Scope and arrangement
The Jack and Madeline Gilford papers contain materials from 1938 though 2005 that document the Gilfords' professional lives as actors and producers. Their production files, which make up the bulk of the collection, contain scripts, notes, photographs, and in the case of producing files, financial and backers materials. Other material includes scrapbooks, headshots, correspondence, Madeline Gilford's committee files, and sheet music and other material that Jack used in his vaudeville and solo acts.
The Jack and Madeline Gilford papers are arranged in two series:
The Madeline Gilford files contain materials relating to her various roles as producer, actress, and casting director. Madeline's production files contain correspondence, financial reports, investor agreements, audition notes, revisions of scripts, and reports. The bulk of her material consists of files from Madeline's three major productions, Rags, (1984) The World of Sholom Aleichem (1982), and Look to the Rainbow (1985). Madeline's files also contain papers concerning her work for various foundations including the Rosenberg Fund for Children, Musical Theatre Works, National Alliance for Musical Theater, and New York Women in Film and Television. There is also a folder of material for 170 Years In Theater, a book she co-authored with Kate Mostel.
Sound recordings in this series include numerous demo and rehearsal tapes of both Rags and Has Anybody Here Found Love?. Inquiries regarding audio materials in the series may be directed to the Billy Rose Theatre Division (email@example.com). Audio/visual materials may be subject to preservation evaluation and migration prior to access.
The Jack Gilford files contain papers relating to Jack's various theatrical endeavors, including performances on stage, television, film, and vaudeville. Material for each individual production varies, but items include marked scripts with edits, correspondence, congratulation telegrams, call sheets, schedules, research material and contact lists. A few files contain production or costume photographs. Jack's files also include a selection of sheet music used in his one-man show, many of his acting contracts, vaudeville material written for and by Jack, and several scrapbooks of clippings.