David Belasco papers,

Title
David Belasco papers, 1868-1967.
Author
Belasco, David, 1853-1931.
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Box 1Mixed materialSupervised useAvailable*T-Mss 1931-001 Box 1Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 2Mixed materialSupervised useAvailable*T-Mss 1931-001 Box 2Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 3Mixed materialSupervised useAvailable*T-Mss 1931-001 Box 3Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 4Mixed materialSupervised useAvailable*T-Mss 1931-001 Box 4Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 5Mixed materialSupervised useAvailable*T-Mss 1931-001 Box 5Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 6Mixed materialSupervised useAvailable*T-Mss 1931-001 Box 6Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 7Mixed materialSupervised useAvailable*T-Mss 1931-001 Box 7Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 8Mixed materialSupervised useAvailable*T-Mss 1931-001 Box 8Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 9Mixed materialSupervised useAvailable*T-Mss 1931-001 Box 9Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 10Mixed materialSupervised useAvailable*T-Mss 1931-001 Box 10Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 11Mixed materialSupervised useAvailable*T-Mss 1931-001 Box 11Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 12Mixed materialSupervised useAvailable*T-Mss 1931-001 Box 12Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 13Mixed materialSupervised useAvailable*T-Mss 1931-001 Box 13Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 14Mixed materialSupervised useAvailable*T-Mss 1931-001 Box 14Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 15Mixed materialSupervised useAvailable*T-Mss 1931-001 Box 15Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 16Mixed materialSupervised useAvailable*T-Mss 1931-001 Box 16Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 17Mixed materialSupervised useAvailable*T-Mss 1931-001 Box 17Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 18Mixed materialSupervised useAvailable*T-Mss 1931-001 Box 18Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 19Mixed materialSupervised useAvailable*T-Mss 1931-001 Box 19Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 20Mixed materialSupervised useAvailable*T-Mss 1931-001 Box 20Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre

Details

Description
approximately 10.5 lin ft. (55 boxes and 30 rolls of microfilm).
Genre/Form
  • Clippings.
  • Correspondence.
  • Photographic prints.
  • Printed ephemera.
  • Programs.
Note
  • Following then current practice, programs, photographs, scripts, and original color drawings for costume designs were removed from the Belasco Papers shortly after their 1931 acquisition and placed under production title in the appropriate Library files: Programs, Photographs, Scripts, and Originals.
Access (note)
  • Collection is open to the public. Library policy on photography and photocopying will apply. Advance notice may be required.
Reproduction (note)
  • are available on microfilm;
  • Microfilm.
Original Location (note)
  • Originals were discarded after filming.
Source (note)
  • Belasco, David
Biography (note)
  • Actor, manager, playwright, director, producer, and theater owner, Belasco was one of the outstanding personalities of the American theater at the turn of the century. He is most notable for his exotic stage productions, famous for their lavishness and scenic realism, and for his discovery and training of actors such as Mrs. Leslie Carter, Blanche Bates, David Warfield, and Frances Starr. He made good use of the mechanical inventions of his time including innovations in the use of lighting, was involved in the fight against Klaw and Erlanger, the Theatrical Syndicate, and wrote plays of his own, mostly collaborations and adaptations of sentimental melodrama. Some of his best known productions were THE GIRL I LEFT BEHIND ME (1893), THE HEART OF MARYLAND (1895), ZAZA (1898), MADAME BUTTERFLY (1900), THE AUCTIONEER (1901), THE MUSIC MASTER (1904), ADREA (1905), THE GIRL OF THE GOLDEN WEST (1905), A GRAND ARMY MAN (1907), and THE RETURN OF PETER GRIMM (1911).
Indexes/Finding Aids (note)
  • Finding aid available in repository and on Internet.
Processing Action (note)
  • Cataloged
Call Number
*T-Mss 1931-001
Author
Belasco, David, 1853-1931.
Title
David Belasco papers, 1868-1967.
Restricted Access
Collection is open to the public. Library policy on photography and photocopying will apply. Advance notice may be required.
Summary
Collection contains Belasco's correspondence with actors and others, 53 scrapbooks of photographs of his productions [1898-1930] by White Studio and Byron Studio, both of New York, 30 rolls of microfilm of scrapbooks of clippings, reviews and programs [1898-1930], some speeches and other writings, and ephemera.
Reproduction
Scrapbooks of clippings, halftones, reviews and programs [1898-1930] are available on microfilm; The Billy Rose Theatre Collection, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts; call number *ZAN-*T279 (reels 1-30).
Original Location
Originals were discarded after filming.
Reproduction
Microfilm. New York : New York Public Library. [19--]. 26 microfilm reels ; 35 mm. (MN *ZZAN-6033)
Biography
Actor, manager, playwright, director, producer, and theater owner, Belasco was one of the outstanding personalities of the American theater at the turn of the century. He is most notable for his exotic stage productions, famous for their lavishness and scenic realism, and for his discovery and training of actors such as Mrs. Leslie Carter, Blanche Bates, David Warfield, and Frances Starr. He made good use of the mechanical inventions of his time including innovations in the use of lighting, was involved in the fight against Klaw and Erlanger, the Theatrical Syndicate, and wrote plays of his own, mostly collaborations and adaptations of sentimental melodrama. Some of his best known productions were THE GIRL I LEFT BEHIND ME (1893), THE HEART OF MARYLAND (1895), ZAZA (1898), MADAME BUTTERFLY (1900), THE AUCTIONEER (1901), THE MUSIC MASTER (1904), ADREA (1905), THE GIRL OF THE GOLDEN WEST (1905), A GRAND ARMY MAN (1907), and THE RETURN OF PETER GRIMM (1911).
Indexes
Finding aid available in repository and on Internet.
Local Note
Some materials in this collection previously cataloged as MWEZ+ n.c. 1-54; 94-224; 5171; 5277.
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Research Call Number
*T-Mss 1931-001
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