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College Hill Arts Festival Records, ca. 1978-2014

COLLECTION OVERVIEW

Title: College Hill Arts Festival Records, ca. 1978-2014

Manuscript Record Series: MsC-65

Creator: College Hill Arts Festival

Date: ca. 1978-2014

Extent: 21.813 linear feet, 22 boxes

Repository: Special Collections and University Archives, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa.

Language: This material is entirely in English.

Access and Use: There are no restrictions on the use of this material. Box 17 contains VHS tapes, which have not been digitized.

Preferred citation: [Identification of item] in the College Hill Arts Festival Records, ca. 1978-2014 collection, Manuscript Record Series MsC-65, [folder number], University Archives, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa

Scope and content:

Karen Mukai devoted a considerable amount of time to organizing the records of the College Hill Arts Festival before she asked University Archivist Gerald Peterson if the University Archives would be a suitable location for the material.  Because of the importance of the festival to both the University of Northern Iowa and the city of Cedar Falls, Iowa, Gerald Peterson accepted the material.  He picked up the records at Karen Mukai's house in 2005.

Karen Mukai, with the help of C. Hugh Pettersen, did an excellent job of organizing the records before she turned them over to the University Archives.  Consequently, processing consisted primarily of housing material in archival standard containers.  The arrangement of the collection follows Karen Mukai's arrangemt in nearly all respects.  A minor variation consists of slight alterations of some of the folder labels to establish greater year-by-year consistency.  However, in almost all cases, the processed folder contents are the same as they were when they arrived in the University Archives.

The volume of material for each year of the festival increased over time to reflect the growth of the festival in extent and complexity.  Records of early festival years fill only a few folders; records of later years fill an entire records carton.  The growth in the volume of records is most noticeable in the area relating to festival finances, especially after the festival emerged from the sponsorship of the College Hill Merchant and Professional Association in 1991

Material for each festival year is arranged along the following lines, though not all categories of folders are present for every year:

  • Programs, promotional booklets, and other publications
  • Meeting minutes
  • Correspondence, sometimes divided into general, incoming, outgoing, artist, organizer, and "Thank You" note folders
  • Artists, including mailing lists, artist applications, artist responses, artist information packets, and award winners
  • Patrons, including mailing lists, contributions, and purchases
  • Jurying and judging
  • Information on recurring administrative matters, events, or promotions associated with the festival, including calendars, Web sites, evaluations, buffets, and peforming artists
  • Notes and forms, a miscellaneous folder that may include work forms, samples, and sometimes quite informative notes by the festival organizers about festival planning
  • Finances, including bank statements, receipts, and treasurer's forms
  • Newclippings and publicity, including news releases and advertising
    • Note: Nearly all newsclippings were photocopied onto archival paper.  Original newsclippings were retained only if they included color illustrations.  In those cases, the clippings were photocopied, but the originals were retained.
  • Photographs, including images of artists and their work, judges, jurors, organizers, patrons, award winners, and crowd scenes

Special note on photographs: The records for most years of the festival include good collections of photographs.  Most photographs are color prints, but there are also some black and white prints and a few slide transparencies. Some photographs are clearly labeled; most are not.  Some photographic prints are still associated with their negatives.  If that association was apparent to the processor of the collection, he made every effort to retain that association.  For example, if prints and negatives were in the same commercial photographic processing envelope, then both the prints and negatives were placed in the same folder.  This led to a certain amount of imprecision, because it was apparent that there was not a complete match between associated prints and negatives even in the same commercial envelope.  In some cases, for example, there seemed to be a complete series of negative strips for a roll of film, perhaps twenty-four or thirty-six negatives, but only a dozen prints.  Still, it seemed best to retain any association that apparently existed between negatives and prints.

Researchers should also note that there is a large number of undated photographs located in Box 14 of this collection.

Researchers interested in the College Hill Arts Festival may also be interested in the papers of the Cedar Arts Forum, which are held in the University Archives.

Historical note:

The best source for the history of the College Hill Arts Festival is "College Hill Arts Festival, 1979-2003 and the Left Bank Days, 1978", compiled by Karen Mukai, with the assistance of C. Hugh Pettersen, March 2006.  This extended essay surveys the festival, year-by-year, in great depth and breadth.  It includes yearly highlights as well as extensive yearly summaries.  There is a copy of this essay in Box 1 of this collection.

In the summer of 1978, the College Hill Merchant and Professional Association sponsored a small art show, called Left Bank Days, on College Hill sidewalks.  This show gave the Association the confidence to hold a larger show, called the College Hill Arts Festival, in 1979.  The festival has continued to be held in every year since then.  The show has grown in size, variety, quality, and complexity over the years to become a significant and well-recognized event among artists and art lovers on local, regional, and national levels.  From its initial location along the sidewalks of College Hill, the festival now takes place on the shaded northeast corner of the University of Northern Iowa campus.

Many University of Northern Iowa faculty and staff have been associated with the festival in leadership positions, including Len Froyen and Mary Sue Bartlett.

The festival has also benefited from the longstanding committment and participation of well-known artist Gary Kelley.

Inventory:

Box 1

Folder 1: "College Hill Arts Festival, 1979-2003 and the Left Bank Days, 1978", by Karen Mukai, with the assistance of C. Hugh Pettersen, March 2006

Folder 2: Records of Left Bank Days, 1978

Folder 3: Records of the College Hill Arts Festival, 1979-1983

Box 2

All folders: Records of the College Hill Arts Festival, 1983-1985

Box 3

All folders: Records of the College Hill Arts Festival, 1986-1988

Box 4

All folders: Records of the College Hill Arts Festival, 1989-1992

Box 5

All folders: Records of the College Hill Arts Festival, 1992-1994

Box 6

All folders: Records of the College Hill Arts Festival, 1994-1995

Box 7

All folders: Records of the College Hill Arts Festival, 1995-1996

Box 8

All folders: Records of the College Hill Arts Festival, 1997

Box 9

All folders: Records of the College Hill Arts Festival, 1998

Box 10

All folders: Records of the College Hill Arts Festival, 1999-2000

Box 11

All folders: Records of the College Hill Arts Festival, 2000-2001

Box 12

All folders: Records of the College Hill Arts Festival, 2001-2002

Box 13

All folders: Records of the College Hill Arts Festival, 2002-2003

Box 14

Folder 1: Records of the College Hill Arts Festival, 2003

Folder 2: Programs, 2004, 2006

Folder 3: Programs, 2007, 2008, 2009

Folder 4: Programs, 2010

Folder 5: Map of festival, area attractions, 2011

Folder 6: T-shirt sales and prints, 2011

Folder 7: Programs, 2011

Folder 8: Programs, 2012

Folder 9: Programs, 2013

Folder 10: Program, 2014

Folder 11: Program, 2015

Folder 12: Local publicity, 2011

Folder 13: Regional publicity, 2011

Folder 14: Newspaper publicity, 2011

Folder 15: Bank deposit records, 1989-1999

Folder 16: Check register, 1989-1999

Folder 17: Stationery

Folder 18: Notes and forms, undated

Folder 19: Photographs, undated

Box 15

All folders: College Hill Arts Festival calendars for the years 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, and 2004

Box 16

Folder 1: College Hill Arts Festival banners: "Information" and "Information and Patron Booth"

Folder 2: Baseball cap with 23rd and College street sign logo

Folder 3: T-shirts from 1996, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2002, and 25th anniversary festivals

  • Shirt with eye logo
  • Shirt with bird on artist's palette
  • Shirt with College Hill street scene logo
  • Shirt with artist painting spots on cow
  • Shirt with dog catching artist's palette
  • Shirt with woman reclining
  • Shirt with cat on chair

Box 17

Folder 1: Videotapes (VHS format)

Folder 2: CD-ROM

  • Patron's Purchase Award ribbon
  • Certificate for gold medal awarded by Society of Illustrators at its 46th annual exhibition for work by Gary Kelley
  • Waterloo Courier arts supplement, undated
  • Cedar Falls Chamber of Commerce plaque awarded to College Hill Arts Festival for Tourism, Recreation, and Entertainment, 2003
  • Gary Kelley note cards
  • Festival staff badges
  • Arts festival '92, shot by Craig Repp
  • '92
  • College Hill Arts Festival, probably 1992, including student activity, woodwind performers, balloons (first year for balloon sculpture), and artists A. B. Gardner, Dean Schwarz, Darla Ellickson, Jo Myers, Steve Maxon, and John Skare
  • College Hill Arts Festival, '94, KWWL advertisement
  • College Hill Arts Festival, '95, KWWL advertisement
  • Interviews with three College Hill Arts Festival artists, "Artists and Ideas", produced by Cedar Fall Utilities Cablevision; Mary Snyder Behrens, host, artists Margaret Whiting (book art), Priscilla Stule (printmaker), and Dean Schwarz (ceramics); musical groups Alma Iowana and Black Sheep
  • College Hill Arts Festival, 1996 advertisement
  • College Hill Arts Festival, 1996 advertisement, revised
  • College Hill Arts Festival, 1997 advertisement
  • College Hill Arts Festival, July 1998
  • College Hill Arts Festival, 1999 ("not used")
  • College Hill Arts Festival, 1999, KWWL advertisement
  • KWWL interview with artist Marit Kucera, probably 2001, two minutes
  • College Hill Arts Festival, 2001, KWWL advertisement
  • Currents, up close, 2002
  • KWWL advertisement, 2002
  • Art Festival '03, 2003
  • Currents, up close, 2003

Folder 3: 2011 College Hill Arts Festival calendar

Folder 4: Karen Mukai's notes used in compiling College Hill Arts Festival history, 1978-2003

Boxes 18 and 19  (Oversized boxes)

College Hill Arts Festival posters, 1979-1987, 1989-1991, 1995-2003 (some signed by Gary Kelley)

Box 20

Folder 1: College Hill Arts Festival, Award of Excellence banners (2)

Box 21

Folder 1: College Hill Arts Festival, T-shirts

Box 22

Folder 1: Programs

Folder 2: Publicity

Folder 3: Exit survey, 2007

Folder 4: Storm damage photographs

Folder 5: Legal and tax matters

Folder 6: Insurance


Collection processed and finding aid prepared by University Archivist Gerald L. Peterson, February 2007; additional material added in increments over the years, the last on January 25, 2016 (GP). Last updated by Library Associate Dave Hoing, Ocotber 2017. Linear feet count updated on August 7, 2017.


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University of Northern Iowa 
Cedar Falls, Iowa 50613-3675 
Telephone: (319)-273-7295
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