Guide to the Robert C. Schnitzer papers, 1950-1980 C0043 Robert C. Schnitzer

Guide to the Robert C. Schnitzer papers, 1950-1980 C0043

Robert C. Schnitzer


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Eron Ackerman

Repository
George Mason University. Libraries. Special Collections Research Center
Identification
C0043
Title
Robert C. Schnitzer papers1950-1980
URL:
http://sca.gmu.edu/finding_aids/schnitzer.html
Quantity
6.75 Linear Feet (9 boxes)
General Physical Description note
(9 boxes)
Creator
Schnitzer, Robert C.
Language
English .
Abstract
Included in the Robert C. Schnitzer Papers are textual materials (subject files, correspondence, memoranda) about ANTA overseas productions, photographs of ANTA theater troupe and other ANTA personnel in Europe 1951 and 1955, 1950s and 1960s promotional posters for ANTA overseas productions, newspaper clippings about ANTA performances in Europe, prompt script to the play "Skin of Our Teeth" starring Helen Hayes, and working papers and other materials about Schnitzer's work with the University of Michigan Professional Theatre Program.

Administrative Information

Use Restrictions

There are no restrictions.

Access Restrictions

Collection is open to research.

Preferred Citation

Robert C. Schnitzer papers, Collection #C0043, Special Collections and Archives, George Mason University Libraries.

Acquisition Information

Collection donated by Robert Schnitzer in 1995-1996.

Processing Information

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


Biographical Information

Robert C. Schnitzer is a former actor, producer, educator, and theater administrator. As a young actor in New York City, Schnitzer appeared in or stage managed The Brothers Karamazov, Hamlet, An Enemy of the People, Richelieu, Henry V, Richard III, Caponsacchi, Macbeth, and Cyrano de Bergerac. From 1936 to 1939, Schnitzer was Delaware's State Director and Deputy National Director of the WPA's Federal Theatre Project.

Schnitzer later joined the American National Theater and Academy (ANTA) as general manager for the Experimental Theater in New York, which returned to the New York theater scene under the auspices of ANTA in 1947. The ANTA-sponsored performances managed by Mr. Schnitzer included the first American production of Hamlet to be presented at Elsinore, Denmark; the first European tour of the American Ballet Theatre in 1950; and from 1951 to 1953, three Berlin festivals that showcased American talent such as the Theatre Guild's Oklahoma, the Hall Johnson Choir, and the Julliard String Quartet.

In 1954, Mr. Schnitzer took over as general manager for the International Exchange Program through which ANTA helped promote and sponsor cultural exchanges in cooperation with the U.S. State Department. The hundreds of overseas productions arranged by Mr. Schnitzer ran the gamut from college choirs and athletes to notables such as Marian Anderson, the Dave Brubeck Quartet, and the New York Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Leonard Berstein. Many of these performers played to audiences in Berlin, Moscow, and other locations behind the Iron Curtain.

In 1960, Mr. Schnitzer became the general manager for the American Repertory Company, set up by the Theatre Guild at the request of the U.S. Government to export the best in American theater. He arranged for three plays - The Skin of Our Teeth, The Miracle Worker, and The Glass Menagerie - to tour 28 countries in Europe and South America in 1961. The company included the famous actress Helen Hayes. During the 1970s he was head of the University of Michigan's Professional Theatre Program. He died on January 2, 2008.

Scope and Content

Included in the Robert C. Schnitzer Papers are textual materials (subject files, correspondence, memoranda) about ANTA overseas productions, photographs of ANTA theater troupe and other ANTA personnel in Europe 1951 and 1955, 1950s and 1960s promotional posters for ANTA overseas productions, newspaper clippings about ANTA performances in Europe, prompt script to the play "Skin of Our Teeth" starring Helen Hayes, and working papers and other materials about Schnitzer's work with the University of Michigan Professional Theatre Program.

Arrangement

This collection is arranged according to subject.

Related Material

Special Collections and Archives also holds many other theatre collections

Subjects and Indexing Terms

  • ANTA (Organization)
  • Schnitzer, Robert C.
  • Theater
  • University of Michigan. Professional Theatre Program

Container List

Robert C. Schnitzer papers
1950-1980
  • Mixed Materials box: 1 folder: 1
    ANTA- State Department
    1960-1980
    Scope and Contents note
  • Mixed Materials box: 1 folder: 2
    Robert Schnitzer Move From ANTA to the Theater Guild
    1960
    Scope and Contents note
  • Mixed Materials box: 1 folder: 3
    '65 Germany
    [1965]
    Scope and Contents note
  • Mixed Materials box: 1 folder: 4
    Germany 1965 Guest Tour
    1965
    Scope and Contents note
  • Mixed Materials box: 1 folder: 5
    Europe (and others) '65,'66,etc.
    [1965,1966]
    Scope and Contents note
  • Mixed Materials box: 2 folder: 1
    Correspondence
    1950
    Scope and Contents note
  • Mixed Materials box: 2 folder: 2
    Pamphlet: Wiesbaden Germany
    Scope and Contents note
  • Mixed Materials box: 2 folder: 3
    Postcards: Europe
    Scope and Contents note
  • Mixed Materials box: 2 folder: 4
    Street Maps: Europe 1950 (Milan, Genoa, Zurich, Florence)
    Scope and Contents note
  • Mixed Materials box: 2 folder: 5
    Tourist Pamphlets (Venice, Turin, Zurich, The Hague, Amsterdam)
    Scope and Contents note
  • Mixed Materials box: 2 folder: 6
    Menu and Table Plan: 22nd International Congress, P.E.N. Club; 8/19/50
    1950
    Scope and Contents note
  • Mixed Materials box: 2 folder: 7
    [Flight Report: Sabena Airlines]
    Scope and Contents note
  • Mixed Materials box: 2 folder: 8
    Work Permits
    1950
    Scope and Contents note
  • Mixed Materials box: 2 folder: 9
    [Miscellaneous Items (re: Europe 1950)] [1 of 2]
    [1950]
    Scope and Contents note
  • Mixed Materials box: 2 folder: 10
    [Miscellaneous Items (re: Europe 1950)] [ 2 of 2]
    1950
    Scope and Contents note
  • Mixed Materials box: 2 folder: 11
    Programs/Playbills: Europe 1950
    1950
    Scope and Contents note
  • Mixed Materials box: 2 folder: 12
    Programs/Playbills: Europe 1950 [2 of 3]
    1950
    Scope and Contents note
  • Mixed Materials box: 2 folder: 13
    Programs/Playbills: Europe 1950 [3 of 3]
    1950
    Scope and Contents note
  • Mixed Materials box: 2 folder: 14
    National Theater Assembly
    1951
    Scope and Contents note
  • Mixed Materials box: 3 folder: 1
    Photographs: Europe 1950
    [1950]
    Scope and Contents note

    Youskeuitch, I., Meister, B., Kaye, N., Chapin, Lerie, N., Alouso, Schnitzer, R., Cannon

  • Mixed Materials box: 3 folder: 2
    Berlin
    1951
    Scope and Contents note

    Ginder, C., Westermarm, T., Res, Breen, Doliymfle, J.

  • Mixed Materials box: 3 folder: 3
    Berlin
    1951
    Scope and Contents note

    Cliou, H., Johnson, H.

  • Mixed Materials box: 3 folder: 4
    Berlin
    1951
    Scope and Contents note

    Claire, L., Seldes, M., Lawrence, E., Anderson, J., McClintic, G., dal Porto, L., Breen, Res, Doliymfle, Gossner, Johnson, H.

  • Mixed Materials box: 3 folder: 5
    Berlin
    1951
    Scope and Contents note

    Holm, C., McClintick, G., Anderson, J., McCloy, J.

  • Mixed Materials box: 3 folder: 6
    Berlin
    1951
    Scope and Contents note

    Johnson, P., Holm, C., Asond, R., Marlo, M.,Grinder,P., Libmoll, M., Mathewson, Anderson, J.,

  • Mixed Materials box: 3 folder: 7
    Berlin
    1951
    Scope and Contents note

    Schmoll, W., Johnson, P., Rawlings, J., Austin, H., Platz, Res, Enters, A.,Doliymfle, J.

  • Mixed Materials box: 3 folder: 8
    Judith Anderson
    Scope and Contents note

    Anderson, J., Res

  • Mixed Materials box: 3 folder: 9
    Virginia Innes- Brown
    Scope and Contents note

    Innes-Brown, V.,

  • Mixed Materials box: 3 folder: 10
    Robert W. Dowling--Virginia Innes- Brown
    Scope and Contents note

    Dowling, R., Inner-Brown, V.

  • Mixed Materials box: 3 folder: 11
    European Tour
    Scope and Contents note

    Cirmey and Schnitzer

  • Mixed Materials box: 3 folder: 12
    France
    Scope and Contents note

    Havoc, J., Julien, A., Dillon, Schnitzer, Cizney

  • Mixed Materials box: 3 folder: 13
    Hamlet
    Scope and Contents note

    Breen, R.

  • Mixed Materials box: 3 folder: 15
    McIlvaine Farewell
    1956
    Scope and Contents note

    Farewell, I., Schnitzer, W.

  • Mixed Materials box: 3 folder: 16
    Miscellaneous
    Scope and Contents note

    Litori, Heller, Cisney, Schnitzer, Williams, C., Ilinski, J.

  • Mixed Materials box: 3 folder: 17
    Porgy and Bess Company
    Scope and Contents note
  • Mixed Materials box: 3 folder: 18
    South America
    1956
    Scope and Contents note

    Dalnymple, J., Res

  • Mixed Materials box: 3 folder: 19
    Stratford- Summer
    1957
    Scope and Contents note

    Daleymfle, J.

  • Mixed Materials box: 3 folder: 20
    Theatre Guild/ANTA--Repertory Company
    Scope and Contents note
  • Mixed Materials box: 4 folder: 1
    Soviet Arts Seminar
    Scope and Contents note
  • Mixed Materials box: 4 folder: 2
    R.C.S inspection tour South America for possible ANTA bookings
    Scope and Contents note
  • Mixed Materials box: 4 folder: 3
    Special
    Scope and Contents note
  • Mixed Materials box: 4 folder: 4
    Amrepco-Hotel, travel, "extra-curricular activities"
    Scope and Contents note
  • Mixed Materials box: 4 folder: 5
    Customs-Am Rep Co.
    Scope and Contents note
  • Mixed Materials box: 4 folder: 6
    Itinerary-Am Rep Co Latin Amer . tour
    Scope and Contents note
  • Mixed Materials box: 4 folder: 7
    Miscellaneous
    Scope and Contents note
  • Mixed Materials box: 4 folder: 8
    Heller
    Scope and Contents note
  • Mixed Materials box: 4 folder: 9
    How to be an Empresario
    Scope and Contents note
  • Mixed Materials box: 4 folder: 10
    Correspondence- Guild (Langner, Caro, etc.) and Schnitzer--tour operation
    Scope and Contents note
  • Mixed Materials box: 5 folder: 1
    Experimental Theatre
    Scope and Contents note
  • Mixed Materials box: 5 folder: 2
    Experimental Theatre
    Scope and Contents note
  • Mixed Materials box: 5 folder: 3
    Experimental Theatre
    Scope and Contents note
  • Mixed Materials box: 5 folder: 4
    Experimental Theatre
    Scope and Contents note
  • Mixed Materials box: 5 folder: 5
    Experimental Theatre
    Scope and Contents note
  • Mixed Materials box: 5 folder: 6
    Current Film Periodicals in English
    Scope and Contents note
  • Mixed Materials box: 5 folder: 7
    Misc. Get? See?
    Scope and Contents note
  • Mixed Materials box: 5 folder: 8
    Get
    Scope and Contents note
  • Mixed Materials box: 5 folder: 9
    NYU Seminars
    Scope and Contents note
  • Mixed Materials box: 5 folder: 10
    Ballet Theatre
    Scope and Contents note
  • Mixed Materials box: 5 folder: 11
    News clippings
    Scope and Contents note
  • Mixed Materials box: 5 folder: 12
    New clippings
    Scope and Contents note
  • Mixed Materials box: 6 folder: 1
    Reviews
    Scope and Contents note
  • Mixed Materials box: 6 folder: 2
    Hamlet/Denmark
    Scope and Contents note
  • Mixed Materials box: 6 folder: 3
    Hamlet/Denmark
    Scope and Contents note
  • Mixed Materials box: 6 folder: 4
    Hamlet/Denmark
    Scope and Contents note
  • Mixed Materials box: 6 folder: 5
    Hamlet/Denmark--Hamlet/Festival Production
    Scope and Contents note
  • Mixed Materials box: 6 folder: 6
    N.T.C
    Scope and Contents note
  • Mixed Materials box: 6 folder: 7
    Breen, R. misc--New Select. Serv. Card After discharge
    Scope and Contents note
  • Mixed Materials box: 6 folder: 8
    ANTA 1949-1953
    Scope and Contents note
  • Mixed Materials box: 6 folder: 9
    Berlin 1952--Anta-Ices (International Cultural Exchange
    Scope and Contents note
  • Mixed Materials box: 6 folder: 10
    Photographs
    Scope and Contents note

    Denwent, C., Schonceit,L., Breen, R., Callowdway, C., Schnitzer, R., Hayes, H., Anderson, J.,Holm, C., Martin, M.,Ormandy, E.

  • Mixed Materials box: 7 folder: 1
    The Cultural-Cooperation Program
    Scope and Contents note
  • Mixed Materials box: 7 folder: 2
    Blueprint of Summer Theater 1950 Supplement
    [1950]
    Scope and Contents note
  • Mixed Materials box: 7 folder: 3
    American National Ballet Theater-European Tour
    Scope and Contents note
  • Mixed Materials box: 7 folder: 4
    Berlin Arts Festival
    Scope and Contents note
  • Mixed Materials box: 7 folder: 5
    Workshop NCBI
    Scope and Contents note
  • Mixed Materials box: 7 folder: 6
    [Rough Verse in Rough Faith and Letters]
    Scope and Contents note
  • Mixed Materials box: 7 folder: 7
    [Breen: Resignation]
    Scope and Contents note
  • Mixed Materials box: 7 folder: 8
    Thirty first Annual Dinner: White House Correspondents Asso.
    Scope and Contents note
  • Mixed Materials box: 7 folder: 9
    [The Will Geev Theatricum Botanicum and others]
    Scope and Contents note
  • Mixed Materials box: 7 folder: 10
    University/ Resident Theatre Association, Inc. NY
    Scope and Contents note
  • Mixed Materials box: 7 folder: 11
    [International Exchange Program]
    Scope and Contents note
  • Mixed Materials box: 7 folder: 12
    Scrap Book
    Scope and Contents note
  • Mixed Materials box: 7 folder: 13
    Berkshire and others
    Scope and Contents note
  • Mixed Materials box: 7 folder: 14
    Barter Theatre
    Scope and Contents note
  • Mixed Materials box: 7 folder: 15
    [South America: 1956]
    1956
    Scope and Contents note
  • Mixed Materials box: 7 folder: 16
    [Bikel, Theodore: Letter 9/7/95]
    Scope and Contents note
  • Mixed Materials box: 7 folder: 17
    [Barter Theatre]
    Scope and Contents note
  • Mixed Materials box: 8 folder: 1
    Newspaper Clippings: Tours
    1950's-1990's
    Scope and Contents note
  • Mixed Materials box: 8 folder: 2
    [Newspaper Clippings] Ballet Theatre
    1950
    Scope and Contents note
  • Mixed Materials box: 8 folder: 3
    [Newspaper Clippings] Berlin: U.S. Ballet at Festival
    [1950]
    Scope and Contents note
  • Mixed Materials box: 8 folder: 4
    [Newspaper Clippings] American Ballet
    [1950]
    Scope and Contents note
  • Mixed Materials box: 8 folder: 5
    [Newspaper Clippings] (German Language)
    1950
    Scope and Contents note
  • Mixed Materials box: 8 folder: 6
    [Newspaper Clippings] (German Language: American Ballet)
    [1950]
    Scope and Contents note
  • Mixed Materials box: 9 folder: 1
    International Exchange Program(ANTA)Progress Reports: Volume 1
    November 1954- June 1956
    Scope and Contents note
  • Mixed Materials box: 9 folder: 2
    International Exchange Program (ANTA): Progress Reports: Volume 2
    July 1956- August 1957
    Scope and Contents note
  • Mixed Materials box: 9 folder: 3
    International Cultural Exchange Service (ANTA): Volume 3: Progress Reports
    September 1957-July 1960
    Scope and Contents note