Scope and arrangement
The Neighborhood Playhouse Records is a small collection consisting chiefly of letters received by the Lewisohns and Helen Ingersoll from prominent playwrights, actors, and theater critics as well as students and audience members. With the exception of the letters from actresses Yvette Guilbert and Eugenie Leontovich, there are generally no more than one or two letters per correspondent. Some letters are addressed to Playhouse collaborators Elise Lathrop, Gertrude Kingston, and Helen McDowell. Many of the letters express appreciation for Playhouse productions, particularly The Silver Box by John Galsworthy (1913), Salut au Monde, based on poems by Walt Whitman (1922), and Bitter Oleander, a translation of Bodas de Sangre by Federico García Lorca (1934-1935). Some letters have little content and were clearly retained for their autographic value.
In addition to the letters, there are a few carbon copies of the Lewisohns' outgoing correspondence and two holograph playscripts, The Touch of Pan by Algernon Blackwood and The Green Ring by Zinaida Gippius, which was produced by the Playhouse during the 1921-1922 season.
The Neighborhood Playhouse records are arranged in two series: