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School for the Contemporary Arts fonds Sub-series
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Brochures, booklets and posters

Sub-series consists of graphic materials and booklets relating to the productions and programs of the School and its predecessors. Records include brochures, season catalogues (a series of booklets describing public programming events, 1965-1974), posters and prints. Among the records are an autographed poster signed by five members of the visiting Royal Shakespeare Companey (item 1) and 19 prints collected from the 1960s San Francisco - Berkeley, California area, including posters for performances by the Grateful Dead, Country Joe and the Fish, Captain Beefheart, and various theatre productions at the University of California Berkeley campus (file 3).

Course files

This sub-series consists of records documenting the content and evaluation standards of courses offered by the School. Records include course outlines and descriptions; directed studies proposals; reading lists and slide lists; examination, assignment and essay questions; lecture schedules and outlines; memoranda and instructors' reports. For some courses in the performing arts, instructors' evaluations of students have been preserved as evidence of evaluation methods. Some teaching material has been retained (e.g. glossaries, lecture notes), but reprints of articles have not been preserved. The sub-series does not include course administration records (e.g. enrollment lists, grade lists, book requisition forms, grade change forms, registration status reports, waiting lists, add / drop forms, lab fee notices, student directories). Note that record types found in the files vary considerably from course to course.

Course guides

Series consists of the Course Guides published semiannually by the School, typically one for the fall and spring semesters (semesters 3 and 1) and one for the summer semester (semester 2). The Guides describe the School, its programs and the courses offered.

Curriculum and instruction - general files

Sub-series consists of records relating to curriculum and instruction generally, not falling under a more specific category. Activities, topics and events documented included enrollment statistics and grading policies. Records include correspondence, statistics, and policies.

Departmental correspondence - Art Gallery

This series consists of the Director's correspondence with the Art Gallery during the period when the Gallery reported to the Director. Activities and events documented include exhibits, acquisitions, budget planning and funding, position work responsibilities, and space planning. Records include correspondence, reports and statistics (including Annual Reports for 1981 and 1982 in files 6 and 7 respectively), acquisition lists, media releases, exhibit schedules, policies, presentations, and job descriptions.

Departmental correspondence - Dance program

This series consists of the Director's correspondence relating to the administration of the Dance program. Activities and topics documented include program establishment, curriculum development, meetings of the Dance Area Committee, budget planning, and student and faculty relations. Records include correspondence, reports, course proposals and descriptions, calendar change forms, petitions, and budget papers.

Departmental correspondence - Film program

This series consists of the Director's correspondence relating to the administration of the Film program. Activities and topics documented include the establishment of the program, curriculum and policy development, faculty relations, meetings of the Film Area committee, budget planning, screenings and distribution of student film productions, the establishment of the Praxis Institute, student exchange programs, and equipment management. Records include correspondence, reports, program proposals, course descriptions, meeting agendas and minutes, budget papers, film schedules and descriptions, and reference material.

Departmental correspondence - Music program

This series consists of the Director's correspondence relating to the administration of the Music program. Activities and topics documented include program establishment, curriculum and policy development, public programming, workshops, conferences and special events (e.g. the Computer Music Weekends), and budget, equipment and space planning. Records include correspondence, reports, schedules, budget working papers, program proposals, course and workshop descriptions.

Departmental correspondence - Theatre program

This series consists of the Director's correspondence relating to the administration of the Theatre program. Activities and topics documented include program establishment, curriculum and policy development, theatre design, planning and use policy, student and faculty relations. Records include correspondence, reports, meeting agendas and minutes, policies, program proposals, course proposals and descriptions, architectural drawings, and CVs.

Departmental correspondence - Visual Art program

This series consists of the Director's correspondence relating to the administration of the Visual Art program. Activities and topics documented include the establishment of the program, curriculum and policy development, management of Visual Art facilities, job responsibilities, equipment management, and budget planning. Records include correspondence and reports; budget papers; course and program proposals and descriptions; job descriptions; and agreements and legal opinions.

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