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Ruth Page correspondence on Billy Sunday, 1944-1960

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BOX 1 Correspondence 1944-1960
The bulk of this series includes telegrams and letters relating to the creation of Billy Sunday, most of them authored by Thomas Hunt Fisher, Ruth Page, or Remi Gassmann. The personal and theatrical anecdotes in many of the letters are rich with references to major artistic figures and productions.
Arranged alphabetically by surname of author, followed by a folder of legal correspondence.
BOX-FOLDER 1/1 Denham, S. J., 1947-1948
Gassmann cable reply typed on verso of one of Denham's letters.
BOX-FOLDER 1/2 DuPont, Paul, 1947-1948
BOX-FOLDER 1/3 Fisher, Thomas Hart, 1946-1949
Contains: personal correspondence and letters of agreement.
BOX-FOLDER 1/4 Fisher, Thomas Hart and Ruth Page, 1946-1947, undated
Includes 4-page typed letter from Fisher with marginal notes and longhand postscript from Page addressed to Gassmann, about Billy Sunday preparations and Lincoln Kirstein opinion of scenario.
BOX-FOLDER 1/5 Gassmann, Remi, 1944-1948, undated
Letters chiefly on music score.
BOX-FOLDER 1/6 Hanson, Howard, 1944-1945, 1954
Letters from Hanson and his designee about scores Gassmann submitted for public performance at his alma mater, the Eastman School of Music.
BOX-FOLDER 1/7 Kirstein, Lincoln, 1947
Photostat of Kirstein's letter to Page, with handwritten note by Page to Gassmann.
BOX-FOLDER 1/8 Page, Ruth, 1945-1950, undated
Predominantly holograph letters and notes to Remi Gassmann, many undated, which share creative ideas, conversations with other artistic collaborators, and specific exchanges about music edits and cues.
BOX-FOLDER 1/9 Roullier, Alice, 1945
Handwritten postscript referencing Alexander Calder drawings.
BOX-FOLDER 1/10 Strauss, Paul, 1948
BOX-FOLDER 1/11 Weissberger, L. Arnold, 1948
Letters to Fisher on behalf of Gassmann on legal issues concerning the music score.
BOX-FOLDER 1/12 Legal correspondence, 1945-1948, 1960
Contains: Drafts and signed contracts related to Billy Sunday and The Bells; contract for use of Gassmann's music by the Netherlands Ballet Company for restaging of Tatjana Gsovsky's 1960 ballet Paean.
BOX 1 Miscellany, 1945-1951
Small number of performance programs or playbills, press clippings, a studio photograph, and music publisher's catalog.
Arranged by format.
BOX-FOLDER 1/13 Programs, 1946-1950
Contains: 1946 Chicago lecture-demonstration and 1948 Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo performance of Billy Sunday, 1950 program of Les Ballets Américains, typescript playbill and program note for 1946 Chicago Ballet Company performance of The Bells.
BOX-FOLDER 1/14 Clippings, 1945-1947, 1951, undated
Contains: Reviews of Ruth Page choreography, including Frankie and Johnny, The Bells, and Revanche [Revenge]; newspaper notice of Thomas Hunt Fisher's disbarment.
BOX-FOLDER 1/15 Photograph, undated
Studio headshot with inscription on verso: Ruth Page as Frankie
BOX-FOLDER 1/16 Catalog, Associated Music Publishers, 1946
Lists two works of Remi Gassmann.

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