Iwasaki Library

Special Collections


Jackson-Dowd Theater Collection

The Jackson-Dowd Theater Collection includes journals listing theater productions in U.S. and Canadian cities from 1880 to 1977, with the bulk of the journals addressing Boston and New York City productions. It also includes programs, flyers, and newspaper clippings for Boston and New York City productions, with a minimal amount of programs for non-Boston area Massachusetts productions.

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George McFadden Costume and Set Design Clippings Collection

The George McFadden Costume and Set Design Clippings Collection consists of clippings, magazine covers, newspapers, postcards, photographs, and other materials that served as inspirations for his design career. Much of the collection dates from his time as a theater set and costume designer in the 1930s and 1940s. The collection also contains material from his work as a store window display designer.

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Let's Pretend Script Collection

Let's Pretend was known as radio's outstanding children's theater program. From 1939 to 1954, it delighted the very young with tales of witches and goblins, princes and princesses, leprechauns, and talking animals.

The Let's Pretend Script Collection consists of scripts for 51 episodes broadcast between 1951 and 1954. The scripts broadcast between 1951 and 1952 were produced by the advertising agency Batten, Barton, Durstine and Osborne for the show's sponsor, Cream of Wheat, and those written between 1953 and 1954 are the work of Nila Mack and other CBS writers. A comparison of scripts written in these two periods provides early evidence of the impact of television advertisers on children's programming.

The collection also includes scores and orchestra parts for the Let's Pretend theme song and incidental music composed by Maurice Brown.

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Martin Shwartz Audio-Visual Collection

The Martin Shwartz Audio-Visual Collection documents musicals and related sound recordings from the late 1920s through 1989. The collection contains recordings of live performances, films, Tony Awards clips,and various interview sessions with Martin Shwartz as well as with actors and actresses. The collection contains a variety of audio-visual material related to musicals, operas, and soundtracks, including music produced by well known Broadway music producers. There are also some press-related materials. 

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Norman Lear Script Collection

The Norman Lear Script Collection contains scripts written by various authors, most of them related to Norman Lear's production companies, Tandem and T.A.T. Productions. The bulk of the collection consists of 205 scripts from the show Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, which aired between January 1976 and May 1977, as well as 61 scripts from the show America 2-Night, which aired in 1978. Most scripts are final edits, and also included are alternate scripts for some episodes and a press kit for Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman

These scripts are available for study purposes only, i.e., no performance or photocopying is allowed.

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Prix Italia Script Collection

The collection consists of nearly 300 radio and television scripts that have been given one of Europe's most prestigious media awards. The collection spans the dates 1956 through 1972, with the bulk of the collection falling between 1960 and 1972. Formats include radio and television dramas, documentaries, and musical programs. Geographically, the collection represents work submitted from Europe, North America, and Japan. An index by author, title, format, country, and year is available in the Archives.

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Sigmund A. Lavine Boston Theatre Collection

The Sigmund A. Lavine Boston Theatre Collection consists of more than 150 photographs, programs, playbills, newspaper articles, and ephemera that relate to the Boston theater community between the years 1827 and 1960. The collection materials provide visual images of people involved with the production of and acting in plays in the Boston area, programs of performances in theaters local to Boston, materials used in the production of plays, and papers and newspaper articles in dialogue with the theater and its community during the specified time period.

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Sigmund A. Lavine Gilbert and Sullivan Collection

The Sigmund A. Lavine Gilbert and Sullivan Collection provides a detailed record of the careers of W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan and the groundbreaking productions of their works by the D'Oyly Carte players in Great Britain and the United States. The collection spans the period from 1864 to 1989, with the bulk of the material dated between 1870 and 1940. The type of materials in the collection include books, photographs, correspondence, programs, posters, press releases, librettos, scores, orchestral parts, sheet music, trade cards, and newspaper and magazine clippings. The collection also includes information on R.H. Burnside's Boston Comic Opera Company. An index to the collection is available in the Archives.

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Helen Shea Collection

The Helen Shea Collection contains photographs, costumes, musical scores, original writings, correspondence, biographical and genealogical information, clippings, and other materials related to the life and stage career of Helen Shea, a dancer in the Ziegfeld Follies in the 1920s and '30s. Much of the material relates to Shea's original one-act dance, Leda and the Swan, and her attempts to maintain her rights as the copyright holder for Leda and the Swan and other pieces.

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New York Clipper Vaudeville Registry Collection

The New York Clipper Registry Collection consists of envelopes containing scripts, songs, comedies, photographs, letters, stage designs, and other materials submitted for copyright protection. The envelopes were labeled using a form found in the New York Clipper Magazine, sealed, and then mailed to the N.Y. Clipper Registry Department.

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Variety Protected Materials Department Collection

The Variety Protected Materials Department Collection consists of envelopes containing scripts, photographs, musical scores, set and costume illustrations, letters, contracts, and other materials submitted for copyright protection. These materials were sealed and submitted by their copyright holders to the Variety Protected Materials Department, and relate mostly to Vaudeville and radio productions.

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The Harry L. Huret and Ellen Marr Spector Collection

The collection includes materials on both Harry Huret and Ellen Marr Spector, for whom Emerson's Huret Spector Gallery was named for. Materials include Huret's correspondence, photographs, lecture notes, and materials relating to the creation and production of songs, musicals, plays, short stories, poems, and cartoons. Audio recordings, photographs, correspondence, and newspaper clippings relating to Spector's life and work are also included.

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Carpenter Manuscript Collection

The Carpenter Manuscript Collections consists of material related to Betsy Carpenter’s involvement and appreciation of the performing arts. The collection includes unbounded plays, screenplays, program memorabilia, newspaper articles and clippings. The plays have various authors and most are related to Betsy Carpenter’s involvement with the Clauder Competition and Theatrics! which were two organizations devoted to the development of new plays. One playwright, David Mamet, has his own series within in the collection because of the volume of materials authored by or about him. Performance memorabilia in the collection includes programs and playbills primarily from productions in Massachusetts and New York.

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The Pearl Wallace Chappell Collection

This collection documents the teaching and writing career of Pearl Wallace Chappell and the history of the Dallas Academy of Speech and Drama. Included in the collection is biographical information about Pearl Wallace Chappell and historical information about the Dallas Academy of Speech and Drama.

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Elinor Hughes Collection

The Elinor Hughes Collection consists of books and scrapbooks related to Hughes’s career as a film and theater critic. The collection primarily features 36 bound scrapbooks containing articles written by Hughes while serving as the Drama and Film critic for the Boston Herald, as well as articles for the Hollywood Reporter and the Junior League News Bulletin. The collection also contains the book “The American Burlesque,” owned which includes 5 articles on the American Theater, with illustrations collected and arranged by Charles C. Moreau. The materials provide critical reception of cinema and theater productions in the Boston area and information on actors and actresses of the time period.

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Ploughshares

The Ploughshares Collection documents the institutional history and administration of the Ploughshares literary magazine, founded in 1971. Ploughshares has been published at Emerson College since 1989. The collection contains materials that document the major functions of the magazine and its staff: administration, grant applications, production, distribution, marketing, and publicity. There are also original manuscripts, artworks, and audio recordings of readings by notable writers.

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Dance Repertory Companies Collection

This collection encompasses programs, playbills, and memorabilia pertaining to American and International dance companies, from the early 1900s to the 2000s.

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Theater Playbill Collection

This collection encompasses theatre programs, playbills, and theatre memorabilia from the mid-1800s to the 2000s, from theaters primarily in Boston, New York City, and London, with additional playbills from Philadelphia and states within the USA. This collection also highlights theater repertory companies in Boston and New York City.    

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The Howard Atlee Heinlen Collection

This collection contains materials created and collected by Howard Atlee Heinlen during his career as a press representative for New York theater productions from the 1950s to the 1980s.  Materials include photographs, press releases and playbills from the productions of Edward Albee and the Negro Ensemble Company as well as other on and off-Broadway productions.  It also includes correspondence and personal mementos from friends and personal clients.

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Evelyn Schneider Papers

The papers consist primarily of class notes and exams, a scrapbook and other memorabilia from Evelyn Lenora Schneider’s student days at Emerson College of Oratory.

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Sarah Moore Field Collection

This collection contains over 200 theatre programs and playbills from the late-1800s to early 1960s from theaters primarily within Boston and New York. The bulk of the materials date from the early 1900s through the 1920s.

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Arthur Barron Collection

The Arthur Barron Collection contains 34 unbound scripts written, directed, or produced by Arthur Barron between 1972 and 1999. The collection also includes film reels and stills from various productions and photograph reproductions from his personal collection. 

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