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Acknowledgements

The basic idea for this Timeline History of the School of Fine Arts evolved from our research in support of a history of the School of Fine Arts written by Associate Dean Emeritus Donald Murray to mark the Fiftieth Anniversary of the founding of the School in 1961. During the early phases of his work, Dr. Murray had assembled a “timeline” of artistic events and activities at the University, from its origins in the 1880″s until the present. We assisted him by transmitting an array of digitized photos of various documents and images we found in the Dodd Research Center archives and elsewhere.We gratefully acknowledge Dr. Murray for the model of diligent scholarship and hard work that he provided us. Noting our use of digital photos, Dr. Peter Bagley, Special Assistant to the Dean of the School of Fine Arts, proposed the creation of a separate, computerized timeline that would build upon the foundations of Dr. Murray”s timeline and incorporate our digital materials to provide a wide-ranging, interactive computerized “stream” or “chronological history” that could easily be updated by future SFA historians. Professor Randall Hoyt of the Art and Art History Department agreed to join the team as web designer. Professor Hoyt played a major role in the creation of a similar timeline for a history of the Guggenheim Museum, which served as a valuable model for our efforts. We thank Professor Hoyt for his encouragement and guidance. Former Computer Technical Support Consultant David Logan contributed technical advice. Richard Sarvas, an applications developer on the staff of the Homer Babbidge Library adopted our project in the late summer of 2012, and moved it to a new, more widely accessible platform, and oversaw and advised on the fine points of getting the intended images and text to appear. Robert Copley, Theater Production Manager for the Department of Dramatic Arts, helped us load images and data as the launch date approached. The researchers for this project would like to thank all the members of the staff of the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, home of the University”s archives. University Archivist Betsy Pittman guided us in identifying source collections and was a constant source of knowledge and encouragement. Dodd Center Librarian Kristen Eshelman supplied ongoing assistance and insights throughout the project. Former Music and Dramatic Arts Librarian Anna Kijas also has our gratitude for guiding us to valuable resources. Our thanks go to all members of the faculty and staff of the School of Fine Arts who submitted documents, photographs, and other vital materials to help us achieve a colorful and balanced presentation. Professor Gus Mazzocca was a valuable teammate by providing much appreciated resources on the history of the Department of Art and Art History. Other colleagues that made notable contributions included: Professors Emeriti Theodore Arm, Leon Bailey, Roger Crossgrove, Neal Larrabee and Jerry Rojo. Current members of the faculty and staff who contributed include: Professor Judith Thorpe, Chair, Department of Art and Art History; Christopher Logan, Program Director of the Community School of the Arts; Frank Mack, Managing Director of the Connecticut Repertory Theatre; John Bell, Director of the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry; Tom Bruhn, Director of the William Benton Museum of Art; and Rodney Rock, Director of the Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts. We would like to thank the numerous student editors and photographers of the Nutmeg, the time-honored University yearbook. A large body of critically important images and information on the artistic life of the University were found in the digital edition of the Nutmeg. Also, we appreciated the repository of photos taken by University photographers, the UConn Media Share. We”ve done our best to properly credit individual images. Finally, we owe a large debt of gratitude to Dean Emeritus David Woods, former Dean Brid Grant, and former Assistant Dean Ted Yungclas of the School of Fine Arts. Without their unflagging support, this project would not have been possible. Enjoy! Robert McDonald, Professor Emeritus, Department of Dramatic Arts Joseph W. Scott, Music Catalog/Metadata Librarian, University Libraries

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