Guide to the Louis Simon papers, 1936-1981

Louis Simon C0223


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Descriptive Summary

Repository George Mason University. Libraries. Special Collections Research Center
Creator Simon, Louis M.
Title Louis Simon papers
Date 1936-1981
Physical Characteristics 0.25 linear feet (1 box)
Abstract The Louis Simon papers contain newspaper clippings, photographs, programs, and correspondence relating to Federal Theatre in New Jersey and New York.
Collection Number C0223
Language English

Biographical Information

Louis M. Simon worked for the Federal Theatre Project as New Jersey State Director and later as Production Director in New York State.

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. Jobs were provided for many people, including actors, playwrights, scene designers, scene builders, seamstresses, lighting experts, ushers, box-office men, and stagehands.

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Scope and Content

The Louis Simon papers contain newspaper clippings, photographs, programs, and correspondence relating to Federal Theatre in New Jersey and New York.

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Arrangement

Organized alphabetically by folder title.

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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

Persons:

Simon, Louis M.

Corporate Names:

Federal Theatre Project (U.S.)

Subjects:

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

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation note

Louis Simon papers, Collection #C0223, Special Collections Research Center, George Mason University Libraries.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Louis Simon to Special Collections Research Center October 25, 1976.

Processing Information

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

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Contents List

Louis Simon papers, 1936-1981
Box Folder
1 1 Archives of American Art, 1963-1964
2 Beggar's Opera; letter to Duke Ellington, undated
3 Correspondence, 1939-1940
4 Correspondence and papers, 1936-1940
Correspondence and papers. Identification cards; correspondence between Louis Simon and Hallie Flanagan regarding the movie Run Little Children, the municipal and the music theatres and The Trial of Dr. Beck.
5 Miscellaneous, undated
Letter from Hal Smith; handwritten notes.
6 Newspaper clippings - Children's theatre, 1937
7 Newspaper clippings - New Jersey Federal Theatre, 1937
8 Newspaper clippings - New York State Federal Theatre; production bulletin, 1938-1939
9 Newspaper clippings - The Trial of Dr. Beck (photocopies), 1937
10 Newspaper clippings; drawing; program (Adele Nathan Gutman), 1937; 1981
11 Photographs, 1937
Six photographs (one black and white, five color) of a New Jersey production of The Emperor's New Clothes.
12 Programs, 1937-1939
Programs: Nine Pine Street; The Playboy of the Western World; Treasure Island; The Trial of Dr. Beck; Birds; Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.
13 The Trial of Dr. Beck (revival), 1981
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