Scope and arrangement
The J. Edward Bromberg Papers consist of a contract, scripts, a poster, playbills, flyers, correspondence, press releases, photographs, a scrapbook, some writings, ephemera, a sketched portrait, and a large collection of clippings documenting his 25-year career. While much of the papers are related to Bromberg's acting and directing career from 1926-1951, some relate to his life and other interests such as painting. Also included are a collection of press releases, clippings and letters regarding his participation in the Group Theatre. Other highlights of the collection are a well-preserved scrapbook covering Bromberg's work from 1928-1930 at the Civic Repertory Theatre, an autographed program by the cast of Anna Christie, which included Ingrid Bergman, a letter from Fritz Lang and a large photograph collection of the different productions he worked on as an actor or director, as well as autographed pictures from Eva Le Gallienne and Danny Kaye.
The J. Edward Bromberg papers are arranged in five series:
- 1924-19518 folders
This series contains material pertaining to J. Edward Bromberg that does not relate to any specific production he performed in or directed. It includes passports, memorial notices, a press release, art catalogues, personal writings, membership cards, and collected clippings.
- 1926-195168 folders
This series contains material pertaining to theatrical, motion picture, and radio productions with which Bromberg was involved. It includes a contract, scripts, playbills, programs, correspondence, and clippings relating to his work as an actor or director.
- 1928-1951, n.d.38 folders
This series consists of photographs documenting the life and career of J. Edward Bromberg. Included are photographs of both a personal and professional nature.
- 1928-1930, n.d.1 box
This series contains J. Edward Bromberg's scrapbook covering his time at the Civic Repertory Theatre from 1928-1930, and loose pages from an undated scrapbook. Material included in the scrapbooks are letters, photographs, and clippings.
- ca. 1926-19511 box
This series consists of oversized material. Included are a theatrical poster, personal, theatrical and motion picture photographs, a loose scrapbook page about Bromberg's work as a painter, a sketch of Bromberg and magazine layout clippings on certain productions.