Scope and arrangement
The Rosamond Gilder Collection measures 5 1/2 linear feet and consists of correspondence, newspaper clippings, photographs, magazines, promotional literature, and other material related to the career of Miss Gilder. The material is arranged into the following five series: I. The American National Theatre and Academy; II. Artists' Clearing-House Project; III. Theatre Arts Monthly; IV. Editorial Publications Incorporated; and V. Subject Files. From the series arrangement it is clear that the bulk of the material relates to three aspects of Miss Gilder's career — her involvement with the American National Theatre and Academy, the Artists' Clearing-House Project, and Theatre Arts Monthly. There is also material in Series V. Subject Files about her involvement with the Legitimate Theatre League of New York Theatres, the New York Drama Critics Circle, the Theatre Library Association, Federal Theatre Project Publications under the Works Progress Administration, U. S. O. - Shows, Inc., and the National Little Theatre Movement. There are also a number of important correspondents in the collection including Sergei Eisenstein, Lynn Fontanne, Alfred Lunt, Clifford Odets, William Saroyan, Jean-Paul Sarte, and Thornton Wilder.
There are a number of things the researcher should understand before using this collection. These are primarily corporate files of the organizations that Rosamond Gilder was involved in as opposed to her personal files. For this reason, much of the material is arranged chronologically rather than alphabetically and a correspondent might appear in several places in a file or box. Corporate files also contain form letters and memos, many of which are not individually catalogued. For a researcher to use this collection efficiently, he/she should have some knowledge of the membership of the organization being researched during the period covered by the collection. Another thing to remember is that some of the files, especially those concerning Theatre Arts Monthly, were inherited by Rosamond Gilder from Edith Isaacs, the first editor.
The Rosamond Gilder papers are arranged in five series: