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Edward L. Longley Collection on Jim Henson

Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1903.1/19432

Abstract

Title:
Edward L. Longley Collection on Jim Henson
Author/Creator:
Longley, Edward L.
Collection number:
13-09-Longley
Size:
1.50 linear feet
Bulk dates:
1979-1997
Inclusive dates:
1957-2003
Collection Area:
Special Collections in Performing Arts
Repository:
Special Collections in Performing Arts, Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742. Contact the curator: http://www.lib.umd.edu/scpa/contact
Abstract:

Dr. Edward L. Longley (1925 2006) was an American watercolor painter from Baltimore, Maryland. He studied at Columbia University Teachers College, American University, Penn State College, and the University of Maryland, where he was an Associate Professor of Art Education from 1952 to 1984. His work has been displayed in both prominent and local spaces since 1964. During his tenure, both Jim Henson and Jane Henson studied puppetry in his courses. The Edward L. Longley Collection on Jim Henson consists of original art by Henson, photographs, newsclippings, publications, and programs.

Important Information for Users of the Collection

Restrictions:

There are no restricted files in this collection.

Preferred citation:

Edward L. Longley Collection on Jim Henson, Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries.

Publication rights:

Materials from this collection must be used in the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library's Irving and Margery Morgan Lowens Special Collections Room, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Please make an appointment with the curator: Vincent J. Novara Tel: 301.405.9220, Email: vnovara@umd.edu

Status:

This collection is PROCESSED.

Historical Note

Edward L. Longley was a native of Baltimore, Maryland. He has studied at The University of Maryland, Columbia University Teachers College, American University, and Pennsylvania State University. In 1984, after 32 years, he retired as an Associate Professor in Art Education from the University of Maryland.

During his tenure, both Jim Henson and Jane Henson studied puppetry in his courses.

Since 1964, his paintings have been almost exclusively in watercolor, but he has exhibited oil, acrylic, pen, and ink works. Much of his work has been exhibited in galleries in the Maryland and Washington D.C area. In 1989, his work was accepted at the American Watercolor Society of New York and in 1991 he received a patron purchase award from the Watercolor U.S.A. show at the Springfield Art Museum in Missouri.

Dr. Longley won a number of awards from the Baltimore Watercolor Society and the Olney Art Association, among others. His individual works have also won awards and been reproduced. He died in 2006 at his home following a brief illness.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Edward L. Longley Collection on Jim Henson covers the period from 1957 to 2003; the bulk of the materials date from 1979 to 1997. The collection includes a brief biography and lesson plan on puppetry, but the majority consists of newspaper clippings and various periodicals featuring narratives on Jim Hensons career. Also included are a few photographs of Jim Henson and his artwork.

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

Sharon Longley (his wife) donated the materials in August 2012.

Processing Information

Processed by:

Sarah Lindblom, August 2012

Encoded by:

EAD markup created using EAD database in Microsoft Access. Markup completed by Nicole Horstman, January 2013.

Arrangement of Collection

This collection is organized into five series.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Art, 1956 (2 items)

This series contains two pieces of original art that Henson gave to Longley while a student at UMD.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / FrameItem
Art, 1956 series 1box 1folder 1
Henson, Jim. "A Joyful Yuletide." Silkscreen on board stock. 9"x4". c1956. [unsigned, no internal note], 1956 (Online) series 1box 1folder 1item 1.0
Henson, Jim. [Leaping figures]. Construction paper glued to board stock. 18"x12". C1956. [signed by Jim Henson], 1956 (Online) series 1box 1folder 1item 2.0

Series 2: Photographs, 1955-1957 (3 items)

This series contains four black and white photographs from the late 1950s, all documenting Jim Hensons work.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / FrameItem
Photographs, 1955, 1957 series 2box 1folder 2
[Photographer unidentified]. "Cubes by Jim Henson." B&W, 8x10, c.1957. (two copies), 1957 series 2box 1folder 2item 3.0
[Photographer unidentified]. [Jim and Jane Henson with "Sam and Friends" at WRC]. B&W, 8x10, c.1955., 1955 series 2box 1folder 2item 4.0
[Photographer unidentified]. "Peter and the Wolf." B&W, 8x10, September 1957., 1957 series 2box 1folder 2item 5.0

Series 3: Newsclippings, 1955-2003 (4 folders)

This series contains articles clipped from newspapers and magazines pertaining to Henson, his work, or puppetry at UMD while he was a student.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / FrameItem
Newsclippings (originals), 1955-2003 series 3box 1folder 3
[Author unidentified]. "Do you know the Muppet Man?" Kids Post, The Washington Post, September 22, 2003 series 3box 1folder 3item 6.0
Joynes, J. William. "Handfuls of Humor." Baltimore American, March 24, 1957 series 3box 1folder 3item 7.0
Elson, Katherine. "Rollicking Muppets Set a Merry Pace." [Newspaper unidentified], 1955 series 3box 1folder 3item 8.0
Hawes, Jennifer, ed. "Notable" [pertains to Henson exhibition at UMD]. Outlook, University of Maryland, March 11, 1997 series 3box 1folder 3item 9.0
Hawes, Jennifer, ed. "Muppets Take Maryland." Outlook, University of Maryland, February 4, 1997 series 3box 1folder 3item 10.0
Outlook, University of Maryland. 16 September 2003. [Features two Henson related articles], September 16, 2003 series 3box 1folder 3item 11.0
[Author unidentified]. "Distinguished Alumnus" [Jim Henson]. Spotlite, University of Maryland Alumni Association, Fall 1979 series 3box 1folder 3item 12.0
Bumiller, Elisabeth. "Homecoming: Muppets and Memories at Maryland." The Washington Post, November 5, 1979 series 3box 1folder 3item 13.0
Fritz, John, ed. "Hensons Legacy Lives on at Major Puppetry." Outlook, University of Maryland, March 29, 1993 series 3box 1folder 3item 14.0
[Author unidentified]. "Home Economics Open House Set." The Evening Sun, Baltimore, April 27, 1993 series 3box 1folder 3item 15.0
Newsclippings (originals), 1955-2003 series 3box 1folder 4
Neufeld, Matt. "Jim Henson made the world laugh." The Washington Post. 17 May 1990. [Includes complete Sammy Davis Jr. obituary.], May 17, 1990 series 3box 1folder 4item 16.0
Tiranac, T.W. "Psychiatrists Puppets Probe Life." [Publication unidentified.] [Spring 1954, based on Tawes article]., Spring 1954 series 3box 1folder 4item 17.0
Shoemaker, Donna. "Dark Crystals Bright Spirit." Maryland Today, University of Maryland, 1982 series 3box 1folder 4item 18.0
Diamondback, University of Maryland. [two articles on Jim Henson and the Muppets], February 2, 1997 series 3box 1folder 4item 19.0
Parker, Cecilia. "VIP Kids can Cur Capers." The Washington Post, Times Herald. [includes reference to a puppet show by UMD students], June 5, 1955 series 3box 1folder 4item 20.0
Moore, Stephen and Jack Goodwin. "Muppet Maker." The Montgomery Journal., July 13, 1984 series 3box 1folder 4item 21.0
Masters, Kim. "Disneys Muppet Miasma." The Washington Post., July 13, 1990 series 3box 1folder 4item 22.0
Hawes, Jennifer, ed. "Jane Henson reminisces about life at Maryland in the 1950s." Outlook., March 4, 1997 series 3box 1folder 4item 23.0
[Unidentified author]. "Kermit the Frog, Star of TV and Silver Screen, and His Less Well Known Acquaintance Jim Henson." [Unidentified newspaper, possibly from Baltimore based on advertisements]., 1978 series 3box 1folder 4item 24.0
Brennan, Patricia. "Jim Henson: From Muppets to Movies to Medieval Folk Tales." The Washington Post., October 25, 1987 series 3box 1folder 4item 25.0
TV Week. [cover only; features Kermit], July 15, 1979 series 3box 1folder 4item 26.0
TV Week. [cover only; features Henson and Fraggle Rock cast puppets], February 4, 1984 series 3box 1folder 4item 27.0
[Author unidentified]. "On With The Show."/"Home Economics Open House.", undated series 3box 1folder 4item 28.0
Diamondback, University of Maryland, 1955 series 3box 1folder 4item 29.0
Kobren, Gerri. "Jim Henson, the Muppet Emperor, began modestly.", undated series 3box 1folder 4item 30.0
[Unidentified newspaper, possibly from Baltimore based on advertisements]., 1979 series 3box 1folder 4item 31.0
Wexler, Ellyn. "Puppet Co. prepares to revisit Oz." Entertainment., March 10, 1999 series 3box 1folder 4item 32.0
Newsclippings (copies), undated series 3box 1folder 5
Newsclippings (copies), undated series 3box 1folder 6

Series 4: Publications, 1990-2001 (1 folder)

This series contains complete publications that feature Henson or his work to some degree.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / FrameItem
Publications, 1990-2001 series 4box 1folder 7
College Park, The University of Maryland Magazine. Vol. 8, No. 2, Winter 1997. "The Muppets Take Maryland." [page 8]., Winter 1997 series 4box 1folder 7item 33.0
College Park, The University of Maryland Magazine. Vol. 12, No. 2, Spring 2001. [Kermit and Elmo on page 61]., Spring 2001 series 4box 1folder 7item 34.0
Maryland Today, The University of Maryland. March 1983. "Beyond the Muppets in puppets." [cover and page 8]., March 1983 series 4box 1folder 7item 35.0
EdVentures, College of Education, University of Maryland. Winter 1999. [Henson Associates acknowledged on cover]. (two copies), Winter 1999 series 4box 1folder 7item 36.0
People. [Henson on cover and in an article], June 18, 1990 series 4box 1folder 7item 37.0
Life. [Kermit/Hensons chair on cover and in an article], July 1990 series 4box 1folder 7item 38.0
National Enquirer. [Henson and Muppets on cover and in an article], June 5, 1990 series 4box 1folder 7item 39.0

Series 5: Programs, 1996-1997 (1 folder)

This series contains printed programs that feature Henson or his work to some degree.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / FrameItem
Programs, 1993-1998 series 5box 1folder 8
Jim Henson: Designs & Doodles. National Arts Club, New York., April-May 1996 series 5box 1folder 8item 41.0
Jim Henson: The Early Years. The Jim Henson Legacy. [Exhibition or event not indicated]., undated series 5box 1folder 8item 42.0
The Annual Jim Henson Award An Evening of Puppetry. University of Maryland. [Signed by Jane Henson]., March 20, 1993 series 5box 1folder 8item 43.0

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