Scope and arrangement
The Edward Padula papers contain production materials and personal ephemera. The production files concern plays Padula worked on as a producer, director, assistant director and stage manager, from the mid-fifties to the mid seventies. These files also concern the many unproduced projects Padula devoted the final thirty years of his life to. Produced shows include the monster hit musical Bye Bye Birdie, which Padula conceived and produced. Unproduced projects include Lizzie, a musical about Lizzie Borden Padula worked on for decades and Nighthawks, a dramatization of Edward Hopper's famous painting. The production files consist mainly of scripts, but also contain correspondence, notes, outlines, contracts, research materials, programs and publicity materials.
This collection also has a small amount of personal ephemera. This includes personal correspondence, family history materials and files on friends Ira Harrington Smith and Robert Moeser. The photographs include a few of Padula and various friends, and several of his wife Thelma Prescott, but the majority of the photographs here are of an unidentified children's theater production. The personal files also contain information from professional organizations Padula was involved in, most notably the Dramatists' Guild. There are also writings and ideas for writing projects by Padula, including drama, poetry, prose and songs.
The production files in the Edward Padula papers are arranged alphabetically by title. The personal files are arranged alphabetically by category.