Papers, ca. 1920-1980

Spewack, Samuel and Bella


72 linear ft (approximately 75,000 items in 150 boxes).
Correspondence, manuscripts, playscripts, screenplays, diaries, documents, contracts, financial records, photographs, phonograph records, motion pictures, playbills, posters, sheet music, cartoons, art work, memorabilia, scrapbooks, and printed materials. -- The collection consists chiefly of correspondence and production files relating to the creation, production, and performance of their works for stage, screen, radio, and television, such as LEAVE IT TO ME and KISS ME KATE (with music by Cole Porter), BOY MEETS GIRL, and MY THREE ANGELS. Correspondence (with twentieth century authors, playwrights, musicians, political figures, and actors) includes: George Abbott, Jean Arthur, Bennett Cerf, Katharine Cornell, Jo Davidson, George and Ira Gershwin, Alec Guinness, W. Averell Harriman, Lilli Lehmann, Mary Martin, Laurence Olivier, Mary Pickford, Cole Porter, Regina Resnick, Eleanor Roosevelt, Robert E. Sherwood, Lincoln Steffens, Kurt Weill, Rebecca West, and Thornton Wilder. There is also correspondence concerning Bella Spewack's work with the New York Girls' Scholarship, UNRA, and the Sports Cente of Israel. In addition to the production files, there are manuscripts and typescript drafts for novels, short stories, and articles by the Spewacks.
Samuel Spewack, 1899-1971 (Columbia College B.A., 1919) and Bella Cohen Spewack, 1899 1990, were authors of Broadway plays and musicals, novels, short stories, and articles -- They were also foreign correspondents for Europe and Russia for the NEW YORK WORLD, 1919-1926, and the NEW YORK HERALD TRIBUNE, 1922-1926, respectively.
Microfiche ( filmed in 1996 by New York State Program for the Conservation and Preservation of Library research Materials).
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