Scope and arrangement
This collection consists of scripts and programs. The scripts are divided into Theatre and Film/TV scripts. Though this collection contains materials from as early as 1944 and as late as 2002, the bulk of these items are from the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. The projects that are most extensively represented here are A Doll’s Life (1982) and On The Twentieth Century(1978). The strengths of this collection are several scripts for unproduced or incomplete works by Comden and Green as well as other writers, as well as the multiple drafts of certain shows, reflecting the process of revising a script. Of special interest is an early draft of Cole Porter, Dwight Taylor and Robert Lawrence’s Out of This World (1950), which Comden and Green did uncredited work on, early drafts of an unrealized collaboration with Leonard Bernstein on a musical adaptation of Thornton Wilder’s The Skin of Our Teeth, a German translation of the film of Bells Are Ringing and early drafts of Comden and Green’s MGM film hits Good News (1947), Singin’ In the Rain (1952) and The Bandwagon(1953).
Other types of materials on Adolph Green can also be found in the more extensive Comden and Green Papers (Collection ID *T-Mss 1986-004 in the Billy Rose Theatre Division). Included in the collection are photographs, business and personal correspondence, notebooks, notes, contracts, award plaques and sheet music as well as additional scripts and programs.
The Adolph Green papers are arranged in two series:
- 1944 - 199612 boxes
This series consists of scripts written for theatre and film or television, produced and unproduced. Adolph Green wrote the majority of these scripts. Some of these scripts are for projects written by various associates and friends of Green’s. The series also contains scripts for projects in which Green appeared as a performer.
- 1945 - 20022 boxes
This series contains playbills and souvenir programs for shows written by Green, as well as tributes to him, tributes and concerts in which he appeared as a performer, tributes to various collaborators, tributes which he contributed to and performances featuring Green’s wife, Phyllis Newman. There are programs for two films in which Green appeared, Garbo Talks (1984) and I Want to Go Home (1990) and miscellaneous other films. The series also contains programs for plays by various authors, with notes.