Scope and arrangement
The papers, spanning the years 1932-1979, primarily document the professional life of Jean Dalrymple. The collection is arranged in three series: the Office Files series which includes personal papers, correspondence, and clippings for both organizations and personalities; the Production Files series with correspondence, invoices, reports and casting information; and the Scrapbook series which contains clipping filled volumes organized by years.
Of particular interest is correspondence found in Office Files, particularly from her second husband Philip de Witt Ginder (box 13, folder 18) and Jessie Royce Landis, and the production files for Brigadoon, Carousel, Le Casa de Te de la Luna de Agosto, Guys and Dolls, The King and I, King Lear, The Most Happy Fella, Oklahoma!, Othello, the various Showcase productions for City Center (Box 37) and South Pacific.
Missing from the collection is significant documentation of Jean’s employment with John Golden, Tallulah Bankhead and José Iturbi. In addition, few official records documenting Jean’s marriages, financial status, and other relationships are available within collection.
The Jean Dalrymple papers are arranged in three series:
- 1932 - 1979
The Office Files series documents Dalrymples activities with other businesses, primarily theater related associations, through its correspondence, reports, and financial papers within the Organizations sub-series, and with individuals within the Personalities sub-series.
- 1943 - 1974
The box office reports, requisitions, contracts, correspondence, notes, programs, and clippings connected to a single production can be found within this series. Most are files for City Center production, but some were independents or part of the Brussels’ World Fair and New York’s World Fair.
- 1926 - 1968
This series contains the scrapbooks (mostly filled with newspaper clippings, few letters and other items) found within the collection. Most of the clippings focus on public appearances and theater business.