In an earlier post, we introduced our efforts to provide researchers with access to unprocessed collections. We recently completed the project, which surfaced 219 previously hidden archival collections to the public, comprising over 1,250 linear feet of material. We will continue to share brief information about recently “exposed” collections here in the “New & Noteworthy Collections” blog. Below is information about a group of collections related to the Performing Arts and Art History. For additional information contact Special Collections and Archives at firstname.lastname@example.org, (949)824-3947.
MS-P011, Arline Gardiner Stevens Collection
This collection contains theater scrapbooks, photographs, and unsorted material relating to the career of dancer Arline Gardiner and the Gardiner Trio (Arline, Helen and Edgar Gardiner) from the 1890’s to the 1920’s. It includes three scrapbooks of Arline Gardiner, three folders of unsorted papers and documents relating to Arline and Edgar Gardiner, and seven individual and group photographs of Gardiner Trio members. Extent 0.5 linear feet (1 document box, 1 XOS folder).
MS-P014, William Como Collection
This collection consists of a small number of dance programs, the 1985 Dancemagazine annual, two memorial Balanchine publications, and unsorted ephemera donated by William Como, editor-in-chief of Dance magazine. Extent 0.2 linear feet (1 box).
MS-P015, Grace Denton Esser Collection
This collection consists chiefly of materials accumulated during Grace Esser’s career as a concert and theatrical manager. There are photographs, programs, posters, correspondence and unsorted ephemera. Topics include the Musical Courier in New York, the Ballet Russe as well as the Chicago Opera in the 1930’s, Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, the Aspen Institute for Humanistic Study, Dallas Symphony, and the Orange County Philharmonic in the 1950’s. Extent 0.8 Linear feet (2 boxes).
MS-P018, Millard Sweet Collection
This collection consists of photographs, programs, musical scores, and clippings relating to dance. Extent 0.4 Linear feet (1 box).
MS-P020, Evelyn LeMone Collection
This collection is from Evelyn LeMone, director of the LeMone School of Interpretive Ballet. There are dance magazines, clippings from the Los Angeles area newspapers, and performance programs from the fifth and sixth Pacific Regional Ballet Festival, the Pasadena Junior Ballet, and the LeMone Concert Dancers. Extent 0.2 Linear feet (1 box).
MS-P046, Fashion Plate Curio Book
This collection consists of seventy-five engraved fashion plates, dating from 1798-1808, the vast majority published by “Wirgman, Dressmaker, Hanover Street,” “Vernor and Hood, Poultry,” and “Payne, Milliner and Dressmaker, Old Bond St.,” most with original hand coloring. Extent 0.2 linear feet (1 box).