- Bernstein, Aline, 1881-1955
- Call number
- *T-Vim 2010-026
- Physical description
- 6 linear feet (8 boxes)
- Preferred Citation
- Aline Bernstein designs, Billy Rose Theatre Division, The New York Public Library
- Billy Rose Theatre Division
- Access to materials
- Collection is open to the public. Library policy on photography and photocopying will apply. Advance notice may be required.
Aline Bernstein (1882-1955), New York City designer for theater, opera and dance performances from 1920s to 1950s, began her career designing for productions at the Neighborhood Playhouse, and later on for Broadway, operas and dance productions. Her credits include The little clay cart (1924), The game of love and death (1929), The happy time (1950), and Regina (1949), an opera for which Bernstein's designs won a Tony Award in 1950. Bernstein was also the author of 3 books: two novels, Three blue suits (1933) and The journey down (1938); and An actor's daughter (1941), an autobiography of her early life. Original costume and set designs, notes and correspondence of Aline Bernstein. Includes ca. 135 color designs and 306 preliminary pencil sketches, many with swatches attached. The correspondence mostly covers letters of appreciation by readers of Bernstein's two novels. The collection includes some 1929-1930 letters and postcards by author Thomas Wolfe (1900-1938), with whom Bernstein had a relationship in 1925-1930.
Using the collection
LocationBilly Rose Theatre Division
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center
40 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023-7498