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William N. Damron, Jr. Scrapbooks, 1948-2011

MS 519

Collection Summary

Creator: Damron, William N., Jr.
Collection NameWilliam N. Damron, Jr. Scrapbooks 1948-2011
Physical Description 4 Linear Feet
AbstractThis collection contains William N. Damron, Jr.'s resumes, scrapbooks, and performance programs dated 1948 – 2006. His career, spanning more than forty years, has included work as a costume designer and wardrobe supervisor for prominent television and theatre productions, including the Academy Awards. Damron's fifteen scrapbooks begin when he was a kindergarten student and continue through 2006, spanning his years as a student at the University of Arizona and his work in Los Angeles.
Collection NumberMS 519
Language: Materials in English
Repository University of Arizona Libraries, Special Collections
University of Arizona
PO Box 210055
Tucson, AZ 85721-0055
Phone: 520-621-6423
Fax: 520-621-9733

Biographical Note

William N. Damron, Jr. is an independent entertainment professional whose involvement in the theatre arts has included acting, directing, wardrobe supervision, and costume design. Damron has documented his life in the form of scrapbooks, beginning with his childhood in Tucson and throughout his career in Colorado, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and Southern Arizona. During his years at Alice Vail Middle School, Damron's love of performance began with tap dance. As a student at Rincon High School he participated in the choir program. He has received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Drama Production (1967), a Master of Arts degree in Drama Production with an emphasis in costume design (1969), and a Master of Fine Arts in Costume Design (1979) - all from the University of Arizona. Most of Damron's career has been spent in wardrobe supervision and costume. For eight seasons (1992-2000), he was wardrobe supervisor for the Los Angeles Opera. Damon also worked as a wardrobe supervisor and set costumer for theatre productions in Los Angeles and Las Vegas; numerous television shows including "Pryor's Place" and "The Young and the Restless;" prominent award ceremonies including the Academy Awards, Grammy Awards, Emmy Awards, People's Choice Awards; and American Film Institute Salutes to Lilian Gish and Gene Kelly. In addition, Damron has taught at the University of Redlands, University of Arizona, and National Music Camp in Interlochen, Michigan.

Scope and Content Note

William N. Damron, Jr.’s scrapbooks contain photographs, ephemera, drawings, and newspaper clippings documenting his personal and professional life, beginning in childhood. In addition to fifteen scrapbooks, the collection includes Damron’s resume from various points in his career and loose performance programs. Notable programs include “Up With People,” “The Boys from Syracuse,” “Third Annual Elk’s Minstrels,” and “Les grands ballets canadiens.” Also included are seasonal programs for various ballet and theatre companies, as well as venues such as Centennial Hall.


This collection is organized into 3 series
Series I: Personal Information, undated
Series II: Programs, 1955-1997
Series III: Scrapbooks, 1948-2011



There are no restrictions on this collections


It is the responsibility of the user to obtain permission to publish from the owner of the copyright (the institution, the creator of the record, the author or his/her transferees, heirs, legates, or literary executors). The user agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the Arizona Board of Regents for the University of Arizona, its officers, employees, and agents from and against all claims made by any person asserting that he or she is an owner of copyright.

Access Terms

Geographic Name(s)
Tucson (Ariz.)

Academy Awards (Motion Pictures)
Clipplings (Books, newspaper, etc.)
Costume design
Los Angeles Opera
Theater Programs--Arizona--Tucson
Theater--Production and direction
Tucson Unified School District (Pima County, Ariz.)
University of Arizona

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Administrative Information

Credit Line

William N. Damron, Jr. Scrapbooks (MS 519). Special Collections, University of Arizona Libraries.

Processing History

The finding aid was created by Lizeth Zepeda. An addition was processed by Dani Stuchel in 2018.

Container List

Series I: Personal Information, undated
Scope and Contents
This series is arranged by alphabetical order by the type of documents. It contains resumes of William N. Damron, Jr.
11 Resumes, undated
Series II: Programs, 1955-1997
Scope and Contents
This series is arranged chronologically with undated first. It contains loose programs that were not originally placed in the scrapbooks.
12 Programs, undated
13 Programs, 1955-1964
14 Programs, 1966-1969
15 Programs, 1976-1997
Series III: Scrapbooks, 1948-2006
Scope and Contents
These 15 scrapbooks are arranged chronologically by date. These scrapbooks contain programs, newspaper clippings, sketches, thank you cards/flower cards, and photographs.
2 Scrapbook, 1948-1958
3 Scrapbook, 1958-1962
4 Scrapbook, 1962-1966
5 Scrapbook, 1966-1968
6 Scrapbook, 1968-1971
7 Scrapbook, 1971-1973
8 Scrapbook, 1973-1976
9 Scrapbook, 1977-1980
10 Scrapbook, 1980-1981
11 Scrapbook, 1983-1989
12 Scrapbook, 1989-1994
13 Scrapbook, 1994-1997
14 Scrapbook, 1999-2000
15 Scrapbook, 2000-2003
16 Scrapbook, 2004-2006
17 Scrapbook, 2004-2009
18 Scrapbook, 2006-2011