Finding Aid for the Melvyn Helstien papers, 1939-1987

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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.

Container List

 

Videotapes

Box 1

Tis of Aucassin and Nicolette June 11, 1986.

Physical Description: 2 cassettes.
Box 1

Division Street. April 25, 1985.

Physical Description: 4 cassettes.
Box 1

Chhau: the Masked Dance of Bengal.

Box 1

Yakshagana: Ritual Dance Theater from South Kanara, India.

Box 7

Pongsan masked dance from Korea.

 

Musical scores

Box 1

Aucassin [et Nicolette]. musical score annotated, 1938.

Physical Description: 5 vol.
Box 1

__________. Printed orchestra parts.

Box 1

Helstien documentation for tenure(?). ca. 1973-1980.

Box 1

Aucassin et Nicolette.

Physical Description: Flyers, clippings.
 

Photographs and Sketches

Box 2

Helstien caricature, framed, n.d.

Box 2

Black & white photographs, theater productions (no puppets).

Box 2

Black & white photographs, UCLA Helstien productions (ca. ). 1949-1969

Box 2

Helstien, Melvyn, portrait.

Box 2

Faust (?) puppet sketches.

Box 2

Set designs.

Box 2

Alchemist costume designs, December 1941.

Box 2

The Size Machine photographs, May 1, 1957.

Box 2

Faust photographs.

Box 2

Everyman photographs.

Box 2

Possibilities photographs.

Box 2

Master Peter's Puppet Show photographs, October 1967.

Box 2

The Magic Egg photographs, Dakotah Elementary School. Los Angeles, California(?). April 1969 .

Box 2

The Spirits Rappers photographs.

Box 2

Passion Play photographs, n.d.

Box 2

Rose/Ring production stills, n.d.

Box 2

A Dance for People ? Puppets photographs, 1969.

Box 7

Photo albums (3).

 

Large-sized pictures/photographs.

Physical Description: Unboxed.
 

Files

Note

The headings listed for Boxes 3, 4, and 5 follow Helstien's own filing system; most contain several folders.
Box 3

General articles.

Physical Description: Some correspondence included.
Box 3

Performance notes.

Box 3

Photographs.

Box 3

Transcriptions.

Physical Description: Empty folder.
Box 3

Maharashtra.

Box 3

Rajasthan.

Box 3

Articles.

Box 3

Los Angeles Guild of Puppetry, 1957-1967.

Box 3

Clippings.

Box 3

Interviews, 1974.

Box 3

Articles.

Box 4

Productions.

Box 4

A Dance.

Box 4

Don Cristobel.

Box 4

Errant Knight.

Box 4

Everyman, Faustus.

Box 4

Master Peter's.

Box 4

Possibilities.

Box 4

Union Internationale des Marionnettes (UNIMA) 1957-1987.

Physical Description: Index missing.
Box 5

Correspondence. Union Internationale des Marionnettes (UNIMA), 1976-1982.

Box 5

Bulletin Union Internationale des Marionnettes (UNIMA), 1962-1964.

Box 5

Newsletters Union Internationale des Marionnettes (UNIMA), 1966-1972.

Box 5

Union Internationale des Marionnettes (UNIMA) Board of Trustees, 1982-1983.

Box 5

Union Internationale des Marionnettes (UNIMA) notes/minutes, 1975-1983.

Box 5

Union Internationale des Marionnettes (UNIMA) miscellaneous information, 1981-1984.

Box 5

Union Internationale des Marionnettes (UNIMA), U.S. 1980-1982.

Box 5

Puppeteers of America, 1979-1981.

Box 5

Union Internationale des Marionnettes (UNIMA), U.S. correspondence, 1981-1986.

Box 5

Puppet productions.

Box 5

The Life of Buddha.

Box 5

The Women at the Tomb.

Box 5

The Mystery of the Passion.

Box 5

The Rose and the Ring.

Box 5

Aucassin et Nicolette.

 

Correspondence

Box 6

Correspondence, Jim Hatch 1963-1982.

Box 6

Articles/correspondence.

Box 6

UCLA personal, ca. Department correspondence/department minutes. 1949-1959.

Box 6

Sabbatical correspondence (descriptions of), 1980-1981.

Box 6

Correspondence, ca. 1965-90.

Box 6

Puppet Institute. (UCLA) subject files aka Puppet Theater(?), Marco Polo 1958.

Box 6

Miscellaneous files (no file folders, found loose).

Box 8

Folklore and Folk art articles.

Physical Description: Note: includes artifacts, 3 folders.
Box 8

M. Helstien. Bio-bibliography files, n.d.; 1970-1973.

Box 9

Bio-bibliography files (continued).

Physical Description: .50 cubic feet.
Box 9

Bio-bibliography notebook.

Physical Description: 2 folders.
 

Production books

Box 7

Bonjour la Bonjour.

Box 7

The Queen and the Rebels.

Box 7

Hunters and Henwife, 1960.

Box 7

August and Ice Cream.

Box 7

Ghost Sonata.

Box 7

Tallest Baby 1958.

Box 7

Throne of Straw.

Box 7

Possibilities.

Box 8

The Alchemist.

Box 8

Rose and the Ring.

 

Slides

Box 9

Skin of our Teeth.

Box 9

UCLA shows.

Box 9

Father/son play, 1980.

 

Cassettes

Box 9

Studs Terkel Almanac, March 5, 1980.

Box 9

Union Internationale des Marionnettes (UNIMA).

 

Scrapbook

Box 11

Scrapbook of clippings, photographs and theatre ephemera regarding Melvyn Helstein 1947-1962

Physical Description: 1 item
 

Scroll

Box 11

Chinese scroll by My Whe Guang.

Physical Description: 1 item