Scope and arrangement
The Paul Lipson papers (1932-1996) consist of production files, scripts, and a scrapbook that document Lipson's career acting in summer stock, Off-Broadway, and Broadway productions, with a particular focus on his portrayal of Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof. There is a small amount of posthumous material that consists of a program and sound recording from his memorial service.
Production files are primarily composed of news clippings, photographs, and programs, but also contain a small amount of contracts, sheet music, telegrams, fliers and posters. The photographs document productions such as Detective Story, Fiddler on the Roof, Fiorello!, I've Got Sixpence, and Wonderful Town, and other unidentified productions. Also included are candid snapshots of Lipson backstage. Some photographs remain in the original mailer envelope sent to Lipson by the photographer or producer and also hold letters, programs, or news clippings. The programs reflect Lipson's work in summer stock and Off-Broadway productions in the 1940s and 1950s, as well as his Broadway roles. There are souvenir programs for original, replacement, and revival casts of Fiddler on the Roof, and for the touring productions of Wonderful Town and Fiorello!. The collection contains two posters for Fiddler on the Roof. Additional material includes telegrams sent to Lipson on opening night performances, contracts, sheet music, and a tour schedule for Fiorello!.
The scripts consist of sides, unpublished typescripts, and published works annotated by Lipson. There are sides for Build with One Hand, Carnival in Flanders, Detective Story, Lily of the Valley, and Remains to Be Seen. The scripts include Anna Lucasta, The Appointment, Fiorello!, The Grand Distraction, Happy Birthday, I'm Not Rappaport, The Man with the Golden Arm, Noah, Social Security, The Tenth Man, Three Men on a Horse, The Man Who Came to Dinner, and Witness for the Prosecution. The scrapbook contains telegrams, news clippings, programs, and photographs that document Lily of the Valley and Heads or Tails on Broadway; the touring productions of Detective Story, Joan of Lorraine, and Remains to be Seen; and various New York state regional theater performances. It also contains a side for Remains to be Seen.
Paul Lipson's involvement in Jewish fraternal organizations is represented throughout the papers, from a 1941 program for The Great White Way, which Lipson directed for the Rudolph Grossman Society to a script for Song of Liberty, performed for the Greater New York United Jewish Appeal-Federation of Jewish Philanthropies in 1975.
Inquires regarding audio material in the collection may be directed to the Billy Rose Theatre Division (firstname.lastname@example.org). Audio material may be subject to preservation evaluation and migration prior to access.
This collection is arranged by document type.