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Chester Erskine papers

Title
Chester Erskine papers, 1870-1991 (bulk 1930-1987).
Author
Erskine, Chester, 1905-1986.
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Box 1Mixed materialSupervised useRequest*T-Mss 1994-025 Box 1Offsite
Box 2Mixed materialSupervised useRequest*T-Mss 1994-025 Box 2Offsite
Box 3Mixed materialSupervised useRequest*T-Mss 1994-025 Box 3Offsite
Box 4Mixed materialSupervised useRequest*T-Mss 1994-025 Box 4Offsite
Box 5Mixed materialSupervised useRequest*T-Mss 1994-025 Box 5Offsite
Box 6Mixed materialSupervised useRequest*T-Mss 1994-025 Box 6Offsite

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Description
2.31 linear feet (6 boxes)
Genre/Form
  • Scripts (documents)
  • Treatments (documents)
Access (note)
  • Collection is open to the public. Library policy on photography and photocopying will apply. Advance notice may be required.
Terms of Use (note)
  • The author/creator retains copyright of materials. For information on obtaining permission to publish, contact the Theatre Division at theatre@nypl.org.
Source (note)
  • Donated by the estate of Sally Erskine, 1994.
Call Number
*T-Mss 1994-025
OCLC
894705608
Author
Erskine, Chester, 1905-1986.
Title
Chester Erskine papers, 1870-1991 (bulk 1930-1987).
Restricted Access
Collection is open to the public. Library policy on photography and photocopying will apply. Advance notice may be required.
Summary
Chester Erskine (1905-1986) was a director, writer, and producer for theater, film, and television. He was active from the late 1920s through the 1980s. In his early career, he wrote under the pseudonym Paul Leslie. The Chester Erskine papers (1870-1991, bulk 1930-1987) consist largely of scripts, outlines, and film treatments written by Erskine. Not all scripts were produced; some are annotated. Programs, clippings, contracts, and other materials are present for some productions. Productions represented in the collection include Double Murder, Satyr (a script for the original 1930 play and a later screenplay), The Seven Who Resisted, and The Spencer Tracy Legacy: A Tribute by Katharine Hepburn. A photocopy of an annotated script for Harlem (1929) is present. The collection also contains biographical material and articles about Erskine; his notes and poetry; letters to Erskine; and photographs of him and show business colleagues, including two small photographs of Spencer Tracy. One cabinet card, depicting Edwin Booth and dating to about 1870, is also present. Letters date from 1952 to 1991 and discuss Erskine's scripts as well as personal subjects. Correspondents include Robert Whitehead, Garson Kanin, Robert Parrish and his wife Kathie, Arlene Francis, Irwin Shaw, and Vivien Leigh. Some letters are addressed to Erskine's wife, Sally Erskine.
Terms Of Use
The author/creator retains copyright of materials. For information on obtaining permission to publish, contact the Theatre Division at theatre@nypl.org.
Source
Donated by the estate of Sally Erskine, 1994.
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Occupation
Dramatists.
Screenwriters.
Research Call Number
*T-Mss 1994-025
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