- Additional Authors
- 6.05 linear feet (15 boxes)
- Financial records.
- Scripts (documents)
- The collection originally was processed and cataloged in 1991; additional material was incorporated into the collection in 2007. Sound recordings and films were separated from the collection and catalogued individually. The Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound holds the sound recordings and films are stored in the Donnell Library Media Center.
- Access (note)
- Collection is open to the public. Library policy on photography and photocopying will apply. Advance notice may be required.
- Source (note)
- Biography (note)
- Although he had a long and varied career as an actor and narrator, Alexander Scourby (1913-1985), considered his most important work to be the performances he gave as a voice actor in the Talking Books recordings he made for the American Foundation for the Blind.
- Indexes/Finding Aids (note)
- Collection guide available in repository and internet.
- Processing Action (note)
- Described and Cataloged
- Reprocessed and cataloging record edited
- Call Number
- *T-Mss 1986-002
Scourby, Alexander, 1913-1985.
Alexander Scourby papers, 1940-1989.
- Restricted Access
Collection is open to the public. Library policy on photography and photocopying will apply. Advance notice may be required.
The Alexander Scourby papers document the professional career of the prolific actor and narrator through contracts, correspondence, photographs, scripts, and other material. While the collection does not encompass the first five years of Scourby's acting career, it does otherwise provide a fairly comprehensive picture of his working life. The bulk of this collection is comprised of scripts for a variety of projects in which Scourby was involved either as an actor or voice actor and chiefly covers his work in films, theater, and television. Project files contain some additional information on a similarly wide range of productions. These files vary in content, but may contain clippings, correspondence, financial records, partial scripts, as well as promotional material relating to an individual project. The collection includes a small selection of publicity photographs, as well as snapshots taken in Greece and on the set of the film, The Glory Brigade (1953). Correspondence included among the Professional papers, which largely consists of fan letters from users of Talking Books, attests to the value of Scourby's ground-breaking contributions to the development of this field.
Although he had a long and varied career as an actor and narrator, Alexander Scourby (1913-1985), considered his most important work to be the performances he gave as a voice actor in the Talking Books recordings he made for the American Foundation for the Blind. In 1933, Scourby became an apprentice with the Civic Repertory Theatre. He made his Broadway debut in 1936 as the Player King in the Leslie Howard production of Hamlet. Scourby auditioned for the American Foundation for the Blind in 1937, and, after playing a few small parts in recordings of plays, he soon found a niche in which he could utilize his impressive speaking voice by reading novels and other works of literature for the Talking Books service. Over the next forty years, he would provide the narration for over 500 books. His best known recording became the full set of the King James version of the Bible (1966). Scourby also worked extensively in radio during the 1940s and did broadcasts in Greek and English for the Office of War Information during the Second World War. In 1943, he married Lori von Eltz, an actress who went by the professional name of Lori March. The two occasionally worked together on theater, film, and television projects. Scourby remained active in summer stock and New York theater throughout the 1940s and early 1950s. During the 1950s, he began to work more often as an actor in films, frequently playing villains. Among his films were Affair in Trinidad (1952), The Big Heat (1953), Ransom (1956), and Giant (1956). He also worked increasingly in television as both an actor and narrator. His television credits as an actor include Playhouse 90, Circle Theater, and Studio One. As a narrator, he was associated with the NBC television series, Project 20, for many years.
Collection guide available in repository and internet.
- Connect to:
Motion picture actors and actresses.
Radio actors and actresses.
Television actors and actresses.
Voice actors and actresses.
- Added Author
American Foundation for the Blind.
- Research Call Number