Scope and arrangement
The Don Gohman Papers consist mostly of scores for the stage and film projects Gohman wrote music for, as well as for songs he wrote for recording artists, usually with the lyricist Hal Hackady. Scores for the musical Ambassador make up the bulk of the collection, and include lead sheets of all songs written for the London and New York productions, as well as orchestrations, parts and sketches. Other projects documented by scores include the ballet I Laughed At Spring, an unproduced musical about P.T. Barnum called Step Right Up, the 1958 film Senior Prom and several unproduced projects. The collection also contains business papers, clippings and correspondence documenting Gohman’s career and his various projects.
The Don Gohman papers are arranged in two series:
- 1946-1974 and undated44.5 boxes
This series comprises the bulk of the collection. It is divided into three sub-series, instrumental music, projects and songs. The instrumental music was not composed for any particular stage or film project, and may have been for school assignments only. The projects sub-series contains music composed for stage and film productions, primarily the musical Ambassador. The third sub-series is comprised of lead sheets for songs by Gohman which were not obviously linked to any specific stage or film project.
- 1949-1974 and undated3.5 boxes
This series consists of business papers and correspondence, newspaper clippings, and lyrics submitted to Gohman by various lyricists. The projects Gohman was involved with are documented by correspondence, notes, contracts, scripts and publicity material. The clippings document Gohman’s life and career from 1950 to 1972. Ambassador has the most documentation of this series, in both business papers and clippings, although earlier projects also show up in the clippings. The lyrics include a folder of Hal Hackady work, as well as a large set of lyrics from unknown and unidentified writers.