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Raphael Bernstein collection, 1956-2002

Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.: MS# 1428
Bib ID 5767616 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Bernstein, Raphael
Title Raphael Bernstein collection, 1956-2002
Physical Description 13 linear feet (7 flat boxes)
Language(s) English .

This collection is located off-site.

This collection has no restrictions.

This collection has no restrictions.



This collection is arranged by individual artists. The Call Number is from the three-ringed binder of individually cataloged images which is part of the collection.



138 original scenic, costume, and prop designs, executed variously in watercolor, gouache, pastel, ink, colored pencil, and graphite pencil for the Stratford Shakespearean Festival or Canada, as well as some related items. Some of the designs have attached fabric swatches. The bulk of the work is designs for Shakespearean plays, but there are also designs for other works such as "The Man of La Mancha" and Gogol's "The Government Inspector.".

In the collection there is a three-ringed binder of individually cataloged images, as well as a publication by the Hood Museum of Art"Designs for theatre : Stratford Festival, 1954-1990 / Hood Museum of Art, in association with the Stratford Shakespearean Festival Foundation of Canada".

Using the Collection

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Restrictions on Access

This collection is located off-site.

This collection has no restrictions.

This collection has no restrictions.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Raphael Bernstein collection; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

Ownership and Custodial History

Purchased by Raphael Bernstein.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Artwork surveyed am 7/28/2006.

This collection was processed by Alyssa Meyers (GSAS 2012). Finding aid written by Alyssa Meyers in April 2007.

Revision Description

2009-06-26 File created.

2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.

Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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Heading "CUL Archives:"
"CUL Collections:"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
Costume design drawings Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Design drawings Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Set design drawings Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID


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"CUL Collections:"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
Benson, Susan Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Brown, Lewis Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Clark, Patrick Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Curtis, Ann Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Fraser-Paye, Robin Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Hanson, Debra Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Heeley, Desmond Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Hurry, Leslie, 1909- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Mann, Martha Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Mitchell, Clare Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Moiseiwitsch, Tanya, 1914-2003 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Paraschuk, Doublas Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Pennoyer, John Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Silver, Philip Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Stratford Festival (Ont.) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Thorne, Gary Thomas Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Wallace, Victoria Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

Raphael Bernstein received his B.S. from Columbia University's School of Engineering in 1956 and his M.B.A. in 1959. The Parnassus Foundation was established in December 1986 by Raphael and Jane Bernstein for purposes that include the encouragement of original creative work in the arts and humanities.

The Shakespearean Stratford Festival was established in 1953. The festival is world renowned and takes place in four theatres throughout the city: the Festival Theatre, Avon Theatre, Tom Patterson Theatre and the Studio Theatre. Celebrities such as Alec Guinness, Christopher Plummer, and Dame Maggie Smith have performed at the festival.