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Finding Aid for the Melvyn Helstien papers, 1939-1987
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  • Administrative Information
  • Biography/History
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  • Related Material

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Melvyn Helstien papers
    Date (inclusive): 1939-1987
    Collection number: 258
    Creator: Helstien, Melvyn
    Extent: 1 box (.5 linear ft.) 9 cartons (9 linear ft.) 2 oversize boxes
    Abstract: Melvyn B. Helstien (1920-90) received his Ph.D in theater from the University of Minnesota (1962). He became a professor in the Department of Theater Arts, UCLA (1963-86), served as Department Vice-chairman (1971-73), and again in 1981. The collection consists of correspondence, production books, performance notes, articles, photographs, videotapes, slides, sketches, and musical scores documenting Melvyn Helstien's faculty career in the Department of Theater Arts at UCLA.
    Language: Finding aid is written in English.
    Language of the Material: English
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Access

    Open for research. STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UC Regents. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Jacqueline Des Lauriers, 1994.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Melvyn Helstien papers (Collection 258). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 1720436 

    Biography/History

    Melvyn B. Helstien was born in 1920; BA, University of Washington, 1947; MFA, Yale School of Drama, 1948; Ph.D in theater, University of Minnesota, 1962; professor, 1963-86, Department of Theater Arts, UCLA; served as Department Vice-chairman, 1971-73, and again in 1981; directed, produced, designed or performed in dozens of UCLA theatrical productions; lectured and wrote, especially on puppetry; member, board of directors, Union Internationale des Marionnettes (UNIMA-USA); died March 6, 1990.

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of correspondence, production books, performance notes, articles, photographs, videotapes, slides, sketches, and musical scores documenting Melvyn Helstien's faculty career in the Department of Theater Arts at UCLA. Includes materials reflecting his work with the Union Internationale des Marionnettes (UNIMA), the Puppeteers of America, and the Los Angeles Guild of Puppetry.

    Expanded Scope and Content Note

    This collection documents Melvyn B. Helstien's faculty career in the Dept. of Theater Arts at UCLA from 1948 to his retirement in 198(?). The bulk of the collection deals with his puppet and theater productions at UCLA, including his research and publication activities. It also includes considerable material on his participation in professional associations, especially the Union Internationale des Marionnettes (UNIMA).
    Most of the collection consists of paper files (correspondence, production books, performance notes, articles, etc.), but there are also photographs, videotapes, slides, sketches, and musical scores.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

    Subjects

    Helstien, Melvyn--Archives.
    University of California, Los Angeles.--Dept. of Theater Arts--Faculty--Archival resources.
    Union Internationale des Marionnettes.
    Puppeteers--California--Los Angeles--Archival resources.
    Theatrical producers and directors--California--Los Angeles--Archival resources.
    Theater.
    Puppet theater.
    Puppeteers of America.
    Los Angeles Guild of Puppetry.

    Related Material

    Available at the Fowler Museum of Cultural History, Kitnick-Alexander Library, UCLA.