WPA radio scripts,

Title
WPA radio scripts, 1936-1940.
Author
Works Progress Administration. Federal Theatre Project.
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Box 1Mixed materialSupervised useAvailable*T-Mss 2000-005 Box 1Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 2Mixed materialSupervised useAvailable*T-Mss 2000-005 Box 2Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 3Mixed materialSupervised useAvailable*T-Mss 2000-005 Box 3Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 4Mixed materialSupervised useAvailable*T-Mss 2000-005 Box 4Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 5Mixed materialSupervised useAvailable*T-Mss 2000-005 Box 5Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 6Mixed materialSupervised useAvailable*T-Mss 2000-005 Box 6Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 7Mixed materialSupervised useAvailable*T-Mss 2000-005 Box 7Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 8Mixed materialSupervised useAvailable*T-Mss 2000-005 Box 8Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 9Mixed materialSupervised useAvailable*T-Mss 2000-005 Box 9Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 10Mixed materialSupervised useAvailable*T-Mss 2000-005 Box 10Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 11Mixed materialSupervised useAvailable*T-Mss 2000-005 Box 11Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 12Mixed materialSupervised useAvailable*T-Mss 2000-005 Box 12Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 13Mixed materialSupervised useAvailable*T-Mss 2000-005 Box 13Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 14Mixed materialSupervised useAvailable*T-Mss 2000-005 Box 14Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 15Mixed materialSupervised useAvailable*T-Mss 2000-005 Box 15Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 16Mixed materialSupervised useAvailable*T-Mss 2000-005 Box 16Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 17Mixed materialSupervised useAvailable*T-Mss 2000-005 Box 17Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 18Mixed materialSupervised useAvailable*T-Mss 2000-005 Box 18Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 19Mixed materialSupervised useAvailable*T-Mss 2000-005 Box 19Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
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Description
30 lf. (73 boxes)
Genre/Form
Radio scripts.
Access (note)
  • Collection is open to the public. Library policy on photography and photocopying will apply. Advance notice may be required.
Source (note)
  • unknown
Biography (note)
  • The Federal Theatre Project was a special program of the Works Progress Administration, itself a government program designed to counter the deleterious impact of the Great Depression of the 1930s.
Indexes/Finding Aids (note)
  • Finding aid available in repository and on the Internet.
Processing Action (note)
  • Cataloged
Call Number
*T-Mss 2000-005
Author
Works Progress Administration. Federal Theatre Project.
Title
WPA radio scripts, 1936-1940.
Summary
The WPA radio scripts consist of final drafts of radio plays and other texts produced by the Federal Theatre of the Air. Most scripts are from either the New York or Los Angeles offices of the Federal Theatre Project. In some instances copies of scripts for the same program but from different jurisdictions are included in the same series. Notable programs represented in the collection include adaptations of the plays of Henrik Ibsen and Oscar Wilde, operettas by Gilbert & Sullivan, a series called A CAPELLA IN BRONZE featuring the WPA Negro Radio Chorus and focusing on stories of particular interest to African-Americans, adaptations of books such as Dickens' PICKWICK PAPERS and plays such as Tolstoy's REDEMPTION, Goldsmith's SHE STOOPS TO CONQUER and Molière's TARTUFFE. A 1939 series celebrating Jazz entitled THE STORY OF SWING devoted episodes to Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, and the Dorsey Brothers. TURNING POINTS IN FAMOUS LIVES dramatized key moments in the lives of John Paul Jones, Sarah Bernhardt, Louis Pasteur, Isaac Newton, Billy the Kid, Joseph Stalin, and others. THE LIVING NEWSPAPER, adapted from a concurrent Federal Theatre Project stage series, dramatized contemporary problems facing listeners in daily life.
Restricted Access
Collection is open to the public. Library policy on photography and photocopying will apply. Advance notice may be required.
Biography
The Federal Theatre Project was a special program of the Works Progress Administration, itself a government program designed to counter the deleterious impact of the Great Depression of the 1930s. Created in 1935 by executive order of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, the Federal Theatre Project was headed by Hallie Flanagan, a former Professor of English from Vassar College. In its four years of existence the F.T.P. employed some 12,700 theater professionals in 31 states, and presented more than 1,000 performances each month, free of charge. In addition to its stage production units, the F.T.P. reached an estimated 10 million listeners with its FEDERAL THEATRE OF THE AIR radio programs, broadcast over all the major networks. In 1939 Congress abolished the Federal Theatre Program.
Indexes
Finding aid available in repository and on the Internet.
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Research Call Number
*T-Mss 2000-005
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