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Records of the Arts Alliance

 Collection
Identifier: 31/6/25

  • Staff Only
The records of the Arts Alliance fill two boxes and include materials documenting five of its component organizations: Garden Party Productions, Orgy of the Arts, the Dolphin Show, the Gilbert and Sullivan Guild, and the Northwestern Dance Company. The records span the years from 1967 to 1983, with the bulk clustered between 1976 and 1979. Additions to this collection are described in the container list below.

The records are arranged first according to constituent organization within the Arts Alliance and then foldered according to topical headings. Many Orgy of the Arts and Garden Party productions were produced jointly: records relating to these productions may be found under the major heading “Arts Alliance.” Arts Alliance general and administrative records are arranged within folders chronologically. Records relating to specific productions are arranged in folders alphabetically by show title. Dates on these folders reflect the dates of particular shows and not necessarily the span dates of pertinent records. Production files generally include programs, posters, publicity materials, Lists of cast members and other related items.

The Dolphin Show records contain administrative files, financial records for the period 1969-1978, some posters and publicity materials, and scattered programs.

Materials relating specifically to Garden Party Productions consist of newspaper clippings, posters, and news releases for the year 1975.

The Gilbert and Sullivan Guild is documented through income and expenditure logs, clippings, programs, and correspondence with critics and benefactors. The Guild's constitution is also included.

The Orgy of the Arts records document fairly well the Mee-Ow Show from its inception in 1974 up to 1977, although later material is also included. Scripts and newspaper clippings are especially informative. Also found here are audition forms and the administrative notebook used during 1979. The notebook also contains many newspaper clippings.*

Records pertaining to the Northwestern Dance Company are especially thin, although several programs and some general clippings exist. Arts Alliance General Accounts are not documented in this series.

Dates

  • 1950-2002

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

None.

Extent

14.00 Boxes

Abstract

The Arts Alliance is Northwestern University's student organization for the performing arts. The records of the Arts Alliance fill two boxes and include materials documenting five of its component organizations: Garden Party Productions, Orgy of the Arts, the Dolphin Show, the Gilbert and Sullivan Guild, and the Northwestern Dance Company. The records span the years from 1967 to 1983, with the bulk clustered between 1976 and 1979.

Arrangement Note

The records are arranged first according to constituent organization within the Arts Alliance and then foldered according to topical headings.

Method of Acquisition

These records were donated to the University Archives on August 15, 1979 (Accession #79-156) by Rob Mendel of the Arts Alliance office. Additionally, two folders have been added from the University Archives' general files.

Related Materials

See The Records of the Mee-Ow Show (Series 31/6/77.

Separated Materials

Eight boxes of slides were separated to the University Archives' photograph collection. Two films, two audio cassettes and five audio tapes also have been removed. Two promotional shirts were separated to the artifacts collection. Approximately one cubic foot of duplicate materials has been discarded.

Materials relating to the Mee-Ow Show have been removed from the Records of the Arts Alliance and incorporated into a separate series, The Records of the Mee-Ow Show (Series 31/6/77)

The following folders relating to the Mee-Ow Show have been removed:

Box 2: Series: Orgy of the Arts

Folder 8 Mee-Ow: Audition Forms 1979 Folder 9 Mee-Ow: General Notebook 1974-1979 Folder 10 Mee-Ow: General 1977 Folder 11 Mee-Ow: Clippings, Posters, Tickets 1974-1979, n.d. Folder 12 Mee-Ow: Programs 1977-1979 Folder 13 Mee-Ow: Program Paste- up 1979 Folder 14 Mee-Ow: Scripts 1975 Folder 15 Mee-Ow: Scripts 1976, 1977 Folder 16 Mee-Ow: Scripts and Additions 1977 Folder 17 Mee-Ow: Scripts and New Materials 1977

Box 10 : Series: Mee-Ow Show Administrative Files

Folder 3 General Folder 4 1994 Season 1994 Folder 5 1998-1999 Season 1998-1999 Folder 6 1999-2000 Season 1999-2000 Folder 7 2000-2001 Season 2000-2001 Folder 8 Scripts n.d. Folder 9 Publicity n.d. Folder 10 Clippings

Processing Information

Melinda A. Campbell; April 14, 1986.
Title
Guide to the Records of the Arts Alliance
Author
Melinda A. Campbell
Date
02/04/1987
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Repository Details

Part of the Northwestern University Archives Repository

Contact:
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