Scope and arrangement
This collection primarily documents Jenkins career as a set designer for the theater. It 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.
The George Jenkins papers and designs are arranged in eight series:
- 1933-1969; undated1 box
This series is composed of letters not directly related to a specific production. Jenkins’s responses are filed with the other correspondents name whenever possible. Notable correspondents include the costume designer Dorothy Jeakins and Jo Mielziner.
- ca. 1933-1976; undated2 boxes
The Professional Papers series consists of items not directly related to specific productions. This includes professional biographies, a portion of a daily calendar, clippings about Jenkins that aren’t design related, general material sources, financial documents, organizations/councils to which Jenkins belonged, Philadelphia Art Alliance Awards he received, and professional photograph.
- 1950-1971; undated2 boxes
Considering the sheer number of theater productions Jenkins designed, the collection contains few scripts. Of special interest are the multiple drafts of The Miracle Worker (1959), one of which includes the author’s notes.
- 1933-1972; undated11 boxes
Production Materials are organized by production name and include items such as correspondence and notes directly related to production, photographs, receipts and cost estimates, clippings, color samples in the form of fabric and/or paint, research, rough sketches, and material sources. Both The Miracle Worker(1959-1963) and Two for the Seesaw (1954-1960) have several companies/productions and are particularly thorough, as are the materials for Annie Get Your Gun (1957) and Around the World in 80 Days (1963-1964).
- 1933-1972; undated
- 1943-1972; undated
- 1956-1971; undated