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Title: Darlene Gould Davies Collection, 1910-2018Add to your cart.
ID: MS-0099
Extent: 17.72 Linear Feet
Predominant Dates: 1980-2006
expand icon Historical Note

Darlene Davies, born Darlene Geer Gould, was born April 28, 1939 in Los Angeles, California.

Davies’ experience in the world of theatre first began onstage at the San Diego Junior Theatre in the 1950s. She took part in productions such as The Rose and the Ring, The Remarkable Mr. Pennypacker, and Hamlet. During this time she met prominent members of the Old Globe community such as directors Craig Noel and Bill Eaton. The Old Globe was also the enduring passion of her future husband Lowell Davies, who spent forty years working on the Globe’s Board of Directors, later becoming Board Chairman and President, and for whom the Lowell Davies Festival Stage was named.

Davies pursued her education at San Diego State University, having earned a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication Administration in 1962, and a Masters in Communicative Disorders in 1965. Starting in 1976, Davies worked at San Diego State as a teaching assistant for Speech Pathology, ultimately earning tenure as a full-time faculty member before her retirement as Professor Emeritus in 1994. In 1985, Davies furthered her studies by earning an Educational Specialist degree from Point Loma Nazarene College. In her professional career, she chaired the Speech Language Division at the San Diego Children’s Hospital, and served as the first ever Clinical Supervisor of the Speech and Language Clinic at Balboa Naval Hospital.

Although Davies had worked and written professionally in the Speech Pathology field for some years, she maintained her commitment to theatre and the Old Globe, working closely throughout her life with the San Diego Junior Theatre, the Globe Guilders, and serving on the Globe Board of Directors for twelve years. Davies has also been a generous donor to the Globe, and aided in the planning of Globe events such as Galas and fundraisers. She is the first official Historian appointed by the Globe Theatre, a position she holds to this day. As Globe Historian, Davies has collected an abundance of documents and artifacts from Old Globe history over many decades. She has written numerous articles for newspapers, magazines, and the San Diego Historical Society on behalf of the Globe Theatre.

While Davies has been notably active at the Junior Theatre and the Old Globe, she has also worked towards the betterment of the city of San Diego. She served for eight years on the San Diego City Commission on the Status of Women, two terms on the San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture, nine years on the City Park and Recreation Board, at the same time serving as Chair for four years on the Balboa Park Committee, and five years on the Board of the San Diego YWCA.

Davies has received numerous honors and awards for her dedication to the arts and education, and to those in need. In 1989 she was honored as the Salvation Army Woman of Dedication. In 2002 she was honored by San Diego State as a Motor Board Outstanding Alumni, and for Technology Innovation. Later, in 2008 Davies received the Monty Award for her time as an educator and patron of the arts. In November 2006, she was honored by not only the San Diego City Council, but by the San Diego County Board of Supervisors and the State of California as well, in a “Darlene Davies Day” celebration. She also received the Friends of Balboa Park Millennium Award in that same year.

expand icon Administrative Information
Acquired: 9999-017, 2004-029, 9999-023, 1995-006, 1993-008, 2005-003, 2015-032
Restrictions: This collection is open for research.
Rights: The copyright interests in some of these materials have not been transferred to or belong to San Diego State University. The nature of historical archival and manuscript collections means that copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine. Copyright resides with the creators of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. Requests for permission to publish must be submitted to the Head of Special Collections, San Diego State University, Library and Information Access. When granted, permission is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical item and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder(s), which must also be obtained in order to publish.  Materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials.
Acquisition Note: Darlene Gould Davies
Preferred Citation: Identification of item, folder title, box number, Darlene Gould Davies Papers, Special Collections and University Archives, Library and Information Access, San Diego State University.
Collection Material Type: Personal Papers
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