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Visual and Performing Arts College

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College Records

Departmental Records

Addendum 1

Art, Music, Theater and Dance Programs



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Visual and Performing Arts College, 1957+ | Northern Illinois University

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Collection Overview

Title: Visual and Performing Arts College, 1957+

Predominant Dates:1957-1997

ID: RHC/UA/27/

Extent: 16.25 Linear Feet

Arrangement: The College of Visual and Performing Arts record group consists of two series:  college records and department records.  The department records are arranged alphabetically.

Date Acquired: 00/00/1965

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The College of Visual and Performing Arts record group consists of two series:  college records and department records.  The department records are arranged alphabetically. There is also a substantial addendum of programs for art exhibitions, music and theater performances.

The college records consist of college council/senate minutes (1973-1985); curriculum committee minutes (1965+); records for the Artist Series Board, Artrain, Committee for Arts and Cultural Programs; costume files for university plays and dance programs from (1966-1998); and correspondence with departments and on various topics.  Although the Departments of Home Economics and Industry & Technology are no longer in this college, there is some correspondence concerning their programs (1960-1964).  Except for accreditation reports from 1980-1981, the department records are very scant and primarily contain newsletters, pamphlets and circulars.  One folder containing College Council Meeting Minutes (1965-1969) is located in UA 26, Box 2, Folder 17. More information on the history of the College of Visual and Performing Arts may be found in other University Archives record series.

Collection Historical Note

In July 1959 the university established the College of Fine and Applied Arts containing the Departments of Art, Home Economics, Industrial Arts, Music, and Business.  The Department of Business was fragmented in 1960 and established as the College of Business in 1961.  On December 4, 1973 the Illinois Board of Higher Education approved the establishment of the College of Visual and Performing Arts composed of the Departments of Art, Music, and Theater Arts (formerly in the Department of Speech).  Home Economics and Industrial Arts were transferred to the new College of Professional Studies.

As early as 1899 the College offered courses in drawing.  It was not until 1921 that the administration formed a Department of Fine Arts.  This was reorganized as the Department of Art in July 1958.  Music also had an early start.  Music is listed in the first catalog although a music teacher was not employed until the Fall of 1901.  After becoming a department in 1921, Music offered only a special four year program until 1950.  On July 6, 1972 the Illinois Board of Higher Education approved a proposal requesting the separation of the theater component from the Department of Speech to create a Department of Theater with responsibility for majors at the bachelors and masters level.  When moved to the College of Visual and Performing Arts, Theater Arts established a dance division which previously had been offered in the Department of Physical Education for Women.  In August 1999 the School of Theatre Arts became the School of Theatre and Dance.

Administrative Information

Repository: Northern Illinois University

Access Restrictions: There are no restrictions on access to the records.

Use Restrictions: Literary rights are dedicated to the public.

Acquisition Method: The University Archives acquired the College of Visual and Performing Arts in several installments beginning in the mid-1960's.


Box and Folder Listing


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Addendum 1
Box 21
Folder 1: Art Department, Program Accreditation Correspondence, 1979-1981
Folder 2: Music Department, Program Accreditation Correspondence and Self-Survey Report, 1980-1981
Folder 3: Theatre Arts, Self-Survey Report and Evaluation Response, 1981
Folder 4: Art Museum - Art of the New Deal Era Exhibition Suite Program; “Documenting the Depression: The Farm Security Administration as the Nation’s Lens,” lecture by David Kyvig, [DVD]; “Hope and Hard Times in the Heartland: Local Voices from the Great Depression,” panel discussion with Laura Uplinger and Herman Heam [DVD], April 8-May 28, 2010
Folder 5: School of Theatre and Dance Newsletters, 2010-2011
Box 22
Oversize 1: Black Theatre Workshop (BTW) Scrapbook, (1983-1990)
Box 23-50: [Boxes 23-50, open for future use]

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