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BOX 63-94 General Correspondence and Business Papers, 1917-1998
Primarily business correspondence, to and from Hammerstein, with collaborators, colleagues, friends, and associates. Relates to various Hammerstein and non-Hammerstein shows and projects; his involvement on behalf of theatrical concerns, such as unions, writers and producers, actors and performers, and rights and publishing; and personal activities in support of such causes as world peace and racial equality; and charitable organizations such as Welcome House. Includes letters and requests from the public, and some personal correspondence. Materials may also include programs, promotional materials, photographs, clippings, royalty statements, and financial papers.
Arranged chronologically.
BOX-FOLDER 63/1 1917-1926
BOX-FOLDER 63/2 1930-1932
Correspondents include: Jerome Kern and Florenz Ziegfeld.
BOX-FOLDER 63/3 1933
Correspondents include: Jerome Kern.
BOX-FOLDER 63/4 1934
Correspondents include: Otto Harbach, Jerome Kern, and Sigmund Romberg.
BOX-FOLDER 63/5 1935
Topics include the James Whale film version of Show Boat.
BOX-FOLDER 63/6-9 1936
Topics include the James Whale film version of Show Boat.
BOX-FOLDER 63/10 1937
Topics include: Show Boat, Gentlemen Unafraid, and Rose Marie; and Jerome Kern's health in letters from Max Dreyfus.
BOX-FOLDER 63/11-64/2 1938
(4 folders)
Topics include: Gentlemen Unafraid, the Templeton story project, Knights of Song, and Glorious Morning.
BOX-FOLDER 64/3-6 1939
Correspondents include: Jerome Kern and Sigmund Romberg. Topics include: Very Warm for May.
BOX-FOLDER 64/7 1930s (undated materials)
BOX-FOLDER 64/8-11 1940-1941
Correspondents include: Edna Ferber, Otto Harbach, Richard Rodgers, and Sigmund Romberg.
BOX-FOLDER 65/1-66/3 1942
(9 folders)
Correspondents include: Irving Caesar, Edna Ferber, Ira Gershwin, Richard Halliday, Jerome Kern, Dorothy Parker, Sigmund Romberg, and Harry Ruby. Topics include: Show Boat, Carmen Jones, Oklahoma!, National Urban League, and Writers War Board.
BOX-FOLDER 66/4-67/4 1943
(10 folders)
Correspondents include: Irene Castle, Todd Duncan, Edna Ferber, Arthur Freed, Jerome Kern, Jeanette MacDonald, Richard Rodgers, and Rex Stout. Topics include: Carmen Jones, Oklahoma!, Music in the Air.
BOX-FOLDER 67/5-69/4 1944
(14 folders)
Correspondents include: Howard Deitz, John Erskine, Arthur Freed, Jerome Kern, Jeanette MacDonald, Sigmund Romberg, Billy Rose, Stephen Sondheim, Deems Taylor, The Revuers (Adolph Green, Betty Comden, and Judy Tuvim (Holliday)). Topics include: I Remember Mama, American Theatre Wing Music War Committee, Carmen Jones, tribute to Lorenz Hart, Alice Hammerstein-Mathias story reports, and Writers' War Board. Also includes a folder of sheet music recommendations from the American Theatre Wing Music War Committee.
BOX-FOLDER 69/5-70/3 1945
(8 folders)
Correspondents include: Jan Clayton, Dorothy Fields, Kathryn Forbes, Arthur Freed, Helen Hayes, Theresa Helburn, Judy Holliday, Anita Loos, Ferenc Molnár, Otto Preminger, Samuel A. Taylor, and Darryl Zanuck. Topics include: Carousel, State Fair, Oklahoma!, Jerome Kern's death, and racial segregation in professional baseball.
BOX-FOLDER 70/4 1946-1947
BOX-FOLDER 70/5-71/1 1948
(6 folders)
Correspondents include: Yvonne DeCarlo, Agnes de Mille, Richard Halliday, Eva Kern, Joshua Logan, Billy Rose, Lars Schmidt, and Stephen Sondheim. Topics include: South Pacific, Show Boat, and Allegro.
BOX-FOLDER 71/2-74/10 1949
(31 folders)
Correspondents include: Irving Berlin, Leonard Bernstein, Pearl Buck, Agnes de Mille, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Hall Johnson, Sidney Kingsley, Mary Martin, Richard Rodgers, Harry Ruby, Lars Schmidt, Arthur Schwartz, Stephen Sondheim, and P.G. Wodehouse. Topics include: South Pacific, Show Boat, Oklahoma! tours, Annie Get Your Gun, and Carmen Jones.
BOX-FOLDER 74/11-77/12 1950
(40 folders)
Correspondents include: Maxwell Anderson, Russel Crouse, Agnes de Mille, Vernon Duke, Max Gordon, Leland Hayward, Joshua Logan, Mary Martin, Jo Mielziner, Richard Rodgers, Sigmund Romberg, William Warfield, and P.G. Wodehouse. Topics include: Oklahoma!, American Theatre Wing, the song "All the Things You Are," and Oscar Hammerstein I biography.
BOX-FOLDER 77/13-81/3 1951
(43 folders)
Correspondents include: Pearl Buck, Gertrude Lawrence, Joshua Logan, Mary Martin, Mary Margaret McBride, Johnny Mercer, Richard Rodgers, John Steinbeck, and Walter White from NAACP. Topics include: London production of South Pacific, The King and I, Carmen Jones, film biography of Oscar Hammerstein I, Oklahoma! tours, Show Boat, and Pygmalion.
BOX-FOLDER 81/4-85/6 1952
(56 folders)
Correspondents include: Mary Ellin Berlin, Hume Cronyn, Agnes de Mille, Edna Ferber, Kathryn Forbes, Arthur Freed, Jay Gorney, Richard Halliday, James Michener, Richard Rodgers, Harry Ruby, Stephen Sondheim, John Steinbeck, Ed Sullivan, and Deems Taylor. Topics include: the letter from Anna Leonowens to Harriet Beecher Stowe, firing of Roger Rico from South Pacific, reports from Reginald Hammerstein, film biography of Oscar Hammerstein I, Alice Hammerstein-Mathias story reports, Army song project, and Me and Juliet.
BOX-FOLDER 85/7-87/16 1953
(40 folders)
Correspondents include: Harold Arlen, Ray Bolger, Richard Coe, Agnes de Mille, Buddy Ebsen, Andre Kostelanetz, Mary Martin, Edward R. Murrow, NAACP, Richard Rodgers, Billy Rose, Dorothy Sarnoff, Lars Schmidt, June Hammerstein Shelley, Dinah Shore, John Steinbeck, Ed Sullivan, and P.G. Wodehouse. Topics include: Oklahoma! film, biography of Oscar Hammerstein I, and musical of Gone with the Wind.
BOX 88 1954
Correspondents include: Rudolf Bing, President Eisenhower, Edna Ferber, Joshua Logan, and John Steinbeck. Topics include: London production of The King and I, Oklahoma! film, biography of Oscar Hammerstein I, and racial prejudice.
BOX 89 1955
Correspondents include: Theodore Bikel, Harold Clurman, Otto Harbach, Burl Ives, L. Quincy Mumford, Dore Schary, John Steinbeck, Ed Sullivan, and Darryl F. Zanuck. Topics include: racial discrimination in housing, Carousel casting, Carousel censorship, Oklahoma! film, Pipe Dream, and King and I film.
BOX-FOLDER 90/1-7 1956
Correspondents include: Arthur Freed, Otto Harbach, Ernest Lehman, Joshua Logan, Leo McCarey, Robert Moses, Cole Porter, Richard Rodgers, and John Steinbeck. Topics include: Pipe Dream, Oklahoma! film, George M. Cohan memorial, OH2 thoughts on films of his musicals, turning A Tree Grows in Brooklyn into a musical, Cinderella, King and I, turning Love Affair into a musical.
BOX-FOLDER 90/8-91/2 1957
(12 folders)
Correspondents include: Guy Bolton, Goddard Lieberson, Joshua Logan, Jackie Robinson, and Richard Rodgers. Topics include: George M. Cohan memorial, South Pacific film, ASCAP editorial, Otto Harbach, and country music.
BOX-FOLDER 91/3-11 1958
Correspondents include: Irving Berlin, Helen Hayes, Edward R. Murrow, Richard Rodgers, and Thana Skouras. Topics include: Flower Drum Song.
BOX-FOLDER 91/12-92/15 1959
(20 folders)
Correspondents include: Harry Belafonte, Richard Halliday, Otto Harbach, Moss Hart, Leland Hayward, Joshua Logan, Cole Porter, Richard Rodgers, Harry Ruby, and Tennessee Williams. Topics include: Pipe Dream, Flower Drum Song, Sound of Music, Mary Martin, meeting Sister Gregory, giving permission to Jerry Lewis to sing "You'll Never Walk Alone" at the MDA telethon, Eva Kern eulogy, and Joseph McCarthy.
BOX-FOLDER 93/1-94/4 1960
(17 folders)
Correspondents include: Guy Bolton, Pearl S. Buck, Leland Hayward, Alan J. Lerner, James Michener, Joseph Papp, Richard Rodgers, and Sister Gregory. Topics include: Sound of Music, Flower Drum Song, Oscar Hammerstein II's illness, Light in the Piazza, Very Warm for May, and Welcome House.
BOX-FOLDER 94/5 1961
Includes program notes for Rodgers and Hammerstein shows produced by their publicist.
BOX-FOLDER 94/6-7 1962-1967, 1998, undated
Includes letters from Richard Rodgers and Edna Ferber. Topics include: copyright registrations for various Rodgers and Hammerstein shows, the estate of Oscar Hammerstein II, King and I, and Sound of Music.
BOX-FOLDER 94/8 Alice Hammerstein-Mathias story reports, circa 1944-circa 1952
see also General Correspondence and Business Papers, 1944 and General Correspondence and Business Papers, 1952
BOX-FOLDER 94/9 Lists of works by Oscar Hammerstein II
BOX 126, 131-132 Miscellaneous Music and Lyric Sketches 1800-1900
The lyric sketches include handwritten and typewritten drafts and samples of lyrics for unidentified shows, notes about lyrics and characters, and ideas for lyrics. The music includes published sheet music, music manuscripts, and some holographs. There is a significant amount of songs with lyrics by Hammerstein. The Show and Project Files series also contains lyrics, lyric sketches, and music.
Arranged in two subseries. The Music is arranged alphabetically by composer name.
BOX-FOLDER 126/1 Bad figures of speech
BOX-FOLDER 126/2-8 Ideas and notes
BOX-FOLDER 126/9-12 Lyrics, lyric sketches
BOX-FOLDER 126/13 Lyrics to "Merry Christmas, little friend"
Includes drafts and notes.
BOX-FOLDER 126/14 Unused lyrics
BOX-FOLDER 126/15 Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
BOX-FOLDER 131/1 Ahlert, Fred E.
Unidentified piece
BOX-FOLDER 131/2 Bennett, Robert Russell.
"Oscar Hammerstein 2nd"
A musical autogram.
BOX-FOLDER 131/3 Broadhurst, Cecil, and Frances Roots Hadden.
Songs from Jotham Valley, 1951-1952
Sheet music.
BOX-FOLDER 131/4 Cohn, Jack, and Felix Bernard.
BOX-FOLDER 131/5 Coots, J. Fred.
"This is Heaven" and other unidentified songs
BOX-FOLDER 131/6 Curiel, Gonzalo, and Juan Peso.
"Vereda tropical"
BOX-FOLDER 131/7 Gensler, Lewis E.
"No time for tears"
Words by Oscar Hammerstein 2nd.
BOX-FOLDER 131/8 Hammerstein, Arthur.
"I have seen the starlight"
Words by Oscar Hammerstein IInd.
BOX-FOLDER 131/9 Hammerstein, Oscar.
"Cecelia and Amelia," 1901
BOX-FOLDER 131/10 Kalmar, Bert, and Harry Ruby.
"A kiss to build a dream on," 1950
Words by Oscar Hammerstein 2nd.
Correspondence included.
BOX-FOLDER 131/11-13 Kern, Jerome.
Various works
Printed and manuscript music.
Includes Hammerstein lyric sketches, notes, and correspondence.
BOX-FOLDER 131/14 McCarthy, Corinne Alice.
"Easter Day in Philadelphia," 1951
Correspondence included.
BOX-FOLDER 131/15 Melvin, Ernest.
"'Nowt about 'Owt"
BOX-FOLDER 131/16 Meyer, George W.
"A three day pass"
BOX-FOLDER 131/17 Oakland, Ben.
Various works
Includes Hammerstein lyric sketches, notes, and correspondence.
BOX-FOLDER 131/18 Rodgers, Richard.
Various works, 1943-1957
Printed music.
BOX-FOLDER 132/1 Romberg, Sigmund.
Various works
BOX-FOLDER 132/2 Ruby, Harry.
Unidentified work
BOX-FOLDER 132/3 Silver, Abner.
BOX-FOLDER 132/4 Stone, G. Richard.
"Song tribute--salute to Oscar Hammerstein II, 1960
BOX-FOLDER 132/5 Stothart, Herbert.
Works from various shows, 1920-1925
Printed music.
George Gershwin is co-composer on selections from Song of the Flame. Book and lyrics for the shows: Guy Bolton, Oscar Hammerstein II, Otto Harbach, and Frank Mandel.
BOX-FOLDER 132/6 Strauss, Johann II.
"The bat," from The Great Waltz
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