Scope and arrangement
The Liebler & Co. records consist of papers, correspondence, contracts and scrapbooks documenting the work done by Liebler and Co. as a play producing company. Records are not inclusive and there are many gaps. Of note are the contracts and correspondence with many of the notable playwrights of the late 19th and early 20th century both from the United States and Europe. Notable names include Booth Tarkington, Paul Armstrong, Edward Harrigan, Louis Napoleon Parker, William Somerset Maugham, Maurice Maeterlinck, Frances Hodgson Burnett, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Joseph Urban, among others.
The Liebler & Co. records are arranged in four series:
- 1900-193124 folders
This series contains bulletins of Liebler & Co., an autograph book, some financial papers and inventories, plots, and a document written by Theodore Liebler concerning a plan to organize a corporation for theater management and play production.
- 1904-193127 folders
This series contains correspondence to individual writers and actors as well as letters arranged by production title regarding contracts with Liebler & Co.
- 1898-19313 boxes
This series consists of contracts with actors, writers, original authors and theaters concerning productions of various works represented by Liebler & Co. In a few cases, copyrights from England and the United States are included as well as some correspondence. Most of the entries are listed under production title.
- 1890-19094 volumes
This series contains clippings and program scrapbooks documenting Liebler & Co. productions from the late 1800s through 1909.