Guide to the Ben Russak papers, 1935-1942

Ben Russak C0221


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Descriptive Summary

Repository George Mason University. Libraries. Special Collections Research Center
Creator Russak, Ben.
Title Ben Russak papers,
Date 1935-1942
Physical Characteristics 2.25 linear feet (5 boxes)
Abstract The Ben Russak papers is a collection of Federal Theatre Project and Federal Writers' Project material collected by Ben Russak from 1935 to 1942. The papers include playscripts and publications created by the Federal Theatre Project, as well as pamphlets and collections of folklore material created by the Federal Writers' Project.
Collection Number C0221
Language English

Historical Information

The Federal Theatre Project was a division of the Works Progress Administration (WPA), which provided employment for large numbers of artists, writers, and performers during the Great Depression (1929-1939). The Federal Theatre began in 1935 and, until its end in 1939, flourished as the first and only federally sponsored and subsidized theater program in the United States. Directed by Hallie Flanagan (1880-1969), it was a way for theatrical professionals to gain employment during the Depression.

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Scope and Content

The Ben Russak papers is a collection of Federal Theatre Project and Federal Writers' Project material collected by Ben Russak from 1935 to 1942. The papers include playscripts and publications created by the Federal Theatre Project, as well as pamphlets and collections of folklore material created by the Federal Writers' Project. The collection is divided into two series based on origination of the material. Series one consists of material from the Federal Theatre Project and includes playscripts, magazine publications, and folk songs. Series two consists of material from the Federal Writers' Project including manuscripts, Nebraska folklore, and research pamphlets.

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Arrangement

Collection is organized into two series. Each series is arranged alphabetically by folder title.

Series 1: Federal Theatre Project, 1935-1939 (Boxes 1-4)
Series 2: Federal Writers' Project, 1937-1942 (Boxes 4-5)

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Collection is open to research.

Use Restrictions

There are no restrictions.

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Related Material

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.)
Federal Writers' Project.

Subjects:

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

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation note

Ben Russak papers, Collection #C0221, Special Collections Research Center, George Mason University Libraries.

Acquisition Information

Papers donated to Special Collections Research Center by Ben Russak on March 26 and April 17, 1979.

Processing Information

Processing and EAD markup completed in October 2012 by Greta Kuriger Suiter.

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Contents List

Series 1: Federal Theatre Project, 1935-1939 (3.5 boxes)
Series one consists of material from the Federal Theatre Project and includes playscripts, magazine publications, and folk songs.
Box Folder
1 1 Ballads and songs from broadsides 1773-1776, February 3, 1939
2 The Better Sort playscript, February 1938
3 Brother Mose playscript, 1930s
4 Chalk Dust playscript, September 1936
5 Donogoo, September 1937
6 Excursion, September 1937
7 Federal Theatre Magazine (volume I number I), November 25, 1935
8 Folk music in America, June 1939
9 Folk songs mainly from West Virginia, June 1939
Box Folder
2 1 Folk songs of America, December 1938
2 Folk tunes from Mississippi, July 1937
3 Folk tunes from Mississippi, July 1937
4 Generations (Yiddish playscript), 1930s
5 Haven playscript (reissue), February 1938
6 Help Yourself playscript, November 1936
7 Injunction Granted playscript, 1936
8 It Can't Happen Here playscript, September 18, 1936
9 Magazine of Art, January 1937
10 The Man of the Times playscript, 1930s
Box Folder
3 1 1935 playscript, October 16, 1936
2 Power playscript, 1937
3 Precious Land playscript, February 1937
4 Program of the Federal Arts Projects, June 25-July 1, 1938
5 Prologue to Glory playscript, May 1938
6 The Second Shepherd's Play playscript, October 1937
7 Southwestern folk history (Oklahoma), May 27, 1939
8 The Theatre Abroad (volume I, number VI), May 1939
9 Theatre of the gold rush decade in San Francisco, 1930s
10 Traditional ballads mainly from West Virginia, March 1939
Box Folder
4 1 Triple A Plowed Under playscript, 1936
Series 2: Federal Writers' Project, 1937-1942 (1.5 boxes)
Series two consists of material from the Federal Writers' Project including manuscripts, Nebraska folklore, and research pamphlets.
Box Folder
4 2 Balance in (square dances, Kentucky), October 1942
3 The builders of timberline lodge, 1937
4 Conference on contemporary culture, November 16-17, 1938
5 Hoosier folklore bulletin (Indiana), December 1942
6 MSS...manuscripts - Federal Writers Project (South Dakota), circa 1930s
3 issues - February, March, and September, of a periodical for and by WPA writers and workers prepared and published "after hours" by members of the state staff, Federal Writers Project in Pierre, South Dakota.
7 Nebraska folklore pamphlets (numbers 1 to 18), 1937-1938
8 Nebraska folklore: Animal legends, August 1, 1937
9 Nebraska folklore: Ballads, October 1938
10 Nebraska folklore: Children's games, September 1, 1937
11 Nebraska folklore: Children's singing games, June 1, 1937
12 Nebraska folklore: Cowboy songs, May 15, 1937
13 Nebraska folklore: Cowboy songs, November 1, 1937
14 Nebraska folklore: Farmers' alliance songs of the 1890's, December 1938
15 Nebraska folklore: Historical legends, June 15, 1937
16 Nebraska folklore: Indian ghost legends, November 15, 1937
17 Nebraska folklore: Indian place legends, May 29, 1937
18 Nebraska folklore: More Santee-Sioux Indian legends, October 1939
19 Nebraska folklore: Nebraska cattle brands, November 1938
20 Nebraska folklore: Pioneer recollections, January 1940
21 Nebraska folklore: Proverbs, prophesies, signs and sayings, October 1, 1937
22 Nebraska folklore: Proverbs, prophesies, signs and sayings (part II), October 15, 1937
23 Nebraska folklore: Reminiscences of Dad Streeter, February 1939
Box Folder
5 1 Nebraska folklore: Songs about Nebraska, September 1938
2 Nebraska folklore: Tall tales, July 1938
3 New Jersey volume II research pamphlets (Federal Writers Project), 1937
4 Over the Turquoise trail (volume I, number I and II), 1930s
5 We ain't down yet (song), 1930s
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