- Frohman, Charles, 1860-1915; Howard, Bronson, 1842-1908
- Call number
- *T-Mss 1989-008
- Physical description
- 3 linear feet (8 boxes)
- Preferred Citation
- Bronson Howard papers, Billy Rose Theatre Division, The New York Public Library
- Billy Rose Theatre Division
- Access to materials
- Collection is open to the public. Library policy on photography and photocopying will apply. Advance notice may be required.
The Bronson Howard Papers consist primarily of correspondence, but also include financial and legal documents. Bronson Howard corresponded with a wide circle of family, friends and professional associates. The family correspondence documents Mr. Howard's personal life, family business and social interactions. Correspondence with associates, including actors, managers and writers, gives information about Mr. Howard's activities and theater of the period. A number of letters discuss the Civil War.
Bronson Howard, a playwright, was born 7 October 1842 in Detroit, Michigan. He worked as a journalist in Detroit and New York until he was able to support himself as a playwright. Mr. Howard's work was among the first American drama to be given serious attention on stage, not only in the United States but also in England. Among his most important plays are Saratoga (1870), The Banker's Daughter (1877), The Henrietta (1887), and Shenandoah (1889).
Mr. Howard founded and served as president of the American Dramatists Club, through which he was instrumental in extending copyright protection to American playwrights. Mr. Howard died in 1908.
Source of acquisition3 lin. ft.: The Wilton Library, 1979
- Frohman, Charles, 1860-1915
- Howard, Bronson, 1842-1908
- Albery, James, 1838-1889
- Crane, William Henry, 1845-1928
- Field, R. M. (Richard Montgomery), 1834-1902
- McVicker, James H., d. 1896
- Palmer, Albert Marshman, 1838-1905
- Robson, Stuart, 1836-1903
- Wyndham, Charles, 1837-1919
- Young, Charles L. (Charles Lawrence), Sir, 1839-1887
- Samuel French, Inc
Using the collection
LocationBilly Rose Theatre Division
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center
40 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023-7498