Guide to the Works Progress Administration oral histories collection, 1961-1984 Works Progress Administration oral histories C0153

Guide to the Works Progress Administration oral histories collection, 1961-1984

A Collection in
Special Collections and Archives
Collection Number C0153


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Repository
George Mason University. Special Collections and Archives.
Collection number
C0153
Title
Works Progress Administration oral histories collection 1961-1984
Physical Characteristics
7 linear feet (11 boxes)
Creator
George Mason University. Institute on the Federal Theatre Project and New Deal Culture
Language
English
Abstract
This compilation describes oral interviews with persons who were associated with various Works Progress Administration (WPA) projects in the 1930s. These include the Federal Art Project, Federal Music Project, and Federal Writers Project.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open to research.

Use Restrictions

There are no restrictions.

Preferred Citation

Works Progress Administration oral histories collection, Collection #C0153, Special Collections and Archives, George Mason University.

Acquisition Information

Donated by the Institute on the Federal Theatre Project and New Deal Culture.

Processing Information

Processed by Special Collections and Archives staff. EAD markup completed by Eron Ackerman and Jordan Patty in March 2009.

In 2009, staff discovered that a number of the interviews listed in the finding aid were not actually located in the boxes. Those interview names are still included in alphabetical order in the finding aid, but they are unnumbered signifying that no folder exists.


Historical Information

The interviews in the WPA Oral Histories Collection were conducted from between 1961 and 1984. The majority of the interviews were done in the 1970s and 1980s by Lorraine Brown and John O'Connor as part of the Institute on the Federal Theatre Project and New Deal Culture.

Scope and Content

This compilation describes oral interviews with persons who were associated with various Works Progress Administration (WPA) projects in the 1930s. These include the Federal Art Project, Federal Music Project, and Federal Writers Project.

The interviews (transcripts and tapes) are arranged in alphabetical order by the subject's last name. The date of the interview is included along with the type of work or position held by the interviewee during the 1930s, with the location when known. The name of the interviewer(s) follows. In some cases a notation is made indicating that an interview is untaped. If the interview was a joint one, this information is noted. The type of media available (abstract, letter, notes, tape, and/or transcript)is then listed along with the number of pages or minutes of each type. Restrictions that may apply to certain interviews is the last information in an entry.

List of Abbreviations:

CCC - Civilian Conservation Corps, FAP - Federal Art Project, FERA - Federal Emergency Relief Administration, FMP - Federal Music Project, FTP - Federal Theatre Project, FWP - Federal Writers Project, GSA - General Services Administration, NYA - National Youth Administration, SECT - Section of Painting and Sculpture, WPA - Works Projects Adminstration

Arrangement

This collection is arranged alphabetically by last name of interviewee.

Related Material

Special Collections and Archives also holds the Federal Theatre Project collection.


Index Terms

    Corporate Names:

  • Federal Art Project.
  • Federal Music Project (U.S.)
  • Federal Theatre Project (U.S.)
  • United States. Works Progress Administration.
  • Subjects:

  • Acting.
  • Dance--United States.
  • New Deal, 1933-1939.
  • Theater--United States.

Contents List

Work Projects Administration Oral Histories
  • 1
    1
    Allison, Elitea, November 10,1978

    Widow of playwright Hughes Allison, whose work was produced by FTP.

  • 1
    2
    Anderson, Thomas, May 24, 1978

    Stage manager and director with the Negro unit, NYC FTP.

  • 1
    3
    Andrus, Zoray, February 24, 1978

    Costume designer with SF FTP.

  • 1
    4
    Archer, Osceola, January 3, 1977

    Actress who auditioned for Negro Unit, NYC FTP.

  • 1
    Bacon, Ernst, April 23, 1982

    Composer and director, SF FMP.

  • 1
    5
    Baird, Bill, November 8, 1976

    Technician, marionette artist, and actor with the Classical unit, NYC FTP.

  • 1
    Bales, Richard Corner, June 2, 1982

    Conductor, FMP's Virginia Symphony Orchestra and North Carolina-Virginia Symphony.

  • 1
    6
    Bales, William, May 23, 1978

    Dancer and assistant to Charles Weidman, with NYC Federal Dance Theatre.

  • 1
    7
    Banfield, Beryl, May 22, 1978

    Dancer with the Negro unit, NYC FTP. Closed pending release.

  • 1
    8
    Barber, Philip, January 11, 1975

    Administrative director of the NYC FTP.

  • 1
    Barber, Philip, February 20, 1976

    Administrative director of the NYC FTP.

  • 1
    9
    Barlin, Anne Lief, October 25, 1977

    Dancer with Federal Dance Project, NYC.

  • 1
    10
    Barnouw, Eric, May 12,1976

    Worked with the Radio Division of FTP. This is an untaped interview.

  • 1
    11
    Baron, Paul, December 5, 1979

    Stage manager with the Manhattan City Projects, NYC.

  • 1
    12
    Bates, Add, November 30, 1976

    Dancer and actor with NYC FTP units.

  • 1
    13
    Bay, Howard, February 21, 1976

    Set designer for various NYC FTP productions.

  • 1
    14
    Bentley, Eric, May 12, 1976

    Son-in-law of Hallie Flanagan; writer and critic of modern drama.

  • 1
    Bentley, Joanne Davis, May 13, 1976

    Step-daughter of Hallie Flanagan. Closed pending release.

  • 1
    15
    Benton, Thomas Hart, 1964

    Artist, muralist. Unidentified interviewer may have residual rights to interview.

  • 1
    16
    Berenberg, Ben, August 16,1977

    Actor with Children's Theatre and Living Newspaper units of NYC FTP.

  • 1
    17
    Berman, Harold, November 16,1977

    Writer who worked with the National Play Bureau, NYC FTP. Restricted during interviewee's lifetime.

  • 1
    18
    Bessie, Alvah, 1979

    Novelist, film writer, journalist, NYC, LA. Approval of Sylviane Bessie required.

  • 1
    19
    Birchenall, Jack, November 18, 1978

    Costume designer with SF FTP.

  • 1
    20
    Black, Ivan, May 8, 1977

    Administrator with NYC FTP Radio Division; also worked as publicist with NYC FTP. This is an untaped interview.

  • 1
    Blake, Eubie, January 9, 1977

    Composer, musician; wrote Swing It for NYC FTP. Closed pending release.

  • 1
    21
    Blankfort, Michael, July 22, 1977

    Playwright whose play, Battle Hymn, written with Michael Gold, was produced by various FTP units.

  • 1
    22
    Bolotowski, Ilya, January 30, 1977

    Artist, muralist with NYC FAP. Permission for publication required.

  • 1
    23
    Bolton, Harold

    [see Bolton, Philip.]

  • 1
    23
    Bolton, Philip, April 7, 1977

    Son of Harold (director and choreographer with NYC FTP) and Rhoda Rammelkamp Bolton (costume designer, NYC FTP). This is an untaped interview.

  • 1
    24
    Bolton, Rhoda Rammelkamp

    [see Bolton, Philip.]

  • 2
    1
    Borowski, Maxine, June 2, 1976

    Costume designer with NYC FTP.

  • 2
    2
    Bosworth, Francis, September 29, 1978

    Director of Play Bureau; in charge of exhibits; head of Play Reading Bureau within the National Office of FTP.

  • 2
    3
    Brant, Carl, March 16, 1979

    Actor with LA FTP. This is an untaped interview.

  • 2
    4
    Breen, Robert, November 27, 1978

    Director and actor with Chicago FTP.

  • 2
    4
    Breen, Wilva Davis, November 27, 1978

    Director and actress with Chicago FTP.

  • 2
    5
    Brocco, Peter, June 1, 1976

    Actor with LA FTP.

  • 2
    6
    Bromley, Robert, June 30, 1977

    Director of marionette unit of LA FTP.

  • 2
    7
    Brook, Alexander, January 2, 1979

    Artist with FAP. Permission for publication required.

  • 2
    8
    Browne, Theodore, October 22, 1975

    Playwright whose work was produced by Seattle FTP; also a writer with Boston FTP.

  • 2
    9
    Bruskin, Perry, 10-22-76 October 22, 1976

    Actor with Children's unit of NYC FTP.

  • 2
    10
    Burris-Meyer, Harold, March 14, 1977

    Sound technician with Living Newspaper unit of NYC FTP.

  • 2
    11
    Buttitta, Tony, January 11, 1977

    Publicist with NYC FTP.

  • 2
    12
    Cadmus, Paul, 1979-1980

    Artist, muralist with FAP. Closed pending release.

  • 2
    Cameniti, Ida, March 15, 1977

    Playwright whose work, Reward, was produced by the Tampa FTP. Closed during Fernando Mesa's lifetime.

  • 2
    13
    Campbell, Dick, November 10, 1978

    Director of Lafayette Theatre's Negro unit of NYC FTP. This is an untaped interview.

  • 2
    14
    Cardwell, Laurence, March 17, 1977

    Personnel administrator with NYC and Florida FTP units.

  • 2
    15
    Carter, Clarence Holbrook, 1974

    Artist, administrator with Ohio FAP. Permission with interviewer required for publication.

  • 2
    16
    Catlett, Elizabeth, Decenber 8, 1981

    Artist, NY. Permission to quote over 100 words required.

  • 2
    17
    Chaivoe, Nick, January 18, 1978

    Actor, stage manager with Portland, OR FTP. Closed during interviewee's lifetime.

  • 2
    18
    Chase, Mary Coyle, August 9, 1979

    Playwright whose work was produced by Denver FTP.

  • 2
    19
    Chavkin, Samuel, May 22,1978

    Publicist with Federal Dance Theatre, NYC FTP. Closed pending release.

  • 2
    20
    Cheney, Sheldon, December 29,1975

    Writer and theater critic. Closed pending release.

  • 2
    Chesse, Ralph, 1974

    Director of marionette units, SF and LA FTP; costume designer.

  • 2
    21
    Chesse, Ralph, June 23, 1977

    Director of marionette units, SF and LA FTP; costume designer.

  • 2
    22
    Chilkovsky, Nadia May 25, 1978

    Choreographer and dancer with Federal Dance Project, NYC FTP.

  • 2
    23
    Cikovsky, Nicolai, 7-18-80July 18, 1980

    Artist with the Illinois and District of Columbia FAP. Permission of interviewer required for publication.

  • 3
    Cisney, Marcella

    See Schnitzer, Marcella Cisney.

  • 3
    1
    Clark, Helen Fisher, August 7, 1976

    With Children's Theatre unit, NYC FTP.

  • 3
    1
    Clark, Maurice, August 7, 1976

    Theatrical director with Experimental and Children's units, NYC FTP.

  • 3
    2
    Clarke, David, July 21, 1977

    Assistant stage manager with Classical unit, NYC FTP.

  • 3
    Clebanoff, Herman, April 21, 1982

    Concertmaster, Illinois Symphony Orchestra.

  • 3
    3
    Clugston, Katherine T., December 28, 1984

    Director of Play Bureau, NYC FTP.

  • 3
    4
    Clugston, Katherine T.

    Director of Play Bureau, NYC FTP. Closed until completion of dissertation.

  • 3
    5
    Cohen, Elizabeth Elson, January 14, 1977

    District supervisor with SF FTP.

  • 3
    Cohn, Arthur, May 6, 1982

    Supervisor of Copyists unit of Philadelphia FMP; conductor of Philadelphia Orchestra.

  • 3
    6
    Coleman, Ralf, November 24, 1972

    Director of Negro unit, Boston FTP. Permission to quote required.

  • 3
    7
    Coleman, Ralf, November 21, 1975

    Director of Negro unit, Boston FTP.

  • 3
    8
    Connelly, Marc, October 23, 1975

    Playwright whose works were produced by various FTP units.

  • 3
    9
    Corey, Jeff, October 24, 1977

    Actor with NYC FTP.

  • 3
    10
    Cotten, Joseph, February 22, 1978

    Actor with Classical unit,NYC FTP.

  • 3
    11
    Courlander, Harold, August 10, 1977

    Playwright whose work, Swamp Mud, was produced in Birmingham, AL.

  • 3
    12
    Cox, Margaret, February 5, 1976

    WPA administrative assistant and secretary, Washington, D.C. and NY. Closed pending release.

  • 3
    13
    Cronbach, Robert, February 26, 1976

    Sculptor with FAP. Permission of interviewer required for publication.

  • 3
    14
    Cronin, Anne, October 29, 1977

    Administrative assistant to Ellen Woodward, WPA's head of Woman's and Professional Division, Washington, D.C. FTP. This is an untaped interview.

  • 3
    15
    Croydon, Joan, December 16, 1977

    Actress with Roslyn, NY unit of FTP.

  • 3
    Cunningham, Michele Elliott, May 28, 1976

    Actress, dancer, playwright, and marionette manipulator with SF FTP.

  • 3
    16
    Da Silva, Howard, May 24, 1976

    Actor and director with Radio Division, NYC FTP.

  • 3
    17
    Daggett, Helen Cross, April 18, 1983

    Worked with various productions of FTP in California. Permission of interviewer required for publication.

  • 3
    18
    Daly, Frank, June 11, 1977

    Actor with the Roslyn, NY FTP unit.

  • 3
    19
    Danzig, Frank, July 19, 1977

    Writer with Radio Division, NYC FTP.

  • 3
    20
    Davidson, Julius, December 14, 1976

    Finance administrator, WPA arts projects, Washington, D.C.

  • 3
    De Koven, Roger, January 8, 1980

    Actor with Popular Price Theatre, NYC FTP. Closed pending release.

  • 3
    21
    De Paur, Leonard December 2, 1976, December 28,1976, January 11, 1977

    Music director with the Negro unit, NYC FTP.

  • 3
    22
    Dehn, Mura, April 20, 1978

    Dancer and choreographer with the dance unit, NYC FTP.

  • 3
    23
    Del Bourgo, Fanya Geltman, December 16, 1977

    Dancer with the dance unit, NYC FTP.

  • 4
    1
    Denby, Edwin, March 2, 1977

    Play adapter and choreographer with Classical unit, NYC FTP.

  • 4
    2
    Dowell, George B., April 30, 1976

    Assistant to Hallie Flanagan at Smith College; playwright.

  • 4
    3
    Du Bois, Shirley Graham, May 28, 1975

    Playwright with Chicago FTP. Permission to quote over 100 words required.

  • 4
    4
    Dudley Jr., Edward, October 27, 1977

    Assistant stage manager with Negro unit, NYC FTP.

  • 4
    6
    Durham, C.J.S. (Jack), June 23, 1983

    Worked in Herbert Hoover's and Harry Hopkins's press offices.

  • 4
    6
    Ebsen, Nancy Wolcott, June 1, 1976

    Student of Hallie Flanagan; expert in children's theater.

  • 4
    7
    Edson, Eda, May 30, 1976

    Director of Vaudeville unit, Los Angeles, FTP. Closed pending release.

  • 4
    8
    Edwards, Ben, December 28, 1976

    Set designer with the Roslyn, NY unit of the FTP.

  • 4
    9
    Eldridge, Elaine, November 27, 1978

    Actress with the Children's Theatre, NYC FTP.

  • 4
    10
    Elson, Charles, December 1, 1976

    Set designer with the Los Angeles FTP.

  • 4
    10
    Elson, Diane Rivers, December 1, 1976

    Actress with the Los Angeles FTP.

  • 4
    11
    Engel, Lehman, October 23, 1976

    Musical composer and director with various units, NYC FMP and FTP.

  • 4
    Engel, Lehman, May 8, 1982

    Musical composer and director with various units, NYC FMP and FTP.

  • 4
    Ewing, Kay, November 27, 1979

    Director of Negro unit and Children's unit, Chicago, FTP. Closed pending release.

  • 4
    12
    Farmer, Virginia, August 11, 1976

    Director of Southwest Experimental unit, Los Angeles FTP.

  • 4
    13
    Farnsworth, William, March 16, 1976

    Administrative assistant to Hallie Flanagan, national office, FTP.

  • 4
    14
    Farran, Don, January 3, 1976

    Director, Midwest FTP; administrator for Federal Arts Projects in Chicago and Washington, D.C.

  • 4
    15
    Feder, Abe, May 13, 1976

    Lighting designer with the Negro and Classical units, NYC FTP. Closed pending release.

  • 4
    Ferguson, Kenneth, September 19, 1975

    Brother of Hallie Flanagan. This is an untaped interview.

  • 4
    16
    Fishel, H.L. (Bud), October 26, 1976

    Administrator with the National Play Bureau; playwright, play reader, NYC FTP.

  • 4
    17
    Fisher, Granville, March 19,1977

    Director of Miami unit, FTP.

  • 4
    18
    Forbes, Leon, July 19, 1977

    Actor with SF FTP

  • 4
    19
    Francis, Arlene, April 17, 1978

    Actress with the Classical unit, NYC FTP

  • 4
    20
    Frank, Allan, October 25, 1976

    Actor with Children's Theatre, NYC FTP

  • 4
    21
    Frankel, Lillian Berson, October 10, 1977

    Writer with Radio Division, Illinois Writers' Project

  • 4
    22
    Freeman, Charles K., February 20, 1976

    Producer and Theatrical Director, NYC FTP

  • 5
    1
    Freud, Mayfair, January 5, 1976

    Wife of Ralph Freud, theatrical director and actor with LA FTP

  • 5
    1
    Freud, Mayfair, January 8, 1976

    Wife of Ralph Freud, theatrical director and actor with LA FTP.

  • 5
    2
    Freud, Ralph, November 1, 1961

    Theatrical director and actor with LA and SF FTP.

  • 5
    3
    Friar, Kimon, May 1976

    Playwright and technical assistant with the Detroit FTP.

  • 5
    Galea, Manuel see Myra Kinch February 21. 1976

    Composer; accompanist with Dance Project, LA FTP.

  • 5
    4
    Garnet, Eva Desca, October 26, 1977

    Dancer and assistant to Doris Humphrey with the Dance Project, NYC FTP.

  • 5
    5
    Geer, Will, June 1, 1976

    Actor, NYC FTP.

  • 5
    Gellert, Lawrence, October 22, 1976

    Writer and Publicist with FWP and the Negro unit, NYC FTP; play reader with FTP Play Bureau. Closed pending release.

  • 5
    6
    Gerrard, Saida, February 21, 1978

    Dancer with the Dance Project, NYC FTP

  • 5
    7
    Gilbert, Lou, April 16, 1977

    Actor and founder of Chicago Repertory Group, 1933.

  • 5
    8
    Gilder, Rosamond, November 16, 1975

    Administrator, Bureau of research and Publications of FTP.

  • 5
    8
    Gilder, Rosamond, February 19, 1976

    Administrator, Bureau of Research and Publications of FTP.

  • 5
    9
    Gilman, Harold, November 30, 1978

    Actor with the Chicago FTP.

  • 5
    9
    Gilman, Ida Galler, November 30, 1978

    Dancer with the Chicago FTP.

  • 5
    10
    Glidden, Patty Neederman, July 23, 1977

    Actress and dancer with the Vaudeville unit, LA FTP

  • 5
    11
    Glyer, Richard, July 19, 1977

    Actor with the LA FTP; director with the Seattle FTP.

  • 5
    Goldberg, Albert, April 19, 1982

    State director of the Illinois FMP.

  • 5
    12
    Goodman, Frank, June 9, 1977

    Publicist with NYC FTP; director, Department of Information, FTP.

  • 5
    Gorelik, Mordecai, January 3, 1976

    Designer, theater historian; critic.

  • 5
    13
    Graham, Hedley Gordon, February 27, 1977

    Theatrical director with the Atlanta, Tampa, and Chicago units of the FTP.

  • 5
    Graham, Hedley Gordon, May 27, 1977

    Theatrical director with the Atlanta, Tampa, and Chicago units of the FTP.

  • 5
    14
    Green, Paul, December 1, 1975

    Playwright, some of whose works were produced by various FTP units.

  • 5
    15
    Hairston, Jester, December 27, 1971

    Musical director with the LA and SF FTP. Permission to quote more than 100 words required.

  • 5
    16
    Hairston, Jester, May 29, 1976

    Musical director with the LA and SF FTP.Closed until 1996; or permission of interviewee.

  • 5
    17
    Harris, Julian H.

    Art director with the Atlanta FTP.

  • 5
    18
    Haufrecht, Herbert, July 18, 1981

    Staff composer and arranger with FTP.

  • 5
    19
    Hauser, Ethel Aaron, February 20, 1976

    Stage manager and publicity director with the Living Newspaper unit, NYC FTP.

  • 5
    20
    Hays, Hoffman R., June 8, 1977

    Writer and researcher with the Living Newspaper unit, NYC FTP.

  • 5
    21
    Hill, Abram, February 27, 1977

    Play reader and playwright with the NYC FTP. Permission required for commercial use.

  • 5
    22
    Hill, Abram, March 30, 1978

    Play reader and playwright with the NYC FTP. Closed pending release.

  • 6
    1
    Horn, Axel, January 3, 1975

    Muralist with the FAP and SECT in NY and Ohio. Permission of interviewer required for publication.

  • 6
    2
    Houghton, Norris, May 13, 1976

    Writer, critic, producer, designer with the NY theaters i the 1930s.

  • 6
    3
    Houseman, John, May 11, 1976

    Producer and administrator with the Negro and Classical units, NYC FTP.

  • 6
    4
    Hurwitz, Leo, September 27, 1975

    Participated in the Resettlement Administration.

  • 6
    5
    Isaacs, Lewis, November 9, 1978

    Son of Edith Isaacs, editor of Theatre Arts Magazine; friend of FTP. This is an untaped interview.

  • 6
    6
    Izenour, George, February 1976

    Lighting designer with the LA FTP. This is an untaped interview.

  • 6
    7
    Johnson, Lamont, May 28, 1976

    Theatrical director familiar with the LA and NYC FTP.

  • 6
    8
    Jonas, Hallie, May 29, 1976

    Publicist and promotion officer with the NYC FTP.

  • 6
    Kayes, Alan, May 11, 1982

    Director of information with the NYC FMP.

  • 6
    9
    Kennedy, Donald Scott, September 1976

    Actor with the SF FTP.

  • 6
    10
    Kent, Charlotte, December 15, 1977

    Songwriter and composer with the NYC FTP.

  • 6
    11
    Kinch, Myra, February 21,1976

    Choreographer and dancer with the Dance Project, LA FTP.

  • 6
    12
    Kingston, Lenore, October 24,1977

    Actress with the San Bernardino/Riverside and LA FTP.

  • 6
    13
    Kinnard, Henry, January 3, 1977

    Stagehand with the NYC FTP.Closed pending release.

  • 6
    14
    Koch, Howard, October 26, 1976

    Playwright with the NYC FTP.

  • 6
    15
    Kondolf, George, February 21, 1976

    Administrative director, Chicago and NYC FTP.

  • 6
    Krakow, Leo, April 30, 1982

    Concertmaster of the Grand Rapids, MI FTP orchestra.

  • 6
    16
    Lane, Esther Porter, September 7, 1976

    Stage manager, administrator, theatrical director with the FTP in NYC, Washington, D.C., and Seattle, WA.

  • 6
    16
    Lane, Esther Porter, July 11, 1977

    Stage manager, administrator, theatrical director with the FTP in NYC, Washington, D.C., and Seattle, WA.

  • 6
    Lantz, Louis, May 26, 1976

    Playwright whose works were produced by the NYC FTP. Closed pending release.

  • 6
    17
    Larsen, Agnete Johansen, November 18,1978

    Actress with the SF and Oakland FTP. This is an untaped interview.

  • 6
    18
    Laub, Lili Mann, May 24, 1978

    Dancer with the Dance Project, NYC FTP.

  • 6
    19
    Laurence, Paula, April 20, 1978

    Actress with the Classical unit, NYC FTP.

  • 6
    20
    Lavery, Emmet, January 5, 1976

    Administrator with the National Service Bureau of the FTP.

  • 6
    20
    Lavery, Emmet, October 17,1977

    Director, National Service Bureau of the FTP.

  • 6
    21
    Lawson, Kathryn Drain, January 3, 1976

    Director of Bureau of Research and Publication, NYC FTP.Bound with the 1-4-76 transcript.

  • 6
    21
    Lawson, Kathryn Drain, January 4, 1976

    Director of Bureau of Research and Publication, NYC FTP.Bound with the 1-3-76 transcript.

  • 6
    22
    Le Noire, Rosetta, January 8, 1977

    Actress with the Negro unit, NYC FTP. Closed during interviewee's lifetime.

  • 6
    23
    Leavitt, Max, November 28, 1978

    Puppeteer with the Marionette Project, NYC FTP.Closed during lifetime.

  • 6
    24
    Lee, J. Edward, July 20, 1977

    Publicist with NYC and Chicago FTP. Interview not to be used for gain or profit without the consent of the interviewee.

  • 6
    25
    Lee, Will, September 22, 1976

    Actor with the several units of the NYC FTP.

  • 7
    1
    Lehac, Ned May/June 1977

    Lyricist whose work was featured in the NYC FTP production of Sing For Your Supper.

  • 7
    2
    Lentz, Josef, April 7, 1977

    Administrator with the New Orleans and Atlanta FTP.Permission for use required during Mr. Lentz's lifetime.

  • 7
    3
    Lessin, Harry, January 6, 1976

    Actor with NYC FTP.

  • 7
    4
    Leve, Samuel, February 21, 1976

    Set designer with NYC FTP.

  • 7
    5
    Levin, Meyer, January 4, 1978

    Playwright whose Model Tenements was produced by the Chicago FTP.

  • 7
    6
    Lewitsky, Bella, March 12, 1979

    Dancer with the Dance Project, LA FTP.

  • 7
    7
    Lief, Arthur, June 7, 1977

    Teacher and conductor with NYC FMP. Closed during interviewee's lifetime.

  • 7
    8
    Lindemulder, Nel, October 28, 1984

    Interviewee's husband, Gerhardt Lindemulder, was a director with the FTP in Louisiana and Florida.

  • 7
    Lipe, Howard, December 5, 1976

    Vaudeville performer with the FTP.

  • 7
    9
    Litvinoff, Valentina, November 29, 1978

    Dancer with the Children's unit and Dance Project, NYC FTP.Tape restricted.

  • 7
    10
    Lloyd, Joel, November 14, 1978

    Puppet artist with the Marionette unit, NYC FTP.

  • 7
    11
    Lloyd, Norman, January 5, 1976

    Actor with the Living Newspaper unit, NYC FTP.

  • 7
    Losey, Blance Morgan, January 7, 1976

    Costume designer with FTP units in Seattle and Tacoma, WA.Closed during Mr. Williams's lifetime.

  • 7
    Luening, Otto, May 10, 1982

    Conductor with the Vermont FMP.

  • 7
    12
    Lumet, Baruch, January 25, 1973

    Father of Sidney Lumet, child actor with the Yiddish unit, NYC FTP.

  • 7
    13
    Lynch, Dorothea, March 14, 1977

    Administrative director with the Florida FTP.

  • 7
    14
    McDermott, Thomas, October 23, 1976

    Actor with the Chicago FTP.Closed during interviewee's lifetime.

  • 7
    15
    McLean, Scott R., March 20, 1977

    Actor with the Jacksonville and Miami FTP.Closed during interviewee's lifetime.

  • 7
    16
    Macchiarini, Peter, February 23, 1978

    Marionette artist with the SF FTP.Quotations must be accurate.

  • 7
    17
    Maltz, Albert, May 27, 1976

    Playwright whose work was produced by NYC FTP.

  • 7
    18
    Mann, Dulce Fox, March 11, 1980

    Actress with the Classical unit, NYC FTP.

  • 7
    19
    Marshall, E.G., March 3, 1977

    Actor with the Chicago FTP.

  • 7
    20
    Maxwell, Gilbert, March 3, 1977

    Actor with the Atlanta FTP.

  • 7
    Meadow, Herb, August 7, 1976

    Playwright and researcher with the National Play Bureau of the FTP.Closed during interviewee's lifetime.

  • 7
    21
    Meltzer, Allan, March 18, 1977

    Publicist with the NYC FTP.

  • 7
    22
    Meredith, Betty Arden, July 18, 1977

    Actress and researcher with the LA FTP; researcher with the Seattle FTP.

  • 7
    Meredith, Betty Arden see Donal Murray July 20, 1977

    Actress and researcher with the LA FTP; researcher with the Seattle FTP.

  • 7
    23
    Merrill, Mary, March 8, 1976

    Costume designer with the NYC FTP.

  • 7
    Mesa, Fernando, March 15, 1977

    Stage manager with the Tampa FTP.Closed during interviewee's lifetime.

  • 7
    Meyer, Harriet B., August 20, 1975

    Administrator with the Research Bureau, NYC FTP.This is an untaped interview.

  • 7
    Miller, Carl, May 13, 1982

    Staff member with the Educational Division, NYC FTP.

  • 7
    24
    Miller, J. Howard, January 5, 1976

    Administrative director with the West Coast units of FTP; deputy National Director of FTP.

  • 7
    24
    Miller J. Howard, October 18, 1977

    Administrative director with the West Coast units of FTP; deputy National Director of FTP.

  • 7
    Miller J. Howard, June 1, 1979

    Administrative director with the West Coast units of FTP; deputy National Director of FTP.

  • 7
    25
    Monroe, Charles, November 9, 1978

    Member of the Seattle Negro Repertory Theatre in the 1930s.Closed to any government agency.

  • 7
    26
    Morcom, James S., May 10, 1977

    Set designer with the NYC FTP.

  • 7
    27
    Morris, Lawrence S., January 1977

    Worked with the NYC FTP. This is an untaped interview.

  • 7
    28
    Morrow, Fred

    Director with the FTP in the South; later with the Detroit FTP.

  • 8
    1
    Moss, Carlton, August 6, 1976

    Theatrical director with the Negro unit, NYC FTP.

  • 8
    2
    Murray, Donald, July 20, 1977

    Actor, director, writer with the Southwest Experimental unit of the LA FTP.

  • 8
    3
    Muse, Clarence, January 4, 1976

    Director with the Negro unit, LA FTP.

  • 8
    4
    Nadel, Sue Ramos, October 23, 1977

    Dancer with the NYC FTP.

  • 8
    5
    Norford, George T., October 25, 1976

    Writer and playwright who submitted work to the Negro unit, NYC FTP.This is an untaped interview.

  • 8
    6
    Norvelle, Lee R., July 11,1979

    Director with the Indiana FTP.

  • 8
    7
    Ottenheimer, Albert M., January 10, 1978

    Actor with the Seattle FTP.

  • 8
    8
    Page, Ruth, April 24, 1979

    Dancer and choreographer with the Chicago FTP.

  • 8
    Perlowin, Paula Bass see S.R. Nadel October 23, 1977

    Dancer with the NYC FTP.

  • 8
    9
    Peterson, Arthur, July 22, 1977

    Actor with the Chicago FTP.

  • 8
    10
    Pezman, Theodore, October 26, 1977

    Writer with the Southwest Experimental unit of the LA FTP.

  • 8
    11
    Phelps, Eleanor, December 13, 1975

    Actress and student of Hallie Flanagan at Vassar College.This is an untaped interview.

  • 8
    12
    Phillips, Wendell, May 27, 1975

    Actor; director with Suitcase Theatre; assistant director with the Classical unit, NYC FTP.

  • 8
    13
    Pierce, Evelyn, November 10, 1978

    Director of casting with the Talent Bureau, NYC FTP.Closed pending release.

  • 8
    14
    Pinska, Klarna, February 24, 1978

    Dancer with the NYC FTP.

  • 8
    15
    Pollock, Max, January 8, 1976

    Director of the Vaudeville productions, LA FTP.

  • 8
    16
    Ponch, Martin with Nancy Ponch, May 26, 1976

    Actor in Yiddish theater and New York University repertory groups during the FTP era.

  • 8
    17
    Poole, Valter, April 28, 1983

    Conductor with the Michigan WPA Symphony Orchestra.

  • 8
    18
    Porter, Don, January 8, 1976

    Actor with the LA and Portland (OR) FTP units.This is an untaped interview.

  • 8
    19
    Price, Herbert, July 31, 1980

    With the WPA program in Connecticut; also with the CCC; founded the Plymouth Playhouse; worked briefly on the set of Faustus.

  • 8
    20
    Randolph, John, May 28, 1976

    Actor with the Children's unit, NYC FTP.

  • 8
    21
    Rather, Lois Rodecap, August 24, 1979

    Researcher of the Chinese theater, Research Department, SF FTP.

  • 8
    22
    Rauch, Lillian Shapero, June 10, 1977

    Choreographer with the Yiddish unit, NYC FTP.Closed during interviewee's lifetime.

  • 8
    23
    Reese, Amos, July 20, 1977

    Radio script writer, Radio Division, NYC FTP.This is an untaped interview.

  • 8
    24
    Refregier, Anton, January 2, 1975

    Artist, muralist with the FAP in NY, NJ, and CA.Permission of interviewer required for publication.

  • 8
    25
    Reich, Molka, March 19, 1977

    Actress and director with the marionette unit of the Miami FTP.

  • 8
    26
    Rella, Ettore, November 13, 1975

    Playwright in New York and San Francisco; write with the FWP.

  • 8
    27
    Rhodes, Irwin, February 26, 1977

    Administrator and legal counsel for the National Service Bureau, FTP.

  • 8
    Rhodes, Irwin, May 10, 1977

    Administrator and legal counsel for the National Service Bureau, FTP.

  • 8
    28
    Rich, Shirley, November 9, 1976

    Hallie Flanagan's assistant who collected Flanagan's papers which were donated to the Theatre Collection, New York Public Library.

  • 9
    1
    Roberts, Gordon, October 30, 1977

    Actor with the Cleveland (OH) FTP.

  • 9
    2
    Robinson, Earl, August 1976

    Composer for various productions, NYC FTP.

  • 9
    3
    Robson, William N., September 13, 1977

    Writer and director with the Radio Division, NYC FTP.

  • 9
    4
    Romano, Amelia, March 4, 1977

    Actress with the NYC FTP.

  • 9
    Rome, Harold, March 13, 1980

    Lyricist who wrote the words for "Papa's Got a Job" for Sing For Your Supper under the pseudonym of Hector Troy.This is an untaped interview.

  • 9
    5
    Rosten, Norman, November 14, 1975

    Playwright, play reader with the Playwriting Bureau, NYC FTP.Prior consent required for publication.

  • 9
    Rubenstein, Lewis, December 14, 1978

    Muralist with the Massachusetts and New York FAP.Permission of interviewer required for publication.

  • 9
    6
    Russak, Ben, February 19, 1976

    Administrator, Playwriting Bureau, FTP.Permission of interviewee required; copyright conditions.

  • 9
    7
    Saul, Oscar, June 2, 1976

    Playwright in NYC whose works were produced by FTP.This is an untaped interview.

  • 9
    8
    Saunders, Wardell, October 27, 1977

    Actor with the Negro unit, NYC FTP. This is an untaped interview.

  • 9
    9
    Savage, George, January 6, 1976

    Playwright and director with the Seattle FTP.Closed during Guy Williams's lifetime.

  • 9
    10
    Saxe, Al, March 18, 1977

    Director with the Experimental unit, NYC FTP.Closed pending release.

  • 9
    11
    Schenker, Augusta Weissberger, March 2, 1977

    Administrative assistant with the Negro and Classical units, NYC FTP.

  • 9
    12
    Schnitzer, Marcella Cisney, November 17, 1975

    Actress with the Radio Division, NYC FTP.

  • 9
    12
    Schnitzer, Robert, November 17, 1975

    Administrator, Delaware FTP; with FTP national office, Washington, DC; with the San Francisco World's Fair, 1939.

  • 9
    13
    Schnitzer, Robert, November 7, 1976

    Administrator, Delaware FTP; with FTP national office, Washington, DC; with the San Francisco World's Fair, 1939.

  • 9
    14
    Schoolman, Mary Sackler, June 22, 1976

    Administrative assistant to Philip Barber, NYC FTP. Closed during interviewee's lifetime.

  • 9
    15
    Schrager, Philip, February 28, 1979

    Assistant stage manager with the Living Newspaper unit, NYC FTP.

  • 9
    16
    Schulman, Rose, April 15, 1976

    Administrative assistant to Jasper Deeter, first director of the Pennsylvania/New Jersey FTP.

  • 9
    17
    Schulman, Sol, January 22, 1976

    Audience member, NYC FTP productions.

  • 9
    Schuman, William, May 3, 1982

    Composer, NYC FMP.

  • 9
    18
    Scooler, Zvee, April 19, 1977

    Director of the Anglo-Jewish unit, NYC FTP.

  • 9
    Scott, Isabel, March 15, 1977

    Worked with Children's and Vaudeville units, Miami and Tampa FTP. Closed during Fernando Mesa's lifetime.

  • 9
    19
    Shaw, Zachary, August 27, 1979

    Puppeteer with the Marionette unit, NYC FTP.

  • 9
    20
    Sherman, Hiram, April 18, 1978

    Actor with the Classical unit, NYC FTP.

  • 9
    21
    Sherman, Vincent, January 7, 1976

    Writer and playwright in NYC at the time of the FTP. This is an untaped interview.

  • 9
    22
    Shibley, Eleanor Scherr, August 5, 1976

    Actress, NYC FTP.

  • 9
    Shibley, Eleanor Scherr, September 22, 1976

    Actress, NYC FTP.

  • 9
    23
    Shohet, Max, January 26, 1978

    Publicist, NYC FTP.

  • 9
    24
    Shrewsbury, Robert, June 11, 1977

    Actor with the Chicago, Peoria, and Miami FTP; worked with sets and costumes in Chicago.

  • 9
    25
    Sidney, P. Jay, October 25, 1976

    Actor with the Children's and Negro units, NYC FTP. Closed pending release.

  • 9
    Siegal, Fritz, April 27, 1982

    Concertmaster with the FMP Illinois Symphony.

  • 9
    26
    Siegmeister, Elie, May 8, 1982

    Composer with the NYC FTP; wrote the score for FTP's Created Equal.

  • 9
    27
    Silvera, John, July 11, 1977

    Publicist with the Negro unit, NYC FTP.

  • 9
    28
    Simon, Louis, October 25, 1976

    Administrative director, NJ FTP; director of repertory unit, Roslyn, NY FTP. Written permission of interviewee required for publication.

  • 9
    29
    Sklar, George, January 2, 1976

    Playwright in NYC whose work was produced by the FTP. Permission to quote required by interviewee.

  • 10
    1
    Slane, Michael Andrew May/June 1979

    Director, Denver FTP.

  • 10
    Smith, Carlton Sprague, April 8, 1982

    Worked with Composers's Forum and Copying Project of the FMP.

  • 10
    2
    Sokolow, Anna, November 9, 1976

    Choreographer, NYC FTP. This is an untaped interview.

  • 10
    3
    Solman, Joseph, January 1975

    Artist, NY FAP. Permission of interviewer required for publication.

  • 10
    4
    Sour, Robert, October 31, 1977

    Songwriter whose works were performed by NYC FTP.

  • 10
    5
    Spayde, Sydney H., July 19, 1982

    Administrator with Iowa FTP; assistant to E.C. Mabie, regional director for the Midwest FTP.

  • 10
    6
    Staton, Joseph, January 7, 1976

    Actor with the Seattle FTP.

  • 10
    7
    Stavis, Barrie, November 8, 1976

    Playwright whose work was produced by the FTP.

  • 10
    8
    Stone, Gene, July 21, 1977

    Composer and arranger with the Vaudeville unit, LA FTP.

  • 10
    9
    Stover, Frederick, June 8, 1977

    Set designer, LA FTP.

  • 10
    10
    Strassberg, Maurice, January 24, 1973

    Actor with the Anglo-Jewish unit, NYC FTP. Closed pending release.

  • 10
    11
    Stuckmann, Eugene, February 23, 1976

    Actor with the New Hampshire FTP. Closed pending release.

  • 10
    12
    Suib, Leonard, April 19, 1978

    Puppeteer in NYC familiar with the Marionette and Children's units, NYC FTP.

  • 10
    13
    Sundgaard, Arnold, September 5, 1976

    Playwright in Chicago whose work was produced by the FTP.

  • 10
    14
    Talbot, Clarence, July 21, 1977

    Administrator, director, actor, and playwright involved with the Seattle and Tacoma FTP, and the Des Moines FTP.

  • 10
    15
    Teichmann, Howard, April 18, 1977

    Stage Manager with the Mercury Theatre, New York.

  • 10
    Thomas, Ted, October 19, 1977

    Theatrical director with the Classical unit, NYC FTP. Closed pending release.

  • 10
    16
    Thomson, Virgil, November 5, 1976

    Musical director with the Negro and Classical units, NYC FTP.

  • 10
    Thomson, Virgil, May 11, 1982

    Musical director with the Negro and Classical units. NYC FTP.

  • 10
    17
    Tilton, Mary Seek, January 24, 1978

    Worked with the National Youth Administration and the WPA in Iowa. Closed pending release.

  • 10
    18
    Tyler, Converse, December 15, 1976

    Administrator, National Play Bureau, NYC FTP.

  • 10
    Valiant, Margaret, April 14, 1979

    Worked with the Resettlement Administration.

  • 10
    19
    Velie, Jay, May 24, 1978

    Actor with the Roslyn, NY FTP.

  • 10
    20
    Wallace, Lea, June 13, 1980

    Dancer with Tamiris's group, Dance Project, NYC FTP.

  • 10
    21
    Ward, Theodore April 7-8, 1974

    Playwright based in Chicago whose works were produced by the FTP. Permission to quote over 100 words required.

  • 10
    22
    Ward, Theodore April 12, 1974, August 13, 1976

    Playwright based in Chicago whose works were produced by the FTP.

  • 11
    Warde, Frances, January 8, 1976

    Actress with the Vaudeville unit, LA FTP.

  • 11
    1
    Wasserman, Dale, January 23, 1973

    Stage manager, actor, and lighting technician with the LA FTP.

  • 11
    2
    Wasserman, Dale, May 30, 1976

    Stage manager, actor, and lighting technician, LA FTP.

  • 11
    3
    Weisberg, Sara Thomas, April 6, 1977

    Administrator, Atlanta FTP.

  • 11
    4
    Weissberger, Arnold, April 19, 1977

    Lawyer who represented Orson Welles and John Houseman.

  • 11
    5
    Welles, Halsted, November 17, 1975

    Director with the NYC FTP.

  • 11
    6
    White, Charles, December 29, 1971

    Muralist with the Illinois FAP. Permission needed to quote over 100 words.

  • 11
    7
    Whiteside, Duncan, August 13, 1978

    Lighting director and technician with the Chicago FTP.

  • 11
    8
    Wilder, Grace, July 15, 1977

    Administrator with the Marionette unit of the NYC FTP.

  • 11
    9
    Wilkes, Nathan, November 28, 1978

    Puppeteer and lighting designer with the Marionette unit, NYC FTP.

  • 11
    10
    Williams, Guy, January 6, 1976

    Theatrical director with the Seattle FTP. Closed during Mr. Williams's lifetime.

  • 11
    10
    Williams, Guy, January 7, 1976

    Theatrical director with the Seattle FTP. Closed during Mr. Williams's lifetime.

  • 11
    11
    Williams, Jay, September 8, 1975

    Stage manager with the Children's theater, NYC FTP.

  • 11
    12
    Wilson, Ellis, February 25, 1975

    Artist with the Illinois and New York FAP.

  • 11
    Wilson, Jack, July 19, 1977

    Research with the San Francisco Theatre History project; actor in several SF FTP productions.

  • 11
    13
    Yasko, Karel, 1983

    Worked with the GSA; recovered many FAP works and murals.