Scope and arrangement
The Jerry Bock papers primarily document the professional activities of the prime twenty years of his composing career, as well as his later works, and do not offer much, if any, insight into his personal life. Vocal scores, lead sheets, and sketches for all of his musical productions produced on Broadway, including The Apple Tree, The Body Beautiful, Fiddler on the Roof, Fiorello!, Mr. Wonderful, The Rothschilds, She Loves Me, and Tenderloin are represented in the papers. Also present are a significant number of pop songs that Bock wrote with Sheldon Harnick and Larry Holofcener in addition to many for which he supplied his own lyrics. Business correspondence can be found within the production it relates to; many productions also include documents such as notes, cast information, ticket stubs, ephemera, and photographs. The collection does not contain Bock's personal correspondence; the few personal papers here are either work or school-related.
The Jerry Bock papers are arranged in five series:
This series covers a majority of the scores Bock composed, and the following two subseries, Productions and Songs, break his work into two distinct groups - formal productions versus pop songs.
This series contains all of the materials from Bock's theatrical and other productions that are not scores. The first level of organization is an alphabetical arrangement by title of production, and each production is further broken down into the following groups: correspondence; lyrics; libretti; programs; clippings; and production materials. Some of the smaller productions (Big As Life, Man in the Moon, benefit events) include scores because there were not enough pieces to justifiably separate them from the other materials. An item of interest is a diary that Bock kept during the early brainstorming days of Fiddler on the Roof. Also note that the number of songs written for each production often greatly exceeded the number actually used (this is demonstrated in the lyrics for each production, as well as the scores in Series I).
- circa 1956-circa 1991
The lyrics found in this series are primarily by Bock, although there is a group of songs written by Harnick, and another group of other lyricists. Drafts of Holofcener's lyrics are not found in this series; the few drafts that exist are within the songs subseries of Series I. The majority of songs match a score found in Series I, and many lyrics have handwritten drafts in addition to a typescript version.
These folders contain Bock's high school yearbook, college scrapbook and other early literary work, as well as a children's book prototype based on his son George's name. Also included are articles written by Bock; awards honors and tributes; general correspondence; and contracts and agreements; and photographs.
Includes oversized Fiddler on the Roof materials (notes and photographs), and an award from the Dramatists Guild of America, Inc.