Carroll, Pat (1927- )

The Pat Carroll collection includes, manuscripts, correspondence, personal memorabilia, photographs, film and video content, and other materials.

Manuscripts in the collection include scripts used by Carroll during various productions. Scripts for Mother Courage and Her Children, Nunsense, The Little Mermaid, Electra, The World Is Round, and Grace and Glorie contain holograph annotations. Enclosed in scripts for musical productions, such as Mother Courage and The Little Mermaid, are annotated music and lyric sheets, as well.  

The collection also includes drafts of three short stories written by Carroll in 1985.

Correspondence consists of both personal and professional material, documented exhaustively between the years 1966 and 2011, with occasional letters from earlier years. Notable correspondents include Malcom Atterbury, Jr. and Robert Wilson. The collection also includes Carroll’s frequent exchanges with her mother, friends, birthday cards, fan mail, various e-mails, nominations, and invitations.

NOTE: All or part of this collection is stored off-site. Several days' advance notice is required for retrieval.

Personal memorabilia in the collection includes various awards and costumes. Noteworthy items are Carroll’s Hollywood Walk of Fame star, the Key to St. Paul, MN (received in 1966), an award from the Folger Shakespeare Library, and an assortment of costumes from ten companies of Nunsense (1985-95).

The collection includes a range of posters and programs that span Carroll’s career. Posters are archived from Gertrude Stein, Gertrude Stein, Gertrude Stein, Cinderella, Nunsense, the Merry Wives of Windsor, and others. Programs include, among others, Gracie and Glorie, Electra, and Everybody Loves Opal. Flyers, newsletters, and clippings from the New York Times, the New York Daily News, Hollywood Reporter, and the New York Post constitute additional printed materials.

The collection’s film and video material consists of VHS cassettes and DVDs and film. Of particular note are Carroll’s appearances on the “The Pat Boone Show” and the “The Dick Cavett Show.”  

Audio recordings in the collection are comprised of cassettes, reel-to-reel tapes, and compact discs and include miscellaneous commercials, interviews, and musical recordings. Reels capture Carroll’s occasional commercial efforts, as well as an interview with Larry King. Cassette recordings of tracks from both The Little Mermaid and Mother Courage are also included.

Photographs of Carroll include black and white and color prints, negatives, scans, and slides. The photographs are mostly professional in nature, such as publicity and cast photos from Romeo and Juliet, Mother Courage, and Nunsense. Other photographs document Carroll’s encounters with Merve Griffin, Ed Sullivan, Doris Day, and Carol Channing. Also included are photos of Carroll’s acceptance of the Helen Hayes Award.    

The collection contains a vast amount of Carroll’s personal diaries, journals, and sketchbooks, composed almost annually between 1970 and 2011. These writings and drawings reflect on travels and daily life. Carroll also kept record of her theatrical career, and the collection includes notebooks filled with character research in preparation for her performance as Falstaff, as well as general diaries kept during the productions of Nunsense and Grace and Glorie.

Scrapbooks in the collection cover much of Carroll’s personal and theatrical life. Included are scrapbooks ranging from Carroll’s youth to her middle age. Scrapbooks pertaining to specific productions, such as Nunsense, Gertrude Stein, and Something’s Afoot, are also included.

Financial materials include bank statements, receipts, bills, and checks. Legal materials in the collection consist of sporadic contracts, as well as Carroll’s driver licenses. Medical records documenting Carroll’s exams, prescriptions, and surgeries are available, as well.

Other miscellaneous items include various nun paraphernalia from Nunsense, assorted artwork (such as a Peanuts drawing by Charles Schulz), papers from Carroll’s secondary education, figurines, and a telegram from Robert F. Kennedy.  

Notable Figures
1. Carroll, Pat, 1927-
Associated Subjects
1. Women's Studies Collections -- Drama, Film, and Television Subject Guide
2. Theatre and Film Subject Guide
3. Television Subject Guide
4. Helen Deutsch Research Section
5. Television actors and actresses – United States
6. Posters
7. Motion picture industry – United States
8. Actresses -- United States
9. Motion picture actors and actresses -- United States
10. Scripts
11. Scrapbooks
12. Sheet music
13. Photographs
14. Diaries