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Annenberg Center RecordsUPB 10

Access to collections is granted in accordance with the Protocols for the University Archives and Records Center.

Summary Information

Prepared by
Kaiyi Chen
Preparation date
1997
Date [inclusive]
1964-1979
Extent
1.3 Cubic feet

PROVENANCE

Transferred to the Archives in 1980 and 1984.

ARRANGEMENT

The records of the Annenberg Center have been arranged alphabetically by the title.

AGENCY HISTORY

In 1966, the Annenberg School for Communications of the University of Pennsylvania decided to establish a center to house the University’s performing arts activities and communications research. The new center, called the Annenberg School Center for Communication Arts and Sciences, was dedicated in 1971. Although the Center was conceived as a unit under the administrative direction of the Annenberg School with the Center’s Director of the Performing Arts as a member of the School faculty, both the Center and the School sensed over time that it would be more convenient for the Center to operate independently. In June 1975, the Center was finally separated from the School. It was first transferred to the Provost Office, and then to the Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences and in April 1976 to the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies and University Life. After the annual giving from Annenberg ended in 1978, the Center was required to support itself financially. In 1979, the University appointed a thirteen-member Board of Advisors for the Center, including the Provost and a Vice Provost, to assist the staff of the Center in promoting the theatre productions and fund-raising. In addition, the Board was to review the progress and needs of the Center each year. At the present, the Center reports to the Provost of the University. Financially, it depends on the University for part of its resources and obtains the rest either from the ticket sale or from its own fund raising.

SCOPE AND CONTENT

The collection documents the history of the Center in its early years. It includes records of the Council on Performing Art appointed by the University of Pennsylvania for the planning and organization of the Center, 1964-1979; correspondence of the Dean of the Annenberg School, 1965-1978; files of the Center’s managing director, 1968-1975; and records related to the unfulfilled Annenberg plan for a separate center for visual and electronic education, 1976-1977.

Inventory

 

Annenberg Center Records 

Box

Folder

Annenberg School Dean’s correspondence 1965-1971 

1

1

Annenberg School Dean’s correspondence 1972-1976 

1

2

Annenberg School Dean’s correspondence, With University Provost on the funding for the Center, 1972-1978 

1

3

Appointment of Stephen Goff and other personnel matters, 1974-1976 

1

4

Building Committee, memos, 1965-1966 

1

5

Clippings, 1971-1976 

1

6

Council on Performing Arts Minutes, 1964-1971 

1

7

Council on Performing Arts, Chairman (R. Jean Brownlee) correspondence, 1968-1972 

1

8

Council on Performing Arts, General files, 1968-1974 

1

9

Council on Performing Arts, History and relevant documents, 1963-1971 

1

10

Council on Performing Arts, News clippings, 1968-1979 

1

11

Council on Performing Arts, Performing Arts Director search and Herbert L. Shore, 1969 

1

12

Dedication ceremony, 1971 April 8 

1

13

Director’s Group meeting, 1971-1972 

1

14

Dramatic Arts Operating Committee, Minutes, 1972 

1

15

Films by Women series, 1972-1974 

1

16

Inaugural Dinner, 1966 

1

17

Managing Director (Richard Kirschner), Correspondence, 1969-1971 

1

18

Managing Director (Richard Kirschner), Correspondence, 1972-1975 

1

19

Managing Director (Richard Kirschner), Resignation and documents concerning the relations between the Annenberg Center and the University of Pennsylvania, 1968-1975 

1

20

News, 1971 

1

21

Newspaper publicity 1972-1974 

1

22

Newspaper publicity 1975-1976 

1

23

Performing Arts Search Committee, 1968-1969 

1

24

Planning for the Center (Center for the Performing Arts), 1964-1965 

1

25

Policy papers and reports, 1965-1973 

1

26

Policy statement, grant agreement excerpt, correspondence or remarks on the Center’s mission and administration, etc., 1966-1969 

1

27

Proposed Annenberg Center for Visual and Electronic Education, Proposal, 1977 

1

28

Proposed Annenberg Center for Visual and Electronic Education, Plan with the New York Metropolitan Museum, 1976-1977 

1

29

Proposed Annenberg Center for Visual and Electronic Education, Planning, 1977 (I) 

1

30

Proposed Annenberg Center for Visual and Electronic Education, Planning, 1977 (II) 

2

1

Proposed Annenberg Center for Visual and Electronic Education, Planning, 1977 (III) 

2

2

Proposed Annenberg Center for Visual and Electronic Education, Task Force for the program in visual education, 1977 

2

3

University Arts Council, 1964-1969 

2

4

Weekly schedules, 1971-1972 

2

5