Bellamy, Ralph (1904-1991)

The Ralph Bellamy collection includes manuscripts, printed material, photographs, and correspondence. Most of the items concern Bellamy's career on the stage, as opposed to his film work; several items pertain to Bellamy's genealogical research into his own family's history.

Manuscripts in the collection includes a photocopied draft of Dore Schary's play Sunrise at Campobello, which opened at the Cort Theatre in 1958 with Bellamy starring as Franklin Delano Roosevelt; an outline for a dramatic adaptation of Graham Greene's novel Heart of the Matter, written by Bellamy and Greene; and a version of the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam for radio broadcast, written by Bellamy.

Printed material in the collection includes programs, items regarding Bellamy and his family, and items regarding Bellamy's career.

Programs are present in the collection for Grounds for Divorce and other plays at the Princess Theatre, performed by the Ralph Bellamy Players (1926-1927); and Sunrise at Campobello at the Cort Theatre (1958) and the Curran Theatre (1959). Also included is a program for the unveiling of the FDR White House portrait, including a handwritten note from Bess Abell.

Printed items regarding Bellamy and his family include Mitchell's School Atlas (1848), owned by Edward Bellamy; A Question Book on the Topics in the Assembly's Shorter Catechism (1848), owned by Louis Bellamy; and newspaper clippings from various periodicals (1976-1983).

Printed items regarding Bellamy's career include a photocopy of Bellamy's Actor's Equity Association agreement (1924); Bellamy's contract with the Jackson Players; The Princess Bulletin, with Bellamy on the cover (1926); a poster for Bellamy in the play Detective Story (1949); a copy of Life magazine with a feature article on Bellamy (1958); publicity folios for the television mini-series The Winds of War (1983) and War and Remembrance (1988); and an interview with Harry Medved printed in Screen Actor (1988).

Photographs in the collection include family photos, including an image of Bellamy's mother in her wedding gown used as an illustration in Bellamy's 1979 memoir, When the Smoke Hits the Fan ; portraits of Bellamy (1930s - 1980s); and prints used in the 1958 Life magazine feature article on Bellamy.

Correspondence in the collection consist of letters from various individuals to Bellamy, dating from 1968 to 1983. Several of the letters concern Bellamy's family history, and are related to the printed items regarding Bellamy and his family (see above).
Notable Figures
1. Bellamy, Ralph, 1904-1991
Associated Subjects
1. Theatre and Film Subject Guide
2. Authors, American
3. Actors -- United States
4. Motion picture industry – United States
5. Motion picture actors and actresses -- United States
6. American literature--20th century
7. Theater
8. Photographs
9. Motion pictures