Greenfeld, Josh (1928-2018)
Scope:
The Josh Greenfeld collection consists of manuscripts, correspondence, printed material, research material, financial material, photographs, artwork, memorabilia, and other items.

Manuscripts by Greenfeld in the collection include Clandestine on the Morning Line: A Play in Three Acts (produced in Washington, DC, at Arena Stage, 1959, produced Off-Broadway, 1961, published by Dramatists Play Service, 1961); O for a Master of Magic! (novel, New American Library, 1968); A Child Called Noah: A Family Journey (Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1972); several short stories, drafts, and fragments; poems, mostly written under pseudonyms; several stage plays, all unproduced; teleplays; radio plays; documentary narrations; non-fiction articles, including some items published in The New York Times Magazine and The Village Voice; profiles of various notable individuals; reviews and literary essays; advertising copy; school papers; diaries and personal notes; and other miscellany.

Correspondence in the collection includes letters to and from Greenfeld, dating from 1945 to 1972. These are letters from friends, relatives, editors, agents and others. In addition, the collection contains a file of letters regarding Greenfeld’s participation in the Writers and Editors War Tax Protest, the War Resisters League, and other anti-war movements; these letters date from 1967 to 1971.

Notable correspondents include Roger Angell, Brooks Atkinson, Fleur Cowles, Jacob Javits, Elia Kazan, Norman Mailer, Linus Pauling, Jerome Robbins, and William Shawn.

Printed material in the collection includes published articles and book reviews by Greenfeld, including the original article, “A Child Called Noah,” published in Life magazine, which Greenfeld later turned into a book.

Also present are several examples of Greenfeld’s advertising copy, as well as including clippings, playbills from his plays, and other items regarding Greenfeld.

Research material in the collection consists of clippings related to the New York Mayoralty campaign of 1969, as well as official campaign literature, press releases, schedules, position papers, leaflets, and transcripts of debates. Additional research material includes items compiled by Greenfeld for articles, profiles, and reviews; topics include Sidney Poitier, Wallace K. Harrison, Marcel Breur, Candice Bergen, Simon and Garfunkel, Flip Wilson, the La Mama Troupe, and others.

Financial material in the collection includes expense vouchers, leases and housing records, royalty statements, bills, receipts, invoices, contracts, insurance policies, bank statements, and paid checks, all dating from 1949 to 1971.

Photographs in the collection consist of images of Greenfeld and others, 53 items in total.

Artwork in the collection includes two portraits; a comic sketch; set designs for Geenfeld’s play All Chalk is Blue; a portrait of the U.S. Capitol on glass; and a portrait of a Mexican peasant, on wood.

Memorabilia in the collection includes a model of an unidentified stage set and a wallet belonging to Greenfeld.

Other material in the collection includes Greenfeld’s academic records (1946-1972); U.S. Army records (1948-1957); employment records (1952-1955); birth records; and passports.
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Notable Figures
1. Greenfeld, Josh
Associated Subjects
1. Literary Collections Subject Guide