Scope and arrangement
The Danny Apolinar Papers document the career of Danny Apolinar, lyricist, composer, pianist, nightclub entertainer and illustrator. Although materials include a few childhood pictures that date from 1946, and some correspondence by John Britton after Apolinar’s death, the bulk years of this collection cover Danny Apolinar’s professional life, from his army years in 1957 to the end of his career in 1993.
This collection contains professional correspondence, legal and financial papers, production and promotional materials, scripts, photographs, scores, scrapbooks, clippings, programs, and posters designed by Danny Apolinar. A significant portion of this collection consists of materials from Apolinar’s two largest productions, the rock musical hit Your Own Thing, and Changes. A small number of signed and unsigned photographs and correspondence with individuals from the theater and music world can also be found in this collection. There are no personal records in the collection.
The Danny Apolinar papers are arranged in six series:
- 1957 - 20001 box
This series contains correspondence, biographical and publicity materials, awards and certificates, samples from Apolinar’s work as a graphic artist, financial records, and several photographs of Apolinar with colleagues and friends, such as Raoul Gonzales, Teddi King, Joi Lansing, Beryl Reid and Susannah York. There are also several autographed portraits, including those of Carmen McRae, Chita Rivera, Billy Daniels and Jonah Jones.
- 1959 - 19852 boxes
This series contains materials from the various shows on which Apolinar worked, both those produced, such as Changes, The Wicked Mrs. Woodhull, and Your Own Thing, and ones that remained unproduced, such as Alice, Bugs, and The London Look, which was the original version of Your Own Thing. It includes production notes, lyrics and scripts, costume plots, photographs, programs, publicity materials, annotated audition lists and cast biographies, correspondence, legal and financial records
- 1959 - 19806 boxes
This series contains musical scores from Apolinar’s productions. It includes manuscripts and annotated copies, conductor scores, full scores and parts. It also contains the complete parts for The Flowers and The Middle Years, the two songs from Your Own Thing that were recorded by RCA in 1968. Lyrics for all scores were written by Danny Apolinar.
- 1946 - 19933 boxes
This series contains scrapbooks documenting Apolinar’s career from childhood to the last years of his life. Two are entirely devoted to Apolinar’s productions. The scrapbooks include photographs, clippings, flyers and programs, correspondence, as well as nightclub coasters and matchboxes.
- 1967 - 19792 boxes
This series contains programs found in Apolinar’s collection that have no direct link to his career. They are from shows that he attended, many of which include notes with comments on cast members. Of particular interest is a collection of over 50 programs from different performances of Fiddler on the Roof throughout the United States and some from Europe, dating from the 1960s and the 1970s.
- 1968 - 19911 box
This series contains posters and mock-ups designed by Danny Apolinar, both for his own productions as well as for commissioned work. It also contains a large telegram for the opening of one of Apolinar’s entertainment shows.