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Alexander H. Cohen papers, 1880-2003

Author: Alexander H CohenP T BarnumRichard BurtonJohn GielgudHildy ParksAll authors
Edition/Format:   Archival material : English
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Primarily documenting the career of theater and television producer Alexander H. Cohen, the papers consist of correspondence, contracts, financial records, office files, photographs, slides, scrapbooks, programs, scripts, datebooks, publicity material, clippings, production materials, scores, writings, posters, floor plans, and costume designs.
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Genre/Form: Appointment books
Clippings
Financial records
Posters
Press releases
Programs
Scores
Scrapbooks
Television scripts
Autographs
Costume design drawings
Named Person: Alexander H Cohen; Hildy Parks; P T Barnum; P T Barnum; Alexander H Cohen; Hildy Parks
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Archival Material, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Alexander H Cohen; P T Barnum; Richard Burton; John Gielgud; Hildy Parks; Marian Grudeff; Raymond Jessel; Rupert Holmes; American Express Company.; Actors' Fund of America.; Erlanger Theatre (Philadelphia, Pa.); G.H. Mumm et Co.; Locust Street Theatre (Philadelphia, Pa.); Morris A. Mechanic Theatre (Baltimore, Md.); O'Keefe Centre (Toronto, Ont.)
OCLC Number: 144682730
Description: 189.5 linear ft. (395 boxes)

Abstract:

Primarily documenting the career of theater and television producer Alexander H. Cohen, the papers consist of correspondence, contracts, financial records, office files, photographs, slides, scrapbooks, programs, scripts, datebooks, publicity material, clippings, production materials, scores, writings, posters, floor plans, and costume designs.

There are also a number of personal papers, as well as some materials by and about Cohen's wife and professional partner, Hildy Parks, a writer, producer, and actress. The two are perhaps best known for producing the Tony Awards telecasts from 1967 to 1986 and for presenting the Night of 100 Stars telecasts The papers are especially rich in contracts and financial papers for Cohen's theatrical and television ventures, both produced and unproduced, most especially from the 1950s through his final production, Waiting in the Wings by Noel Coward (1999). However, several of the scrapbooks and a number of photos document Cohen's earliest theater productions from the 1940s. Although his theatrical ventures in America form the bulk of the collection, London productions are also represented. Cohen's hands-on approach to producing is reflected in his correspondence with playwrights, actors, and investors, as well as in script and casting notes. His flair for marketing and promotion is evident throughout the papers, especially for productions such as Baker Street (1965) and Rupert Holmes's Accomplice (1990), and in numerous joint ventures with corporate sponsors, such as American Express and Mumm Champagne. Material relating to other projects, such as Cohen's management of the O'Keefe Centre in Toronto, and several other theaters, can also be found in the collection, as well as extensive files for unproduced theater projects maintained by Cohen. Notable among these files are research materials relating to P.T. Barnum, amassed by Cohen, which include an 1880 Barnum autograph.

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