Scope and arrangement
This collection documents Harry Ruby's personal life and professional career as a composer, songwriter, librettist and screenwriter. The materials include scrapbooks; press clippings; musical scores, many with annotations; songbooks; publishing and copyright agreements; writings; correspondence and telegrams; typescripts; theatre programs; and a framed, autographed photograph of Sigmund Romberg. Also included are copies of the eulogy read at Ruby's funeral, as well as letters of condolence to Ruby's family after his death.
Notable items in the collection are the dyeline and manuscript copies of sheet music of Ruby's songs, including some with marginalia and revisions; typescripts, including some with marginalia and hand written edits; the original film script of Lovely to Look At; several drafts of Ruby's unproduced script and scores of Between Two Rivers and Music at Midnight; as well as original print song books and sheet music of Ruby's songs. Also notable are Ruby's writings, consisting of poems, lyrics, drafts of letters, and original essays typed by Ruby on his own typewriter.
The correspondence and telegrams in the collection are related to his work, the majority of which are congratulatory and thank-you messages from friends, family and associates. The publishing and copyright agreements consist of letters, contracts and typed agreements stipulating credit, adaptation, performance, financial, and other related rights.
The scrapbooks in this collection contain press clippings, a press book for the Amos 'n' Andy film Check and Double Check, magazines, a press book for Top Speed, reproductions of reviews and articles, photographs, typed reviews and ephemera such as playbills, programs and invitations that reflect various works with which Ruby was involved.
Audio recordings in the collection document Ruby's songwriting career and consist of a compilation record featuring the song Three Little Words. Inquiries regarding audio materials in the collection may be directed to the Music Division (firstname.lastname@example.org) in advance. Audio materials may be subject to preservation and migration prior to access.
Alphabetical by format.