Scope and arrangement
The Paul Muni papers span the years 1920 through 1967 and consist of correspondence, photographs, clippings, scrapbooks, personal papers and writings documenting his career as an actor of stage and screen. The correspondence contains letters from many notables of the day and often discuss Muni's political and professional opinions. Correspondents include: Maxwell Anderson, Sherwood Anderson, Rex Beach, Noel Coward, Albert Einstein, Lion Feuchtwanger, John Golden, Arthur Hopkins, Helen Morgan, Dick Powell, Billy Rose and Blanche Yurka. Personal papers contain many programs and personal photographs as well as a notebook written by Muni in Yiddish containing an adaptation of a work by Sholem Aleichem and a sketch of him by Staats Cotsworth. Scrapbooks in the collection are primarily clippings with reviews and articles about Muni and his roles in plays and movies. However three of the scrapbooks document trips taken by him and his wife to Paris, Vienna and Israel. Other items of note include autographed photographs from friends and a photograph of Muni with Amelia Earhart on the set of The Woman I Love.
The Paul Muni papers are arranged in four series:
- ca. 1932-196222 folders
This series contains correspondence to Paul Muni from many friends, associates and business acquaintances. The letters are primarily from the 1930s and 1940s and reflect Muni's concerns for the war, the Jews in Europe and other timely issues of the era. Correspondents include Maxwell Anderson, Rex Beach and John Golden. Of special note is a copy of a letter from Albert Einstein with a translation included.
- ca. 1929-195913 folders
This series contains awards given to Muni, programs from some of his productions, photographs, some personal, as well as production photographs, writings and other ephemera belonging to Paul Muni and his wife, Bella. Included as well are 2 pamphlets, one entitled Fundamentalism vs Evolution at Dayton, Tennessee and the other, Medicine Under Mussolini. Of special note is a sketch of Paul Muni done by Staats Cotsworth and a notebook written probably by Paul Muni in either Hebrew or Yiddish.
- 1927-19498 volumes
This series contains bound volumes of clippings and photographs documenting events in Muni's life as well as his career. Three of the scrapbooks are of trips which he and his wife took to Paris, Vienna and Israel. The remaining scrapbooks contain articles and reviews for plays and movies in which Muni starred. Included in these are the plays Four Walls, Counsellor-At-Law, Key Largo and They Knew What They Wanted. Films include Black Fury, Bordertown, The World Changes, Seven Faces, The Valiant, The Life of Emile Zola, The Good Earth, The Story of Louis Pasteur, Dr. Socrates, The Woman I Love, Juarez and We Are Not Alone.
- 2 boxes
This series is primarily oversized photographs of Paul Muni in his stage and motion picture roles. There are also some awards and press materials for the motion pictures Commandos Strike At Dawn, Bordertown, The Valiant, The Life of Emile Zola and Scarface. Of special interest is a photograph of Paul Muni and Amelia Earhart on the set of The Woman I Love.