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Annenberg Center Records


Held at: University of Pennsylvania: University Archives and Records Center [Contact Us]3401 Market Street, Suite 210, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the University of Pennsylvania: University Archives and Records Center. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in their reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

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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.

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.

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

Transferred to the Archives in 1980 and 1984.

Inventory revised for web; inventory lists dates as 1964-1979, but Excel UPB finding aids spreadsheet lists dates as 1964-1969.

University of Pennsylvania: University Archives and Records Center
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Kaiyi Chen
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Annenberg School Dean's correspondence 1965-1971.
Box 1 Folder 1
Annenberg School Dean's correspondence 1972-1976.
Box 1 Folder 2
Annenberg School Dean's correspondence, With University Provost on the funding for the Center, 1972-1978.
Box 1 Folder 3
Appointment of Stephen Goff and other personnel matters, 1974-1976.
Box 1 Folder 4
Building Committee, memos, 1965-1966.
Box 1 Folder 5
Clippings, 1971-1976.
Box 1 Folder 6
Council on Performing Arts Minutes, 1964-1971.
Box 1 Folder 7
Council on Performing Arts, Chairman (R. Jean Brownlee) correspondence, 1968-1972.
Box 1 Folder 8
Council on Performing Arts, General files, 1968-1974.
Box 1 Folder 9
Council on Performing Arts, History and relevant documents, 1963-1971.
Box 1 Folder 10
Council on Performing Arts, News clippings, 1968-1979.
Box 1 Folder 11
Council on Performing Arts, Performing Arts Director search and Herbert L. Shore, 1969.
Box 1 Folder 12
Dedication ceremony, 1971 April 8.
Box 1 Folder 13
Director's Group meeting, 1971-1972.
Box 1 Folder 14
Dramatic Arts Operating Committee, Minutes, 1972.
Box 1 Folder 15
Films by Women series, 1972-1974.
Box 1 Folder 16
Inaugural Dinner, 1966.
Box 1 Folder 17
Managing Director (Richard Kirschner), Correspondence, 1969-1971.
Box 1 Folder 18
Managing Director (Richard Kirschner), Correspondence, 1972-1975.
Box 1 Folder 19
Managing Director (Richard Kirschner), Resignation and documents concerning the relations between the Annenberg Center and the University of Pennsylvania, 1968-1975.
Box 1 Folder 20
News, 1971.
Box 1 Folder 21
Newspaper publicity 1972-1974.
Box 1 Folder 22
Newspaper publicity 1975-1976.
Box 1 Folder 23
Performing Arts Search Committee, 1968-1969.
Box 1 Folder 24
Planning for the Center (Center for the Performing Arts), 1964-1965.
Box 1 Folder 25
Policy papers and reports, 1965-1973.
Box 1 Folder 26
Policy statement, grant agreement excerpt, correspondence or remarks on the Center's mission and administration, etc., 1966-1969.
Box 1 Folder 27
Proposed Annenberg Center for Visual and Electronic Education, Proposal, 1977.
Box 1 Folder 28
Proposed Annenberg Center for Visual and Electronic Education, Plan with the New York Metropolitan Museum, 1976-1977.
Box 1 Folder 29
Proposed Annenberg Center for Visual and Electronic Education, Planning, 1977 (I).
Box 1 Folder 30
Proposed Annenberg Center for Visual and Electronic Education, Planning, 1977 (II).
Box 2 Folder 1
Proposed Annenberg Center for Visual and Electronic Education, Planning, 1977 (III).
Box 2 Folder 2
Proposed Annenberg Center for Visual and Electronic Education, Task Force for the program in visual education, 1977.
Box 2 Folder 3
University Arts Council, 1964-1969.
Box 2 Folder 4
Weekly schedules, 1971-1972.
Box 2 Folder 5

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