Scope and arrangement
The manuscript collection of James Stewart Morcom and John William Keck includes papers and photographs that chart the professional careers of the two designers.
Both Morcom and Keck held the post of Art Director for Radio City Music Hall in New York, and the majority of the collection relates to their respective tenures. Also included are papers and photographs documenting work by each man for other institutions, such as Morcom's designs for the Roxy Theatre, Morcom's and Keck's designs for Jones Beach Theatre productions, and Keck's designs for the Nolan Scenery Studios and the Metropolitan Opera House. The papers of the Morcom and Keck collection includes newspaper and magazine clippings, souvenir brochures and programs, playbills, journal articles, a transcript of Morcom's oral history of his work with the Federal Theatre Project, and Morcom's personal scrapbook. The subject content of the Morcom and Keck photograph collection inclues costume and production scenes at various venues, publicity photographs, images of scenery being constructed, and Keck's career in summer stock. The dates for the papers and photographs of Morcom are 1926 to 1982, and the dates for Keck are 1948 to 1994. This collection also contains a sizeable set of color and black & white photographs of Radio City Music Hall productions that date from 1933 to 1978. Most photographs include descriptive information on production, performers, date, etc.
The Radio City Music Hall collection of the papers of James Stewart Morcom and John William Keck is arranged in three series:
Items in Papers and Photographs include newspaper and magazine clippings, souvenir brochures, programs, journal articles, photographs, and a copy of an oral history transcript. Morcom's personal scrapbook includes newspaper and magazine clippings, programs, playbills, photographs, and ephemera related to his professional career.
Items include business correspondence, newspaper clippings, programs, and souvenir brochures. Photographs contain black & white and color images of theater sets and scenic design construction. This sub-series also contains a small collection of water colors.
Sub-series 1 contains the 1933 photo album of G.S. Eyssell, President of Radio City Music Hall Corporation and Managing Director. Sub-sub-series A consists of (18) photographs that were originally mounted on gold cardboard backing. Sub-sub-series B consists of (59) photographs that were not bound or mounted, but do have descriptive information. Sub-sub-series C are (24) photographs in which almost all the images have no descriptive information, and have only an apparent internal catalog number assigned to them.