Scope and arrangement
Collection consists of personal and professional papers, production files and teaching materials documenting the life and career of composer Jay Gorney. The bulk of the collection consists of professional files relating to productions. The general files (personal and professional) contain biographical material, correspondence, legal documents, articles by Gorney, publicity, photographs, programs and certificates. Production files including correspondence, scripts, notes, lyrics, story ideas, contracts, photographs, programs and clippings illustrate Gorney's work primarily for theater and film, though there is also a small amount from radio and television. Teaching materials reflect Gorney's efforts to teach the writing of musical theater to others and include lectures, notes, correspondence, contracts, publicity and clippings. Oversized ephemera includes diplomas, certificate and posters.
The Jay Gorney papers are arranged in four series:
- 1913-19932 boxes
The general files consist of personal papers followed by professional material not connected to a specific production.
- 1927-1979 and n.d.7 boxes
The largest series in the Jay Gorney Papers, the productions series contains scripts, both clean and revised, notes, song lyrics, correspondence, memos, contracts, plans, story ideas, programs, photographs and clippings documenting Gorney's work in radio, the theater, television and film. The bulk of the material pertains to stage productions including Meet the People, Heaven on Earth, They Can't Get You Downand Touch and Go. There are also screenplays for Gay Senorita, Hey, Rookie, and Serenade on the Seine, scripts for the television series, Frontiers of Faith, and over a box of drafts, stories, and synopses of ideas that were never produced.
- 1947-1971 and n.d.2 boxes
Contains correspondence, contracts, publicity and teaching materials filed under a particular school or program followed by general material (lectures, notes and clippings) on teaching musical theater
- 1896-1993 and n.d.1 box
Miscellaneous ephemera includes diplomas, certificate and posters.