Sillman, Leonard (1908-1982)
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The Leonard Sillman collection consists of manuscripts, printed material, photographs, correspondence, scrapbooks, artwork, sound recordings, films, personal memorabilia, and other material.
Manuscript material includes many play scripts, articles, short memoirs, speeches, teleplays for numerous television productions, and several scripts considered by Sillman and eventually turned down. Notable manuscripts in the collection include Sillman's autobiography Here Lies Leonard Sillman (1959) in several formats, from the first rough draft to galley proofs and bound versions, as well as script material from Sillman's famous "New Faces" productions.
Correspondence in the collection is extensive, including production files, some financial material, printed matter, and photographs. The letters consist of both personal and professional items, including titles such as "New Faces 1936", "Versailles Show" and "Various New Face Productions". Present are letters to and from many actors, producers, and persons involved in theater, as well as friends and family members. Notable correspondents include his sister June Carrol, Constance Collier, Sterling Holloway, George M. Cohan, Marguerite Namara, Bill Robinson, John Rox, John Yartz, Imogene Coca, Jay Presson, William B Lewis, Gypsy Rose Lee, Eartha Kit, Richard Gardner, John F. Kennedy, Shirley Booth, Bette Davis, Maggie Smith, Irving Berlin, Larry Adler, and Cheryl Crawford, among many others.
Printed material includes numerous programs from Sillman's productions (1933 to 1970), as well as publicity material, reviews, and newspaper clippings regarding Sillman's productions.
The collection contains scrapbooks of material from Sillman's life, including clippings, letters, programs, and fan mail concerning Sillman's vaudeville career, his time with the "New Faces" production, and numerous plays, radio shows, and other productions.
Other personal memorabilia in the collection consists of awards, book plates, and large posters and photographs used as publicity material for Sillman's shows.
Audio and visual material includes "New Faces" audition recordings, the "New Faces" radio show (1948), radio interviews, audition reels on LP records, and other miscellaneous audio recordings, as well as 5 published films concerning or produced by Sillman and 5 other film materials concerning June Sillman (his sister).
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