Scope and arrangement
The Dwight Deere Wiman papers, [microform] is arranged in two series:
Files consist of miscellaneous correspondence concerning partnerships formed to underwrite productions (Diversified Theatre Corp., Ima, and Theatrical Projects, Inc.) and some legal matters dating from the 1940s.
Files consist of documentation relating to individual productions dating from the mid 1920s until Wiman's death in 1951. The files are arranged alphabetically by title. Documentation on each production varies, ranging from scripts, press books, published sheet music, to playbills and programs. The scripts often include both typed manuscripts submitted by important playwrights such as Howard Lindsay, Clifford Odets, Paul Osborn, Robert E. Sherwood, and John Van Druten as well as final mimeographed versions. The mimeographed scripts frequently contain information on casting, properties, lighting, and even set design sketches. The annotations on the scripts are unattributed, although many appear to have been made by authors, directors, and stage managers. The collection also includes a few stage designs by Jo Mielziner and original orchestrations for shows composed by Arthur Schwartz and Frederick Loewe, as well as scores (some extensively annotated) for individual instruments.