Finding Aid for the Community Playhouse Association of Pasadena Records, 1955-1970, bulk 1965-1970

Processed by Charlotte Payne; machine-readable finding aid created by Caroline Cubé
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The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Finding Aid for the Community Playhouse Association of Pasadena Records, 1955-1970, bulk 1965-1970

Collection number: 1184

UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections

Manuscripts Division



Los Angeles, CA
Processed by:
Charlotte Payne, January 1977
Encoded by:
Caroline Cubé
Online finding aid edited by:
Josh Fiala, October 2003
© 2003 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Community Playhouse Association of Pasadena Records,
Date (inclusive): 1955-1970, bulk 1965-1970
Collection number: 1184
Creator: Community Playhouse Association of Pasadena
Extent: 28 boxes (14 linear ft.) 1 oversize carton
Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Dept. of Special Collections.
Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
Abstract: The Community Playhouse Association of Pasadena was formed in 1917 to contribute to the cultural and educational life of the community. The Association included the Pasadena Playhouse (1925) and the Pasadena Playhouse College of Theater Arts (1928). The collection consists of correspondence, ephemera, and the financial and business records of the Community Playhouse Association and the Pasadena Playhouse College of Theater Arts. The bulk of the collection consists of the financial records of the Association from 1965 to 1970.
Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
Language: English.

Administrative Information

Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

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Restrictions on Access

COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Advance notice required for access.

Provenance/Source of Acquisition

Gift of Lee Korf, purchase, 1976.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Community Playhouse Association of Pasadena Records (Collection 1184). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

Biography

The Community Playhouse Association of Pasadena was formed in 1917 to contribute to the cultural and educational life of the community; the Pasadena Playhouse opened in May 1925 under the direction of Gilmor Brown; the Association was incorporated as a non-profit organization in 1937 and was accorded the honorary title of State Theater of California; the Pasadena Playhouse College of Theater Arts was founded in 1928, granting BAs and MAs in combination with study at another academic institution, and helped launch the careers of many Hollywood actors, including Dustin Hoffman, William Holden, and Gene Hackman; due to the ensuing proliferation of theaters in Los Angeles, the establishment of other drama schools, and the advent of television, the audience for the Playhouse dwindled and it was forced to close in the late 1960s; the Playhouse was later restored and reopened in 1986.

Biographical Narrative

The Pasadena Playhouse Association began in 1917 with the formation of the Community Playhouse Association dedicated to the idea of a cultural and educational contribution to the community. Opening in 1925 under the direction of Gilmor Brown, the theater gained international stature in 1929 with the presentation of Eugene O'Neill's "Lazarus Laughed." In 1937, the Pasadena Playhouse Association was incorporated as a non-profit organization and was accorded the honorary title of State Theater of California.
The Pasadena Playhouse College of Theater Arts was founded in 1928, granting Bachelor of Arts and master of Arts degrees in combined study with work at another academic institution. Areas of instruction at the College included acting, speech, directing, production, and the history and literature of the drama.
The Pasadena Playhouse Association (including the College of Theater Arts) was dissolved in 1970, due to financial difficulties. The papers of the Association consist of correspondence, ephemera, pamphlets, and the financial and business records of the Playhouse and the College. The bulk of the collection consists of the financial records of the Association from 1965 to 1970.

Scope and Content

Collection consists of correspondence, ephemera, and the financial and business records of the Community Playhouse Association and the Pasadena Playhouse College of Theater Arts. The bulk of the collection consists of the financial records of the Association from 1965 to 1970.

Organization and Arrangement

Arranged in the following series:
  1. Correspondence (Box 1).
  2. Theater and College records (Boxes 2-9).
  3. Accounts payable and received (Boxes 10-19).
  4. Taxes and payroll records (Boxes 20-23).
  5. Petty cash (Boxes 24-25).
  6. Banking and insurance records (Boxes 26-27).
  7. Ledgers (Box 28).
  8. Programs, Players magazine issues, ephemera (Box 29).

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Community Playhouse Association of Pasadena--Archives.
Community theater--California--Pasadena--Archival resources.
Small colleges--California--Pasadena--Archival resources.
Financial records.


Container List

Box 1

Correspondence.

Boxes 2-9

Theater and College records.

Boxes 10-19

Accounts payable and received.

Boxes 20-23

Taxes and payroll records.

Boxes 24-25

Petty cash.

Boxes 26-27

Banking and insurance records.

Oversize Box 28

Ledgers.

Box 29

Programs - main stage productions, Pasadena, 1954-1962.

Box 29

Beaumont, Fletcher, et. al. The knight of the burning pestle. Pasadena, 1937.

Physical Description: 34 leaves, mimeographed.
 

Players Magazine. Peru, Nebraska. Official publication of National Collegiate Players.

Abstract: Issues contain notices of Pasadena Playhouse productions or advertisements for the Pasadena Playhouse Theatre program.
Box 29

vol.10, no.2 (November-December 1933).

Box 29

vol.15, no.5 (May-June 1939).

Box 29

vol.16, no.7 (April 1940).

Box 29

vol.17, no.4 (January 1941).

Box 29

vol.18, no.7 (April 1942).

Box 29

vol.21, no.7 (April 1945).