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BOX 7, 47-55, 57, 60, 86 Bob Fosse Personal Papers and Career Miscellany
Fosse's personal papers and career miscellany include files on Fosse's family and early life, his career as a serviceman in the United States Navy, obituaries, personal tributes to Fosse, publicity information, and Fosse's own writings.
Arrangement is chronological by date.
Biographical
BOX 52B Early family genealogy
Including 1986 letter from classmate with yearbook clipping and photo of Bob Fosse
BOX 86E Front page of The Amundsen Log, 10/5/44 (Amundsen High School, Chicago), with banner: "Bob Fosse President"
BOX 52B Bob Fosse, Military service papers, 1946
Bob Fosse, biographies
BOX 52A - B Bob Fosse obituaries
BOX 52A Fosse, Palace Theatre Memorial program
Correspondence re: documentary Steam Heat, WNET/13 production
BOX 60F Correspondence re: biography: All His Jazz (Martin Gottfried, 1990--see Related Publications); Correspondence to Gwen Verdon re: book; news clippings
Awards
[Note: Statuettes, medals, plaques, etc. are not included with this collection; this list includes only papers material such as nomination certificates, and is not comprehensive.]
BOX 52E Scholastic Magazine Bellringer award, Sweet Charity, 1969
BOX 52B Focus award (Datsun), 1981
Disabled American Veterans certificate, certifying Bob Fosse as a charter member of the DAV Commanders Club, for "devotion and generosity"
IAHD award, 1981
BOX 86A 8th International Film Festival of India, 1981, certificate of participation, All That Jazz
BOX 52B Marquis Who's Who Publications Board, for publication in Who's Who 1976/77
Drama League (correspondence) re: "Outstanding Achievement in Musical Theatre," 1986
Stereo Review Magazine award, Chicago album, 1975 DEA (Dance Educators of America) (correspondence) re: All That Jazz award, 1980
Wisdom Hall of Fame nomination
Polish award, Kabaret, 1974
Outer Circle Critics award, 1973, for Pippin direction
Hollywood Foreign Press Association, for Best Director, Cabaret, 1972
BOX 86A George Foster Peabody Radio and Television Award, 1973, to NBC/Liza With A Z, program only, (award certificate boxed separately)
BOX 52B Magazine cover, Dance Magazine 4/63, listing annual award winners, including Bob Fosse
BOX 52A Mr. Abbott, 1986: "For lifetime achievement in the Theatre," (presented by the Stage Directors and Choreographers Workshop Foundation)
Mr. Abbott, 1986
Additional programs, flyer, and guest list
Mr. Abbott, Miscellaneous
1987 (Mike Nichols) and 1988 (Agnes de Mille) Mr. Abbott programs
Academy Award
Nomination certificates; Hollywood Reporter 3/26/80 trade ads for All That Jazz nominations
Astaire Award, 1986: "For the Best in Broadway Choreography" (presented by the Anglo-American
  • Contemporary Dance Foundation); co-award with Peter Martins
  • 2 programs; letter from committee; NY Times clipping
Capezio Dance Award, 1987
2 clippings, letter from committee
DGA nominations (Directors Guild of America)
1975 program listing nominees; 1972 DGA nomination for Liza With A Z
Drama Desk
Nomination and award certificates: 1972, award for Pippin choreography; 1977 nomination for Dancin' choreography; 1972 award for Pippin direction; nominations, 1985, for Big Deal direction and choreography, 1985-86 Sweet Charity, for outstanding direction of a musical
Emmy
3 nomination certificates for Liza With A Z, 1972/73 (for outstanding achievement in choreography, outstanding single program in variety and pop music, and to Bob Fosse for outstanding directorial achievement
BOX 7E, 52A Palme d'Or, Cannes Film Festival: 1980, All That Jazz
2 Film Festival programs, directory, and several miscellaneous items
BOX 52A Lion of the Performing Arts, 1987 (presented by the New York Public Library)
1 piece of correspondence
Moscow 1990
Soviet Film Magazine, postcards, small souvenirs, interview with Gwen Verdon and translation
Players Club Tribute, 1975: "Taps for Fosse"
Program; press clipping from Players Bulletin
Star 1988 (presented by the Theatre Collection Council, Museum of the City of New York)
Quarterly publication with article on award
Theatre Hall of Fame (American Theatre Critics Association)
1979 program
BOX 52A - B Tony
Announcement cards for (2) Pippin, Best Choreography, Best Direction; Playbill from the ceremony; Playbill from choreography award, Dancin', 1978
Tony Nominations: Certificates of nomination for:
  • Best Director, Musical, 1972-73, Pippin
  • Best Choreographer, 1972-73, Pippin
  • Best Book of a Musical, 1975-76, Chicago, Bob Fosse and Fred Ebb
  • Best Director, Musical, 1975-76, Chicago
  • Best Choreographer, 1976-76, Chicago
  • Outstanding Choreography, 1977-78, Dancin'
  • Best Director, Musical 1977-78, Dancin'
  • Best Director, Musical, 1985-86, Big Deal
  • Outstanding Choreography, 1985-86, Big Deal
  • Outstanding Book of a Musical, 1985-86, Big Deal
  • Best Book of a Musical, 1985-86, Big Deal
BOX 52B Program for 1964 Tony ceremony, Bob Fosse nomination for Pal Joey; invitation for 1980 ceremony;
1981 and 1982 Tony programs; Playbill for 1986 Tonys
Tony 1976
Correspondence only
"Triple Crown," 1973
"answered" correspondence on winning the Tony, Emmy, and Academy awards
"Triple Crown," 1973
"unanswered" correspondence on winning the Tony, Emmy, and Academy awards
BOX 52D - E "Triple Crown," 1973
  • [Magazine Review]. Penthouse, 1/74: "Except for Bob Fosse," by Lionel Chetwynd (2 copies)
  • [Magazine Review]. Action (DGA Magazine), 5-6/73: "Honors & Directors;" (4 copies)
  • [Magazine Review]. Hollywood Reporter advertisement, 7/3/73: "What Directors Are Saying"
"Triple Crown," 1973
Newspaper and magazine clippings
BOX 52C "Broadway and the Tony Awards," by James C. Jewell
Published dissertation
Publicity Files
[Note: These files contain assorted articles focused primarily on the life and career of Bob Fosse, though current productions may be mentioned, and contain useful biographical information. For publicity on specific productions, check individual show files.]
BOX 52D Bob Fosse, publicity: 1950s
Bob Fosse, publicity: 1960s
Bob Fosse, publicity: 1970s
Bob Fosse, publicity: 1970s
newspaper clippings only
Bob Fosse, publicity: 1980s
Bob Fosse, publicity: 1980s
newspaper clippings only
BOX 86D Bob Fosse, publicity files, fragile
General magazines and clippings, bound to matte board
BOX 52C "Bob Fosse: An Analytic - Critical Study," by Ronna Elaine Sloan
Unpublished 1983 CUNY dissertation
BOX 52E Fosse, publicity: magazine articles
  • Playbill: "Broadway Babies"
  • After Dark, 6/72: "The Many Facets of Bob Fosse," by Glenn Loney
  • Playboy: "Betting on Kim (Basinger) Personally," by Bruce Williamson
  • The Hamptons, 8/1/86: "The Dancin' Man (Bob Fosse)," by Dick Anderson
BOX 86A CMA (Creative Management Associates)
Ad honoring Bob Fosse for his "Triple Crown"
Endorsements and Presentations
BOX 52D Horizon advertising endorsement
Ad cuts
United Telecom advertisement, 1985
Copy of ad
BOX 86A Mitsubishi ad featuring Bob Fosse, black and white, 13x18
BOX 53A Ruby Awards presentation to Bette Midler, 1973
After Dark Magazine, 6/73, sponsors
Night of 100 Stars benefit participant, 1985
Program
Tony Awards presentation, 1987
Correspondence from Don Mischer Productions
Writing Files
[Note: This is very miscellaneous, undated and sometimes unidentified.]
BOX 53B Notebook, "Odd Ideas"
Brown "National" composition book, with handwritten notes; also, small black ring binder listing miscellaneous ideas
Notebook, miscellaneous writing
"Penrite" composition book, marked "Odd" on front cover, handwritten notes with news clippings
Undated writing
10 sheets of handwritten material, including "Coda for a Dancer" and "The Dirty Young Man on his Flying Trapeze;" also, several pieces - short story (written upon hearing of Joan McCracken's death),film ideas, vocabulary list, identified by Gwen Verdon notes
"Future Projects & Ideas"
Notes for "Dirty Jokes" piece; "Ladies Man," "Meeting with Prince;" newsclippings, costume ideas, etc.
Miscellaneous
BOX 52B "Special papers and miscellaneous" file
Telegram from Anya and Harold Arlen, 1966; telegram, Fosse to Verdon, Chicago opening night, San Francisco, 1/27/78; 2 newspaper crossword puzzles, featuring Fosse name; Playboy letter, 7/6/73, turning down Bob Fosse as interview subject; Note: These "stray" items were not originally filed with correspondence
BOX 54G Fosse, Miscellaneous: "Your Place in the Cosmos: An Index to Stars and People" listing Bob Fosse's star
BOX 86A Caricature of Bob Fosse and scenes from shows, on illustration board, by Mark Cote
General Files (Miscellaneous Contracts, Projects, Office Files, Etc.)
[Note: Much of the following is general office files, such as phone lists and casting magazines. Also included are Gwen Verdon contracts where noted.]
BOX 51A MCA Artists vs. Robert Fosse, 1962-64 (1 of 3)
Extensive and varied correspondence and legal documents pertaining to lawsuit over MCA representation of Bob Fosse
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