- Bernstein, Karl, 1894-1983
- Call number
- Physical description
- 13 linear feet (46 scrapbooks)
- Preferred Citation
Karl Bernstein Collection
- 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.
Karl Bernstein was a theatrical publicist for New York theater productions from 1925 to 1970. Bernstein began his career as a vaudeville critic but soon became a theatrical publicist in the 1920's representing theatres in his native Brooklyn. Moving to Broadway he publicized such noted works as those written by Gershwin and Cole Porter. He was a founding member of the Association of Theatrical Press Agents and Managers. He died in New York in 1983. The Karl Bernstein Scrapbooks contain clippings, programs, press releases, reviews and halftones of theater productions spanning his career from 1925 to 1970. Included are scrapbooks for SILK STOCKINGS(1955); WAIT UNTIL DARK(1966); ONE TOUCH OF VENUS(1943); MAJOR BARBARA(1956); ON THE TOWN(1944); LET'S FACE IT(1941); LEAVE IT TO ME(1938); HIGH BUTTON SHOES(1947); GUYS AND DOLLS(1950); CAN CAN(1953); Victor Borge's COMEDY IN MUSIC(1953); ANYTHING GOES(1934) and BANJO EYES(1942) among others.
Source of acquisitionGift, Bernstein Gift
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