Scope and arrangement
The Phil Friedman papers contain programs, telegrams, photographs, biographical material, and scrapbooks containing images of stage actors during the early 1900s. The material documents Friedman's general interest in theater and to some extent, his work as a stage manager.
The telegrams date from the 1960s to the 1970s and were sent to Friedman at various theaters; they are mostly good luck-notes or notes of congratulation from friends and colleagues on the opening nights of shows. The photographs and programs may be Friedman's personal belongings from childhood. The photographs depict portraits of actors from the 1910s to the 1920s. Programs from the National Theatre in Washington, D.C. are present and date from the 1920s to the 1930s. Programs from the early 1900s include Brother Officers (1900), If I Were King (1901), and Alice of Old Vincennes (1902).One program for How to Succeed at Business without Really Trying, a production for which Friedman was stage manager, is also present.
The biographical material consists of files from Friedman's education, and include worksheets and notes on acting techniques and speech and diction. Typewritten scripts, narratives, and poems written by Friedman and others are also present.
The scrapbooks contain clippings of images of actors; some of them are colored. The photographs are labeled with the actor's name and role in a given production. There are several scrapbook pages dedicated to Eleanor Robson (Belmont), Kyrle Bellew, and Ethel Barrymore. Two Burr McIntosh Monthly magazines (1904-1905) are also present, in addition to an 1805 publication of The Theatric Tourist.
Material is arranged chronologically.