Scope and arrangement
The records document the administrative activities of the Paper Bag Players, and to a lesser degree, their performances. Material includes production files, financial files, fan mail from children, collateral material and ephemera, scrapbooks, and a small quantity of original artwork. The documents are primarily focused on the period 1990-2004, with very little material documenting the earlier decades of their work. The collection also includes Audio and Video material, including recordings of Paper Bag Players scores, and film and videotape of productions and public appearances. This material is currently being processed and is not available for consultation.
Additional material relating to the Paper Bag Players is available in the clippings files of the Music Division, and in the photograph collection of the Billy Rose Theater Division. Prompt books and typescripts of some Paper Bag Players productions are also available in the Billy Rose Theatre Division.
The Paper Bag Players records are arranged in five series:
Administrative files consist of production files, financial and legal documents, and material relating to the death of PBP's long-time musical director, Donald Ashwander. Production files document Paper Bag Players productions and tours, including contracts with venues and vendors; licensing agreements; technical riders; tour and rehearsal schedules; and some correspondence. Material covers the years 1989-1992, and is arranged chronologically by season. No files for 1997 are present. Calendars record rehearsal and performance times, venues, house size, and other details pertinent to the scheduling of their shows. Financial files include bank reconciliation statements; donation logs; tax returns; quarterly reports; audits used to maintain the company's nonprofit status; and other accounting documents for the period 1997-2008. Files related to Donald Ashwander contain condolence correspondence sent to Judith Martin and others; programs and ephemera relating to memorial services; material relating to his music, including programs from performances outside of the Paper Bag Players, drafts of liner notes, and a copy of The Piano Music of Donald Ashwander, Vol. II, a songbook compiled and produced by his family after his death; and a small quantity of photographs. 9 boxes
Consists predominantly of fan mail from children and teachers, as well as select clippings in old, foreign, or obscure publications. Researchers seeking a more extensive documentation of the Paper Bag Players in secondary sources should consult the Paper Bag Players clippings file held by the Music Division. 4 boxes
Contains predominantly material generated in support of Paper Bag Players fundraising and advertising campaigns, such as benefit invitations and programs; flyers for performances; programs; and study guides created for the plays. One folder of original artwork and mock-ups is also available. 4 boxes, one oversize folder
Scrapbooks contain press clippings; advertising and marketing material; photographs; playbills and programs; and other material documenting the performances and tours of the Paper Bag Players. Volumes are arranged chronologically. 9 volumes