Scope and arrangement
This collection contains personal correspondence, between Blaine and various friends and colleagues, as well as other personal items, such as album covers, materials from her Fan Club, contracts and hand-written recipes, though it does not include extensive material relating to Blaine’s private life and marriages. The collection mainly consists of professional files relating to Blaine’s career in films, such as State Fair (1945) and theater, appearing in shows such as Guys and Dolls (1950). The collection includes awards, photographs, press and publicity materials, programs, scripts, and scores. The strengths of this collection are its extensive documentation of Blaine’s early career through numerous photographs and press clippings, including many newspaper and magazine articles profiling Blaine, and its coverage of her later career in stock, regional and touring theater productions of such shows as Brothers and Sisters, Follies, Hello, Dolly!, How the Other Half Loves and Last of the Red Hot Lovers. The majority of the materials in this collection are from the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s, though it includes materials from 1916 through 1995.
The Vivian Blaine papers are arranged in nine series:
- 1946-19951 boxArrangement: Alphabetical
This series contains mainly personal correspondence, between Blaine and colleagues and friends, including noted film, music and theater personalities such as Oscar Hammerstein II, Stubby Kaye, Bert Lahr, Dean Martin, Harold Prince, Richard Rodgers, Dinah Shore, Phil Silvers and Jule Styne.
- 1940-19831 boxArrangement: Alphabetical
This series contains various items pertaining to Blaine’s personal life and her career in general, such as advertisements for products she endorsed, covers for the solo albums she released, materials from the International Vivian Blaine Fan Club, contracts, financial records, an insurance policy, documents relating to Blaine’s services during WWII and her hand-written recipe collection.
- 1942-19561 boxArrangement: Alphabetical
This series contains scripts mainly from films Blaine appeared in, such as Public Pigeon No. 1 (1957), Skirts Ahoy (1951), Something for the Boys(1944) and State Fair (1945) and two scripts for one musical she appeared in, Zorba (1969).
- 1916-19691 boxArrangement: Alphabetical
This series contains sheet music and sheet music covers of songs from Blaine’s Fox film musicals, Doll Face (1945), Greenwich Village (1944), If I’m Lucky (1946), State Fair (1945) and Three Little Girls in Blue (1946) and sheet music from stage musicals she appeared in, including Guys and Dolls (1950), Say, Darling (1958) and Zorba (1968).
- 1940-19852 boxesArrangement: Alphabetical
This series contains advertisements, excerpts from Theatre World and Screen World, handbills, magazine articles and excerpts, newspaper clippings and press releases, covering Blaine’s film, theater and nightclub singing careers as well as her public persona from the 1940s through the 1980s.
- 1952-19791 boxArrangement: Alphabetical
The majority of the programs in this series are from Blaine’s appearances in plays and musicals, in Broadway and regional productions. This series also contains a few programs from her concert/nightclub singing engagements, one of her films Guys and Dolls (1955) and one benefit.
- 1945-19861 boxArrangement: Alphabetical
This series contains awards Blaine received throughout her career, such as the Actors’ Fund and National Film Award Lifetime Achievements and the Box Office Blue Ribbon.