Scope and arrangement
The Arthur Siegel Papers consist of clippings, correspondence, programs, promotional material, lyrics and scores. Nearly every project the composer was involved in is represented in the collection, including New Faces Of 1952, Corkscrews, The Last Musical Comedy, Tallulah and the unproduced projects Serena Blandish, It’s Nancy!, and Heaven Indiana. The collection also documents Siegel’s work with collaborators such as June Carroll, Kaye Ballard, Sandy Stewart and Ben Bagley. The scores, almost entirely in manuscript, consist of lead sheets for Siegel’s songs, as well as an extensive set of songs by other songwriters. The papers contain no documentation of Siegel’s personal life.
The Arthur Siegel Papers are arranged in two series:
- 1938-1994 and undated5 boxes
This series consists mainly of clippings, programs, promotional material and correspondence documenting Siegel’s collaborations and the projects with which he was involved. Collaborators appear in sub-series 1 and include Kaye Ballard and Sandy Stewart. Project files appear in sub-series 2 and include documentation of New Faces Of 1952, Corkscrews, Tallulah, The Last Musical Comedy and unproduced projects such as It’s Nancy! and Serena Blandish. General papers appear in sub-series 3 and document Siegel’s own composing and cabaret performance career.
- ca. 1942 - 1989 and undated21 boxes
The scores consist mostly of manuscript lead sheets for songs, usually containing a melody line with chord changes and lyrics, though sometimes lyrics are written or printed on a separate sheet (and occasionally lyrics are absent). The songs are in two sub-series. Sub-series 1 groups songs by the show or project they were written for, and sub-series 2 contains songs usually not associated with a particular show or project. It also contains Siegel’s earliest attempts at songwriting, and songs by other composers.