Scope and arrangement
Judith Malina's diaries are a reflection of both her personal and professional life. It is a story of New York happenings in the artistic, avant-garde circles in the late 1940s and 1950s. The diaries document Malina's efforts with Julian Beck to create the Living Theatre and detail the work they put into early productions. Malina discloses relationships she had with family, friends and fellow artists. Her arrest and imprisonment with Dorothy Day is described in depth.
There are two less personal diaries for the later years (February 1956-June 1959) and their focus is on the Living Theatre. Some entries are incomplete and most are written by both Julian Beck and Judith Malina. A typewritten page explains the reason for ending the journals in 1959--"no time."
The Judith Malina diaries are arranged in two series:
- 1947-19572.4 linear feet (6 boxes)
The diaries document Judith Malina's life and career from 1947 to 1957.
- 1956-1959.2 linear feet (1 box)
These diaries document Judith Malina's career and the history of the Living Theatre from 1956 to 1959.