Green, Martyn (1899-1975)
Scope:
The Martyn Green collection includes manuscripts, correspondence, personal memorabilia, printed material, legal material, financial material, film and video, audio materials, photographs, artwork, diaries and journals, scrapbooks, and other items.

Many of the collected scripts and librettos pertain to Green’s participation as a principle of Gilbert and Sullivan productions. Titles include H.M.S. Pinafore, Princess Ida, Trial by Jury, Iolanthe, The Sorcerer, Pirates of Penzance, The Gondoliers, Yeomen of the Guard, Ruddigore, The Mikado, Patience, Here’s Love, Pipe Night, In Defence of Gilbert, Candide, Engaged, Carricknabauna, A Lovely Way to Die, and others. Additional scripts include The Iceman Cometh by Eugene O’Neill, The Incomparable Max by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee, and Knickerbocker Holiday by Maxwell Anderson, among others. Manuscripts used by Green are frequently marked with holograph notes.

Also present in the collection are manuscripts for speeches given by Green, poems and short stories, Marty Green’s Treasury of Gilbert and Sullivan, and To Begin With (an unfinished autobiography).

The comprehensive collection of personal memorabilia pertains to Green’s on-stage and off-stage life. Theatre props of note include sandals used as Caesar in Caesar and Cleopatra; a mask used in Candide; a cigarette holder used as Captain Hook in Peter Pan; and a neck chain, pen holder, and rosary worn as Chaucer in Canterbury Tales. Additional materials include "Liar Dice" (Green’s favorite game), monocles, and his "magic thimbles."

Documents, plaques, awards, and citations (1950-74) are also present, as are items pertaining to Green’s military service (such as an Air Force shoulder insignia, ribbon, and belt).

Correspondence (collected extensively from 1915 until Green’s death in 1975) is both personal and theatre-related. In addition to letters to various family members, Green maintained correspondence with contemporary actors, theatre managers, artists, and dramatists. Notables include Abe Burrows, Mamie Doud Eisenhower, James Montgomery Flagg, Groucho Marx, Alexander Woollcott, Pat Hingle, Nevill Coghill, Larry Gates, and many more. Other correspondence items include invitations to events such as a British Aircraft Corporation and Royal Air Force Association reception and the annual meeting of the President’s Committee on Employment of Handicapped in Washington, D.C.

Printed materials in the collection—booklets, bulletins, brochures, programs, articles, reviews, and newsclippings—often relate to productions in which Green took part or directed between 1923 and 1975. Items include Candide, Canterbury Tales, H.M.S. Pinafore, The Iceman Cometh, Pirates of Penzance, The Sea, and others. General publicity items, posters, souvenir programs, and a printed schedule for D’Oyly Carte Opera Company constitute additional printed materials.

Collected legal materials locate Green in a specific historical moment. Alongside rather mundane items (birth certificate, divorce certificate, driving permit, passport, social security card), the collection includes Green’s immigration card, National Registration Identity Card, permit to reenter the United States, and RAF identity card. His pension application, tax compliance statement, and smallpox vaccination certificate are present, as well.

The collection’s financial materials consist of tax receipts and reports of earnings and pension accruals between 1951 and 1974.

Film and video in the collection (1938-69) include both theatrical productions (such as Engaged and The Mikado) and home videos of Green’s travels. Materials are recorded on 8mm film reels.
Collected audio materials are recorded on records, cassette tapes, five-inch reels, and seven-inch reels and vary widely—chronicling everything from The Gathering Night and Dear Brutus to a narrated autobiographical book and assorted performances, narrations, and speeches.

Photographs collected between 1937 and 1974 capture various performances and many are signed with remarks, inscriptions, or explanations. Of particular note are photos of Green as a RAF Squadron Leader. Numerous photographs document Green’s home life and family between 1880s and 1974, while others display Green entertaining the London Sketch Club and posing with Alicia Markova.

Artwork in the collection includes sketches, pen and inks, renderings, and watercolors by artists such as Larry Sobel, Mary Ralph, Rosemary Wells, Claude Marks, David Ghilchik, and Carl Rose. Additional materials consist of a Kapota costume rendering, theatre blueprints and stage sketches, and reproductions of Leo Hirschfeld cartoons.

Collected diaries and journals include an appointment book, address books (including one for The Empire Club of Canada), calendars, and a visitor’s book.

The collection’s scrapbooks document photos, programs, and newspaper and magazine articles from 1939 to 1961. Of note is a Gilbert and Sullivan scrapbook given to Green in honor of his work in their operettas.

Miscellaneous items in the collection include cigarette cases and a pipe (with accompanying white porcelain ashtray); a velvet bag presented to Green by Leon Shaw on the opening night of The Incomparable Max; a small bust from Peter Shaffer’s Black Comedy signed by Donald Madden, Lynn Redgrave, Rip Torn, Geraldine Page, Jordan Christopher, Martyn Green, and Michael Miller; and a pass to board the Queen Mary on her final sailing from New York.

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Notable Figures
1. Green, Martyn, 1899-1975
Associated Subjects
1. Music Collections Subject Guide
2. Theatre and Film Subject Guide