Scope and arrangement
The Dodger Costume Bibles document the history of theatrical costume design in America from 1969 to 2005, through the costume design records of a prominent theatrical production company and a famous costume company. Productions represented in this collection are those produced by Dodger Theatricals on Broadway and on national tours from 1979 to 2005, as well as shows from the same era whose costumes had been held at the Eaves-Brooks Costume Company, which the Dodgers acquired in 1998.
The costume bibles of which this collection consists are binders containing costume drawings and paintings for every member of the cast of the given show, with notes documenting all changes made to the costume, and usually including fabric and color swatch samples; lists of all the costumes in the show; inventories of measurements of each actor in the production; photographs of the finished costumes, and the actors in them; and costume plots by actor/character. (A costume plot charts each costume change the actor has over the course of the show.)
There are also shoe bibles and hair bibles which plot all the hats and wigs each actor wears, and how the wigs must be styled after each performance. Other items often found are financial documents, such as budgets and invoices, which document the cost of costume materials, and the assembling and maintenance of costumes. Notes and memos discussing the design, fabrication and handling of costume pieces and wigs are also present. Programs and photographs from the show are sometimes included in the costume bible.
General files contain measurement files on actors maintained by the Eaves-Brooks Costume Manufacturing Corporation, a folder of illustrations of military uniforms from various armies and periods; and costume inventory lists from various Dodger shows.
The Dodger Costume bibles are arranged alphabetically by production title. General files are arranged in chronological order.