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MS Thr 305-305.4

Muncis, Jănis, 1886-1955. Jănis Muncis papers, 1925-1926: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

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Descriptive Summary

Location: pf, f, b, pfd
Call No.: MS Thr 305-305.4
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Title: Jănis Muncis papers
Date(s): 1925-1926
Quantity: 2 linear feet (3 boxes, 1 volume)
Abstract: Papers of Latvian set designer Jănis Muncis.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

*72M-92. Presented by Professor Albert H. Gilmer, Lafayette College, Easton, Pennsylvania; received: 1947 August 19.
*73M-87-88. Gift of Mrs.Zuzanna Muncis, 1155 North Tamarind Avenue, Hollywood, California 90038; received: 1973 December 5.

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Jănis Muncis Papers, 1925-1926 (MS Thr 305-305.4). Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Muncis was a Latvian set designer who emigrated to Hollywood, California, in the late 1920s. Muncis returned to Latvia for the duration of World War II. His designs won the Grand Prix in the theatre section of the Decorative Arts Exposition, Paris, 1925.


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Scope and Contents

Contains 10 set designs by Muncis in watercolor and ink, including 6 designs painted on board for the 1925-1926 season at the Dailes Theatre, Riga, Latvia; typescript manuscripts with revisions of his plays: In the Shadow of Death, and The Shooting Star; notes; sketches; photographs; correspondence; and scrapbooks of photos and clippings.

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