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Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Related Material

Administrative Information

Sources:

Description of Series

Series I. Turnabout Theatre / Yale Puppeteers, circa 1930s-?

Series II. Punch and Judy Puppets, circa 1880-circa 1885

Series III. Paul Clemens Marionettes, circa 1902-circa1960

Series IV. Kathputli Rajasthani Marionettes, undated

Series V. Karagoz Shadow Puppets, 1959-1992

Series VI. Javanese Wayang Golek Puppets and Wayang Kulit Shadow Puppets, undated

Series VII. Other Puppetry Traditions, 19th century-1980s

Series VIII. WPA Puppet Plays, 1937-1938, undated

Series IX. Nancy Renfro Puppet Collection, undated

University of Texas, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

Puppetry Collection:

A Preliminary Inventory of the Collection at the Harry Ransom Center



Title: Puppetry Collection
Dates: 1800s-1980s (bulk 1880s-1950s)
Abstract: The Puppetry Collection consists of just over 100 puppets and marionettes representing puppetry traditions from around the world, supplemented by research material on puppetry such as photographs, posters, clippings, theater programs, and manuscripts.
Call Number: Performing Arts Collection PA-00057
Extent: 5 document boxes, 120 oversize boxes (osb), 14 oversize folders (osf), 2 rolled items, 1 unhoused object (approx. 80 linear feet)
Language: English, Arabic, German, French, Italian, and Russian.
Repository: The University of Texas at Austin, Harry Ransom Center

Scope and Contents

The Puppetry Collection consists of just over 100 puppets and marionettes representing puppetry traditions from around the world, supplemented by research material on puppetry such as photographs, posters, clippings, theater programs, and manuscripts.

The collection is arranged into nine series: I.Turnabout Theatre / Yale Puppeteers, circa 1930s-?; II. Punch and Judy Puppets, circa 1880-circa 1885; III. Paul Clemens Marionettes, circa 1902-circa 1960; IV. Kathputli Rajasthani Marionettes, undated; V. Karagoz Shadow Puppets, 1959-1992; VI. Javanese Wayang Golek Puppets and Wayang Kulit Shadow Puppets, undated; VII. Other Puppetry Traditions, 19th century-1980s; VIII. WPA Puppet Plays, 1937-1938, undated; and IX. Nancy Renfro Puppet Collection, undated.

The Turnabout Theatre in Los Angeles was a performance space operated by the Yale Puppeteers. The company originated at the University of Michigan, and began touring in 1927. Series I. Turnabout Theatre / Yale Puppeteers, circa 1930s-?, includes two marionettes for Amphitryon 38 and three for Uncle Tom’s Cabin, supplemented by photographs, transcribed lyrics and tablature for music, and other materials. The material in this series was transferred from the UT Drama Department and Curtain Club Collection.

Series II. Punch and Judy Puppets, circa 1880-circa 1885, consists of seven hand-carved puppets created for the Swift Brothers touring tent show which toured Texas, Oklahoma, and Illinois until 1956.

Paul Clemens was a vaudeville actor who toured on the Chautauqua circuit. Between 1930 and 1960, he designed puppets and wrote playlets to suit the puppets he made, touring with a company. Series III. Paul Clemens Marionettes, circa 1902-circa 1960, consists of 62 marionettes and assorted pieces of puppets, supplemented by photographs, theater programs, a travelling case, and other materials. Clemens’s stepson, David Overton, presented the material as a gift to the Harry Ransom Center in 1970.

Series IV. Kathputli Rajasthani Marionettes, undated, consists of a set of 33 traditional kathputli marionettes, supplemented by props, a backdrop tamboodi (tent), and other materials. The marionettes, which include most of the characters used in traditional Rajput plays, were purchased in 1982 from Anila Mehta (R 9623).

Series V. Karagoz Shadow Puppets, 1959-1992, consists of four boxes of leather puppets and scenery. The puppets, which were built by Metin Özlen, a well-known Karagoz puppeteer of Istanbul, are a set of characters for "The Witches." Each puppet has a paper label attached to the back identifying the character or character type, and the maker’s name and dates. The scenario for the play is as follows: Two rival witches respectively have a son and daughter, who are in love but have quarreled. Each of the lovers complains to the other’s mother. The two witches hold a contest during which several people are transformed into animals. The figures in this play are Karagoz; Hacivat; Celebi, the man and evil-turning son of Witch 1; Zenne, the woman and donkey-turning daughter of Witch 2; Karagoz as donkey; Hacivat as goat; son of Hacivat as frog; son of Karagoz as turtle; Witch 1; Witch 2; a house; a screen ornament. The acquisition of these materials may have been facilitated by Joel Sherzer, a professor of anthropology at the University of Texas at Austin.

Series VI. Javanese Wayang Golek Puppets and Wayang Kulit Shadow Puppets, undated, consists of four wayang golek puppets and three wayang kulit shadow puppets. The Javanese puppets were purchased from Ifan Kyrle Fletcher. The wayang kulit shadow puppets are from Jogjakarta, are made of dried buffalo skin and cane, and are painted.

Series VII. Other Puppetry Traditions, 19th century-1980s, contains materials documenting a variety of puppetry performers, companies, and traditions.

Series VIII. WPA Puppet Plays, 1937-1938, undated, contains scripts for 29 puppet plays created for and possibly produced under the auspices of the Federal Theatre Project, an initiative sponsored by the U.S. Works Progress Administration. The material in this series was transferred from the University of Texas Extension Library Collection.

Series IX. Nancy Renfro Puppet Collection, includes 26 hand and finger puppets plus associated materials such as patterns, original design drawings, and notes. Nancy Renfro (1937-1993) was an artist, puppeteer, and educator who established her own puppetry business, Nancy Renfro Studios, in the 1970s. During her puppetry career she wrote books about puppetry, taught puppetry workshops from the 1970s through the early 1990s, and sold mail-order puppets and puppetry books through her company. A selection of her puppets was donated to the Ransom Center in 2012.

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Restrictions

Access:

Open for research. An appointment is required to view marionettes, puppets, oversize rolled posters, and other three-dimensional objects. Access to the tent (tamboodi) in box 106 is restricted due to preservation concerns; a digital image is available.

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Related Material

The Ransom Center Library includes a number of printed plays for puppets and marionettes. The Ransom Center is also home to the Stanley Marcus Sicilian Marionette Collection, and the Joel Sherzer Collection of materials relating to international puppetry festivals from 1980s-1985. The W. H. Crain Costume and Scenic Design Collection includes toy theater prints, circa 1830-1850. Issues of Puppet Teaching News Bulletin, published by the Works Progress Administration, are located in Performing Arts Periodicals. Given the interdisciplinary nature of puppetry, additional materials can be found interwoven in the Pantomime Collection, Theatre Biography Collection, Circus Collection, and Joseph Ward Circus Collection. Additional material pertaining to Nancy Renfro’s career in puppetry may be found in the Nancy Renfro Papers and Art Works, located in the Art Collection.

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Administrative Information

Acquisition:

Assembled by Theatre Arts staff from various collections including Albert Davis, Messmore Kendall, and W. H. Crain. Additional gifts and purchases, 1968-1992 (R 9623 and others), Gift, 2012 (12-05-009-G).

Processed by:

Carolyn Roark and Helen Adair, 2004; Helen Baer, 2014; Eric Colleary, 2016

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Sources:

Roark, Carolyn. "The Harry Ransom Center: An Archive for Scholars and Artists." Puppetry International 19 (2006), 36-38.

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Container List

Series I. Turnabout Theatre / Yale Puppeteers,circa 1930s-?

Marionettes
Amphitryon 38
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8 Lynn Fontanne as "Alkmena." Female figure, Caucasian, with dark realistic hair and eyelashes, painted features. Paint on face shows signs of wear. Wears light colored toga-like dress with pearl bead trim. Has silver, beaded slippers on feet. Strings have been cut: no manipulating apparatus. Approx. 26 inches long.
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9 Alfred Lunt as "Jupiter." Male figure, Caucasian, with Greek style robe; underneath, short suit with belt, shirt, short pants. Realistic hair, gray, done with curled beard and hair; painted features. Light colored clothing, showing signs of wear and decay. Silver sandals. Strings have been cut: no manipulating apparatus. Approx. 26 inches long.
Uncle Tom’s Cabin
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10 "Topsy." African-American figure with realistic hair and painted features. Wears purple robe, red sash, and blue shoes; carries bundle (probably baby, but no discernable features). Approx. 19 inches long.
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11 "Uncle Tom." African-American figure with realistic hair (possibly made from rabbit fur) and painted features. Wears blue pants and red checkered shirt; bare feet. Approx. 19 inches long.
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12 "Eliza." African-American figure with realistic hair styled into wrapped segments; painted features. Wears angel costume, white robe with translucent overlay, gold-braid belt, and sateen-cloth covered wings. Feet are bare with toe nails painted red. Approx. 19 inches long.
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1.1 Amphitryon 38, program for Theatre Guild production with Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne
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1.2 Brown, Forman, Walls (poem)
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1.3 Brown, Forman, memoir Punch’s Progress
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1.4 Burnett, Harry, Christmas greeting
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1.5 Hanley, Ethel S., letter to Harry Burnett, 1949
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1.6 Palos Verdes Community Arts Workshop, leaflet (with puppetry class taught by Harry Burnett)
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1.7 Puppet World, vol. 1, no. 1, 1939
Turnabout Theatre
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1.8 History and bulletins
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1.9 Rickner, Don L., Turnabout Theatre, Hollywood, 1941-1956, photocopy of pages 1-18 of M.A. thesis, 1966
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1.10 Souvenir Programs
Yale Puppeteers
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1.11 Music: Duets and Ensembles
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1.12 Music: Music and Lyrics
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1.13 Music: Puppets of Celebrities
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1.14 Music: Solos, Osborne & Lane
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1.15 Music: Songs and Monologues
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1.16-1.19 Music: Songs and Sketches (four folders)
Scripts
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2.1 Mister Noah
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2.2 The Pie-Eyed Piper
Photographs
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2.3 Gullible’s Travels
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2.4 Brown, Forman
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2.5 Burnett, Harry
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osf 5 Burnett, Harry and company
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2.6 Goslar, Lotte
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osf 14 Goslar, Lotte
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2.7 Lanchester, Elsa
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2.8 Lane, Leota
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2.9 Neumann, Dorothy
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osf 14 Neumann, Dorothy
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2.10 Osborne, Frances

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Series II. Punch and Judy Puppets, circa 1880-circa 1885

Puppets
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13 "Judy." Wooden head and grip, with metal rod in grip for jaw action. Her face features typical "Judy" characteristics: hooked nose, small chin, red painted face. Her costume has largely deteriorated, leaving only a few blue floral fabric strips at the neck. She wears an ivory-colored lace cap, intact but in ill repair. The figure is in very delicate condition.
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14 "Mr. Punch." Wooden head and grip, with metal rod in grip for jaw action. His face features typical "Punch" characteristics: large hooked nose, red face with darker red on nose and cheeks. He wears a black cap with ribbon trim, blue striped garment, and green scarf at neck. Costume is split at the back for manipulator’s hand and arm. Head shows some wear and distress over right eye. Figure appears to have had hair at one time, now almost entirely gone.
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15 "Hangman" (labeled "Villain," but almost certainly the "Hangman"). Wooden head and grip; lacks moveable jaw. His face features a square head and jaw, large blunt nose, red coloring with black painted forehead, brows, and mustache. Wears a black leather cap on his head with a few strands of hair on top (appears to be human hair). Costume is a nondescript gray sheath, and is stained and fragile.
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16 "Devil." Wooden head and grip; lacks moveable jaw. Face features square jaw and pronounced cheekbones, painted black with red line around lips, bared white teeth, small white horns mounted on forehead, and light colored hair or fur on head. Horns are loose. Costume is a loose red sheath.
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17 "Ghost." Wooden head and grip; lacks moveable jaw. Head is conical, with flat top, skeletal features painted in white and black, and hollows for eye and nasal sockets. Costume is a light gray sheath, and is stained.
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18 "Preacher." Wooden head and grip, with metal rod in grip for jaw action. His face is painted red with white eye sockets, small nose, and pronounced red lips. Wears blue cap with ribbon strip, dark gray sheath (aging, with several holes in fabric), and light colored clerical collar.
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19 "Policeman." Wooden head and grip, with metal rod in grip for jaw action. His face is painted red with blunt nose, with remnant of hair or fur for mustache and goatee (largely deteriorated). Wears blue cap with black leather bill, and blue sheath.

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Series III. Paul Clemens Marionettes, circa 1902-circa1960

Marionettes and Assorted Objects
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20 Male in vest and breeches
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21 "Rip Van Winkle"
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22 Caricature of African Wild Man
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23 Male character in The Merchant of Venice
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24 Woman in blue dress
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25 19th century older woman
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26 Male in suit with one long arm
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27 19th century female in cloak
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28 "Tiny Tim"
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29 "Ebenezer Scrooge"
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30 Elizabethan courtier
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31 Pirate in Treasure Island
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32 Woodsman
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33 "Friar Tuck" in Robin Hood
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34 "Captain Smollett" in Treasure Island
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35 Male colonial figure
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36 Torso in Victorian dress, no head or legs
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37 "Ben Gunn" in Treasure Island
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38 Unidentified character in Robin Hood
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39 Clown
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40 Native American
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41 Male figure, Elizabethan dress. Wears black vest with diamond pattern embroidery, lace collar, beige vest and pantaloons, black hose and pointed shoes. Caucasian, appears older, with cropped gray hair. Approx. 15 inches high.
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42 Female figure, older, with weather-beaten features and gray hair, missing teeth. Wears patched and faded dress, ragged shawl, brown-checkered shirt. Caucasian, pronounced orange eyes. Approx. 17 inches high.
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43 Male figure, Caucasian, haggard, with red aging lines painted on face. Wears yellow pants and green jacket in colonial style. Appears to be an aged Rip Van Winkle. Approx. 15 1/2 inches high.
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44 Female figure, youthful, in patterned pink peasant skirt and linen peasant blouse. Caucasian, has rosy painted features, blue eyes, and blond pigtails. Wears brown heeled shoes. Approx. 15 inches high.
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45 Wolf, gray with pointed ears. Has long tail. Includes manipulating apparatus. Approx. 13 inches long, approx. 6 inches high.
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46 Dog, brown with white, black, and red patches, floppy ears. Wood carved. Includes manipulating apparatus. Approx. 5.5 inches long, approx. 3.5 inches high.
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47 Dog, black and white, floppy ears and long tail, spaniel-like features. Wood carved. Includes manipulating apparatus. Approx. 9.5 inches long, approx. 3.5 inches high.
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48 Male figure in medieval dress, youthful, in red pants and orange jacket with long sleeves. Caucasian, fair, rosy features, wears red cap with feathers. Possibly from Robin Hood. Approx. 16 inches high.
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49 "Mrs. Cratchet." In Victorian dress, middle aged with graying hair and painted blue eyes, Caucasian. Wears brown checkered pinafore and brown skirt, light brown shirt, black boots. Rod puppet. Approx. 15 inches high.
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50 "Mrs. Cratchet." In Victorian dress, middle aged with brown hair and painted, lined face, Caucasian. Dressed in mauve dress with long, full sleeves, lace scarf, black boots. Approx. 14 inches high.
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51 Androgynous figure in medieval dress. Caucasian, youthful with long blonde hair and painted blue eyes, rosy features. Dressed in green skirt and jacket with white woven trim, green oversleeves, brown leggings and boots. Has green cap with green feathers. Appears to be figure from Robin Hood or Peter Pan. Approx. 14 inches high.
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52 Female figure in 19th century dress. Caucasian, youthful, with blonde ringlets, painted blue eyes, and rosy features. Floral print dress with full skirt and light blue sash at waist, lacy bloomers, Mary Jane style shoes. Possibly a figure from Hansel and Gretel. Approx. 13 inches high.
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53 Male figure in 19th century dress. Caucasian, with gray, balding hair. Has moveable mouth and eyes (one eye is yellow and clouded as though blind). Wears long black coat and black pants, orange vest and gray cravat over white shirt. Mounted to apparatus for manipulating limbs and facial features. Approx. 16 inches high.
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54 Male figure in 19th century dress. Caucasian, middle aged, with dark, balding hair, moveable facial features, clouded brown eyes. Wears gray striped pants and white vest and bowtie over white shirt. Mounted to apparatus for manipulating limbs and facial features. Approx. 16 inches high.
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55 Male figure in Elizabethan dress. Caucasian with red hair and beard. Wears red patterned doublet and patterned pantaloons, maroon hose and shoes, large maroon robe with white collar painted to resemble fur. Wired to carved wooden throne. Approx. 16 inches high.
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56 Multicolored parrot. Remnants of feathers still attached to back. Includes manipulating apparatus and wrapping cloth. Approx. 5 inches high.
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57 White duck with yellow eyes, bill, and feet. Has moveable head and wings. Includes manipulating apparatus. Tentatively identified as a Clemens piece in 2004. Approx. 4 inches high.
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58 Male figure in medieval dress. Caucasian with dark painted hair and features, pronounced nose. Wears dark brown tunic and belt, red woven trim, brown leggings and boots. Appears to be from Robin Hood. Approx. 12 inches high.
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59 "Scrooge’s Nephew" (Fred) in A Christmas Carol. In Victorian dress. Caucasian with rosy features, green painted eyes. Wears yellow morning coat, floral vest, and brown trousers with black cloak and hat, maroon mitten. Approx. 16 inches high.
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60 "Solicitor" in A Christmas Carol. In Victorian dress. Caucasian with rosy features, white wig. Wears black pants and gold vest, brown velvet coat. Wrapped in green velvet cloak with blue mittens. Approx. 16 inches high.
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61 Female figure in early 20th century dress. Caucasian with moveable facial features, brown eyes and blonde hair. Wears peach dress with brown lace trim, diamond necklace. Has straw hat and floral bonnet with black ribbons. Mounted on apparatus for manipulating facial features. Approx. 16 inches high.
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62 Female figure in early 20th century dress. Caucasian with moveable facial features, blonde hair and light eyes. Wears red coat with black collar, black skirt with red trim. Mounted on apparatus for manipulating facial features. Approx. 16 inches high.
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63 Male figure in Victorian dress. Caucasian with moveable facial features, brown short hair and dark eyes. Wears gray vest, black coat and tie, white shirt with high collar, light pants. No feet. Mounted on apparatus for manipulating facial features. Approx. 18 inches high.
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64 Male figure in ragged Colonial dress. Moveable facial features, painted white face, yellow eyes. Wears gray jacket, dirty light pants, blue sash. Mounted on apparatus for manipulating facial features. Approx. 16 inches high.
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65 Male figure in early 20th century dress. Caucasian, moveable facial features, dark hair and thin moustache. Eyes have come loose from sockets; one is missing. Wears gray flannel suit, dark houndstooth vest, white shirt with high collar and black tie. No feet. Wears star, as in sheriff’s badge, on chest. Mounted on apparatus for manipulating facial features. Approx. 18 inches high.
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66 Male figure in early 20th century dress. Caucasian, moveable features, with blonde hair and moustache. Disproportionately large head. Signs of wear, especially at the mouth. Wears brown suit, white shirt, with floral ascot. No feet. Mounted on apparatus for manipulating facial features. Approx. 18 inches high.
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67 Young male in 20th century dress. Caucasian, moveable features, with light hair. Disproportionately large head. Eyes have receded into head, face shows signs of wear. Dressed in dark tweed pants, blue and yellow checkered shirt, striped muffler. Wears bag with newspapers, red cowboy boots. Mounted on apparatus for manipulating facial features. Approx. 16 inches high.
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68 Male in medieval dress. Caucasian, painted features, brown hair and beard. Wears red doublet, gray leggings, red hood, under brown cloak. Wears quiver for arrows across back. Appears to be figure from Robin Hood. Mounted on apparatus, rod manipulated. Approx. 16 inches high.
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69 Male figure in Victorian dress. Caucasian, grizzled gray hair and beard, wearing black suit, white collar, black tie. Wears wire rim spectacles. Mounted on apparatus for manipulating facial features. Approx. 18 inches high.
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70 Female figure in Victorian dress. Caucasian, red hair. Figure has two faces, one happy, one angry, facing in opposition to one another. Wears green dress with ivory lace collar, carries large, green, decorated fan. Seated in large wooden chair or throne. Mounted on apparatus, rod manipulated. Figure is approx. 16 inches high; height with chair, approx. 22 inches.
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71 "[Character name illegible], #4." Possibly a tramp. Male figure in early 20th century dress. Older, balding. Moveable features, graying hair. Wears hounds tooth pattern pants, small shoes, brown jacket. Red patterned scarf and blue patterned ascot. Disproportionately large head. Mounted on apparatus for manipulating facial features. Approx. 18 inches high.
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72 Male figure in Victorian dress. Caucasian, older, with gray hair and eyebrows, blue eyes, moveable mouth, large nose. Wears brown pants with spats and black boots, dark gray vest, black pinstriped coat, white shirt. Mounted on apparatus for manipulating facial features. Approx. 18 inches high.
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73 "Percy, #17." In early 20th century dress. Caucasian, moveable features, red hair and moustache, wire frame glasses. Wears brown pants and blue coat, lighter blue vest with pattern, white shirt, blue striped ascot. No feet. Mounted on apparatus for manipulating facial features. Approx. 16 inches high.
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74 Female figure in early 20th century dress. Caucasian, with messy brown hair, moveable features. Wears dark skirt, brown checked coat, blue patterned scarf. No feet. Hair is coming loose from scalp. Approx. 14 inches high.
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75 "Ne’er do Well, #19." Male figure, young, in early 20th century dress. Wears blue houndstooth pants and brown jacket over white shirt and blue patterned bowtie. Has brown hair and eyes, moveable features. Face shows signs of heavy wear. Mounted on apparatus for moving facial features. Approx. 16 inches high.
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76 "King Richard" in Robin Hood. In medieval dress. Painted features, dark hair and moustache. Wears purple leggings and doublet, belt with figured buckle, red shoes. Rod puppet. Approx. 16 inches high.
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77 "Colonel, #6." In 19th century Spanish or colonial dress. Moveable features, dark hair and moustache. Wears white shirt with green embroidery, light pants, red patterned sash at waist. Mounted to apparatus for moving facial features. Approx. 18 inches high.
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78 "Scotchman, #12." In early 20th century dress. Caucasian, older, gray hair and moustache. Wears dark gray suit with white shirt and black bow tie, large belly. Mounted to apparatus for manipulating facial features. Approx. 16 inches high.
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79 Female figure in medieval dress. Caucasian, young, with long black hair and painted features. Wears pink dress with lace collar and undersleeves, and jeweled brooch, red slippers. Posed seated on carved wooden chair/throne. Approx. 16 inches high.
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80 "Mugs, #1." Male figure in early 20th century dress. Caucasian, middle aged. Moveable features, dark hair, eyes have sunken into sockets. Wears dark brown jacket with gray knit shirt, plaid tweed pants. No feet. Mounted to apparatus for manipulating facial features. Approx. 16 inches high.
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81 "Grudge, #20." Male figure in Victorian dress. Caucasian, older, moveable features, eyes have gone yellow, white hair. Wears dark pinstriped suit with matching vest, white shirt, floral cravat. Mounted to apparatus for manipulating facial features. Approx. 16 inches high.
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82 Four chairs, wooden, carved, trimmed with velvet/velour. All relatively unadorned, straight back, pre-20th century style. Approx. 8 inches high.
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83 Five puppet hats in varied colors and styles; one small black cape; one brown hood
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84 Miscellaneous costume pieces: small metal crown with jewels; blue velvet belt with ribbon trim (looks human size); unattached puppet arm; yarn tassel with bells; feather
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85 Two rods; one marionette controller; one cardboard base for controlling apparatus; one magician’s wand with silver fittings (tip missing) engraved "Leo Schultz, Dec. 19th, 1902"
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86 Seven wrapping blankets (plain and patterned fabric with rough cut edges); one small red cloth; one red standard or banner of red velvet with gold ribbon embroidery, with initials "CP" and red and gold braid trim
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87 Two puppet heads, no backs, carved in great detail. Both Caucasian, middle aged, with carved wrinkles, real hair and realistic glass eyes and teeth. First is older, with white hair, wispy moustache and beard. Second is balding with dark hair, stubble around chin and lip. Both have pained expressions.
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88 Three puppet heads, carved, grotesque. All have realistic hair and eyes, distorted features, fair skin, gray hair. First has one eye narrowed and a large sneer. Second has wrinkled nose and a cringing mouth. Third has wide face, blind eye, blank expression.
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89 Four small female heads. All are Caucasian, young, with realistic hair, glass eyes, and teeth. First has red coiffed hair, moveable features, second blonde with moveable features, third brunette with static features. Fourth has no hair, but moveable features.
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Photographs
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2.11 Clemens, Paul
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2.12 Clemens and his puppets
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2.13 Clemen’s father
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2.14 Curtain for Clemens Marionettes
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2.15 Demonstration of how to work a puppet
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2.16 Framework of puppet theatre
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2.17 Grouping of puppets and stages
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2.18 Puppets hanging in stage
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2.19 Skeletons of marionettes
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2.20 The Studio Barn
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2.21 Wooden parts for puppets
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2.22 Wrapping a puppet
Productions
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2.23 Columbus, playbill
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2.24 Hansel and Gretel, playbill
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2.25 King Lear[?], photograph
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2.26 Margie’s Elopement, script
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2.27 The Merchant of Venice, photographs
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2.28 Rip Van Winkle, photograph and playbill
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2.29 Robin Hood, photographs and playbills
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2.30 Treasure Island, photograph and playbill
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2.31 Unidentified, photographs
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2.32 Puppetmaster trademark registration, with printed logo
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2.33 Miscellaneous materials
Oversize Materials
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osf 9 Clemens’ Marionettes, promotional flier with poster ("God Bless the Man Who First Invented Sleep") that originally served as backing for flier (1 oversize folder)
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osf 3 Coming! / Clemens’ Marionettes / Mr. & Mrs. Paul Clemens, poster (1 oversize folder)
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Unhoused Object 1 Marionette trunk with "PC" painted on either end

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Series IV. Kathputli Rajasthani Marionettes, undated

Marionettes
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90 Figures 1 and 2, two sets of three soldiers, all identical, in simple costumes and without moving limbs. They are bound together by means of a rod at the back, and are intended to move en masse
Figure 3, woman dressed in purple top, yellow striped skirt
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91 Figure 4, woman dressed in maroon top, maroon striped skirt
Figure 5, woman dressed in green top, green skirt
Figure 6, swordsman in blue shirt, red skirt
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92 Figure 7, swordsman in orange shirt, pink skirt
Figure 8, swordsman in brown shirt, yellow apron, oxblood skirt
Figure 9, swordsman in green shirt, maroon apron, red skirt (this figure has an independent, manipulateable sword arm, unlike the other swordsman figures)
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93 Figure 10, swordsman, red shirt, skirt, and apron, shield unattached and in need of repair
Figure 11, swordsman, dark green shirt and apron, light green shirt
Figure 12, swordsman in purple shirt, light purple apron, and pink skirt, sword unattached and in need of repair
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94 Figure 13 swordsman in yellow shirt and apron, red skirt, red turban
Figure 14, swordsman in brown shirt and red, orange, and yellow skirt; sword unattached and in need of repair
Figure 15, sweeper with brown shirt, red skirt; holds broom
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95 Figure 16, man with light green shirt and apron, dark green skirt, painted fez
Figure 17, dual figure with male and female appearance on opposite sides. Male has pink clothing with green trim; female has green clothing with pink trim
Figure 18, European male figure, with legs; wears black shawl and plaid clothing, green cap
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96 Figures 19 and 20, male juggler with moveable ball, wears pink shirt, green apron, green skirt
Figure 21, woman with pink tunic, purple flowered skirt, and orange veil (figure features a hole in the head so that yarn may enter the back and exit the mouth)
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97 Figure 22, female dancer in white gown and veil, gold trim, red bodice, and gold hat (figure features multiple manipulate-able limbs, high mobility)
Figure 23, male figure, wooden arms and legs, in tattered light tunic and brown leggings
Figure 24, male with baton, wearing green and white shirt and apron, red skirt
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98 Figure 25, woman with green and gold fan, green shirt, pink skirt, purple veil
Figure 26, male figure wearing gold figured shirt, orange apron, and brown flowered skirts; holds a drum beater and has a drum suspended from his abdomen
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99 Figure 27, snake charmer with gourd-pipe, dressed in red shirt and cap, orange skirt
Figure 28, male figure in pink shirt with gold trim pink fez, white skirt with gold and pink trim
Red tassel and wooden piece (unrelated to figure 28?)
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100 Figure 29, swordsman and horse
Figure 30, swordsman and horse
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101 Figure 31, camel with flexible neck and legs
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102 Figure 32, elephant with flexible legs
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103 Figure 33, alligator with body of stuffed fabric (green cotton with swirling patterns) and head of carved and painted wood, with moveable jaw, approx. 26 1/2 inches long
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104 Table used as seat of Emperor
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105 Kerosene lanterns (2) used by female dancer
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106 Tent (tamboodi) [RESTRICTED due to fragile condition- do not page]
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107 Green ground cloth and black curtain
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osf 11 Clipping, in Arabic (1 oversize folder)
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2.34 Color slides (17) from a previous exhibition of the marionettes

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Series V. Karagoz Shadow Puppets, 1959-1992

Puppets
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108 Dancer with zils, dressed in harem pants, red European-style heeled shoes, red blouse with yellow jacket, and red cap with tassels
Dame, young female in jacket and striped skirt. She holds a flower in one hand, another at hip. The figure has two heads on a rotating axis. One is the young female head with pink cheeks and rouged lips, with green and red tassled cap; the other is that of a donkey with bridle. The figure is labeled "carpik," meaning "enchanted" or "bewitched" (signed by Metin Özlen)
Kukla: Lemon tree, bearing fruit, in elaborately decorated pot (signed by Metin Özlen)
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109 Karagöz (signed by Metin Özlen)
Hacivat
Karagöz’s son (signed by Metin Özlen)
Karagöz as Donkey "Klasik," donkey figure with Karagoz head attached at neck (signed by Metin Özlen)
Celebi, a dandy in European-style trousers and shoes, with flower in hand; two heads on pivot, one young man in fez, one bald older man with goatee (signed by Metin Özlen)
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110 Hacivat’s son as frog, "Kurbagi," frog figure with green body and red spots, with human feet in red shoes, and human head attached at neck
Karagöz’s son as turtle, turtle figure with human feet in red shoes, and human head attached at neck
Hacivat as a goat, goat figure with human head attached to neck (signed by Metin Özlen)
Witch, "Arzake Banu," human figure with headdress, large nose, pointed teeth (signed by Metin Özlen)
Kukla: Exterior of house, two-story with grated window, bricks
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111 Witch, "Nikaye Cazli," figure with long hair, pointed teeth, astride red urn from which two snakes’s heads are protruding (signed by Metin Özlen)
Hacivat’s Son, no label (signed by Metin Özlen)
Kukla: Exterior of house, larger view of previous scenery piece (signed by Metin Özlen)

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Series VI. Javanese Wayang Golek Puppets and Wayang Kulit Shadow Puppets, undated

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112-114 Wayang golek puppets (4 items)
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115 Wayang kulit shadow puppets: "Batavia Endva" and "Na Rayana"
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116 Wayang kulit shadow puppet: Unnamed figure

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Series VII. Other Puppetry Traditions, 19th century-1980s

Marionettes
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117 Harlequin Marionette, paper
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118 St. Bernard dog. Covered in brown faux fur; legs and feet jointed, moveable eyes and mouth. Fur is worn, exposing joints of feet. Wears first aid barrel around neck. Possibly Paul Clemens provenance? Approx. 24 inches long, approx. 15 inches wide.
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2.35 Peter Arnott Greek Marionette Theatre, program
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2.36 Bill Baird Theatre Company, clippings, programs
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3.1 Balentine, Douglas, press release
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osf 3 Bell’s Life-Size Marionettes, with Zera Semon, poster (1 oversize folder)
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3.2 Bread and Puppet Theatre, program (1969)
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3.3 Remo Bufano Marionettes, biographical information, clipping, photo
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3.4 Bunraku puppets, mounted images
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3.5 Sig. Carmado’s Marionettes, clipping
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3.6 Central Puppet Theatre (Moscow), program
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3.7 Clark, Bobby, souvenir program, Pinocchio
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3,8 Creegan Productions, catalog
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3.9 Dean, Thomas, advertisement for Punch and Judy program
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3.10 Ecole Superiure Nationale des Artes de la Marionette, program (1999)
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3.11 Exter, Alexandra, exhibit catalog of marionettes
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3.12 Fantoccini ("The Italian Fantoccini"), clippings and playbills
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3.13 Festival Internationale de la Marionette, program (1958)
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3.14 Festival Mondial des Theatres de Marionettes, announcement, letter, and poster (1982)
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osf 1 Festival Mondial des Theatres de Marionettes, poster (1991)
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3.15 Higley’s Bible Puppets, catalog
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osf 8 Holden’s World-Renowned Marionettes, poster for pantomime performance of Beauty and the Beast as well as variety act, with puppet figures, at Royal Music Hall of Holborn (1 oversize folder)
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3.16 Howdy Doody, clippings
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3.17 Hsiao Hsi Yuan Puppet Troupe, press release
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3.18 Hubert, Jean-Paul, announcement
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osf 7 Italian Marionettes, poster for marionette performance at Hengler’s Theatre (1 oversize folder)
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3.19 Javanese puppets, clipping, photograph, typescript explanatory notes
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3.20 Karagoz marionettes, publication
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3.21 Kaye, Danny, clipping for Peter Cottontail
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3.22 Kilian, Adam, exhibit leaflet, 1984
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3.23 King’s International Marionette Review, program
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3.24 Lanchester Marionette Theatre, program
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3.25 Little Angel Theatre, programs
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3.26 Los Angeles Guild of Puppetry, newsletters
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3.27 Mantell’s Manikins [sic], photographs
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osf 12 Manteo Family (New York), A Corner of Sicily in New York, article by Anita Brenner, undated (1 oversize folder)
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3.28 Manteo Sicilian Marionette Theatre, clipping
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3.29 Marionette Guild Revue, (1 photograph)
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osf 13 Marionette Guild Revue, (3 photographs)
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osf 6 Marionettenteatr (Germany), blueprint for constructing a marionette stage, in German (1 oversize folder)
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3.30 Robert Marlette’s Marionettes, photographs
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3.31 Martin, George André, finger puppets, photographs
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3.32 National Marionette Company, Inc. brochure
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3.33 National Mationette Theatre production of Wizard of Oz, program
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3.34 Piccoli Theatre (Vittorio Podrecca and others), photographs
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3.35 Piccoli Theatre (Vittorio Podrecca and others), programs and reviews
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3.36 Pickwick Puppet Theatre, brochure
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3.37 Punch and Judy, clippings and prints
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osf 13 Punch and Judy, oversize clippings
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3.38 Puppeteers of America, articles of incorporation and code of regulations
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3.39 Puppeteers of America, 1975 festival booklet
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3.40 Putxinel .lis Claca [sic], flier
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3.41 Salzburg Marionette Theatre (Austria), clipping and playbill
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4.1 Tony Sarg’s Marionettes, photographs and playbill
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4.2 Schichtl’s Marionettes, photograph
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4.3 Scott Magic Co., flier
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4.4 Shaliko Company’s production of Punch!, program
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4.5 Shields, Robert, clipping (1983)
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osf 10 Sicilian Marionettes: The Interior of the Only Italian Theatre in America, clipping, undated (1 oversize folder)
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Rolled Storage 21 Sicilian Marionettes: Museo internazionale delle marionette (Palermo, Sicily), advertisement for public programs in Houston with image of three marionettes, circa 1980 (1 item, 19 x 26 ½ inches)
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Rolled Storage 22 Sicilian Marionettes: Museo internazionale delle marionette (Palermo, Sicily) / Angelica e Baiardo [Bajardo], poster, circa 1980 (1 item, 39 ½ x 27 ½ inches)
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4.6 Sicilian Marionettes: Opra dei Pupi (Palermo, Sicily), flier, undated
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4.7 Siemsen, Carl, photograph
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4.8 Smithsonian Institution Touring Puppet Theater, clipping
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4.9 Tahon, André (La Compagnie André Tahon), flier, souvenir program
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4.10 Tatterman Marionettes, flier
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4.11 Thai Shadow Puppets, article, The Nang
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4.12 Théâtre de Marionnettes [sic], script for Le songe d’une nuite d’ete: From Shakespeare
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4.13 World Traditions of Puppetry and Performing Objects: Conference Program (1980)
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4.14 World Traditions of Puppetry and Performing Objects: Puppeteers Gather to Pull Some Strings, article in Smithsonian, 1980
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osf 4 Herbert Wycherly Imperial Marionettes, poster for performance at the Royal Victoria Coffee Hall (1 oversize folder)
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4.15 The Actors are Never Indisposed, clipping from The Plain Dealer Sunday Magazine (1967)
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4.16 Clippings and prints, 19th century primarily
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osf 13 "Concert Pianist," photograph of puppet
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4.17 Control for Marionettes, photocopy of instructional manual

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Series VIII. WPA Puppet Plays, 1937-1938, undated

Scripts
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4.18 Adventures of Tom Sawyer: A Play for the Marionette Theatre in Four Acts, as produced by the Federal Theatre Project, Omaha, Nebraska, undated
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4.19 Babar the Elephant: A Play for Marionettes by Ruth Fenisong and Remo Bufano (1938)
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4.20 Beauty and the Beast, transcribed as played by the Vagabond Puppeteers (1938)
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4.21 Don Quixote for the Marionette Theatre by Robert Larson, music by Eddison Von Ottenfeld, 1937
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4.22 The Dragon Znee Zee: A Play for Chinese Marionettes by Carl Glick, undated
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4.23 Five Plays for Marionettes (1937)
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4.24 Flopsy, Topsy and Mr. Bowser and Artists and Models by John W. Dunn, undated
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4.25 Gammer Gurton’s Needle, for the Marionette Theatre by William Stevenson, abridged and modernized for marionettes by David Rightman, undated
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4.26 Hans Bulow’s Last Puppet: A One Act Play by Grace Dorcas Ruthenburg (1938)
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5.1 Hirschvogel of Nürnberg, adapted for marionettes by Harlan E. Glazier from The Nurnberg Stove by Ouida (1938) (2 copies)
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5.2 His Majesty the Microbe; or, The Microbe Universe: A Marionette Play in Ten Scenes by Lee Freeson (1937)
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5.3 Holiday Musical Plays for Children, Part I (1937)
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5.4 Jellico an’ de Critters: A Marionette Play in Five Scenes, undated
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5.5 Katcha and the Devil: A Marionette Play in Prologue and Four Scenes by Ruth Fenisong, suggested by the Czechoslovakian fairy tale (1938)
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5.6 Late Primitive: A Marionette Play in Two Acts by William Beyer (1937)
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5.7 Lifting the Bushel: A One-Act Play for Hand Puppets by Gilbert Laurence (1937)
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5.8 Marionette Varieties for the Marionette Theatre by Federal Theatres, Los Angeles, CA, undated
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5.9 Nathan Hale: A Marionette Play in Five Scenes by Rose F. Carlyn (1937)
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5.10 Oliver Twist, adapted for marionettes by Ruth Fenisong and Samuel Sayer (1937)
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5.11 One Hundred and One Selected Plays for a Puppet Theatre (1938)
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5.12 Pied Piper of Hamlin for the Marionette Theatre, adapted by the Federal Theatre Project, Omaha, Nebraska, undated
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5.13 A Practical Proven Marionette Stage designed by Blanding Sloan, drawn by James Korniloff (1937)
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5.14 R. U. R. by Karel Čapek, a play adapted for marionettes by Samuel Sayer, undated
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5.15 Sancho Panza: A Marionette Play for Adults by Robert A. Bromley and Al Carthe, undated
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5.16 The Shepherds: A Christmas Play for Marionette Theatre, compiled from Old English nativity plays by Robert Larson, undated
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5.17 Swordfish Isle: A Hand Puppet Play by Maurice Stoller (1938)
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5.18 Theatre Technique No. 3: Puppets and Masks: A Bibliography compiled by Dorothy Brennan (1937)
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5.19 Toby Tyler with the Circus: A Play for Hand Puppets and Marionettes, adapted by Samuel Sayer (1938)

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Series IX. Nancy Renfro Puppet Collection, undated

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127 Armadillo: Hand puppet, undated
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121.1 Armadillo: Patterns, undated
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127 Baby Bear: Hand puppet, undated
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121.2 Baby Bear: Patterns; original envelope with puppet design, undated
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121.3 Bear Family: Original envelope with puppet design; fabric swatches, undated
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121.4, 122.1 Bear Family: Patterns; fabric swatches; original envelope, undated
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122.2-3 Big John, Magician, and Abe Lincoln. Patterns; original envelopes with puppet designs, undated
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125, 129 Bunnies: Finger puppets (3) , undated
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119.1 Bunnies: Patterns and note, undated
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125 Butterfly. Finger puppets (2) , undated
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126 Bookworm hand puppet, undated
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122.4, 123.1-2 Caterpillar, Bookworm, and Butterfly: Patterns, notes, and original envelopes with puppet designs, undated
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125 Danny's Dragon: Finger puppet, circa 1984 (green fabric, tagged "Willy Worm and His Apple"), undated
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119.2 Danny's Dragon: Script by Susan Vnuk, 1984; fliers (2), 1984, undated
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125 Dragon: Finger puppet (blue fabric) , undated
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119.3 Dragon: Patterns, undated
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125 Fish: Finger puppets (3) , undated
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119.4 Fish: Original storage bag with notes, undated
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125 Goldfish: Finger puppet, undated
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119.5 Goldfish: Patterns, undated
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126-127 Goldilocks: Hand puppets (2) , undated
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119.6 Goldilocks: Patterns, undated
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126 Lobster: Hand puppet
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123.3-4 Lobster: Patterns; original envelopes with puppet designs
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128 Old Lady hand puppet
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125 Silly Skunk. Finger puppet
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126-127 Three Piggies: Hand puppets (2)
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124.1-2 Three Piggies: Patterns; fabric swatches; notes; original envelope with puppet designs
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127 Tyrannosaurus Rex: Hand puppet
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124.3 Tyrannosaurus Rex: Patterns; fabric swatches
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127 Woodsman: Hand puppet, undated
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119.7 Woodsman: Patterns, undated
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125 Assorted finger puppets (3)
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120 Original plastic storage bags (12) for puppets (without notes or patterns)

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