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Robinson performing arts program collection

Identifier: 0714

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

This collection consists of programs for musical and dramatic performances collected by Robert Robinson. Programs in this collection cover Theatre, Opera, Symphony, Ballet, and well-known individual performers across the musical spectrum. The programs come mainly from London, but also come from both Eastern and Western Europe and the United States. Large well-known productions such as the Salzburg Festival and Glyndebourne Festival Opera as well as well-known venues such as the Royal Opera House in Covent Gardens are prominently featured, but smaller venues are also common. Many programs in the collection feature well-known performers and/or conductors. A small contingent of play manuscripts sent to Robinson, including drafts of several published plays are also part of the collection. The repository retained the collector's original order. In most series materials are arranged by type of performance, venue, and date. The exception is series 5, Individual performers where some programs featuring well-known performers such as Judy Garland and Marlene Dietrich, have been arranged by performer irrespective of venue or type of performance. Folder/file titles were provided by the processor. The number in parentheses following each folder title reflects the number of programs/items in each folder.


  • 1954 - 1983


Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

For permissions to reproduce or to publish, please contact Special Collections Library staff.

Biography of Robert Robinson

Robert Robinson was born in Montreal Canada were he developed a love of classical music early in life. By the age of 17 he was a professional radio actor and by 19 was acting on stage in Canada. When his potential was recognized by several leading actors of the day they arranged for Robinson to receive a scholarship to the Central School of Speech and Drama in London. He lived and worked there from 1953-1984. The programs in this collection come principally from this period. Robinson went on to direct plays and teach master classes in regional theatres and universities in Britain and the United States.


5 boxes

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Series Arrangement

Series 1 Orchestra/Symphony Programs

Series 2 Opera Programs

Series 3 Ballet Programs

Series 4 Theatre Programs

Series 5 Individual Performance Programs

Series 6 Manuscripts and Other Materials

Physical Location

Special Collections, Honnold/Mudd Library. Claremont University Consortium.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Robert Robinson.


No additions to the collection are anticipated.

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Processing Information

Arranged and Processed by Neeka Cannon.

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Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the 01 - Special Collections, Honnold/Mudd Library Repository

800 North Dartmouth Ave
Claremont CA 91711 United States