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Guide to the Robinson Performing Arts Program Collection
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Information for Researchers
  • Biography of Robert Robinson
  • Scope and Contents of the Collection
  • Series Arrangement
  • Subject Headings

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Robinson Performing Arts Center Collection
    creator: Robinson, Robert
    Dates: 1954 - 1983
    Extent: 5 feet(5 boxes)
    Repository: Claremont Colleges. Honnold/Mudd Library.
    800 N. Dartmouth Avenue
    Special Collections, Honnold/Mudd Library
    Claremont University Consortium
    Claremont, California 91711
    Collection Number: H617
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English
    Physical Location: Special Collections, Honnold/Mudd Library. Claremont University Consortium.

    Information for Researchers

    Restrictions on Access

    This collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    For permissions to reproduce or to publish, please contact Special Collections Library staff.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Robinson Performing Arts Program Collection. Special Collections, Honnold Mudd Library, Claremont University Consortium.

    Acquisition Information

    Donated by Robert Robinson.

    Processing Information

    Arranged and Processed by Neeka Cannon.


    No additions to the collection are anticipated.

    Biography of Robert Robinson

    Robert Robinson was born in Montreal Canada were he developed a love of classical music early in life. By the age of 17 he was a professional radio actor and by 19 was acting on stage in Canada. When his potential was recognized by several leading actors of the day they arranged for Robinson to receive a scholarship to the Central School of Speech and Drama in London. He lived and worked there from 1953-1984. The programs in this collection come principally from this period. Robinson went on to direct plays and teach master classes in regional theatres and universities in Britain and the United States.

    Scope and Contents of the Collection

    This collection consists of programs for musical and dramatic performances collected by Robert Robinson. Programs in this collection cover Theatre, Opera, Symphony, Ballet, and well-known individual performers across the musical spectrum. The programs come mainly from London, but also come from both Eastern and Western Europe and the United States. Large well-known productions such as the Salzburg Festival and Glyndebourne Festival Opera as well as well-known venues such as the Royal Opera House in Covent Gardens are prominently featured, but smaller venues are also common. Many programs in the collection feature well-known performers and/or conductors. A small contingent of play manuscripts sent to Robinson, including drafts of several published plays are also part of the collection. The repository retained the collector's original order. In most series materials are arranged by type of performance, venue, and date. The exception is series 5, Individual performers where some programs featuring well-known performers such as Judy Garland and Marlene Dietrich, have been arranged by performer irrespective of venue or type of performance. Folder/file titles were provided by the processor. The number in parentheses following each folder title reflects the number of programs/items in each folder.

    Series Arrangement

    Series 1 Orchestra/Symphony Programs
    Series 2 Opera Programs
    Series 3 Ballet Programs
    Series 4 Theatre Programs
    Series 5 Individual Performance Programs
    Series 6 Manuscripts and Other Materials

    Subject Headings

    This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
    Robinson, Robert
    opera (performance)
    orchestra (ensembles)
    theater Programs
    musical Performances
    City of London (England)