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Papers, 1940-1971

Myerberg, Michael, 1906-

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  • Format Mixed Materials; Microforms
  • Physical Details
    • 12.5 c.f. (6 record center cartons, 11 archives boxes, and 1 oversize box) and
    • 2 reels of microfilm (35mm)
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Summary

  • Papers of a versatile theatrical producer who has worked successfully in films and television, as a businessman, and as an inventor. Myerberg's multi-faceted projects include creation of the format and sound track for Fantasia (Walt Disney, 1940); purchase and management of the Mansfield Theatre, New York (later renamed the Brooks Atkinson Theatre); production of Thornton Wilder's Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, The Skin of Our Teeth; adaptation, direction, and production of Dear Judas (1947); invention of a rubber-face puppet, a new flexible joint, and new techniques of rubber casting, all used in the highly-acclaimed children's film, Hansel and Gretel (RKO, 1954); production of Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot (1956) and the play (and later, film) Compulsion (1957), a story based on the lives of Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb; and development of retirement properties in Florida and, with Murray Kaufman (disc jockey "Murray the K"), of discotheques in New York and Florida.
  • The collection includes general correspondence, some financial and legal documents, clippings, and other items pertaining to Myerberg's interests in real estate, discotheques, theatrical production companies and a studio in Long Island, and the League of New York Theatres. Materials concerning Myerberg's theatrical, film, and television production activities are correspondence, contracts, financial records, legal documents, playbills and promotional materials, reviews, and scripts. Scrapbooks of reviews and playbills are available on microfilm. Among the productions documented are The Cradle Will Rock, Compulsion, Dear Judas, Hansel and Gretel, The Lute Song, Patterns, The Skin of Our Teeth, and Star Dust. There is also a separate series of Brooks Atkinson Theatre business records, documenting the 1960 restoration and rededication of the theater, and plays produced during the 1960's.

Notes

  • Portions of this collection are available only on microfilm.
  • Placed on deposit by Michael Myerberg, New York, N.Y., 1967 and 1971.