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School of Creative Arts Collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 04-MWalB00285A

Scope and Contents

Files in this collection were created from 1952-2005. Most of the materials include programs, schedules, reviews, press guides, and speeches. Of note are the Beaux Arts Ball sourvenir artbooks (1954-55), which contain original advertisements for companies that made donations to the School of Creative Arts. Also included is President Sachar's speech [in print and sound] inaugurating the Festival of the Arts in 1952, and other materials documenting the first Festival such as photographs, sound recordings, and a video of the four-day event.


  • 1952-2013


Conditions Governing Access

Some material is restricted; please consult the University Archivist.  Audio-visual and sound recordings cannot be reproduced without permission of the creators or their estates.

Conditions Governing Use

Requests to reproduce or publish material from the collection should be directed to the Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections Department, Brandeis University.

Biographical or Historical Information

Since its inception as the School of Music, Drama, and Fine Arts in 1949, the School of Creative Arts has sought to raise awareness, increase interaction, and affirm the value of the performing, visual, and cultural arts at Brandeis University. The school offers a variety of programs at the undergraduate, post- baccalaureate, graduate, and doctoral levels in order to promote cultural growth. It has continued its dedication to its Music, Theater, and Fine Arts departments while expanding to include programs of creative writing and film studies. ArtsFest was conceived of as a way to introduce the arts at Brandeis to the community each fall. The first ArtsFests were held in September and November of 1997, organized jointly by the Festival of the Arts Planning Committee and the Office of Arts and Sciences. It was scaled back the next year and held once each fall until the final event in 2002. The Beaux Arts Ball was first held in the spring of 1954 to raise funds for the School of Creative Arts. Decorator Alfred Duca was placed in charge of the Somerset Hotel's aesthetics, and the event was successful as a fundraiser and artistic showcase. Although it was originally conceived to be an annual event, the Ball was held periodically in later years. The Festival of the Creative Arts began in 1952 in conjunction with the completion of the Ullman Amphitheater. The first Festival established itself as a landmark by attracting renowned creative artists such as Leonard Bernstein, Marc Blitzstein, Aaron Copeland, Merce Cunningham, and Lotte Lenya to contribute original works and performances to the event. Subsequent Festivals have been held yearly in the spring, and have continued to showcase the talents of well-known artists and participating students. In 2005 the name of the festival was changed to the Leonard Bernstein Festival of the Creative Arts in honor of it's creator, and beloved American composer and Brandeis faculty member.


3.00 Cubic Feet

1 record center box, 3 document boxes, 1 irregular box, 1 oversized folder other_unmapped

4.00 Linear Feet

2.00 Items

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Arranged in three series: 1. Artsfest, 1997-1998; 2. Beaux Arts Ball, 1954-1955; 3. Leonard Bernstein Festival of the Creative Arts, 1952-2005.  Organized under subseries, then chronological.  For more information about each series, please consult the series descriptions in the box and folder listing.

Related Materials

For more information about the Festival of the Arts, see Poses Institute for the Arts: Creative Arts Awards records.

Other Descriptive Information

Louis Lindauer created the CDs as well as the silent video.  He has edited the silent print, and added sound; this version was previewed by selected members of the Brandeis community at the end of 2003, and was still being edited as of March 2004.  Mr. Lindauer has agreed to send a copy of the finished sound print to the University Archives, along with his unedited footage.  Finished sound print [2 DVD copies] received in October 2004.  Ben Webber/Irving CD, interview source materials for film, and contact sheets from 1952 Festival received from Louis Lindauer in January 2005. 1952 uncut raw film footage received in February 2011 from Lou Lindauer [1 DVD; 1 16mm film]. Addenda to this collection may not be listed in the finding aid, but may be available for research use. Please contact us for more information.

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Repository Details

Part of the Brandeis University Repository

415 South St.
Waltham MA

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