- Ayers, Lemuel, 1915-1955
- Call number
- *T-Vim 1991-022
- Physical description
- 2 boxes (18 paintings), col, 60 x 88 cm; 2 boxes (18 paintings), col, 60 x 88 cm
- Preferred Citation
- Lemuel Ayers theatrical designs, 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.
Award winning designer of sets and costumes and a theatrical producer, Lemuel Ayers had a brief but brilliant career with extensive Broadway credits including HIGH BUTTON SHOES and OKLAHOMA! He was born in New York City and received a degree in architecture from Princeton University and one in drama from the University of Iowa. He died in 1955 at the age of forty. Collection consists of six costume and twelve set designs by Lemuel Ayers for the following productions: KISS ME KATE (1948), OUT OF THIS WORLD (1950), BLOOMER GIRL (1944), CYRANO DE BERGERAC (1946), INSIDE U.S.A. (1948), MUSIC IN THE AIR (1951), and ST. LOUIS WOMAN (1946). Executed in paint, ink and pencil on paper or illustration board, some have mat frames, a few are signed by Ayers, most are undated.
Source of acquisitionDesigns: gift, 05/28/91
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