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Performing Arts Events

 Collection — Box: 4(oversizetub)
Identifier: 04-09-001

Scope and Contents

This collection documents performances produced by the Performing Arts Division of Wilkes University, from 1933 to the present. It consists primarily of programs and photographs.


  • Created: 1940-2015
  • Other: Date acquired: 12/01/2012


Conditions Governing Use

All programs are copyrighted by Wilkes University. Some photographs copyrighted by Wilkes University, some copyrighted by Ace Hoffman studios.

Biographical or Historical Information

The Performing Arts began at BUJC when Paul Gies was hired as Music faculty in 1933, and in 1934 instructors in Violin and Piano were added. A dramatics club with 65 members is described in the 1933-34 Bulletin. In 1938 a theater was constructed in Chase Annex, allowing for more elaborate productions, and by 1940 Norma Constance Sanguillano was a faculty member in Speech and Dramatics. Music was among the first degrees offered when Wilkes College became an independent institution in 1947, and the Theater Major was added in 1981. Dance classes have been offered since 1984. The various performing arts departments have been reorganized a number of times. The current form is a division of Performing Arts offering a number of degrees in Music, Theater, and Dance.

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Custodial History

The Division of Performing Arts initially collected and arranged this archives and transferred it to the University Archives at some point in the 1990's or 2000's. The documents were located in the Harold Cox Archives Room on the third floor of the university archives in December 2012 when arrangement and description of the university archives collections began.

Appraisal Information

All extant documents were retained unless 2 or more copies were present.

Accruals and Additions

Regular additions of programs and photographs are provided by the Division of Performing Arts.
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Repository Details

Part of the Wilkes University Archives Repository

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