Mielziner, Jo (1901-1976)
Scope:
The Jo Mielziner collection consists of manuscripts, printed material, photographs, scrapbooks, and awards.

Manuscripts in the collection primarily consist of numerous scripts for stage plays by various authors. These include plays for which Mielziner designed the scenery and sets, as well as many productions with he was not involved with. Authors include Woody Allen, Maxwell Anderson, Clare Boothe, Mel Brooks, Pearl S. Buck, James M. Cain, Paddy Chayefsky, James Clavell, Helen Deutsch, Oscar Hammerstein II and Richard Rogers, Lillian Hellman, Evan Hunter, Nunnally Johnson, Sumner Locke-Elliott, Joshua Logan (mostly in collaboration with other writers), Anita Loos, Archibald MacLeish, Arthur Miller, Clifford Odets, Eugene O’Neill, Dorothy Parker, Terence Rattigan, John Steinbeck, Gore Vidal, Tennessee Williams, and others. Some scripts are present in multiple manuscripts drafts, some have Mielziner’s handwritten notations, and some are signed or inscribed by the author. A few scripts are accompanied by files of correspondence pertaining to the production, most notably Eugene O’Neill’s Desire Under the Elms. The manuscript for this play also includes Mielziner’s notes on production meetings, scene design, costumes, and actors, as well as casting correspondence (1949-1950) and several other correspondence files. Notable correspondents include Garson Kanin, Irene Mayer Selznick, Richard Rogers, Morton Gould, Jose Ferrer (signed by his secretary), and Thornton Wilder.

Also present in the collection are two theses written about Mielziner: “The Subtle Art of Jo Mielziner,” by Robert L. Bahl; and “Jo Mielziner: His Use of Projected Scenery in the Professional Theatre: 1945-1960,” by Andrew Jay Greenhut. Both are signed by Mielziner.

Printed material in the collection consists of 10 articles by Mielziner that appeared in various magazines and newspapers, including American Artist, Man, The New York Times, Theatre Arts, and The Otterbein Miscellany. These items were published between 1945 and 1966. Also included are several items about Mielziner, dating from the 1930s to the 1960s; these include clippings, playbills, programs, and a New Yorker magazine profile of Mielziner.

The collection has 12 photographs of Mielziner alone, with Louis Kronenburger (with a handwritten note by Kronenburger) at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and at the Repertory Theatre of Lincoln Center.

There are twelve scrapbooks in the collection. These contain news clippings and tearsheets of play reviews, articles about Mielziner, several articles by Mielziner, play programs, and a few items of correspondence relating to the plays. The scrapbooks are organized chronologically and cover Mielziner’s career from 1939 to 1973. Each scrapbook contains items relating to multiple plays over a span of several years.

Awards for Mielziner include three certificates and two Antoinette Perry Award medals.
Notable Figures
1. Mielziner, Jo, 1901-1976
Associated Subjects
1. Theatre and Film Subject Guide
2. Set designers
3. Stage lighting designers
4. Theaters -- Stage -- setting and scenery.
5. Theaters -- Lighting
6. Actors
7. Scrapbooks
8. Photographs