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Theatre Arts Archive - Finding Aid

Collection Number

1999.27

Contact Information

The Library, Special Collections
Humboldt State University
One Harpst Street
Arcata, California 95521

Processed By

Erich Schimps, Joan Berman

Date Collection Processed

1996, 2011

Language

English

Collection Creator

John Pauley, Erich Schimps

Dates Covered by Collection

1925-1991, bulk 1955-1977

Size of Collection

3 boxes plus 1 oversize flat file drawer

Abstract

This is a very rich history of the multiple departments relating to Speech, Drama, Theatre, Communication and more, from the initial offering of one course in Speech/Drama in 1914, and the first production on December 3, 1914 of “Her Own Way,” by Clyde Fitch, at Pettengill’s Minor Theatre.  The narrator, and primary creator of the collection of performance photographs and playbills, is Dr. John Pauley.  The collection complements his “Story of Humboldt State University Theatre Arts Department” covering the years 1914-1979.

Access

Open for research by appointment

Copyright

Humboldt State University holds copyright. The publications and images in this collection were created by employees at Humboldt State University. To obtain permission to publish or reproduce in any format please contact the Special Collections Librarian.

Acquisition Information

Special Collections Librarian Erich Schimps worked with Theatre Arts Professor John Pauley to assemble this collection from department and institution produced materials in the 1980s; additional material was donated by Dr. Pauley ca. 1997.

Biographical Information

John Pauley was a professor in the Speech Department and the Theatre Arts Department from 1952 through 1979.  He wrote a history of the Theatre Arts Department from 1914-1982.

Scope and Content of the Collection

This is a very rich history of the multiple departments relating to Speech, Drama, Theatre, Communication and more, from the initial offering of one course in Speech/Drama in 1914, and the first production on December 3, 1914 of “Her Own Way,” by Clyde Fitch, at Pettengill’s Minor Theatre.  The narrator, and primary creator of the collection of performance photographs and playbills, is Dr. John Pauley.  The collection complements his “Story of Humboldt State University Theatre Arts Department” covering the years 1914-1979. 

Container List

Box 1

Series: Photographs

  • Antigone
  • Accent on Youth
  • Adding Machine
  • Ah Wilderness
  • Alchemist
  • All My Sons
  • Army Life
  • Arrival of Kitty
  • Arsenic and Old Lace
  • Automobile Graveyard
  • Barbaric Scalpel
  • Beggars Opera
  • Bells Are Ringing
  • Bishop Misbehaves
  • Blithe Spirit
  • Breeze and Moonlight
  • Caesar and Cleopatra
  • Caine Mutiny Court Martial
  • Candida
  • Caucasian Chalk Circle
  • The Chairs
  • Charley's Aunt
  • Comedy of Errors
  • Curious Savage
  • Death of a Salesman
  • Devil and Daniel Webster
  • Dr. Faustus
  • Down in the Valley
  • Drama Festival 1949
  • Drama Festival 1952
  • Drama Festival 1953
  • El Libro del Andreo Martin
  • French Without Tears
  • Glass Menagerie
  • Good Woman of Setzuan
  • Guest in the House
  • Hasty Heart
  • Heart of a City
  • Heaven Can Wait
  • Hedda Gabler
  • Henry IV, Part 1
  • Hilarities 1947
  • Hilarities 1948
  • Holiday
  • Icehound
  • Imaginary Invalid
  • Innocents
  • Joan of Lorraine
  • Little Prison
  • Ladies in Retirement
  • Lady is not for Burning
  • La Ronde
  • Letters to Lucerne
  • Light up the Sky
  • Little Square Gullible & the Dragon
  • Lima Beans
  • Long Voyage Home
  • Look Homeward Angel
  • Lost Kiss
  • Lysistrata
  • Mad Woman of Chaillot
  • Male Animal
  • Man Who Came to Dinner
  • Man Who Sings in the Streets
  • Margin for Error
  • Mary Stuart
  • Midnight Guest
  • Midsummer Nights Dream 1950
  • Midsummer Nights Dream 1965
  • Miscellaneous

Box 2

  • Miscellaneous 1959-1961? (3 folders)
  • Monkeys Paw
  • My Sister Eileen
  • Night Must Fall
  • Night of January 16
  • Oedipus
  • On Borrowed Time
  • One Way Pendulum
  • Our Town 1952
  • Our Town 1959
  • Pirates of Penzance
  • Playboy of the Western World
  • Problem Child
  • Reverie
  • Rivals
  • Roadside
  • Room Service
  • Saints Day
  • September Tea
  • Sing Out Sweet Land
  • Six Characters in Search of an Author
  • State Door
  • Summer Children's Play
  • Sun-Up
  • Three Men on a House 1938
  • Three Men on a House 1961
  • Time of Your Life
  • Trial By Jury
  • Twelfth Night
  • 27 Wagon full of Cotton
  • Waiting for Godot
  • Wind in the Willows
  • Witness for the Prosecution
  • Yellowjack
  • Yeomen of the Guard
  • You Can't Take it with you

Series: Playbills, by Season

  • 1925-26
  • 1933-34
  • 1934-35
  • 1935-36
  • 1936-37
  • 1937-38
  • 1938-39
  • 1939-40
  • 1940-41
  • 1942-43
  • 1944-45
  • 1945-46
  • 1946-47
  • 1947-48
  • 1948-49
  • 1949-50
  • 1950-51
  • 1951-52
  • 1952-53
  • 1953-54
  • 1954-55
  • 1955-56
  • 1956-57
  • 1957-58
  • 1958-59
  • 1959-60

Box 3

  • 1960-61
  • 1961-62
  • 1962-63
  • 1963-64
  • 1964-65
  • 1965-66
  • 1966-67-Summer 67
  • 1967-68-Summer 68
  • 1968-69-Summer 69
  • 1969-70-Summer 70
  • 1970-71-Summer 71
  • 1971-72
  • 1972-73
  • 1973-74
  • 1974-75
  • 1975-76
  • 1976-77
  • 1977-78
  • 1978-79

Series: Additional materials from John Pauley

  • Playbills-loose
  • Playbills-1983
  • Playbills-1984
  • Playbills-1985
  • Playbills-1986
  • Playbills-1987-88
  • Playbills-1990
  • Playbills-1991
  • H.S.U. Theatre Arts, 1914-1982, by John Pauley. Appendix A, Production History of Theatre, in this copy is annotated by Dr. Pauley indicating for which productions there are programs or pictures or additional programs or scripts.
  • Script: Muffin Man (nd)
  • Script: Sondelis, April 1966
  • Script: Serpent of AI, August 1969
  • Script: September Tea, September 1969
  • Photos: September Tea, September 1969
  • Script: Honsa, December 1970
  • Script:: Ballad of an Outcast, August 1974
  • Script: Ramayana, March 1975
  • Script: Joshua the Half-Boy, Half-Shadow, March 1977
  • Script: Congresswomen, May 1977

Flat File Drawer

Series: Oversize materials, Posters and photos (miscellaneous)

Subject Headings

Humboldt State University. Department of Theatre Arts--History
Humboldt State University, Department of Speech and Hearing--History
Humboldt State University, Department of Communication--History
Theater--California--Arcata--History