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Guide to the Collection of Chinese Theater Images in California
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Collection of Chinese theater images in California,
    Date (inclusive): 1883-2004
    Date (bulk): (bulk ca. 1920-1983)
    Collection number: Consult repository
    Collector: Museum of Performance & Design, Performing Arts Librarym
    Extent: 401 items 401 online items
    Repository: Museum of Performance & Design, Performing Arts Library.
    San Francisco, California 94102
    Abstract: The Museum of Performance & Design, Performing Arts Library's collection of images related to Chinese Theater in California ranges from 1883-2004, although the majority of the photographs document performers and productions from the 1920s to late 1940s. The photographs depict scenes from plays such as "Heavenly Kings" and "Princess Cheung Ping," staged at the Great China Theatre, Great Star Theatre, and other venues, shots of actors and actress such as Mei Lan-fang, Dai Ngow Lok, Ma Shi-tsang, Kwan Duk Hing, Sew Jow Lee, and Hall Fay Jing in costume, in the studio, or on stage portraying various characters such as Kuan Kung, Chu Ko-liang, and Sun Yat-sen, interiors and exterior shots of different theater buildings, and ceremonies and banquets honoring performers such as Mei Lan-fang. A number of the photographs were taken by May's Studio. The materials were selected from four main sources -- the Wylie Wong Collection, Lois Rather Papers, Jack Chen Papers, and the Library's own Chinese Theater Collection.
    Language: Chinese.
    Selected digitized photographs available online.

    Administrative Information

    Access

    Entire collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Vary with material. Please contact the Librarian.

    Preferred Citation

    [Collection name], Museum of Performance & Design, Performing Arts Library

    Acquisition Information

    This collection was created by the Museum of Performance & Design, Performing Arts Library staff from 2003-2004 as part of the Digital Archive of Chinese Theater in California project.

    Project Information: Digital Archive of Chinese Theater in California

    This collection was created by the Museum of Performance & Design, Performing Arts Library staff from 2003-2004 as part of the Digital Archive of Chinese Theater in California project funded in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Service under the provision of the Library Services and Technology Act administered in California by the State Librarian and by the Zellerbach Family Foundation.
    The goal of the project was to provide online access to rare and historic images of Chinese theater in California. Digitization was done in-house using an Epson 1640XL-SE flatbed scanner or a Minolta DiMage Scan Multi Pro film scanner and full-level MARC records were created for each item.
    The materials are accessible through MPD's online catalog at http://www.mpdsf.org/PAGES/LIBRARY/catalog.html .

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The Museum of Performance & Design, Performing Arts Library's collection of images related to Chinese Theater in California ranges from 1883-2004, although the majority of the photographs document performers and productions from the 1920s to late 1940s. The photographs depict scenes from plays such as "Heavenly Kings" and "Princess Cheung Ping," staged at the Great China Theatre, Great Star Theatre, and other venues, shots of actors and actress such as Mei Lan-fang, Dai Ngow Lok, Ma Shi-tsang, Kwan Duk Hing, Sew Jow Lee, and Hall Fay Jing in costume, in the studio, or on stage portraying various characters such as Kuan Kung, Chu Ko-liang, and Sun Yat-sen, interiors and exterior shots of different theater buildings, and ceremonies and banquets honoring performers such as Mei Lan-fang.
    A number of the photographs were taken by May's Studio. The materials were selected from four main sources -- the Wylie Wong Collection, Lois Rather Papers, Jack Chen Papers, and the Library's own Chinese Theater Collection.

    Indexing Terms

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

    Subjects

    Great China Theatre (San Francisco, Calif.)
    Great Star Theatre (San Francisco, Calif.)
    May's Photo (Firm : San Francisco, Calif)
    Ma, Shi-tsang
    Mei, Lanfang, 1894-1961--Photographs
    Chinatown (San Francisco, Calif.)
    San Francisco (Calif.)
    Actors--California--San Francisco--Photographs
    Actors--China--Photographs
    Actresses--California--San Francisco
    Chinese Americans--California--San Francisco--Photographs.
    Costume--China--Photographs
    Dance--China--Photographs
    Dresses--Photographs
    Fans--Photographs
    Female impersonators--Photographs
    Gardens--China--Photographs
    Nightclubs--California--San Francisco
    Opera, Chinese
    Soldiers--China
    Theaters--California--San Francisco

    Genres and Forms of Material

    Photographic prints
    Portrait photographs