Scope and arrangement
The collection contains administrative files of the Play Dept.: primarily correspondence, financial papers concerning royalty payments and publicity for its play contests; and manuscripts: scripts, songs and reports. There is a small amount of printed material, mostly from related organizations. The collection reflects the concerns and the workings of the New Theatre League.
The New Theatre League records are arranged in three series:
- ca. 1935-193711 folders
This series consists of correspondence reflecting the workings of the Play Dept. including letters on its publication plans, invoices with accompanying correspondence concerning royalty payments, and publicity and correspondence concerning the play contests it sponsored. It also contains a small amount of minutes of meetings, general press releases and publicity, sample contracts and forms, lists of plays in their catalog, a notebook of titles borrowed, address lists of members and organizations, and miscellaneous notes.
- ca. 1932-194226 folders
This series is predominately scripts and songs submitted to the New Theatre League, but also contains a few reports pertaining to the organization.
- ca. 1933-19422 folders
This series contains programs, publicity and pamphlets from other political organizations including the American Peace Mobilization, the National Federation for Constitutional Liberties, the International Workers Order and the National Negro Congress. Of interest is a reprint of a speech given by Theodore Ward at the opening of the Negro Playwrights' Theatre in Harlem in 1940. The series also contains a few miscellaneous clippings.