Scope and arrangement
The collection of correspondence, scripts and other writings predominately reflects Lovett's theatrical work while in the Special Services Branch of the U.S. Army during World War II. It also contains a few personal documents and photographs.
The Paul Lovett papers are arranged in five series:
- 1944-19591 folder
This series consists of marriage certificates (both religious and secular), army papers, marriage and obituary clippings, and a passenger list documenting a trip he and his wife took to Sweden in 1957.
- 1944-19676 folders
The correspondence consists of letters from Army personnel to or about Paul Lovett, as well as letters that are not war related. A small file of business correspondence, 1954-1955, of the Lovetts concerns the preparation of a guidebook and souvenir program for the American tour of the Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam. There are two personal letters to the Lovetts from the Irish playwright Padraic Colum, two letters from Katharine Cornell, a few letters from Lovett to his wife, Anne, and a few letters she received after his death.
- 1943 and undated8 folders
Scripts by Lovett are mostly from the period of World War II. Includes a script from his Army radio show, Let's Linger; a Christmas program for soldiers; a memorial to Franklin Delano Roosevelt; and a script set in a displaced persons camp after the war. A couple of undated scripts have no apparent connection to the war. In one, Anfisa by Leonid Andreyev, Lovett served as a translator.
- 1943-1944; undated6 folders
Other writings include articles by Lovett in Army newspapers, a letter to the editor on the soldier's right to vote, poems he wrote, and a few stories he received from Florence M. Berkson.
- 1943 and undated1 folder
Photographs are mostly personal snapshots of Lovett in uniform and/or with his wife Anne. Includes one photograph of the Alaskan Division Airborne Theatre.