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Eileen Burns papers,

Title
Eileen Burns papers, 1928-1994.
Author
Burns, Eileen, 1914-1995.
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Box 1Mixed materialSupervised useAvailable*T-Mss 1995-020 Box 1Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 2Mixed materialSupervised useAvailable*T-Mss 1995-020 Box 2Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 3Mixed materialSupervised useAvailable*T-Mss 1995-020 Box 3Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 4Mixed materialSupervised useAvailable*T-Mss 1995-020 Box 4Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 5Mixed materialSupervised useAvailable*T-Mss 1995-020 Box 5Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 6Mixed materialSupervised useAvailable*T-Mss 1995-020 Box 6Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 7Mixed materialSupervised useAvailable*T-Mss 1995-020 Box 7Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 8Mixed materialSupervised useAvailable*T-Mss 1995-020 Box 8Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 9Mixed materialSupervised useAvailable*T-Mss 1995-020 Box 9Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 10Mixed materialSupervised useAvailable*T-Mss 1995-020 Box 10Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 11Mixed materialSupervised useAvailable*T-Mss 1995-020 Box 11Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 12Mixed materialSupervised useAvailable*T-Mss 1995-020 Box 12Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 13Mixed materialSupervised useAvailable*T-Mss 1995-020 Box 13Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 14Mixed materialSupervised useAvailable*T-Mss 1995-020 Box 14Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 15Mixed materialSupervised useAvailable*T-Mss 1995-020 Box 15Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 16Mixed materialSupervised useAvailable*T-Mss 1995-020 Box 16Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 17Mixed materialSupervised useAvailable*T-Mss 1995-020 Box 17Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre

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Description
8 lin. ft. (17 boxes).
Subject
Access (note)
  • Collection is open to the public. Library policy on photography and photocopying will apply. Advance notice may be required.
Source (note)
  • Estate of Eileen Burns
Biography (note)
  • Eileen Burns was a stage actress, a radio performer, a writer and, later in her life, a teacher.
Processing Action (note)
  • Cataloged
Call Number
*T-Mss 1995-020
Author
Burns, Eileen, 1914-1995.
Title
Eileen Burns papers, 1928-1994.
Restricted Access
Collection is open to the public. Library policy on photography and photocopying will apply. Advance notice may be required.
Summary
The papers of Eileen Burns document her personal life, as well as her acting and writing career from the late 1920s to the early 1990s. They include correspondence, biographical materials, contracts, scripts she wrote, other writings, journals, calendars, photographs, playbills and clippings. Writings and drafts make up the bulk of the collection. There are few scripts from her time on Broadway, but the photographs, the scrapbook and the ephemera in the collection document her work in several productions.
Biography
Eileen Burns was a stage actress, a radio performer, a writer and, later in her life, a teacher. She trained for the stage with Benno Schneider and Geraldine Page, and made her stage debut as a walk-on in MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG in 1934 at the Music Box Theatre in New York City. Her subsequent stage appearances included The WOMEN (1936), DAUGHTERS OF ATREUS (1936), The FABULOUS INVALID (1938), THE AMERICAN WAY (1939), NATIVE SON (1942), CHRISTOPHER BLAKE (1946), MOURNING BECOMES ELECTRA (1972), DÉCLASSÉE (1981) and GRANDMA PRAY FOR ME (1988). Eileen Burns also toured the United States in 1974 with a production of SABRINA FAIR. For ALBEE DIRECTS ALBEE, she toured the United States in 1975 and then the Far East from 1976-1978. She also toured in BELL, BOOK, AND CANDLE and LIGHT UP THE SKY. Over the course of her acting career, Eileen Burns worked under the following names: Isis Brinn, Ann Cushing and, finally, Eileen Burns.
Besides stage acting, Eileen Burns pursued writing and radio careers. Her published writings include THE RESISTANCE PLAY for FAMILY HOUR on CBS radio in 1963, and her work as a contributor to OPERA NEWS from 1966-1967. Her radio appearances include work on the series DESCENT OF THE GODS and ONE OF THE FINEST. She earned a B.A. from the City University of New York in 1980 and a M.A. from Hunter College in 1984 and taught English in New York City. During World War II she served with the American Red Cross in England and France and was awarded battle medals. She died on April 18, 1995.
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