

1925: Music from Grieg, Appli, Berge, Schumann, Guirand, Troyer

box 7

1927: Music by Beatrice Cotton

box 8

1929: Music by Glen Haydon

box 8

1930: Music by Mary Glockler