Scope and arrangement
During the early years of his career Richard Rodgers occasionally kept clippings and other ephemera documenting his career. With the advent of his collaboration with Oscar Hammerstein II, Rodgers (or more likely members of his staff) increased their clipping activity covering productions (for which he was a composer as well as those for which he was a producer such as Annie Get Your Gun) and his career in general. This explains why the first 10 scrapbooks cover his the beginnings of his career from 1916 to the death of Lorenz Hart in 1943, but that the remaining 50 scrapbooks (and most of the additional 5 boxes) cover his career after 1943.
It would appear that Rodgers probably had these clippings loose and only at a point later in his career did he (or perhaps his wife) mount them in scrapbooks and attempt to provide a table of contents for each volume. This would explain the scrapbooks' uniformity of appearance from the first through 58th scrapbook (bound in dark blue). Scrapbooks 59 and 60 (bound in a light maroon), containing additional clippings on No Strings, appears to have been a cache of material missed when the collection was initially put together.
It's hard to understand how the five boxes put at the end of the collection fit in, since they contain a variety of loose clippings most which date after 1943 but where not integrated into the scrapbooks.
Rodgers or his staff attempted to create a table of contents for each of the volumes. In some cases each article was inventoried, but in other cases the general contents of the volume are simply listed as the title of a show. These tables of contents are affixed to the inside front cover of each volume and were copied to make this finding aid.
Researchers should not assume that this collection contains all the contemporaneous articles ever written on a show (for example, the reviews for Do I Hear a Waltz are only those with a positive outlook). The tables of contents (from which this finding aid is created) should not be regarded a definitive or even wholly accurate index as occasionally Rodgers inserted articles for shows or other career activities that are not relevant to the stated contents.
Material pertinent to these productions may be found in scrapbooks other than those listed.
Personal and general material may be found throughout the books.
The Richard Rodgers scrapbooks are arranged in two series:
(Located Under Classmark Jph 85-5).