Papers of two award-winning playwright-producers who formed one of the most successful collaborations in Broadway history. Some of the collection relates to their joint efforts, some to their work alone. Of their collaborative efforts theatrical materials predominate. Among the plays on which there are files are "Anything Goes" (1934), "Arsenic and Old Lace" (1941), "Call Me Madam" (1950), "Detective Story" (1949), "The Great Sebastians" (1956), "The Hasty Heart" (1945), "Life With Father" (1939), "Life With Mother" (1948), "The Sound of Music" (1956), and "State of the Union" (1945). The types of documentation present are scripts and drafts, stage directions, clippings, reviews, and contracts. Also included are scripts for adaptations of several of the above titles for television and motion pictures. Among the notable correspondents are S. N. Behrman, Irving Berlin, Theodore Bikel, William O. Douglas, Edna Ferber, Helen Hayes, Irving Paul Lazar, and Alfred Lunt.
Lindsay's papers include correspondence, speeches, theatrical scripts, poetry, essays, short stories, and notes on acting, directing, and writing for a text about the theater. Crouse's papers include seven books, newspaper articles, and theater and motion picture scripts.
Presented by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, New York, N.Y., 1962; by Mrs. Lindsay, 1968; and by Anna Crouse Murch, 1980.