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Hispanic Theatre of San Diego Collection, 1923-2018 | Special Collections & University Archives

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Collection Overview

Title: Hispanic Theatre of San Diego Collection, 1923-2018Add to your cart.

Primary Creator: Hispanic Theatre of San Diego (1996-)

Extent: 46.74 Linear Feet

Subjects: Hispanic Theatre of San Diego--Archives, Mexican American artists--California--San Diego--Biography--Sources, Mexican American authors--California--San Diego--Biography--Sources, Mexican American dramatists--California--San Diego--Biography--Sources, Mexican American theater--California--San Diego--History--Sources, Sierra-Oliva, Jesus--Archives

Languages: English, Spanish;Castilian

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Hispanic Theatre of San Diego Collection, divided into 10 series, documents the history of the Hispanic Theatre of San Diego and the professional career and personal life of its creator, Jesus Sierra-Oliva. The collection includes scores of Sierra-Oliva's musical creations, original artwork, play scripts, photographs, programs, video and cassette tapes of his productions, and correspondence. The primary foci of his creative talents were Walt Whitman and his Leaves of Grass, the Masonic music of Mozart, the soprano Maria Callas, Maximilian and Carlota and the history of Mexico, the poet Garcia Lorca, and Mexican painters Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo. The records also include personal papers relating to the life and family of theater founder Jesus Sierra-Oliva.

Biographical Note

The Hispanic Theatre of San Diego, recognized for being one of the few entirely bilingual Spanish-English theaters in the world, began its quest for success in 1996 under the direction of the playwright and artist Jesús Sierra-Oliva. The theater has produced plays such as Adios Mama Carlota, Blood on Fire, La Divina, Frida Kahlo: From Hell to Glory, and Los Dioses de Barro, and was officially proclaimed a non-profit theatre company in 2000.

Sierra-Oliva's father José Sierra Gomez, was a Méxican Spaniard, and his mother Magdalena Oliva Aguilar was a Méxican Indian. Sierra-Oliva began writing short stories during his early childhood and at 15, he published his first short story The Black Pearl. He studied painting at the San Carlos Art Academy in México City and drama at the Instituto Nacional de México. Largely self-taught as a composer, Sierra-Oliva never attempted to become a disciple of another composer but relied instead on his own analysis of the works of others.

In 1970 he won an honorary award for his first movie script Green and Gold in a national contest for movie, television, and radio script writing. The same year he moved to the United States where he studied philosophy and humanism at San Mateo College, and the mystical studies of the Order of Rosicrucian in San Jose, California. In 1987, Sierra-Oliva composed his first song entitled "50 Candles for the Golden Gate".

During 15 years Sierra-Oliva focused on arranging music and directing for stage musicals. In 1991 he created his first full-length musical work The Leaves of Grass Cantata. In 1992, Sierra-Oliva completed 50 ink drawings of the opera star Maria Callas which were displayed in the San Mateo Art Gallery where he later was invited to exhibit his creations. The following year he completed 50 paintings of Maria Callas's portraits in oil pastels and watercolors that were exhibited in several San Diego galleries.

The Hispanic Theatre of San Diego, along with its director, has continued to thrive in the performing arts industry.

Subject/Index Terms

Hispanic Theatre of San Diego--Archives
Mexican American artists--California--San Diego--Biography--Sources
Mexican American authors--California--San Diego--Biography--Sources
Mexican American dramatists--California--San Diego--Biography--Sources
Mexican American theater--California--San Diego--History--Sources
Sierra-Oliva, Jesus--Archives

Administrative Information

Repository: Special Collections & University Archives

Accruals: February 2002, 2009-051, 2018-024, 9999-228, 2015-031, 2015-042, 2015-050, 2016-031, 2017-025, 2018-021

Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions: The copyright interests in some of these materials have 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. Permissions 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 Source: Jesús Sierra-Oliva

Related Materials:

Lowell Davies Papers

Old Globe Theater Collections

San Diego State Department of Theatre

Records of JuleTone Productions

Preferred Citation: Identification of item, folder title, box number, Hispanic Theatre of San Diego Collection, Special Collections and University Archives, Library and Information Access, San Diego State University.

Other Note: Visit the URL below for an online exhibit featuring video selections from several of the dramatic performances produced by Hispanic Theatre of San Diego and directed by playwright and artist Jesus Sierra-Oliva.

Other URL: http://library.sdsu.edu/exhibits/2010/02/hispanictheatre/index.shtml


Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Administrative Records, 2001-2006, 2015-2017],
[Series 2: Biographical],
[Series 3: Correspondence, 1971-2017],
[Series 4: Collected Works],
[Series 5: Theatrical Productions and Other Writings],
[Series 6: Photographs],
[Series 7: Artwork],
[Series 8: Audiovisual Material],
[Series 9: Stage Props],
[Series 10: Humanist and Philosphical Writings and Compositions],
[All]

Series 4: Collected WorksAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 1: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Collected Works, 1990-1994Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 1: Theatrical and Musical ProductionsAdd to your cart.
Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Announcements and Reviews, 1993-1994Add to your cart.
Folder 14: El Gozo Masonico (orchestral scores), 1991Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Mozart's Masonic Choral Music and Songs (English), 1991Add to your cart.
Box 4Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Mozart's Masonic Choral Music and Songs (Spanish), 1991Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Mozart's Masonic Music Lyrics and Songs (English/Spanish), 1991Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Mozart's Masonic Piano Scores and Lyrics (English), 1991Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Mozart's Masonic Piano Scores and Lyrics (Spanish), 1991Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Musica Funeraria (Orchestral Scores), 1991Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Proclamad con Cantos de Gozo, 1991Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 2: PublicationsAdd to your cart.
Box 4Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Catalog for Donations to the Mozart Museum in Salzburg Germany, 1992Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Mozart and Salzburg: A Guide to the Memorial Site, With a Brief Biography, 1990Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 3: Research FilesAdd to your cart.
Box 4Add to your cart.
Folder 9: 1990, 1991Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 2: Maximilian I of Mexico and Empress Carlota Collected WorksAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 1: Theatrical and Musical ProductionsAdd to your cart.
Box 4Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Adios Mama Carlota (English/Spanish), 1999Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Adios Mama Carlota, music score and lyrics (English/Spanish), 1996-1998Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Adios Mama Carlota, music score and lyrics (English/Spanish), 1996-1998Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Adios Mama Carlota, music score and lyrics (Spanish), 1996-1998Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Adios Mama Carlota Props, Rehersal and Schedule Sheets (English/Spanish), 1999Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Adios Mama Carlota Recording Session NotesAdd to your cart.
Folder 16: Adios Mama Carlota, play with music scores and lyrics, 2000Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Carlota, material de orquesta (music score)Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Carlota: Operan en I Acto, Libreto (Italian) by Luis Sandi and F. Zedeyas, 2000Add to your cart.
Folder 19: El Trono de Mexico, Movie Script, 1996Add to your cart.
Folder 20: La Gran Carlota, 1999Add to your cart.
Box 5Add to your cart.
Folder 1: La Loca Emperatriz Carlota, 1999Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Mad Queen Carlota, 1999Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Mama Carlota: A Preamble (Spanish), 1995Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Mama Carlota: The Mad Empress of Mexico, 1997Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Maximilien Opera Historique en Trois Actes et Neuf Tableux (French) by R.S. Hoffman, F. Wertel and A. Lunel, 1931 (xerox copy)Add to your cart.
Box 38Add to your cart.
Folder 11: "Adios Mama Carlota" program cover rough drafts and script (Spanish)Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 2: NewslettersAdd to your cart.
Box 5Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Bitacora, Advertisement of "Adios Mama Carlota", September 18, 1996Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Newsletters, Announcements of Plays, 1991-1999Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Newsletters, Reviews and Articles, 1996-2002Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Outline for the Announcement of "Maximillian and Carlota" A Musical DramaAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 3: Research FilesAdd to your cart.
Box 5Add to your cart.
Folder 10: 1997Add to your cart.
Box 38Add to your cart.
Folder 12: "Estudios interdisciplinarios acerca de Carlota de Mexico", 2001Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 3: Walt Whitman Collected WorksAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 1: Theatrical Productions and Other WritingsAdd to your cart.
Box 5Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Announcements of Plays and ProgramsAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Cantata a Walt Whitman, handwritten with watercolor drawings, 2002Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Catalog of W. Whitman Exhibit in Bucharet, Rumania, 1957Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Hojas de Hierba Concierto (Spanish), 1992Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Hojas de Hierba, original script handwritten with watercolor drawings, 1990Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Leaves of Grass Cantata (English/Spanish), 1990Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Leaves of Grass Cantata, 1990Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Leaves of Grass Cantata, music notes and piano scores (English/Spanish), 1990Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Leaves of Grass Concert, 1992Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Leaves of Grass Original Script, handwritten with watercolor drawings, 1990Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Listen America! Final Revision and NotesAdd to your cart.
Box 6Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Listen, America! Original, handwritten lyrics and songs with a final draft copy, 2000Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Listen, America, 2003Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Loving Comrades, 1998Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Props: Addressed and Stamped Envelopes to Walt WhitmanAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Reviews and Articles from Newspapers for Plays, 1999-2001Add to your cart.
Folder 6: "Saint and Sinner" Character List and SynopsisAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Truth about Walt Whitman, 1998Add to your cart.
Box 38Add to your cart.
Folder 13: "Listen America: The Democratic Dream" Script, 2017Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 2: Lectures PublicationsAdd to your cart.
Box 6Add to your cart.
Folder 8: "Las Hojas de Hierba" (Spanish), 1992Add to your cart.
Folder 9: "Osceola" Poem by Walt Whitman (English), 1995Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Remembered in Words and Songs, 1993Add to your cart.
Folder 11: The Quincentennial and the American Experience (English), 1992Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Walt Whitman Y El Sueno Americano (Spanish), 1996Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Walt Whitman, The American Friend, 1992Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass (English), 1991Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 3: PublicationsAdd to your cart.
Box 6Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Newsletters and Pamphlet, 1995-2000Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Walt Whitman Quarterly Review (incomplete set), Content: Fall 1992 (v.10 #2), Spring 1994 (v.11 #4), Summer 1994 (v.12 #1)Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Walt Whitman Quarterly Review (incomplete set), Content: Fall 1996, Winter 1997, Winter 2000Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Walt Whitman's Quarterly Review "Whitman's Disciples", inspiration for play "Loving Comrades", 1996Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 4: Research FilesAdd to your cart.
Box 6Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Photocopies of Journal Articles and excerpt from "With Walt Whitman in Camden", n.d.Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 4: American Soprano Maria Callas Collected WorksAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 1: Theatrical and Musical Productions PublicationsAdd to your cart.
Box 6Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Announcements of Maria Callas Plays, 1993-2002Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Callas, La Divina (English), 1997, 3 playsAdd to your cart.
Folder 22: Callas, La Divina (Spanish), 1997Add to your cart.
Box 7Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Callas, La Divina,  A playwright (English), 1998Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Callas, La Divina, music score, cast and notes of changes to be madeAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: La Divina, Opera, libretto/text from last sceneAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Song to Maria/Canto a Maria, 1990Add to your cart.
Box 38Add to your cart.
Folder 14: "Onassis y La Divina; Y Noche con Lorcay Las Divas" Script (Spanish), 2015Add to your cart.
Folder 15: "Callas, La Divina" XL Aniversario program drafts, 2017Add to your cart.
Folder 16: "Callas, La Divina" Demo Opera Libretto by jesus Sierra Oliva, Adapted into Lyrics by Evangelos Moraitopoulos, with notes by Sierra-Oliva, 2007, 2013Add to your cart.
Folder 17: "Alma Bond's 'Maria' Script Revision", 2014Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Sound Design, Script, and Music with notes for "Onasis Y La Davina" (English and Spanish)Add to your cart.
Includes photocopied duplicate
Folder 19: Handwritten Scores for "Canta Para Mi, Maria", 2008Add to your cart.
Folder 20: English script for "Onasis y La Divina" with Spanish translations, 2013Add to your cart.
Folder 21: "Onasis y La Divina" script (Spanish) and original flyer, 2013Add to your cart.
Folder 22: "La Divina" piano arrangement by Luder Palacios, 2008Add to your cart.
Folder 23: "La Divina: Opera Breve Sobre Maria Callas" score arranged by Ivan Velazquez de Leon R., 2012, 2013Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 2: PublicationsAdd to your cart.
Box 7Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Announcements, Articles and Reviews of Maria Callas Paintings, 1993-2001Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Catalogue of Items Related to her Life and Career, 1923-1977Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Maria Callas International Club Magazine, October 1994 #13-October 1995 #16, 4 issuesAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Maria Callas International Club Magazine, February 1996 #17-October 1996 #19, 3 issuesAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Maria Callas International Club Magazine, February 1997 #20-October 1997 #22, 3 issuesAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Maria Callas International Club Magazine, June 1998 #24, October 1998 #25Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Maria Callas International Club Magazine, February 2000 #29-November 2000 #31, 3 issuesAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Maria Callas International Club Magazine, July 2001 #33Add to your cart.
Box 8Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Maria Callas International Club Magazine, March 2002 #35-November 2002 #37Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Maria Callas International Club Magazine, March 2003 #38, November 2005 #46Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Maria Callas International Club Magazine, Bibliography of Maria Callas, January 1999Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Maria Callas International Club Magazine, Special Issues- 25th Anniversary of Callas: La Divina, September 2002Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Newspaper/Magazine Articles, 1955-1993Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Opera News-magazine, 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Pamphlets and Postcards, 1987-2000Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Periódico di Informazoni su Maria Callas (Italian), 1997-1999Add to your cart.
Folder 9: USA Maria Callas Club Newsletter, 1995-1999, 14 issuesAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: UW Brief Maria Callas Magazine (Dutch), December 1994 #33, March 1995 #34-September 1995 #35, December 1995 #36Add to your cart.
Folder 11: UW Brief Maria Callas Magazine (Dutch), March 1996 #37, September 1996 #38, December 1996 #39Add to your cart.
Box 9Add to your cart.
Folder 1: UW Brief Maria Callas Magazine (Dutch), March 1997 #40, September 1997 #41, December 1998 #45Add to your cart.
Folder 2: UW Brief Maria Callas Magazine (Dutch), March 1999 #46, September 1999 #47-December 1999 #48Add to your cart.
Folder 3: UW Brief Maria Callas Magazine (Dutch), March 2000 #49, September 2000 #50-December 2000 #51Add to your cart.
Folder 4: UW Brief Maria Callas Magazine (Dutch), March-April 2001 #52, December 2001 #54, March-April 2002 #55Add to your cart.
Box 38Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Information about Maria Callas Museum in Italy (Italian), 2008Add to your cart.
Folder 25: "Maria Callas en Concert" copy of news article (French), 1959Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Program honoring Maria Callas (Greek), 2005Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Maria Callas International Club Magazine, March 2006 No. 47, March 2007 No. 50, July 2007 No. 51, March 2008 No. 53Add to your cart.
Include list of magazine issue and pgae number with articles by J. Sierra.
Folder 28: Maria Callas International Club Magazine, July 2008 no. 54, November 2009 no. 58, March 2010 no. 59Add to your cart.
Two copies of No. 58
Box 39Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Maria Callas International Club Magazine, July 2010-March 2011 no. 60 - no. 62, July 2012 - November 2012 no. 66 and 67Add to your cart.
No. 66 cover is missing
Folder 2: Maria Callas International Club Magazine, November 2013 #70, March 2014 #71, November 2015 #76, March 2016 #77, March 2017 #80Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Maria Callas International Club Magazine, July 2017 #81-July 2018 #84Add to your cart.
#82 and #83 have pictures from Jesus Sierra-Oliva
Folder 4: Maria Callas International Club Magazine. July 2011 #63Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 3: ArtifactsAdd to your cart.
Box 35Add to your cart.
Item 2: Self-Inking Stamp, Ideal® 2, The USA Callas ClubAdd to your cart.

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Administrative Records, 2001-2006, 2015-2017],
[Series 2: Biographical],
[Series 3: Correspondence, 1971-2017],
[Series 4: Collected Works],
[Series 5: Theatrical Productions and Other Writings],
[Series 6: Photographs],
[Series 7: Artwork],
[Series 8: Audiovisual Material],
[Series 9: Stage Props],
[Series 10: Humanist and Philosphical Writings and Compositions],
[All]


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