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MS Thr 589

Papers for Three designers for the contemporary theatre exhibition, 1915-1954: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University

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Descriptive Summary

Location: Harvard Depository
Call No.: MS Thr 589
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Title: Papers for Three designers for the contemporary theatre exhibition,
Date(s): 1915-1954, (bulk) 1950.
Quantity: 1 collection (.25 linear feet (2 boxes)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Primarily papers and photographs concerning an exhibition for theater designers, Robert Edmond Jones, Donald Oenslager, and Lee Simonson.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

No accession number. Source and date unknown.
Some of this material appears to have been added after the exhibition date of 1950.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.
This collection is not housed at the Houghton Library but is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. Retrieval requires advance notice. Readers should check with Houghton Public Services staff to determine what material is offsite and retrieval policies and times.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Papers for Three Designers for the Contemporary Theatre Exhibition, 1915-1954 (MS Thr 589). Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Related Materials

See HOLLIS for additional material on these designers held by the Houghton Library.

Biographical / Historical

In 1950, the Harvard Theatre Collection and the Fogg Art Museum cooperated on a join exhibition of original materials of Harvard graduates who were theater designers. The exhibition was entitled: Three designers for the contemporary theatre: Robert Edmond Jones, Class of 1910, Donald Oenslager, Class of 1923, and Lee Simonson, Class of 1909. The exhibition physically was located in the Fogg Art Museum, Lamont Library, and in the foyer of Widener Library from October 16 through November 25, 1950. The exhibition, curated by William Van Lennep, Curator of the Theatre Collection, included 200+ drawings, models, and photographs, all lent from individual artists and the Museum of the City of New York, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Stanford University Libraries, none came from Harvard collections. [see foreward to exhibition catalog, item (2)].

Arrangement

Arranged into the following series:

Scope and Contents

Includes exhibition catalogs, posters, fliers, lecture notes by William Van Lennep, and photographs of original costume and set designs. Many, but not all of the photographs of set and costume designs in this collection depict the original materials that were displayed in the exhibit. Includes some unidentified materials including a copper printing plate and proofs. Many of the photographs were taken by Will Rapport.
Some of the images in this collection have been annotated with notes by former curators of the Harvard Theatre Collection. They have noted the date and source of when original designs depicted in the photographs were given to the HTC.

General

This collection is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. See access restrictions below for additional information.

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