Scope and arrangement
This collection mainly consists of materials from Dietz’s autobiography, Dancing in the Dark: Words by Howard Dietz, (1974) including background materials, manuscripts, publicity materials and press coverage. The collection also contains items pertaining to parties and concerts organized by or dedicated to Dietz as well as materials from two exhibitions on Dietz’s career. Some of the background materials in the collection date as far back as 1915, to Dietz’s early career, but the bulk of the collection is material from the late sixties and the seventies. The highlights of this collection are the many drafts of the autobiography and the correspondence between Dietz and major figures in film and theater.
The Howard Dietz papers are arranged in two series:
- 1959-19761 boxArrangement: Alphabetical
This series contains materials on events organized by or dedicated to Dietz, such as birthday celebrations given for him by ASCAP, a party he planned for Moss Hart in 1959 and the concert of Dietz songs from the Lyrics and Lyricists series in 1974. The series also includes materials from two exhibitions at the Port Washington Library, near his home on Long Island, dedicated to Dietz’s career.
- 1915-19768 boxesArrangement: Alphabetical
This series consists of materials from Dietz’s 1974 autobiography, Dancing in the Dark: Words by Howard Dietz. The series contains extensive background research materials, such as articles, biographies, correspondence, notes, scrapbooks, manuscripts and publicity materials. This series also includes materials on the paperback edition of the book, the launch party and the press coverage, as well as many drafts of manuscripts for the book, including galleys and photos used in the book