Guide to the Martin Cohen Theater collection, 1816; 1912-2017

Martin Cohen Theater collection C0335


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Descriptive Summary

Repository George Mason University. Libraries. Special Collections Research Center.
Title Martin Cohen Theater Collection
Date 1816; 1907-2017
Physical Characteristics 15 Linear Feet (18 boxes, 2 map cases, and 17 tubes of rolled posters)
Abstract: The Martin Cohen Theater collection contains material pertaining to musical theater, stage performances, and motion picture film. It includes primarily playbills, sheet music, and film posters, as well as a few other items, such as comic books and film-making memorabilia.
Collection Number C0335
Language English

Biographical note

Martin B. Cohen was born in Albany, New York, the son of David and Betty Cohen. He began his career as a teacher at Giffen Elementary School and Hackett Middle School in Albany, New York. He later obtained a master's degree from Cornell University and a Ph.D. from George Washington University. Following his graduate education, Cohen became a professor of American history at George Mason University. He taught at George Mason University for 35 years. Cohen enjoyed travel and theather and was engaged as a lecturer and collector of the arts. Cohen passed away at the age of 81 on March 24, 2019. He is interred in the Beth Emeth Cemetery in Loudonville, New York.

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Scope and Contents

This collection contains primarily collectible material from various stage performances and film paraphernalia. Stage performance includes playbills and programs from the performances Cohen attended, often including ticket stubs from the performance, and other programs related to different venues in the Washington, D.C. area. There are numerous film posters of various sizes used to advertise upcoming films, and pressbooks to accompany film marketing. There are pages and books of sheet music from a variety of films and musicals. There are some personal papers as well, including a term paper written by Cohen, theater magazines, some comic books, photographs, and a record album scrapbook. Among the artifacts included in this collection are a number of projectors and cameras for film.

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Arrangement

This collection contains five series, which are based upon material format. They include playbills, sheet music, personal papers, posters, and artifacts.

Series 1: Playbills, 1936-2017 (Boxes 1-12)
Series 2: Sheet Music, 1912-1969 (Boxes 12-13)
Series 3: Personal Papers, 1915-1996 (Boxes 13-14)
Series 4: Posters, 1816-2013 (Map Case 32.5, Tubes 1-17, Box 16)
Series 5: Artifacts, 1915-1955 (Boxes 15, 17-18, Map Case 32.4)

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

There are no access restrictions.

Use Restrictions

Copyright is not retained by George Mason University Special Collections Research Center. There are no restrictions on personal use. In other cases, users should seek out the copyright holder for permission to use.

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Related Material

The George Mason University Special Collections Research Center holdings include other collections pertaining to theater and the arts, such as the Federal Theatre Project collection, the Arena Stage records, and the Performing arts manuscripts collection.

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Index Terms

Film posters
Musical Theater
Plays.
Theater.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Martin Cohen Theater Collection, C0335, Special Collections Research Center, George Mason University Libraries.

Acquisition Information

Transferred from appraiser Alan Stypek to SCRC on 7/23/2019. Donation through Randolph Lytton.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Kelsey Kim, Special Projects Archivist in the Special Collections Research Center in March 2022. Decisions about arrangement were made in conjunction with Elizabeth Beckman, SCRC Manuscripts and Archives Librarian. The collection was surveyed and arranged by format, including alphabetizing of the playbills based upon their extent. The large posters in tubes are currently undergoing conservation treatment to flatten them. EAD markup by Elizabeth Beckman in March 2022.

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Bibliography

"Martin B. Cohen." Albany Times Union, March 28, 2019. https://www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/timesunion-albany/name/martin-cohen-obituary?id=5036932.

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Contents List

Series 1: Playbills, 1936-2017 (Boxes 1-12)
Box Folder
1 1 The Abbey - The Andersonville Trial 1960-2016
2 Angels in America - Anyone Can Whistle 1948-2009
3 Anything Goes - Assassins 1958-2007
4 August Wilson's 20th Century - The Ballad of the Sad Cafe 1957-2008
5 Barrymore - Bee-luther-hatchee 1948-2015
6 Belafonte - Big River 1959-2003
Box Folder
2 1 Big Show of 1936 - Breakfast with Les and Bess 1949-2015
2 Breaking Legs - Bye Bye Birdie 1957-2013
3 Cabaret - Candide 1958-2004
4 The Canterbury Tales - Cat on a Hot Tin Roof 1957-2017
5 Cats - City of Angels 1936-1996
Box Folder
3 1 Cleo Laine - Company 1966-2006
2 The Complete History of America - Crazy For You 1984-2008
3 Creation of the World and Other Business - Danzalta 1972-2011
4 Dark at the Top of the Stairs - Disney Fantasia 1949-2016
5 Do Re Mi - Dylan 1957-2011
Box Folder
4 1 Eastern Standard - Evita 1958-2009
2 The City of Fairfax Band - The Fix 1956-2013
3 A Flag is Born - Forbidden Broadway 1961-2016
4 Forbidden Hollywood - A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum 1962-2010
5 Galileo - Goodnight, Desdemona 1950-2012
Box Folder
5 1 Grand Hotel - Gypsy 1960-2010
2 Hadrian VII - Hedda Gabler 1957-2015
3 The Heidi Chronicles - Jerome Hines 1948-2007
4 The History Boys - HurlyBurly 1958-2012
5 The Iceman Cometh - Inherit the Wind 1957-2013
Box Folder
6 1 An Inspector Calls - Ivanov 1958-2013
2 Jacques Briel - June Moon 1957-2004
3 Kafka's Dick - Alison Krauss and Union Station 1958-2014
4 La Boheme - Legens 1961-2015
5 Les Miserables - A Little Hotel on the Side 1947-2008
Box Folder
7 1 A Little Night Music - Lovers 1958-2017
2 Macbeth - Man of La Mancha 1959-2010
3 The Man Who Came to Dinner - Merry Wives of Windsor 1958-2007
4 Metropolis - Most Happy Fella 1958-2011
5 Mostly Sondheim - My Fair Lady 1961-2004
Box Folder
8 1 My Name is Alice - Naughty Marietta 1961-2009
2 The Nerd - Nine 1948-2013
3 Nixon's Nixon - Of Thee I Sing 1957-2010
4 Oh Calcutta - Once More With Feeling 1958-1998
5 One Night with Fanny Brice - Pangs of the Messiah 1957-2012
Box Folder
9 1 A Party - Phantom of the Opera 1969-2016
2 Philadelphia Here I Come - The Play's The Thing 1957-2006
3 The Pleasure of His Company - Pygmalion 1948-2014
4 Radio Theatre Live - Rhinoceros 1958-2009
5 The Rhythm Club - Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead 1957-2009
Box Folder
10 1 The Rothschilds - Rushmore 1975-1999
2 Sabrina Fair - The Secret of Sherlock Holmes 1959-2014
3 Separate Tables - Sherlock's Last Case 1957-2007
4 Shirley Maclaine - Sleuth 1959-2009
5 Sly Fox - State of the Union 1956-2007
Box Folder
11 1 Steel Magnolias - The Sunshine Boys 1958-2008
2 Swansong - Tea and Sympathy 1956-2008
3 The Tempest - The Time Of Your Life 1958-2010
4 Time Remembered - Twelve Angry Men 1936-2017
5 Uncle Vanya - Waiting For Lefty 1957-2011
Box Folder
12 1 Waiting in the Wings - What the Butler Saw 1947-2011
2 When She Danced - Woman in Mind 1957-2011
3 The Women - Zorba 1957-2004
4 110 In the Shade - 70 Girls 70 1969-2010
5 Venue programs 1957-2008
Series 2: Sheet Music, 1912-1969 (Boxes 12-13)
Box Folder
12 6 Loose sheet music 1912-1969
7 The Golden Songs of Rodgers and Hammerstein 1959
Box Folder
13 1 Bound music books 1943-1964
Series 3: Personal Papers, 1915-1996 (Boxes 13-14)
Box Folder
13 2 "Me, Third" script circa 1950-1970
3 "A Wise Guy" script 1931
4 Theater magazines 1939-1961
5 The Shadow: Death in the Crystal book 1944
6 Mickey Mouse on Spook's Island comic book 1947
7 The Shadow comic book 1973
8 The Shadow comic book 1937
9 Joe Palooka comic book 1948
10 The Black Arrow comic book 1945
11 Dick Tracy tattoo transfers circa 1940-1950
12 Radio Artists scrapbook and clippings circa 1931
13 Sherlock Holmes postum ad 1915
14 Martin Cohen term paper, play material, Theatre World editions, autographed photo 1944-1987
15 Photographs, postcards, tobacco card circa 1940-1996
Box
14 Press books 1946-1959
Series 4: Posters, 1816-2013 (MC 32.5, Tubes 1-17, Box 16)
Box Folder
MC 32.5 1 "Black and Blue" poster circa 1989
1 "The Producers" poster circa 2005
1 "My Fair Lady" poster 1977
1 "Robert Frost: Fire and Ice" poster circa 1988
1 "The Music Man" poster 1977
1 "Mame" poster circa 1966
1 "La Cage aux folles" poster 1983
1 "The Golden Land" poster circa 1985
1 "Dancin'" poster 1978
1 "Sunday in the Park with George" poster 1984
1 "Les Miserables" poster circa 1985
1 "45 Seconds from Broadway" poster circa 2001
1 "Un Coup de Folie" poster circa 1930
1 "Anything Goes" poster circa 1987
1 Tarzan comic strip 1939
1 "Oh! Calcutta!" poster circa 1969
1 "Annie Get Your Gun" poster circa 1998
1 "Chicago" poster circa 1975
1 "Cabaret" poster circa 1987
1 "Fiddler on the Roof" poster circa 1964
2 "Spartacus" poster circa 1960
2 "Quo Vadis" poster 1951
2 "Charlie Chan: Magia Negra" poster 1960
2 "Charlie Chan: The Shanghai Chest" poster circa 1948
2 "The Fall of the Roman Empire" poster circa 1964
2 "Shadow of the Thin Man" poster circa 1941
2 "Charlie Chan: Shanghai Cobra" poster circa 1945
3 National Recovery Act Member poster circa 1933
3 "The Adventures of Robin Hood" poster 1976
3 "The Pearl of Death" poster 1944
3 United States Food Administration poster circa 1917
3 United States Food Administration poster circa 1917
3 "The Audition: Nine Thespians Resting" print by JEDD circa 1968-2016
Box Folder
Tube 1 "Charlie Chan: The Scarlet Clue" poster circa 1945
1 "The Shadow in Behind the Mask" poster circa 1946
2 "Lady on a Train" poster 1945
2 "Bar 20 Rides Again" poster circa 1935
2 "Triple Cross" poster circa 1966
2 "Quo Vadis" poster 1964
2 "Young Bess" poster 1953
2 "Knights of the Round Table" poster 1961
2 "The Adventures of Quentin Durward" poster 1955
2 "The Silver Chalice" poster 1954
2 "Spartacus" poster 1961
2 "Helen of Troy" poster 1956
2 "Tarzan and the Huntress" poster 1947
2 "Bomba the Jungle Boy" poster circa 1949
2 "Remains to Be Seen" poster 1953
2 "Hit the Road" poster circa 1941
2 "The Mating Game" poster 1958
2 "Junior Miss" poster 1945
2 "Our Hearts Were Young and Gay" poster 1944
3 "The Falcon's Alibi" poster 1945
3 "The Falcon in San Francisco" poster 1945
3 "Ellery Queen and the Perfect Crime" poster 1941
3 "Charlie Chan: The Chinese Ring" poster circa 1947
3 "Charlie Chan: The Golden Eye" poster circa 1948
3 "Dick Tracy vs. Phantom Empire" poster circa 1952
3 "Murder Most Foul" poster 1964
3 "The Shadow Returns" poster circa 1946
4 "King of Kings" poster 1961
4 "The Vikings" poster 1958
4 "The Robe" poster 1936
4 "David and Bathsheba" poster 1951
4 "The Prodigal" poster 1955
4 "El Cid" poster 1961
4 "Ivanhoe" poster 1961
4 "Land of the Pharaohs" poster 1955
4 "Cleopatra" poster 1964
4 "Alexander the Great" poster 1956
4 "The Golden Idol" poster circa 1954
4 "The Dead Don't Dream" poster 1947
4 "Charlie Chan: Dangerous Money" poster circa 1946
4 "The Whistler" poster 1944
4 "Deadline at Dawn" poster 1946
4 "Charlie Chan: The Chinese Cat" poster circa 1944
5 "Charlie Chan: The Trap" poster circa 1946
6 "The Diary of Anne Frank" poster circa 1959
6 "La Parisienne" poster circa 1958
6 "Napoleon" poster circa 1982
6 "Les Trois Caballeros" poster circa 1944
7 "Follies" poster 1970
7 "The Cat and Mouse Act" poster circa 1913
7 "Horse Eats Hat" poster circa 1936
7 WPA Federal Theatre Project 50th Anniversary Poster circa 1985-1989
7 "The Life and Death of an American" poster 1985
7 "Faustus" poster circa 1930
7 "Chuck Jones: The Art of Animation" poster 1939
7 Warner Bros. Cartoons Golden Jubilee exhibit poster 1985
8 "Spartacus" poster 1961
8 "Cleopatra" poster 1964
8 "Solomon and Sheba" poster 1959
8 "Julius Caesar" poster 1953
8 "The Ten Commandments" poster circa 1966
8 "The Fall of the Roman Empire" poster 1964
8 "Prince Valiant" poster 1954
8 "Ulysses" poster 1955
8 "Desiree" poster 1954
9 "Tarzan the Ape Man" poster 1954
9 "Charlie Chan: The Red Dragon poster circa 1945
9 "Henry Aldrich--Boy Scout" poster 1944
9 "The Crime Doctor's Courage" poster 1945
10 Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Combined Shows circa 1907-1917
10 Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey "World's Biggest Menagerie" poster circa 1907-1917
10 Barnum and Bailey--Greatest Show on Earth circa 1816
10 "A Chorus of Approval" cartoon circa 1950-2000
11 "The Egyptian" movie poster 1954
11 "Quo Vadis" poster 1951
11 "Charlie Chan: The Scarlet Clue" poster circa 1945
11 "Ben-Hur" poster 1960
12 "Charlie Chan V. Londyne" poster circa 1934
12 "King Richard and the Crusaders" poster 1954
12 "The Ten Commandments" poster 1956
13 "Charlie Chan: Le Dragon Rouge" poster circa 1945
14 "The Shadow Returns" poster circa 1946
15 "Charlie Chan at the Olympics" poster 1937
16 J.N.G. Finley lecture series poster 2002-11-13
16 "America in Crisis: Defining Freedoms at Home and Abroad" poster 2002-11-13
16 Women's Rights--2000 J.N.G. Finley lecture series 2000-11-16
16 Second Amendment--2001 J.N.G. Finley lecture series 2001-11-12
16 "Natural Law and Natural Rights" poster 1984-03/1984-04
16 "The Legacy of George Mason" poster 1988-03/1988-04
16 "The First Amendment" poster 1983-03/1983-04
16 "The Legacy of George Mason" poster 1985-03/1985-04
16 "The Legacy of George Mason" poster 1987-03/1987-04
16 "The Legacy of George Mason" poster 1989-03/1989-04
16 "The Legacy of George Mason" poster 1982-03/1982-04
16 George Mason University Arts poster 2000-10-6
17 "It's a Bird...It's a Plane...It's Superman" poster 2013
Box
16 Film posters 1937-1970
Series 5: Artifacts, 1816-2013 (Boxes 15, 17-18, MC 32.4)
Box
15 Record album circa 1930-1980
Box
17 Artifacts circa 1938-1955
Box
18 Animation cell of Dopey from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs circa 1937
Animation cell of Bugs Bunny playing tennis by Friz Freleng 1982-08
Animation cell of Porky Pig by Bob Clampett 1986
Animation cell of cartoon mouse circa 1930-1980
Serigraph of Mickey Mouse and Pluto from "The Pointer" circa 1939
Animation cell of Bugs Bunny eating a carrot by Chuck Jones 1982-08
Box
MC 32.4 Pinocchio game 1939
Watercolor painting circa 1907-2017
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