Guide to the Molka Reich papers, 1904-1986

Molka Reich C0229


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Descriptive Summary

Repository George Mason University. Libraries. Special Collections Research Center
Creator Reich, Molka
Title Molka Reich papers
Date 1904-1986
Physical Characteristics 6.0 linear feet (9 boxes)
Abstract The Molka Reich papers includes playscripts, programs, puppetry newsletters, newspaper clippings, photographs, and scrapbooks with most of it dating from the 1930s to the 1950s. About half of the material directly relates to the Federal Theatre Project, especially the newspaper clippings, programs, and scrapbooks. Many of the puppetry newsletters and playscripts are from after the 1930s. Some of the material relates to the actor Scott Griffin who acted with the Federal Theatre Project in Miami, Florida, alongside Reich.
Collection Number C0229
Language English

Biographical note

Molka Reich studied puppetry under Remo Bufano in New York during the 1920s. She and her husband moved to Miami, Florida, in 1930. While there, she joined the Federal Writers Project, and then the Federal Theatre Project. She started with the FTP as an actress but soon was working with the marionette unit where she made puppets, wrote and adapted scripts, and built sets. As an actress she appeared in the Federal Theatre production Engaged that was performed in August of 1936. She stayed with the Federal Theatre Project until 1939, after which she continued to be a proponent for puppetry. In Miami, she served as president of the Business and Professional Women's Club.

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Scope and Content

The Molka Reich papers includes playscripts, programs, puppetry newsletters, newspaper clippings, photographs, and scrapbooks with most of it dating from the 1930s to the 1950s. About half of the material directly relates to the Federal Theatre project, especially the newspaper clippings, programs, and scrapbooks. Many of the puppetry newsletters and playscripts are from after the 1930s. Some of the material relates to the actor Scott Griffin who acted with the Federal Theatre Project in Miami, Florida, alongside Reich.

Series 1 contains many different types of materials including essays, puppetry newsletters, play synopses, published plays, vaudeville sketches, marionette patterns in various sizes, and original artwork by Ken Bare. Materials are arranged alphabetically.

Series 2 contains newspaper clippings from Miami, Florida, newspapers. Many of the newsclippings are reviews for plays that Molka Reich or Scott Griffin were involved in. This series is arranged alphabetically.

Series 3 contains photographs both black and white and color and in a variety of sizes. Photographs consist of portraits of Molka Reich, and Scott Griffin, as well as production photographs, and photographs of a Jack and the Beanstalk marionette. This series is arranged alphabetically.

Series 4 is the largest series and contains scripts for plays and some radio productions. Some of the scripts have accompanying music, mostly handwritten. This series is arranged alphabetically by title.

Series 5 contains programs for Federal Theatre productions and non Federal Theatre productions that were performed in Miami and Jacksonville, Florida; Atlanta, Georgia; Long Island and Pawling, New York; and The Smithsonian in Washington D.C. This series is arranged alphabetically.

Series 6 contains scrapbooks that have been disassembled and foldered. The Molka Reich scrapbook 1928-1948 contains mostly material relating to Scott Griffin. There is also a scrapbook for marionette newspaper and magazine clippings, a scrapbook with clippings and programs from productions in Miami, and a scrapbook containing calendar programs for the Starlight Theater in Pawling, New York. This series is arranged by size of material.

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Arrangement

Series 1: Essays, newsletters, published works, and miscellany, 1904-1950 (Boxes 1-2, 9)
Series 2: Newspaper clippings, 1936-1986 (Box 2)
Series 3: Photographs, circa 1930s-1940s (Boxes 2, 9)
Series 4: Playscripts, 1920s-1953 (Boxes 2-6)
Series 5: Programs, 1928-1950s (Boxes 6-7)
Series 6: Scrapbooks, 1920s-1950s (Boxes 7-8)

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

There are no access restrictions.

Use Restrictions

There are no use restrictions.

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Related Material

Special Collections Research Center also holds the Works Progress Administration oral histories collection, the Federal Theatre Project collection, the Federal Theatre Project photograph collection, as well as numerous other personal papers.

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Index Terms

Corporate Names:

Federal Theatre Project (U.S.)

Subjects:

New Deal, 1933-1939.
Theater--United States.

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Administrative Information

Alternative Form Available

There are scripts from this collection and other FTP collections online in the Federal Theatre Project collection.

Preferred Citation note

Molka Reich papers, Collection #C0229, Special Collections Research Center, George Mason University Libraries.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Molka Reich in 1980 and 1981. Scott Griffin material presented by Molka Reich for the Scott Griffin estate on June 25, 1979.

Processing Information

Processed in December 2012 by Greta Kuriger Suiter. EAD completed in January 2013 by Greta Kuriger Suiter.

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Contents List

Series 1: Essays, newsletters, published works, and miscellany, 1904-1980s
Series 1 contains many different types of materials including essays, puppetry newsletters, play synopses and published plays and vaudeville sketches, marionette patterns in various sizes, and original artwork by Ken Bare. Materials are arranged alphabetically.
Box Folder
1 1 A & B Booksellers theatre catalog, undated
2 Bare, Ken, 1930s
Blueprint for portable stage
3 Bare, Ken, 1930s
Original artwork for set and other designs - watercolors, pencil drawings
4 Denison's Vaudeville Sketches, 1904-1934
5 Dolls and puppets, 1930s-1940s
Newsletters, catalogs, pamphlets related to dolls, marionettes, and puppets
6 Fairy Tales for Workers Children, 1925
7 Federal Theatre Project at George Mason University, circa 1970s-1980s
Pamphlets and newsletters related to George Mason events revolving around puppetry and the Federal Theatre Project
8 History of the Drama 20th century, circa 1935-1939
9 History of the Drama series, outline for class study, 1937-1939
10 Letter, March 3, 1940
"Dear Charlotte", possibly from Scott Griffin
11 Marionette pattern for a 18" cloth marionette, undated
12 Marionette pattern for a 15" marionette, undated
13 Marionette pattern for a 9" marionette, undated
Box Folder
8 2 Marionette patterns for larger marionettes, undated
Box Folder
9 2 Marionette patterns (oversize), circa 1930s
Box Folder
1 14 Newsletters, 1980s
Newsletters from The Puppetry Guild of Greater New York, The Puppeteers of America, The Puppeteers of America Regional Reporter for the Southeast Region, D. C. Puppetimes, George Mason University Golden Anniversary Puppetry Festival, The Puppet Guild of Greater Miami, Barry University Department of Theatre, The Puppet Masters calendar featuring famous puppeteers, itinerary for trip to Japan (UNIMA XV 1988)
15 Notes on the Soviet Theatre, February 1946
16 Play synopses (article from magazine?), circa 1920s
Box Folder
2 1 Published plays, 1918; 1935
12 Plays for Boys and Girls edited by Ben Blake with pictures by Bill Siegel; The Slave with Two Faces by Mary Carolyn Davies
2 Shakespeare: Actor and Critic by George Henry Lewes, undated
3 Theatre Workshop, 1936-1937
Three issues: Art of Acting Issue (1936), Second Art of Acting Issue (1937), Fall Issue (1937)
Series 2: Newspaper clippings, 1936-1986
Series 2 contains newspaper clippings from Miami, Florida newspapers. Many of the newsclippings are reviews for plays that Molka Reich or Scott Griffin were involved in. This series is arranged alphabetically.
Box Folder
2 4 Newsclippings, 1981-1987
5 A, 1938
Ah, Wilderness; Altars of Steel
6 B, 1937-1938
Boy Meets Girl; The Bride the Sun Shines On
7 C, 1936-1937
Candle Light; Chalk Dust; Coquette; Criminal at Large
8 Engaged, 1936
9 Gallows Gate, 1937
10 If Ye Break Faith, 1938
11 M, 1938
Miami Federal Theatre; Molka Reich; Mystery of the Boardwalk Asylum
12 N, September 25, 1936
"New Director Named for Theatre Project", article about Dorothea Lynch becoming state director for the Federal Theatre.
13 One More Spring, 1937
14 Room Service, 1939
15 S, 1936
Smilin' Through; actor Scott Griffin
16 Twelfth Night, March 31, 1937
17 Two years of WPA, 1937
18 UNIMA (l'Union Internationale de la Marionette) Congress and World Puppetry Festival, 1980
19 When Knighthood was in Flower, 1938
20 You and I, July 1936
Series 3: Photographs, circa 1930s-1980s
Series 3 contains photographs both black and white and color and in a variety of sizes. Photographs consist of portraits of Molka Reich, and Scott Griffin, as well as production photographs, and photographs of the Jack and the Beanstalk marionette. This series is arranged alphabetically.
Box Folder
2 21 Engaged, 1936
1 production photograph featuring actors on stage. An actor in center is holding a gun to his head.
22 Jack and the Beanstalk, 1983
Color photographs of Jack and the beanstalk puppet.
Box Folder
9 1 Molka Reich portraits, circa 1920s-1930s
12 oversize photographs, 10 of which are professional portraits taken by Charles Cooper in Miami, Florida.
Molka Reich portraits, circa 1920s-1930s
2 oversize matted photographic portraits of Molka Reich.
Box Folder
2 23 Molka Reich puppet demonstration, circa 1970s-1980s
14 color photographs of Reich leading a marionette demonstration.
24 Molka Reich with Bimbo, circa 1930s; circa 1980s
25 Portraits of Scott Griffin, Molka Reich, and an unidentified woman, circa 1930s
26 Puppets and stage productions, circa 1930s
9 black and white photographs of Reich's marionettes, staged productions with actors, and includes two photographs of an audience of children watching Bimbo perform.
Series 4: Playscripts, 1920s-1953
Series 4 is the largest series and contains scripts for plays and some radio productions. Some of the scripts have accompanying music, mostly handwritten. This series is arranged alphabetically by title.
Box Folder
2 27 Ambassador's Conference, circa 1930s
28 An Apple for Venus, circa 1930s
29 Anna Christie, circa 1930s
30 Another Language, circa 1930s
31 Anteroom, circa 1930s
32 Anything Could Happen, circa 1930s
33 Art - Where Art Thou? circa 1930s
34 The Baxters:The Baxters adopt a family, episode 24 by Ruth Moore, circa 1940s
35 Beachhead on the Campus by Milton Geiger, October 1, 1945
36 Before and After by Edward Mann, circa 1930s
37 The Blase Mrs. Dade by Carl Glick, circa 1920s
38 Blockhead Hans photocopy, undated
39 Blood and Hoe Cake photocopy, circa 1940s
40 Blow East, Blow West, circa 1930s
41 Bruin's Inn by Ann Townsend, circa 1930s
42 Caesar Gets Crowned, circa 1930s
43 Celebration for Lincoln's Birthday, circa 1930s
Box Folder
3 1 Cinderella, undated
Includes script and sheet music
2 Community Players, 1953
3 The Conflict, undated
4 Cousin Billy at the Circus, undated
Abstract
5 The Case of the Empty Purse by Sol Barzman and Mel Waters, 1947
6 Dick Martin, undated
Scott Griffin's copy
7 The Economist by Ben and Sol Barzman, 1947
8 El Cristo, undated
9 Emblem of Guatemala, undated
10 Exiles, undated
11 The Face, undated
12 Faith of a Child, undated
13 The Farce of Master Pierre Patelin, undated
14 Farewell Appearance, undated
Photocopy
Farewell Appearance, undated
15 Felicia and the Pot of Pinks (children's story), undated
16 Fido the Clown, undated
17 The Flattering Word, undated
18 Flood Control, undated
19 Food, undated
20 Freud, undated
21 The Frog Prince (for marionettes), undated
22 Fumed Oak by Noel Coward; Bury the Dead, undated
Fumed Oak by Noel Coward, undated
Fumed Oak by Noel Coward, undated
Box Folder
3 23 The Game, circa 1930s
24 Gas, circa 1930s-1940s
25 Ghosts, undated
26 Ghosts (act 2), undated
27 The Glittering Gate, circa 1930s
28 Good Night, Caroline, circa 1930s
29 The Greatest of These, undated
Director's copy
Box Folder
4 1 Hansel and Gretel, undated
2 Henny Penny, undated
3 From the Henry Morgan Show, undated
Includes note from Syl to Helen: "Couldn't find the columns I mentioned to you, but in the search uncovered some old Morgan scripts I did for the Eversharp show. The enclosed is an excerpt, from about the only one that could be cut and still be effective. Probably would serve as a space filler and be good for a few laughs. Will try to find the other stuff for a later issue."
4 The Hiccuping Mr. Higgins, 1947
5 His Majesty the Microbe, circa 1935-1939
Photocopy of Federal Theatre Project script
6 Holiday, undated
7 How to Tell a True Princess, undated
Photocopy
8 A Husband for Breakfast, undated
9 I Have No Prayer by Arch Oboler for the National Conference of Christians and Jews, 1943
10 If This Be Reason by members of the local #20, undated
11 The Investigators, undated
12 The Investigators, undated
Sheet music
13 The Irksome Beelzy, undated
14 J. P. Dropabomb by Amos Hull, 1947
15 Jack and the Beanstalk, undated
16 Jergens Journal, February 11, 1940
Radio production with Andrew Jergens
17 Joe and Edna script, undated
18 A Joke on the Sun (marionette play), 1934
Photocopy
19 Kids Learn Fast, undated
20 Let Us Be Gay, undated
21 Liberty Skit, undated
22 Little Black Sambo, undated
23 Little Black Sambo, undated
24 Little Black Sambo, undated
Photocopy of script and sheet music
Little Black Sambo, undated
Little Black Sambo, undated
Box Folder
4 25 Little Red Riding Hood, undated
26 The Londonderry Air; Where the Cross is Made by Eugene O'Neill, undated
27 The Marrying Kind, undated
28 Memo to the People by Sol Panitz for the World Security Workshop, March 6, 1947
29 A Midsummer Night's Dream, undated
30 Miss Marlow at Play, undated
Photocopy
Miss Marlow at Play, undated
Miss Marlow at Play, undated
Box Folder
4 31 Miss Molbray's Big Moment, undated
32 Music for World Brotherhood by Jerome Bayer, undated
Script for the American Brotherhood: The National Conference of Christians and Jews
33 Nancy Hanks, Bondswoman, undated
Photocopy. Includes four scripts, one for each actor.
Nancy Hanks, Bondswoman (Lemmer), undated
Nancy Hanks, Bondswoman (script 1), undated
Nancy Hanks, Bondswoman (Sarah), undated
Nancy Hanks, Bondswoman (script 2), undated
Nancy Hanks, Bondswoman (Tom), undated
Nancy Hanks, Bondswoman (script 3), undated
Nancy Hanks, Bondswoman (Abraham), undated
Nancy Hanks, Bondswoman (script 4), undated
Box Folder
4 34 The Nightingale, undated
35 North Flies South (radio play), undated
36 One Sunday Afternoon, undated
37 Pan America's Reception Pageant, April 14, 1931
Box Folder
5 1 Pageant on World Peace by Paul Harris, Jr., undated
2 Peace in Our Time, circa 1939
3 Peace plays: The Soldier's Dream, The Plow of Peace, The Little Green Table, circa 1930s
4 Pierre Abelard, 1935
5 Pinocchio, circa 1930s
6 Pirates of Finance, 1940
7 Play for Children, undated
8 A Powerful Enemy, circa 1930s
9 Princess Chooses, undated
Photocopy
10 Private Hicks, undated
11 The Quest, undated
12 Recreation Project, undated
Multiple scripts with holiday themes
13 Red White and Blue Network (a satirical monologue), 1947
14 Right About Face, untitled
15 Recitation (an idea for an original radio program), undated
16 Room for a Crib by Lee Gilbert, 1947
17 Rumpelstiltskin, undated
18 Rust on the Iron Curtain by Abe Stone, 1947
19 Saturday's Children by Maxwell Anderson, undated
20 The Scarecrow Who Wished For the Moon, undated
21 Secrets, undated
22 Sham, undated
23 Sheet music and lyrics, circa 1930s
Miscellaneous mostly handwritten pages of sheet music and lyrics, some for marionette productions
24 The Shepherdess and the Chimney Sweep, undated
25 Sixth Column, undated
26 Sleeping Beauty, undated
Photocopy
27 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, undated
Script and sheet music
28 So You Won't Talk?, undated
29 Somebody - Nothing, undated
30 The Soldier Who Became a Great Dane, 1946
31 Snow White and Rose Red, undated
Box Folder
6 1 The Stronger Woman, undated
2 Suppressed Desires, undated
3 Talk in Darkness, undated
4 Tarzan, undated
5 The Tender Elves, undated
6 There's Always Juliet, undated
7 This is Heaven, undated
8 This Thing Called Love, undated
9 Thorn in the Flesh, undated
10 Three Clever People, undated
Three Clever People, undated
Three Clever People, undated
Box Folder
6 11 The Three Little Pigs (a marionette play), undated
Includes script and music
12 The Three Wishes, undated
Includes script and music
13 Three's a Crowd, undated
14 The Tinderbox, undated
Photocopy
The Tinderbox, undated
The Tinderbox, undated
Box Folder
6 15 Tinsel, undated
16 Tolstoy (essay), undated
17 The Totem, undated
18 Treasure Island, undated
19 Two Birds with One Stone, undated
Photocopy
Two Birds with One Stone, undated
Two Birds with One Stone, undated
Box Folder
6 20 Unknown script, undated
Pages 2 to 30. Characters include Mrs. Giles, Mrs. Adams, Harry, Miss Mobray, and Walter.
21 The Valiant, undated
22 The Valiant, undated
23 What's in a Name?, undated
24 Why am I a Bachelor, undated
25 Why the Chimes Rang, 1938
26 Wonder Town, undated
27 The Youngest, undated
Scott Griffin's script
Series 5: Programs, 1928-1950s
Series 5 contains programs for Federal Theatre productions and non Federal Theatre productions that were performed in Miami and Jacksonville, Florida; Atlanta, Georgia; Long Island and Pawling, New York; and The Smithsonian in Washington D.C. This series is arranged alphabetically.
Box Folder
6 28 A-F, 1936-1982
Altars of Steel; Ah, Wilderness!; The Bishop Misbehaves; The Bride the Sun Shines On; Criminal at Large; Coquette; Chalk Dust; Craig's Wife; A Classic Vaudeville; The Emperor's New Clothes; Engaged; Folk Music in the Roosevelt White House (produced by the Smithsonian Institution Office of Folklife programs)
29 G, 1930s-1957
The Ghost Train; The Gallows Gate; The Great Sebastians
Box Folder
7 1 H-L, 1931-1958
The Happiest Millionaire; If Ye Break Faith; Inherit the Wind; International Society for Contemporary Music; Lightnin (invitation and program); The Loud Red Patrick
2 The Marionette Unit, circa 1938-1939
Double sided one page flyer for the Marionette Unit directed by Molka Reich. The front page features reviews from places the troop performed, the back features their repertoire.
3 M-P, 1936-1958
May Day; Margin for Error; The Mask and the Face; Mehitable Wing; The Matchmaker; The New York Idea; The 9th Guest; No Time for Sergeants; One More Spring; An Evening of Experimental One Act Plays; Post Road
4 The Molka Reich Studio, 1940
Two invitations for events at the Molka Reich Studio.
5 R-W, 1936-1958
The Starlight Theatre (1957 Summer calendar); Room Service; The Reluctant Debutante; Smilin' Through (includes ticket, programs, press release, for Jacksonville, Florida production); Separate Tables; Sabrina Fair; Twelfth Night; Visit to a Small Planet; Whom Dreams Possess; What a Life; What a Woman Wants; Witness for Prosecution
6 Their Annual Minstrel Show (Miami Business of Professional Women's Club), April 1937
Their Annual Minstrel Show (Miami Business of Professional Women's Club),, 1937-04
7 Turnabout Theatre presents a repertory of puppet musical comedies and intimate revues, circa 1952
8 The Winter's Tale, March 1939
Series 6: Scrapbooks, 1920s-1950s
Series 6 contains scrapbooks that have been disassembled and foldered. The Molka Reich scrapbook 1928-1948 contains mostly material relating to Scott Griffin. There is also a scrapbook for marionette newspaper and magazine clippings, a scrapbook with clippings and programs from productions in Miami, and a scrapbook containing calendar programs for the Starlight Theater in Pawling, New York. This series is arranged by size of material.
Box Folder
7 9 Scrapbook pages, circa 1930s
Separated 8.25"x9.25" scrapbook pages with 5"x7" black and white photographs adhered to them. Photographs feature marionettes and Molka Reich.
10 Molka Reich scrapbook 1928-1948 covers, 1928-1948
1 of 5
11 Molka Reich scrapbook 1928-1948 pages, 1928-1948
2 of 5. Newspaper clippings, programs, telegrams, and handwritten notes to and about Scott Griffin regarding theatre productions including: Coquette, This Thing Called Love, two one act plays performed at the Little Theatre (Bereguisse and The Torch-Bearers), a calendar for plays at the Florida Forum and Assembly (1934), The Pretender, Broken Dishes, Hired Husbands, The Nervous Wreck, The Big Pond, Why Wives Worry, Smilin' Thru, Thank You, and The Love Critic.
12 Molka Reich scrapbook 1928-1948 newsclippings, 1930s-1940s
3 of 5
13 Molka Reich scrapbook 1928-1948 loose ephemera, 1930s
4 of 5. Includes programs for The Last of Mrs. Cheney, Our Town, Little Women, and Room Service. Includes playscripts for If Ye Break Faith and Two Crooks and a Lady, as well as handwritten and typewritten notes, a flyer for the production of Coquette, and an entry ticket for the Manhattan Repertory Theatre Co. at the Miami Playhouse.
14 Molka Reich scrapbook 1928-1948 Billy Griffin, 1928-1948
5 of 5. Material relating to Billy Griffin (later Scott Griffin). Includes negatives and portrait print as well as report cards and calling cards.
15 Marionettes scrapbook, 1930s-1950s
1 of 2. Contains primarily magazine and newspaper articles featuring marionettes. There is also a certificate for Mrs. Howard Fitch for completing the Cultural Olympics in Woodstown, New Jersey (May 5, 1938). Clippings and certificate are attached to scrapbook paper.
16 Marionettes scrapbook, 1930s-1950s
2 of 2. Contains loose newspaper and magazine clippings featuring articles on marionettes.
19 Loose materials, circa 1938-1941
Includes newsclippings, newsclippings attached to paper, a program, and marionette patterns.
17 Loose scrapbook materials, 1930s
Includes programs for the West Florida Music and Arts Festival, International Society for Contemporary Music (1931), newspaper and magazine clippings featuring marionettes.
18 Marionettes by children loose scrapbook pages, circa 1930s
Newspaper articles from the Monitor titled "Marionettes by Children" that illustrate how one can make their own marionette.
Box Folder
8 1 Miami scrapbook, 1936-1937
Oversize. Molka Reich scrapbook featuring newspaper clippings and programs from Miami Federal Theatre and non Federal Theatre productions. Pages have been separated.
2 Starlight Theater scrapbook, circa 1955
Oversize. Scrapbook pages separated, featuring programs and newspaper clipping from productions performed at Starlight Theater in Pawling, New York.
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