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MS Thr 878

Jacobs, Sally, 1932-. Sally Jacobs papers, 1957-2016: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

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Descriptive Summary

Location: b, Vault
Call No.: MS Thr 878
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Jacobs, Sally, 1932-
Title: Sally Jacobs papers
Date(s): 1957-2016
Quantity: 5 linear feet (5 boxes)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Papers of the British stage designer Sally Jacobs.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

2011MT-55. Purchased with the Frank E. Chase Bequest, John M. Kasdan Fund, Billy Rose Theatre Fund, and Timothy S. Mayer Fund; received: 2012 June 21.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Irina Klyagin

Conditions Governing Access:

The majority of this collection is open for research.
Correspondence in item 74 closed until after the death of the donor.

Conditions Governing Use:

Correspondence with Peter Brook may not be published until after the death of both correspondents.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Sally Jacobs Papers, 1952-2011 (MS Thr 878). Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard University

Biographical / Historical

Sally Jacobs (1932- ) is one of the Britain's most influential stage designers who worked in theater, opera, and film. She worked with the Royal Shakespeare Company and designed many Peter Brook productions, including Theatre of Cruelty, The Screens, The Marat/Sade, US, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Antony and Cleopatra and The Conference of the Birds. She also designed operas, including Die Fledermaus (Paris), Turandot, Fidelio (Royal Opera House), Die Soldaten and Eugene Onegin (English National Opera). As director and designer her work includes Oedipus at Colonus (Los Angeles), Peter Weigold's Last Tango on the North Circular (Royal Opera House Garden Venture), The War in Heaven by Joe Chaikin and Sam Shepard and she also co-directed The Dancing Room filmed by the BBC. She taught stage design at many of the leading drama departments in the United States and London, England, including the Slade School of Fine Art.
From 1967 to 1982 she lived in the United States and worked as a designer and director with a number of American companies in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Houston, and New York.


Arranged chronologically into 51 series by the donor.

Scope and Contents

The collection covers Sally Jacobs career in stage design from her early work as a student at the Central School of Art and Design in London in the 1950s to her latest projects in the first decade of the 21 century. Papers include correspondence and contracts, original drawings, sketches and photocopies of drawings of props, scenery and costume designs, stage plans, scripts, photographs, and slides, and negatives, clippings of reviews, programs, fliers, and posters. It also includes copies of Sally Jacobs resumes, transcripts of interviews, and oral history projects, compact discs, and audio and videotapes.

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