Scope and arrangement
The Alexander Scourby Papers document the professional career of the prolific actor and narrator through contracts, correspondence, photographs, scripts, and other material. While the collection does not encompass the first five years of Scourby's acting career, it does otherwise provide a fairly comprehensive picture of his working life. The bulk of this collection is comprised of scripts for a variety of projects in which Scourby was involved either as an actor or voice actor and chiefly covers his work in films, theater, and television. Project files contain some additional information on a similarly wide range of productions. These files vary in content, but may contain clippings, correspondence, financial records, partial scripts, as well as promotional material relating to an individual project. The collection includes a small selection of publicity photographs, as well as snapshots taken in Greece and on the set of the film, The Glory Brigade (1953). Correspondence included among the Professional Papers, which largely consists of fan letters from users of Talking Books, attests to the value of Scourby's ground-breaking contributions to the development of this field.
The Alexander Scourby papers are arranged in four series:
- 1940 - 19893 boxes
The Professional Papers series consists primarily of correspondence and contracts. The correspondence, which is mainly professional in nature, is composed largely of fan mail and other letters in appreciation of Scourby's work as a narrator for the blind. Also of interest is a set of employment diaries that records Scourby's daily activities in radio broadcasting and recording over a twelve-year period. This series also includes some English translations of writings in Greek apparently made by Scourby. Material that postdates the death of Scourby includes condolence letters and other correspondence sent to his wife.
- 1951 - 19821 box
The Photograph series contains several publicity photographs relating to Alexander Scourby’s work as a narrator and actor. Also of note is a small set of candid rehearsal photographs of an unidentified theatrical troupe with Katina Paxinou and Alexis Minotis in various locations in Greece, including Delphi and the Acropolis in Athens. There is also another selection of snapshots taken on the set of the film, The Glory Brigade (1953).
- 1956 - 19842 boxes
The Project Files series documents various types of projects with which Scourby was associated, including live dramatic readings, films, narration, plays, speeches, and Talking Books and other recordings. Material in files may include clippings, correspondence, financial records, promotional materials, and partial scripts.
- 1941 - 19859 boxes
The Scripts series is comprised of complete scripts for many of the productions on which Scourby worked either as an actor or narrator. Scripts cover much of Scourby's work in commercials, films, theater, and television. Also included among the play scripts are actor's sides for roles performed by Scourby in the Broadway productions of Crime and Punishment (1949) and Darkness at Noon (1951).