Robert C. Hansen Performing Arts Collection
Scope and Contents
While the majority of the collection focuses on theatre, other performing arts genres represented include circus, concert, dance, film, minstrelsy, opera, and vaudeville.
Some noted 19th century American stage actors/actresses represented in the collection include Edwin Booth (brother of John Wilkes), Charlotte Cushman, Fanny Davenport, Edwin Forrest, Joseph Jefferson, Julia Marlowe and E.H. Sothern. Famous 19th century European stage actors/actresses represented in the collection include Sarah Bernhardt, Dion Boucicault, Henry Irving, Helena Modjeska, Adelaide Ristori, Tommaso Salvini and Ellen Terry. Other notable personages include theatrical manager and playwright Augustin Daly, costume and set designer Leslie Hurry, and caricaturist Al Freuh.
Theatres, troupes and festivals highlighted in the collection include Minnesota's Guthrie Theatre, the United Kingdom's Royal Shakespeare Company, the Classics in Context and Humana festivals from the Actor's Theatre of Louisville in Kentucky, North Carolina's Shakespeare Festival, and Canada's Shaw Festival and Stratford Festival.
- 1700 - 2012
- Majority of material found within 1800s - 2000s
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Biographical or Historical Information
Hansen received his Bachelor of Arts degree in theatre and English from the University of Minnesota, Morris, his master's degree from Florida State University, and his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. Before coming to UNCG, he taught at Bowling Green State University in Ohio, where he chaired the theatre department and served as managing director of the Huron Playhouse. Hansen joined the faculty of UNCG in 1986. For twelve years, he served as head of the theatre department. He now teaches in the areas of theatre history, dramatic literature, non-western theatre, musical theatre, and design, and as Associate Dean his responsibilities include curriculum and teaching, freshman seminars, and the Bachelor of Liberal Studies program.
Over the past 28 years, Hansen has also worked in all aspects of theatre, including direction and design. He authored the book Scenic and Costume Design for the Ballets Russes (Ann Arbor: UMI Research Press, 1985) as well as numerous articles and reviews for journals such as Southern Theatre, Theatre Crafts, and Theatre Design and Technology. Hansen has also served as an officer in the North Carolina Theatre Association, United States Institute for Theatre Technology-Ohio Chapter, the American Theatre Association, the Southeastern Theatre Conference, and the National Association of Schools of Theatre.
85.00 Linear Feet (43 boxes, 10 scrapbooks)
Language of Materials
The Robert C. Hansen Performing Arts Collection dates from 100 to 2012 (bulk 1800s-2000s) and contains programs, heralds, guidebooks and periodicals, playbooks, sheet music and song books, correspondence and autographs, original costume and scenery designs, posters, photographs, postcards, tradecards, other visual materials, scrapbooks, subject files, and other memorabilia which document the history of the performing arts, mainly theatre, in many countries, mainly the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Further geographic foci within the United States include New York City, Minnesota, and North Carolina.
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Encoded by Michelle Belden, September 2008.
- Actors -- Autographs
- Actors -- Correspondence
- Actors -- Photographs
- Actors -- Portraits
- Advertising cards -- Specimens
- Broadsides -- Specimens
- Costume design
- Heralds (Advertisements) -- Specimens
- Performing arts -- Canada
- Performing arts -- Great Britain
- Performing arts -- United States
- Songbooks, English -- Specimens
- Souvenirs (Keepsakes) -- Specimens
- Theater -- Canada
- Theater -- Great Britain
- Theater -- United States
- Theater programs -- Specimens
- Theaters -- Stage-setting and scenery
- Theatrical posters -- Specimens
- Robert C. Hansen Performing Arts Collection
- Processed by Michelle Belden and Jennifer Motszko, assisted by Dean Rhoades and Stephanie Turner; machine-readable finding aid created by Michelle Belden.
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