GUIDE TO THE JACKSON AND ELLAMARIE WOOLLEY SLIDE COLLECTION

COLLECTION NUMBER:
C129.

COLLECTION TITLE:
Jackson and Ellamarie Woolley Slide Collection.

CREATOR(S):
Jackson Woolley and Ellamarie Woolley.

DATES OF MATERIAL:
1952-1975.

EXTENT:
404 slides: color; 35 mm.

LOCAL CONTROL NUMBERS:
Slides: C129/S1-397.

REPOSITORY:
San Diego History Center
Booth Historical Photograph Archives
P.O. Box 81825
San Diego, CA 92138
1-619-232-6203

ACQUISITION INFORMATION:
Gift of Jackson Woolley, 1991.

RESTRICTIONS:
Open for research.

COPYRIGHT:
For permission to reproduce or publish, contact the curator of the Booth Historical Photograph Archives of the San Diego Historical Society. Reproduction or publication of any part of this collection must include the following information next to the image(s) or in a special section of credits: Jackson and Ellamarie Woolley Slide Collection, San Diego Historical Society, Booth Historical Photograph Archives.

GENERAL NOTES:
Arrangement: (1) works by Jackson Woolley arranged in chronological order, (2) works by Ellamarie Woolley arranged in chronological order, (3) works by both Jackson and Ellamarie Woolley arranged by project, and (4) construction of the San Diego Civic Theater. The slides were numbered by the artists and accompanied by an index listing the title, dimensions, materials, and date of the work depicted in each slide. Related materials: artwork by Jackson and Ellamarie Woolley (SDHC89.20 and SDHC89.66) in the Curatorial Archives.

BIOGRAPHICAL OR HISTORICAL NOTE:
Artist, actor, and teacher, Jackson Woolley (1910-1992), a native of Pittsburgh, studied drama at Carnegie-Mellon University before coming to San Diego in 1935 as a member of the original Shakespearean company that opened the Old Globe Theater during the California Pacific International Exposition in Balboa Park. He remained in San Diego and became a drama teacher at Francis Parker School where he met art teacher Ellamarie Packard (1913-1976). A San Diego native who studied art at San Diego State University, her father Phineas S. Packard founded the Arts and Crafts Press in San Diego. Jackson and Ellamarie Woolley married in 1940. After his service in the U.S. Army during World War II, they began a collaboration in art that lasted until her death. They worked mostly in enamel on copper but also created art works in Plexiglas and plastic.

SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE:
This collection documents the work of San Diego artists Jackson and Ellamarie Woolley. It consists of color slides depicting chiefly enamel on copper art works created independently and in collaboration. Joint projects include a 144-square-foot mural in the Fresno Public Library, a copper and enamel relief work in the Whittier Public Library, a large panel in the Pacific Insurance Company building in Los Angeles, and copper forms in the San Diego Civic Theater. There are also views of the Civic Theater construction.

SUBJECTS INDEXED:
San Diego Civic Theater.
Art.
Artists.
San Diego (Calif.) — Arts & crafts.

CONTENTS LIST:

Box 1
Folder 1C129/1-148
Jackson Woolley art works from 1953-1975. Chiefly enamel on copper wall panels.
Folder 2C129/149-295
Ellamarie Woolley art works from 1952-1975. Chiefly enamel on copper wall panels.
Folder 3C129/296-371
Art works by both Jackson and Ellamarie Woolley from the 1950s-1960s. Projects include the Las Vegas Hotel lounge, Fresno Public Library, Whittier Public Library, Pacific Insurance Company building in Los Angeles, San Diego Civic Theater, and California First National Bank [later the Union Bank] on B Street.
Folder 4C129/372-397
Interior and exterior views of construction of the San Diego Civic Theater.