The Don Asher collection includes manuscripts, correspondence, research material, printed material, audio material, photographs, notebooks, legal material, financial material, artwork, memorabilia, medical records, and film and video.
Manuscripts by Asher in the collection include his novels The Piano Sport (1966); Don’t the Moon Look Lonesome (1967); The Electric Cotillion (1970); Raise Up Off Me (1974); and Notes From a Battered Grand (1992); among others. Each book is represented by numerous drafts, galleys, and some correspondence.
Manuscripts also include an early screenplay version of The Piano Sport; a short story based on The Electric Cotillion; various short stories, essays, and articles; book reviews by Asher; Asher’s master’s thesis from Cornell University; and manuscripts by other authors, though some may be pseudonyms for Asher, among other materials.
Correspondence includes letters with Dorothy Parker regarding The Piano Sport and Don’t the Moon Look Lonesome, correspondence between Behrman and Daniel Asher (ca. 1929-1944), and files of correspondence from the 1950s through the 2010s.
Research material includes materials used as background for Asher’s novel The Eminent Yachtsman and the Whorehouse Piano Player (Coward, 1973), based on Daniel Asher (Don Asher’s father) and his friend Sam N. Behrman; various research files and subject files from 1959 to 1991; book and short story proposals including one for The Eminent Yachtsman and the Whorehouse Piano Player; and general files from 1956 to 2008 including holograph notes, printed material, grant applications, calendars, manuscript draft fragments, and correspondence; among other materials.
Printed material includes various newspaper clippings, magazine clippings, pamphlets, booklets, and photocopies, among other materials from 1970 to 2007 and various materials regarding Behrman from 1972 to 1975.
Audio material consists of a cassette of Behrman interviewed by Don Asher from the early 1970s, various cassettes and reel-to-reels containing material regarding Asher’s work from 1982 on, and a CD of “Life is But a Moment” sample music.
Photographs include images of Asher’s mother and places familiar to Behrman and black and white prints, color prints, negatives, and slides taken by Asher, including photographs of the Kent State shootings on May 4, 1970.
Notebooks include many notebooks of notes regarding works by Asher.
Legal material consists of contracts and other various materials from 1961 to 1984 and general files from 1954 to 2003.
Financial material includes miscellaneous receipts, records, financial correspondence, and royalty statements from 1961 to 2006.
Artwork includes a pencil portrait of Asher as Time Magazine’s Man of the Year in 1960.
Memorabilia consists of a Deems Taylor Award from the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers for Raise Up Off Me and children’s stories from Asher’s students, among other materials.
The collection also includes miscellaneous medical records and film and video.