- Additional Authors
- 76.5 linear feet (79 boxes)
- Design drawings.
- Preliminary sketches (sketches)
- Scripts (documents)
- Location of Other Archival Materials (note)
- Arts Library Special Collections, University Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.
- Biography (note)
- George Clarke Jenkins was a set designer, lighting designer and architect who designed for both theater and film and was known for his realism and attention to detail.
- Indexes/Finding Aids (note)
- Collection guide available in repository and on internet.
- Call Number
- *T-Vim 1976-002
Jenkins, George, 1908-2007.
George Jenkins papers and designs, 1933-1981.
The George Jenkins papers and designs primarily document Jenkins' career as a set designer for the theater. The collection is rich in creative designs and technical drawings, often including everything from rough preliminary sketches to the most detailed plans. There are also production materials, programs, scripts, and scrapbooks. Annie Get Your Gun (1957-1958) and The Miracle Worker (1959-1963) are especially well represented throughout the collection. For example, in the case of The Miracle Worker (1959-1963), the collection has multiple drafts of the script, production materials, several programs, and designs and elevations for the Broadway sets as well as the touring companies. The only papers not directly related to productions are some assorted professional papers and correspondence, photographs of Jenkins, and architectural designs (of theaters). There is very little of a personal nature, and Jenkins's papers related to his career as a motion picture and television set designer were donated to the library at UCLA.
George Clarke Jenkins was a set designer, lighting designer and architect who designed for both theater and film and was known for his realism and attention to detail. His most famous theatrical designs are Sly Fox (1976), Wait Until Dark (1966), 13 Daughters (1961), The Miracle Worker (1959), The Happiest Millionaire (1956-1957), Too Late the Phalarope(1956), The Desk Set (1955-1956), and Two for the Seesaw (1954). Born on November 19,1908 in Baltimore, Maryland, Jenkins originally trained as an architect, but began designing (and constructing) sets for summer stock and small independent theater troupes. In 1938 Jo Mielziner hired him as an assistant and Jenkins worked for him for three years. 1943 saw Jenkins's independent Broadway debut as a set and lighting designer with Early to Bed at the Broadhurst Theatre. The next year his designs for I Remember Mama caught the attention of Samuel Goldwyn. His first motion picture design was for The Best Years of Our Lives. In the 1950s Jenkins also began working in television, becoming a color specialist at both NBC and CBS. He also completed several architectural projects during the 1950s and 1960s, designing actual theater buildings for clients such as the University of Pennsylvania. In the early 1970s, Jenkins moved to California to focus more exclusively on film work. Among his final Broadway productions were Sly Fox , which earned Jenkins a Tony nomination.
- Location of Other Archival Materials
See also George Jenkins Art Direction Materials Archive (Collection 139) in the Arts Library Special Collections, University Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.
Collection guide available in repository and on internet.
- Connect to:
Stage lighting designers.
- Added Author
Gibson, William, 1914-2008. Miracle worker.
Mielziner, Jo, 1901-1976.
- Research Call Number