Horace Robinson papers, 1926-2004  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Robinson, Horace W., 1909-
Title
Horace Robinson papers
Dates
1926-2004 (inclusive)
bulk (bulk)
Quantity
11.25 linear feet, (10 containers)
Collection Number
UA 025
Summary
Horace Robinson (1909-2009), Professor Emeritus of the University of Oregon, served on the faculty as technical director, scene designer, and director of the University of Oregon Theatre. Papers include manuscripts, scripts, scores and other creative works from productions at the University Theatre, photographs, and records of Robinson's involvement in local, national, and international professional and community service organizations.
Repository
University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives.
UO Libraries--SPC, 1299
University of Oregon
Eugene OR
97403-1299
Telephone: 541-346-3068
Fax: 541-346-3485
spcarref@uoregon.edu
Access Restrictions

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Collection must be used in Special Collections & University Archives Reading Room.

Languages
English


Historical NoteReturn to Top

Horace Robinson (1910-2009) University of Oregon professor emeritus was born October 26, 1909 in Apache, Oklahoma, to William and Ora Moran Robinson. He married Gwendolyn P. West on Dec. 29, 1932, in Oklahoma City; his wife died July 6, 2003. He attended Oklahoma City public schools, Oklahoma City University and the University of Iowa.

He was a professor at the University of Montana and UCLA prior to joining the University of Oregon faculty as technical director and scene designer in 1933. Between 1946 and 1970 he was director of the University of Oregon’s Theatre.

In 1949,Robinson designed a new, innovative theatre building for the campus that was named after him when he retired in 1975 after 42 years of teaching and directing over 100 productions. During four decades on campus, he always taught a full class load, took students on USO tours to entertain troops, directed most major university productions, ran the speech department, served in many civic organizations and on numerous theatre boards and associations, and published a book on theatre architecture.

Among his many awards, in 2008 he was recognized by the United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) for his contributions to the theatre field.

Horace Robinson died on October 13, 2009. At that time he was survived by two sons, Douglas Robinson of Portland and Thomas Robinson of Springfield; a daughter, Pamela Fritchman of Portland; and three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Series I: Personal, 1972-2004, arranged alphabetically. Includes three manuscripts written by Horace Robinson, handmade scrapbooks, and play programs.

Series II: Theatre production material that includes programs, scripts and scores, and publicity material arranged alphabetically, and a record book from the 1900s.

Series III: United Service Organization (U.S.O.) Tours material that contains correspondence, financial records, scripts, pamphlets, tour dates and locations, 1959-1976.

Series IV: Subject files, 1970-2004, arranged alphabetically. Includes conferences, committees, essays, Oregon Trail pageant, theatre history, and student work.

Series V. Photographs, 1934-1966, arranged by media type and dates. Contains photographs of plays, actor portraits, and events, as well as some personal pictures and illustrations. Types of photographs included mounted color, black and white, and sepia-toned, along with a few loose black and white, and color photographs. Sizes range from 3x5 to 11x14.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Property rights reside with Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish collection materials must be submitted to Special Collections & University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

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Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g. a cause of action for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of Oregon assumes no responsibility.

If a researcher finds sensitive personal information in a collection, please bring it to the attention of the reading room staff.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Horace Robinson papers, UA 025, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Series I:  PersonalReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1
Correspondence
1993-2004
1 2
Correspondence with University of Oregon Foundation
1995-1998
1 3
History of Painting, student manuscript, by Horace Robinson
1 4
History of Speech as a discipline at the University of Oregon
1972
1 5
Jerome Lawrence and Robert Edwin Lee, Fellows Citation, correspondence
1990
1 6
National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST), recollections by Horace Robinson
1 7
A People's Theatre: The Oregon Trail Pageants (reports) by Horace Robinson
1 8
A People's Theatre: The Oregon Trail Pageants (reports) by Horace Robinson
1 9
A People's Theatre: The Oregon Trail Pageants, Version 3, by Horace Robinson
1 10
A People's Theatre: The Oregon Trail Pageants, Version 4, by Horace Robinson
1 11
A People's Theatre: The Oregon Trail Pageants, pre-publication family edition, by Horace Robinson
1994
1 12
Scenic Design class, by Horace Robinson
1 13
Scenic Design class, by Horace Robinson
Folder
14
Scores, by Horace Robinson
Box Folder
1 15
The Silent Woman, by Horace Robinson
Folder
16
Theatre Questionnaire
Box Folder
1 17
Tribute to Horace Robinson (poem/song)
1 18
With Fear and Trembling, by Horace Robinson

Series II:  Theatre Productions and Publicity, 1933-1993Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 19
All the King's Men, Act 1
1 20
All the King's Men, Act 1 & 2
1 21
All the King's Men, Act 3
1 22
Amok: A Philipine Tragedy
1 23
Andorra, by Max Frisch
1 24
The Barong: A Play of the Southern Phillipines
1 25
The Boy Friend
1 26
Carousel
1 27
Carousel
1 28
Carousel, Director's Copy
1 29
The Chief Thing, by Nikolai Evreinov
1 30
A People's Theatre, 2 computer disk files
2 1
Dance of the Hour
2 2
Dark of the Moon
2 3
Dawn's Early Light
2 4
Dawn's Early Light
2 5
A Death in the Family
2 6
The Devil and Daniel Webster
2 7
Finian's Rainbow
7 1
Forests of Oregon
2 8
Funny Girl
7 2
The Griffin
2 9
George Gerschwin, song album
2 10
The Good Soldier, by Schweik
2 11
Hollywood Story
2 12
I Am Not Rappaport
2 13
I Do, I Do
7 3
Indian Love Call
2 14
The Inspector General, adapted by Horace Robinson
2 15
John Blow, Venus and Adonis
2 16
The King and I
2 17
Kiss Me Kate
2 18
Kiss Me Kate
2 19
Kiss Me Kate, director's copy
7 4
La Reinede Saab and Skipper of Toonerville
2 20
Lady in the Dark
2 21
Land of Hope and Glory
2 22
Land of Hope and Glory and Bach Chorales
2 23
Lowland Sea
2 24
Martha
2 25
Martha
2 26
Martha
2 27
A Midsummer Night's Dream
2 28
Mirror for the Sky, first and second choral suite
7 5
Mirror for the Sky
7 6
Mirror for the Sky
7 7
Mirror for the Sky
2 29
Mozart the Impresario
7 8
Music for Dancing
3 1
Of thee I Sing
3 2
Of thee I Sing
7 9
Old Dan Tucker
7 10
Oregon Trail Pageant
3 3
Oregon Trail Pageant
1946-1952
3 4
Out Flew the Web
3 5
Parable of Death
3 6
Patience or Bunthorne's Bride
3 7
Peer Gynt
3 8
Picnics Are for Sunday Afternoon
3 9
Pioneer Song and Home on the Range
3 10
Plain and Fancy
3 11
The Plywood Age
3 12
The Plywood Age, program
7 11
Plywood Show
7 12
Plywood Show
7 13
Plywood Show
3 13
Programs
1933-1948
3 14
Programs
1933-1948
3 15
Programs
1933-1948
3 16
Programs
1946-1956
3 17
Programs
1949-1956
3 18
Programs
1949-1956
3 19
Programs
1956-1962
3 20
Programs
1956-1962
3 21
Programs
1964-1965
4 1
Programs
1965
4 2
Promotion and Publicity, History of University Theatre
1958-1993
4 3
Promotion and Publicity
1962-1963
4 4
Promotion and Publicity
1962-1963
4 5
Promotion and Publicity
1962-1963
4 6
Promotion and Publicity
1962-1963
4 7
Promotion and Publicity
1964
4 8
Promotion and Publicity
1964
4 9
Promotion and Publicity
1965
4 10
Promotion and Publicity
1965
4 11
Promotion and Publicity
1965
4 12
Promotion and Publicity
1965
4 13
Promotion and Publicity
1965
4 14
Promotion and Publicity
1965
4 15
Promotion and Publicity
1965-1966
4 16
Promotion and Publicity
1966
4 17
Promotion and Publicity, Oregon Daily Emerald First 100 years
1972
7 14
The Red Man Pageant
1937
7 15
The Red Man Pageant
4 18
Rhapsody in Blue
4 19
Rhythmania: A Study of Jazz
1952
7 16
Sarabande and Nursery Ballet
4 20
The Stars and Stripes Forever
4 21
The Telephone
4 22
Total Abandon
7 17
Two Can Live
4 23
Various Musical Scores
4 24
Various Musical Scores
7 18
Various Musical Scores
7 19
Various Musical Scores
7 20
Various Musical Scores
7 21
Various Musical Scores
7 22
Various Musical Scores
7 23
War Dance
5 1
West Side Story
5 2
Where's Charlie?
5 3
Wizard of Oz
5 4
Wonderful Town
5 5
Yellow Jacket

Series III:  United Service Organization (USO) Tours, 1959-1974Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
5 6
Cheer from the Campus, USO pamphlet
5 7
Correspondense and expenses
1973
5 8
Financial Documents, Taiwan Tour
1973
5 9
ATA-USO (American Theatre Association), Touring Committee
1972-1973
5 10
AETA - USO (American Educational Theatre Association), Summaries and Reports
1959-1973
5 11
AETA - USO, Touring Committee
1975-1976
5 12
Orientation Pamphlet
1969
5 13
Touring Committee
1970-1971
5 14
Touring Committee
1971-1972
5 15
Touring Committee
1973-1974
5 16
Tour, The Apple Tree
1969
5 17
Tour, The Apple Tree
1969
5 18
Tour, Guys and Dolls, Oregon
1965
5 19
Tour, Guys and Dolls, overseas, financial documents
1965
5 20
Tour, Guys and Dolls, overseas
1965
5 21
Tour, Guys and Dolls, overseas
1965
5 22
Tour, Little Mary Sunshine
1962
5 23
Tour, Little Mary Sunshine
1962
5 24
Tour, Little Mary Sunshine
1962
5 25
Tour, Wonderful Town
1959

Series IV:  Subject Files, 1926-2004Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
5 26
College of Fellows of the American Theatre, correspondence, publications, finances
1996-2004
5 27
Design for Theater, SUNY at Binghamton
1970
5 28
History of Costume
5 29
History of Costume
5 30
History of Costume
5 31
History of University of Oregon Theatre
5 32
History of University of Oregon Theatre
5 33
History of University of Oregon Theatre, reports
5 34
Jean Lanvin (Couture Parfums); Campagnie Dramatique, Francaise Louis Jouvet
6 1
Lane County Auditorium Association
6 2
Lane County Auditorium Association
6 3
Lane County Auditorium Association
6 4
Lane County Auditorium Association
6 5
Lane County Auditorium Association
6 6
Lane County Auditorium Association
6 7
Lane County Auditorium, convention center, public opinion survey
March 1970
6 8
Lane County Contact Committee: Auditorium-Convention Center, Interviews with elected officials, memos
1974-1975
6 9
National Theatre Conference
1989-1990
6 10
Northwest Drama Conference, correspondence and history
1986-1991
6 11
Oregon Trail Pageant, history and evaluation of pageants throughout Oregon
6 12
Oregon Trail Pageants, programs
1926-1940
6 13
Oregon Trail Pageant, programs
1941-1952
6 14
Oregon Trail Pageant, Cal Young and Doris Smith
6 15
Oregon Trail Pageant, planning and references
6 16
Oregon Trail Pageant and W.F. Goodwin Thatcher
6 17
Readers' Theatre Group
6 18
Theatre Historical Society, Northwest Conclave
1987
6 19
University of Oregon Theatre, expansion project
2002
6 20
History of Painting

Series V:  Photographs, 1934-1966Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
8 1
Pursuit of Happiness, black and white 11x14 mounted photograph, undated
8 2
Caste, black and white 11x14 mounted photograph
1934
8 3
The Chief Thing, three black and white 11x14 mounted photographs
1934
8 4
The Constant Wife, two black and white 11x14 mounted photographs
1934
8 5
Cradle Song, two black and white 11x14 mounted photographs
1934
8 6
Gods of the Mountain, black and white 11x14 mounted photograph
1934
8 7
Leave It to P. Smith two black and white 11x14 mounted photographs
1934
8 8
Dangerous Corner, black and white 11x14 mounted photograph
1935
8 9
Eve of St. Mark, three black and white 11x14 mounted photographs
1935
8 10
The Queen's Husband, black and white 11x14 mounted photograph
1935
8 11
Small Miracles, black and white 11x14 mounted photograph
1935
8 12
Dinner at Eight, black and white 11x14 mounted photograph
1936
8 13
Good-Bye Again, black and white 11x14 mounted photograph
1936
8 14
The Life of Christopher Bean, black and white 11x14 mounted photograph
1936
8 15
Outward Bound, black and white 11x14 mounted photograph
1936
8 16
Rivals, black and white 11x14 mounted photograph
1936
8 17
Street Scene, black and white 11x14 mounted photograph
1936
8 18
A. H. Wilderness, black and white 11x14 mounted photograph
1937
8 19
Ethan Frome, black and white 11x14 mounted photograph
1937
8 20
Pygmalion, four black and white 11x14 mounted photographs
1937
8 21
Roadside, black and white 11x14 mounted photograph
1937
8 22
The Shining Hour, black and white 11x14 mounted photograph
1937
8 23
As Husbands Go, black and white 11x14 mounted photograph
1938
8 24
Noah, two black and white 11x14 mounted photographs
1938
8 25
Private Lives, black and white 11x14 mounted photograph
1938
8 26
Arms and the Man, two black and white 11x14 mounted photographs
1939
8 27
Emperor Jones, black and white 11x14 mounted photograph
1939
8 28
Of Mice and Men, circa 1940-1942, three black and white 11x14 mounted photographs
1940
8 29
Touch Wood, circa 1940, black and white 11x14 mounted photograph
1940
9 1
High Tor, two black and white 11x14 mounted photographs
1940
9 2
Idiot's Delight, black and white 11x14 mounted photograph
1940
9 3
Night Must Fall, black and white 11x14 mounted photograph
1940
9 4
George Washington Slept Here, two black and white 11x14 mounted photographs
1941
9 5
Tovarich, three black and white 11x14 mounted photographs
1941
9 6
Three Cornered Moon, black and white 11x14 mounted photograph
1941
9 7
Eve of St. Mark, two black and white 11x14 mounted photographs
1942
9 8
Of thee I Sing, three black and white 11x14 mounted photographs
1942
9 9
Watch on the Rhine, black and white 11x14 mounted photograph
1942
9 10
Wingless Victory, two black and white 11x14 mounted photographs
1942
9 11
Dark Victory, black and white 11x14 mounted photograph
1943
9 12
Out of the Frying Pan, black and white 11x14 mounted photograph
1943
9 13
The Whole Town is Talking, black and white 11x14 mounted photograph
1943
9 14
The Corn is Green, black and white 11x14 mounted photograph
1944
9 15
Dark Victory, black and white 11x14 mounted photograph
1944
9 16
The Great God Brown, three black and white 11x14 mounted photographs
1944
9 17
Skin of Our Teeth, two black and white 11x14 mounted photographs
1944
9 18
Time of Your Life, circa 1944, black and white 11x14 mounted photograph
1944
9 19
Ladies of the Jury, two black and white 11x14 mounted photographs
1945
9 20
Lilliom, black and white 11x14 mounted photograph
1945
9 21
The Trojan Women, black and white 11x14 mounted photograph
1945
9 22
Dark of the Moon, four black and white 11x14 mounted photographs
1946
9 23
Dear Brutus, black and white 11x14 mounted photograph
1946
9 24
Out Flew the Web, black and white 11x14 mounted photograph
1946
9 25
I Remember Mama, black and white 11x14 mounted photograph
1947
9 26
Man Who Came to Dinner, black and white 11x14 mounted photograph
1947
9 27
Dear Brutus, black and white 11x14 mounted photograph
1948
9 28
Hedda Garber, color 11x14 mounted print of play performance
1957
9 29
USO, two photographs. One color 8x10 photograph of navy ship, with commanding officer's signature and note to H. Robinson. One 8x10 photograph of a track chart of the Pacific Ocean.
1959
9 30
Rashoman, black and white 11x14 mounted photograph
1960
9
Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, black and white 10.5 x 12.5 photograph, Eugene Register-Guard staff photo
1966
Folder
10 1
Horace Robinson, color 3x5 photograph with others
10 2
One black and white 5x7sepia-toned portrait photograph of man
10 3
One black and white 3.x5 portrait photograph of woman
10 4
Horace Robinson, three black and white 5x7 photographs
10 5
One black and white 5x7 portrait photograph of a woman
Color 8x10 plastic-sleeved photograph
Box Folder
10 6
Two 8x10 photographs of play performances, one color, one sepia-toned black and white
10 7
Three 8x10 portrait photographs of two women, two color photographs, one black and white
10 8
Four black and white 8x10 portrait photographs of four women
10 9
Four black and white 8x10 portrait photographs of four men
10 10
Black and white, sepia-toned 8x10 portrait photograph, subject unknown
10 11
Five negative strips 8X10 of theatre construction site
Folder
12
Black and white, sepia-toned 8x10 portrait photograph, subject unknown
Box Folder
10 13
Jerome Alden (formerly known as Jerry Lakefish), black and white 8x10 mounted portrait photograph
10 14
Janet Felt, black and white, sepia-toned 8x10 mounted portrait photograph
10 15
Iris Franzen, black and white sepia-toned 8x10 portrait photograph
10 16
John Kerigan, two black and white 8x10 sepia-toned portrait photographs
10 17
Jack Lewis, two black and white sepia-toned 8x10 mounted portrait photographs
10 18
North Africa theatre ruins, black and white 11x14 cardstock photograph
10 19
Crucible, black and white 11x14 photograph
10 20
Futuristic interior design, two color 11x14 laminated illustrations
10 21
Pat Neal, color 11x14 portrait illustration with her signature and note to H. Robinson
10 22
The Way of the World, two color 11x14 mounted prints
10 23
Play Performance, two Color 11x14 mounted prints
10 24
Play Performance, two Color 11x14 mounted prints
10 25
Play Performance, two Color 11x14 mounted prints
10 26
Play Performance, two Color 11x14 mounted prints
10 27
Play Performance, three Color 11x14 mounted prints
10 28
Play Performance, two Color 11x14 mounted prints
10 29
Play Performance, two Color 11x14 mounted prints

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • College theater--Oregon--Eugene
  • Education, Higher--Oregon--Eugene
  • Theater--Oregon--Photographs
  • Theatrical producers and directors--United States
  • Universities and colleges--Oregon--Eugene
  • Personal Names :
  • Robinson, Horace W., 1909-
  • Corporate Names :
  • University of Oregon. University Theatre
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Correspondence
  • Photographs
  • Theater programs