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Alan Schneider papers, 1929-1981

Schneider, Alan, 1917-1984

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  • Format Mixed Materials; Sound Recordings
  • Physical Details
    • 82.0 cubic feet (109 archives boxes, 38 record center cartons, 1 volume, 1 package) and
    • 17 tape recordings; plus
    • additions of 4.2 cubic feet, and
    • 44 photographs
  • OCLC ocn173692785
  • Finding Aids
    • Register to the processed portion


  • Papers of a well-known theatrical director who has been associated with the work of Edward Albee, Robert Anderson, Samuel Beckett, Harold Pinter, Thornton Wilder, Tennessee Williams, and other prominent modern playwrights. The bulk of the collection consists of papers relating to plays which Schneider directed or considered for direction. The documentation varies in depth for each production, and ranges from director's scripts, production notes, correspondence, and contracts to playbills and clippings. Represented are productions on Broadway, off-Broadway, on television, and by various regional and student theatrical groups.
  • Also relating to professional activities are subject files on international travel as a student of the theater, his association with numerous professional organizations, and his consultation for the Ford Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the Theatre Communications Group. On tape is a 1966 interview which expresses views on the American stage. A group of writings include published articles and essays, radio scripts written for the Office of War Information and other federal agencies during World War II, and unpublished writings and plays.
  • The remainder consists of notes and other academic files dating from his student days and his teaching at Catholic University and other institutions; biographical material including diaries, 1936-1964; and general correspondence. Among the noteworthy correspondents are Richard Aldrich, Robert C. Gard, Julie Harris, Garson Kanin, Walter F. Kerr, Harold B. McCarty, Joseph Papp, Gregory Peck, and David Susskind.
  • The processed portion of this collection is summarized above, dates 1929-1968, and is described in the register. Additional accessions date 1966-1981 and are described below.


  • Presented and placed on deposit by Alan Schneider, East Hampton, New York, 1964-1980.
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