Scope and arrangement
The Paul Draper papers (1909-1991) contain correspondence, memorabilia, and clippings spanning both his youth and his 60 year career.
Series I includes personal and business correspondence, clippings regarding Draper's dance engagements, photographs, programs, certificates, and invitations. These general files are arranged by year, however specific items can be located by looking both in the subject files as well as under the files by year. For example, looking under the year a specific Broadway production occurred would yield that material if any existed, but the clippings section of the subject files should also be consulted. Even though there is a trial and blacklist section within the subject files, additional materials relating to Draper's blacklist and its subsequent effect on his career can be seen by looking under the years 1950-1954. Most materials focus on his performance career, but there are also teaching materials from Carnegie Mellon, personal birthday cards, and notes.
Draper's subject files contain clippings not integrated into the yearly files, his writings for Dance Magazine, a transcript of an interview he gave in the 1940s discussing his childhood and early career, and materials relating to his blacklist and trial in the 1950s. The interview material is roughly 120 pages of an extremely detailed discussion about Draper's childhood, training, and early work.
Series II consists of of documents relating to various members of Draper's immediate family. Files may contain letters, certificates, and photographs with the exception of Muriel Draper, his mother. These files contain bound reproductions of some of her family correspondence and her obituary.
The Paul Draper papers are arranged in two series: