Scope and arrangement
The Norman Beim papers (1952-2007) consist of play scripts, scrapbooks, photographs, newspaper clippings, theater programs, correspondence, maps, travel memorabilia, and postcards. The play scripts make up the bulk of the collection, serving as a catalog to Beim's lifelong career as a playwright. Most of the scripts are undated, with some dated between 1973 to 1978 and 2004 to 2007. There is an original copy of Beim's award-winning play, Inside, from 1952, with note cards that display comments from judges of the Philadelphia Art Alliance Playwrighting Contest and a single page playbill from the Columbia Theater Associates production. This collection includes copies of Beim's scripts in other languages. Pygmalion and Galatea is in English and Dutch and Success is in English, Dutch, and French. An early draft of Beim's first novel, Hymie and the Angel, is included as well.
This collection contains two scrapbooks. Contents include theater programs, maps of London and Amsterdam, correspondence and photographs relating to the Amsterdam production of Success, as well as travel photographs. Other notable items include clippings; theater programs; postcards from London, Amsterdam, Ashland, O.R., Princeton, N.J., San Francisco, C.A., and Minneapolis, M.N.; foreign coins; and other tourist memorabilia documenting Beim's travels.
Arranged alphabetically by title.