Scope and arrangement
Most of the collection reflects the workings of the New Theatre. Includes correspondence, legal papers and printed material pertaining to the Theatre's founding, budgets and reports on the Theatre, and production files such as correspondence and reports about play scripts submitted for possible production, stage plans, property and lighting plots, cues, stage manager's time sheets, notes on previous productions and a schedule of the road tour of the New Theatre Company. Also includes a volume bound by the Library many years ago containing rehearsal schedules, a memo by Ames for a promptbook for Antony and Cleopatra, diagrams and forms for the New Theatre, invitations to the opening night of the New Theatre, lists of opening night attendees and original box owners, a typed report of the opening night dedication, transcripts of speeches at the opening night ceremony by Senator Elihu Root and Governor Hughes and issues of The American Architect,The Architect and The New York Architectwith articles, photographs and diagrams of the New Theatre and the Little Theatre. The collection also contains a folder of correspondence and contracts, 1922-1931, of the Winthrop Ames office on production rights for plays and a bound book of caricatures by Roland Young of the 1924 production of Beggar on Horseback in which he starred titled "Mr. Winthrop Ames Presents," probably a gift to Ames.
The Winthrop Ames papers are arranged in four series:
- 1908-19127 folders
Correspondence, contracts, reports, financial and printed material document the brief history of the New Theatre.
- 1909-1911 and n.d.13 folders
Production materials shed light on the workings of the New Theatre's play department as it discussed and evaluated plays submitted for production. Other materials for specific productions include notes, cues, stage plans, light and property plots, stage manager's time sheets and reviews of prior performances. Also includes a road schedule for the New Theatre Company.
- 1922-19311 folder
Correspondence and contracts with playwrights and performers document Ames' work as a producer in the 1920s.
- 1909-19242 volumes
Consists of a volume bound by Roland Young of his caricatures and a volume of papers pertaining to the New Theatre's opening night ceremony and other affairs that was bound by the Library many years ago.