- Leigh, Carolyn, 1926-1983
- Call number
- *T-Mss 1987-001
- Physical description
- 13 linear feet, (25 boxes, 22 scrapbooks)
- Preferred Citation
- Carolyn Leigh papers, 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.Restrictions apply
Carolyn Leigh, lyricist, was born 21 August 1926 in New York. She wrote lyrics for the Broadway shows PETER PAN, WILDCAT, HOW NOW DOW JONES, and LITTLE ME and for a tribute to labor commissioned by the U.S. Dept. of Labor, SOMETHING TO DO. She also wrote for television and numerous popular songs including "Young at Heart" and "Firefly". Ms. Leigh died in New York in 1983 and was inducted posthumously into the Song Writers' Hall of Fame in 1985. Among her principal collaborators were Cy Coleman, Mark 'Moose' Charlap, John Richards, Philip Springer, Elmer Bernstein, Morton Gould, and Lee Pockriss. The Carolyn Leigh Papers include notes, drafts of lyrics and scripts, outlines, clippings, production records, financial records and business and personal correspondence. The materials document Carolyn Leigh's private and professional life and her artistic approach. All of her Broadway shows are included as well as many unproduced musicals. There are alsolecture notes that discuss the art of lyric writing and a draft of a lyric primer.
Source of acquisitionGift, June Silver (sister), 1987
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
Access to materialsCollection is open to the public. Library policy on photography and photocopying will apply. Advance notice may be required.
One Box of material requires prior permission of the donor for use.