Scope and arrangement
The Anna Minot and Joseph Warren papers (1931-2006) contain material related to their acting careers. The papers contain production files, photographs, posters, scrapbooks, and scripts. The majority of the collection is arranged by format and represents both of their careers, with the exception of the production files which were previously arranged by actor. There is also a small amount of files related to Minot's work as a professional reader for the Theatre Guild and the Play of the Month Guild. The collection primarily documents Minot's and Warren's work in theater, with the exception of television scripts and photographs that relate to Minot's soap opera appearances.
The production files for Minot and Warren are arranged in chronological order by actor. Minot's files span from the 1940s to 2006. The earlier files consist of programs, news clippings, and contracts. Some of the programs are signed by cast members and include notes to Minot. The later files, from 1984 to 2006, are particularly rich and document Minot's work with the Pearl Theater Company, including Richard III, The Rivals, and The Country Wife. These files include cast lists, research notes, drafts of outgoing letters, and a photo album from The Rivals. In addition to the general chronological run, there is a file of Minot's contracts from the Actors Equity Association, a notebook with vocal instruction exercises and lyrics, a miscellaneous file containing novelty Playbill cards and an autograph book, and a file of stage manager reports from Plays for Living. Warren's files span from 1940 to 1987 and consist of programs, news clippings, invitations, and contracts, often in the casual form of a letter from the company manager.
The photographs are composed of multiple headshots of Minot and Warren throughout their careers, often accompanied by resumes. The headshots and resumes document the journeyman nature of both their careers—the continuous process of auditioning for new parts. In addition to the headshots, there are snapshots from the Ice Man Cometh, Edge of Night, and A World Apart, and of various cast members backstage at unidentified productions. There are also snapshots of Minot and Warren on vacation. There is one file of headshots and resumes of other actors.
The posters are for productions that Minot and Warren were in, including Aristocrats; Getting Out; Ivanhov; The Lincoln Mask; Richard III; Long Days Journey into Night; Monday After the Miracle; Philadelphia, Here I Come; and a hand-drawn Adam and Even (sic) poster for a performance at St. Cecilia's Church in New York City. The scripts are heavily annotated and include both published and unpublished scripts, including several scripts for Plays for Living and television scripts for A World Apart. The latter scripts are numbered and have the rehearsal and taping schedule on each cover.
The collection contains three scrapbooks that represent Minot's early career, including her high school performances at the Buckingham School, at Vassar College, and her appearances in both Broadway and regional theater. They consist of programs, news clippings, note cards and telegrams, and photographs. The files related to Minot's work as a professional reader for the Theatre Guild and the Play of the Month Guild and are composed of script critiques and invoices.
The collection is arranged by format.