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Guide to the Senior Extravaganza Texts and Music, University of California, Berkeley
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  • Collection Summary
  • Information for Researchers
  • Administrative Information
  • Administrative History
  • Scope and Content Note

  • Collection Summary

    Collection Title: Senior Extravaganza texts and music, University of California, Berkeley,
    Date (inclusive): 1894-1942
    Collection Number: 308se
    Extent: 8 boxes (3.2 linear ft.)
    Repository: The Bancroft Library. University Archives.
    Berkeley, California 94720-6000
    Abstract: Mainly bound typescripts of texts of the plays, a few of these accompanied by music (single songs, piano scores and/or full parts). Many have programs pasted in.
    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], Senior Extravaganza texts and music, University of California, Berkeley, 308se, University Archives, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

    Administrative Information

    Acquisition Information

    Gifts of the authors or of the senior classes.

    Administrative History

    The Senior Extravaganza was an original farce written and performed by members of the Senior Class as part of their commencement celebrations. The first was performed in 1894 as an afternoon entertainment, but after completion of the Greek Theatre it became an evening performance. This tradition did not survive the disruption of World War II.

    Scope and Content Note

    The collection consists primarily of bound typescripts of the texts of the plays, although a few of them are actually printed. Some, but not even the majority, are accompanied by the original music for the play, a few of the scores were printed, some are in manuscript, and a few have complete parts for the orchestra.
    The collection is not complete; it is assumed that Joseph C. Rowell, University Archivist for most of this period, solicited these texts each year but was not able to obtain the missing years. The 1938 production was of George Kaufman's "Of thee I sing," a commercial play presented "as no suitable manuscripts were presented."