Scope and arrangement
The Joe Darion papers consist of scripts, programs, clippings, reviews, and scores from his stage musicals Illya Darling, The Megilla of Itzik Manger, and the piece recorded as Archy and Mehitabel, and Echoes of Archy, and produced on Broadway as Shinbone Alley. Production files on Archy and Mehitabel/Shinbone Alley include scripts, scores, programs, clippings, and reviews for every incarnation of the show. The bulk of the materials on this show are script drafts with handwritten notes and revisions. The Illya Darling folders contain many drafts of the script, some complete, others separated by scene, and some loose fragments and scenes. There are also programs, scores, clippings, and reviews. Materials on The Megilla of Itzik Manger consist of programs, script drafts, reviews, and clippings. This collection does not contain materials on Man of La Mancha, or any of Darion's later works and does not represent Darion's personal life.
This collection contains 18 reel-to-reel tapes of song demos. Audio/visual materials may be subject to preservation evaluation and migration prior to access. Inquiries regarding audio materials in the collection may be directed to the Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Arranged alphabetically by show title.