Bruce Barton Papers, 1881-1967

Container Title
U.S. Mss 68AN
Part 1 (U.S. Mss 68AN): Original Collection, 1939-1972
Physical Description: 15.2 c.f. (40 archives boxes) 
Scope and Content Note

The Original Collection consists of scripts and production information arranged by genre as RADIO, TELEVISION, and THEATRE; additional series are NON-DRAMATIC WRITINGS, CORRESPONDENCE, and MISCELLANY.

The papers presented by Howard Teichmann in 1966 consisted largely of correspondence and scripts for radio and theatre. Later additions arranged and described in 1991 related to the two programs for which Teichmann worked with ANTA as writer-producer-director. For these programs the collection includes important files containing diverse material on development, promotion, and day-to-day production activities. Except for the research material on John Shubert, the collection contains little information on Teichmann's biographical writing during the 1970s and 1980s. The photographs received with the collection have been separated to the WCFTR Name and Title Files.

Teichmann's writings are arranged by genre, with the largest amount of documentation pertaining to his work as writer, editor, and producer for RADIO. Regardless of the specific function that Teichmann performed for a particular program, the documentation present consists largely of mimeographed final scripts. Most extensively documented are Ford Theatre, Road of Life, and Valiant Lady. There are also smaller quantities of scripts for Cavalcade of America (for which Teichmann's role is not specified) and for various other dramatic series. There is one incomplete and undated script for Mercury Theatre of the Air.

For ANTA's Theatre U.S.A., for which Teichmann was the writer-producer, there is a virtually complete run of mimeo scripts, together with contracts, information on salaries and expenditures, and files of press releases and promotional material. The most important correspondence here concerns the development of the radio program, as well as ANTA's early plans for Showtime U.S.A., an expanded version of the same programming concept for television.

The TELEVISION files are largely scripts and production files for Showtime U.S.A. This file contains not only material created and received by Teichmann as writer-director, but also material pertaining to the activities of ANTA executives Robert Breen and Vinton Freedley and staff members such as publicist Ned Armstrong. Present are mimeographed final scripts, correspondence, contracts, financial information, press releases, and photographs.

Teichmann's writing process is best represented in the THEATRE series, with documentation here ranging from handwritten notes and outlines, to numerous variant drafts and the final mimeographed production script. Of his produced works there are files on The Girls in 509, Julia, Jake, and Uncle Joe, Miss Lonelyhearts, and Mrs. 'Arris Goes to Paris. Similar material also relates to several unproduced or uncompleted plays. The revision process is exceptionally well documented, Teichmann having apparently saved documentation of every line deleted from the dialogue. However, for his comedy hit The Solid Gold Cadillac the documentation consists only of box office statements (although these are complete for both the original New York company and the national touring company) and correspondence dating from the period after the play's New York run. While the Cadillac files contain little relating to his collaboration with co-author George S. Kaufman the papers do include a typescript of I Give It Three Months, an apparently unproduced Kaufman-Leueen MacGrath production for which Teichmann was to act as director. In addition, the small collection of George S. Kaufman Papers of the Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research includes two typed drafts of the unproduced 1954 Teichmann-Kaufman collaboration, “In the Money.”

For some plays the collection includes a small quantity of correspondence pertaining to the writing or staging of the production, as well as some miscellaneous production information. Among the prominent correspondents are Orianna Atkinson and John Shubert (regarding Julia, Jake, and Uncle Joe), George S. Kaufman (regarding Postscript), and Earl Wilson (regarding Single Girls and Home Cooking). The Alan Schneider Papers, also held by WCFTR, contain further information on the revision and staging of Miss Lonelyhearts.

Teichmann's acclaimed biographies of Kaufman, Alice Longworth Roosevelt, and Alexander Woollcott are only fragmentarily documented in the NON-DRAMATIC WRITINGS series. Included are a few articles on playwrighting and the theatre, a short story entitled “How I Became Stengel's Successor as Manager of the New York Yankees,” and publicity.

CORRESPONDENCE is quite fragmentary except for the period 1969 to 1972. For those years, the correspondence consists primarily of copies of outgoing letters of a social or personal nature. This correspondence, apparently maintained at his office at Shubert Theatrical Enterprises, also includes some separately organized files pertaining to Teichmann's active involvement in professional organizations such as the Broadway Association. Notable in the general correspondence are four typed and edited short stories by James T. Farrell apparently forwarded to Teichmann by playwright Harvey Breit for possible dramatization and an English translation of reviews received by a production of Porgy and Bess in Russia and Eastern Europe in 1955 and 1956.

The MISCELLANEOUS PAPERS consist of biographical material, photographs, and a few scripts by other playwrights for which the association with Teichmann is unknown.

Series: Radio
Campbell Playhouse
Box   1
Folder   1
“The Count of Monte Cristo,” Mimeo script adapted by Howard Teichmann, October 1, 1939
Campbell Playhouse...Algiers
Box   1
Folder   2
Mimeo script, October 1, 1939
Cavalcade of America
Box   1
Folder   3
“Drums Along the Mohawk,” Mimeo script, November 3, 1941
Box   1
Folder   3
“The Burning Bush,” Mimeo script by Frank Gabrielson, June 3, 1948
Box   1
Folder   3
“Betrayal,” Mimeo script by Halsted Welles, November 29, 1948
Box   1
Folder   3
“Lady on a Mission,” Mimeo script by Margaret Lewerth, April 25, 1949
Box   1
Folder   3
“The Return of the Lodger,” Mimeo script by Morton Wisengrad, June 6, 1949
Box   1
Folder   4
“D Day Salute,” Mimeo script (annotated), by Howard Teichmann, undated
Box   1
Folder   5
Double Feature, Two typed audition scripts, undated
Ford Theatre, Mimeo scripts edited by Howard Teichmann
Box   1
Folder   6
“A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court,” Adapted by Lilian Schoen, October 5, 1947
Box   1
Folder   6
“The Great McGinty,” Mimeo script, October 12, 1947
Box   1
Folder   6
“On Borrowed Time,” Mimeo script, October 19, 1947
Box   1
Folder   7
“A Coffin For Dimitrios,” Adapted by Stanley R. Evans, October 26, 1947
Box   1
Folder   7
“Ah, Wilderness!” Adapted by Sylvia Cyril, October 22, 1947
Box   1
Folder   7
“The Power and the Glory,” November 9, 1947
Box   1
Folder   8
“Carmen Jones,” Adapted by George Zachary, November 16, 1947
Box   1
Folder   8
“George Washington Slept Here,” November 23, 1947
Box   1
Folder   8
“Dangerous Corner,” Adapted by Charles Gussman, November 30, 1947
Box   1
Folder   9
“We Hold These Truths,” December 7, 1947
Box   1
Folder   9
“Cimarron,” December 14, 1947
Box   1
Folder   9
“The Man Who Played God,” December 21, 1947
Box   2
Folder   1
“Father, Dear Father,” December 28, 1947
Box   2
Folder   1
“The Adventure of the Bad Boy,” January 4, 1948
Box   2
Folder   1
“Storm in a Teacup,” Adapted by George Faulkner, January 11, 1948
Box   2
Folder   2
“Girl Crazy,” Adapted by George Zachary, January 18, 1948
Box   2
Folder   2
“Green Pastures,” February 1, 1948
Box   2
Folder   2
“Abe Lincoln in Illinois,” February 8, 1948
Box   2
Folder   3
“Abe Lincoln in Washington,” February 15, 1948
Box   2
Folder   3
“The Bishop Misbehaves,” February 22, 1948
Box   2
Folder   3
“The Count of Monte Cristo,” February 29, 1948
Box   2
Folder   4
“Twentieth Century,” March 7, 1948
Box   2
Folder   4
“Autumn Crocus,” March 14, 1948
Box   2
Folder   4
“It's A Gift,” by Lee Bloomgarden, March 21, 1948
Box   2
Folder   5
“The Goose Hangs High,” April 4, 1948
Box   2
Folder   5
“The Murder of Roger Ackroyd,” April 11, 1948
Box   2
Folder   6
“Personal Appearance,” April 25, 1948
Box   2
Folder   6
“Alice Adams,” May 2, 1948
Box   2
Folder   6
“The Front Page,” May 9, 1948
Box   3
Folder   1
“Counsellor at Law,” Adapted by John Houseman, May 16, 1948
Box   3
Folder   1
“A Star is Born,” Adapted by True Boardman, May 23, 1948
Box   3
Folder   1
“Laura,” Adapted by Howard Teichmann, May 30, 1948
Box   3
Folder   2
“Michael and Mary,” Adapted by Nancy Moore, June 6, 1948
Box   3
Folder   2
“My Sister Eileen,” June 13, 1948
Box   3
Folder   2
“The Late Christopher Bean,” June 20, 1948
Box   3
Folder   2
“Arrowsmith,” June 27, 1948
Ford Theatre of Canada
Box   3
Folder   3
“Golden Boy,” Adapted by Howard Teichmann, undated
Box   3
Folder   3
“What Every Woman Knows,” Adapted by Howard Teichmann, undated
Box   3
Folder   4
Four Corners Theatre, Holographic and typed scripts, undated
Great Scenes from Great Plays
Box   3
Folder   5
“Cyrano de Bergerac,” Mimeo script, June 15, 1948
Box   3
Folder   5
“What Every Woman Knows,” Mimeo script, October 4 [1948?]
Box   3
Folder   5
“The Goose Hangs High,” Mimeo script adapted by Howard Teichmann, December 28, 1948
Box   3
Folder   6
Helen Hayes Theatre, Three typed scripts, undated
Mercury Theatre
Box   3
Folder   7
“Beau Geste,” Mimeo script (Incomplete), undated
Nature of the Enemy
Box   3
Folder   8
“Yamamoto,” Mimeo script, June 29, 1942
Box   3
Folder   8
“Alfred Rosenberg,” Mimeo script by Milton Geiger, undated
New Theatre
Box   3
Folder   9
“The Informer,” August 26, 1951
Box   3
Folder   10
Newsreel for Giving, Mimeo script (annotated) by Howard Teichmann, November 24, 1946
Road of Life
Box   3
Folder   11
Mimeo scripts by Irna Phillips, 1941-1944
Note: These scripts are not duplicated in the Irna Phillips Papers also held in this repository.
Mimeo scripts by Howard Teichmann
Box   4
Episodes 1903-1995
Box   5
Episodes 1996-2099
Box   6
Episodes 2100-2195
Box   7
Episodes 2196-2320
Box   8
Episodes 2321-2412
Box   9
Episodes 2413-2511
Box   10
Episodes 2512-2616
Box   11
Episodes 2617-2709
Showcase
Box   12
Folder   1
“Valiant Lady,” Mimeo script, February 15, 1943
Stories America Loves
“Dodsworth”
Box   12
Folder   2
Mimeo script 3, December 10, 1941
Box   12
Folder   2
Fourteen typed and mimeo scripts (Alternate numbering), 1941-1942
Box   12
Folder   3
“Virginian,” Mimeo script 17, October 28, 1941
Theatre U.S.A., Written and produced by Howard Teichmann
Script file
Box   12
Folder   4-20
Episodes 1-17
Box   13
Folder   1-17
Episodes 18-34, 38
Correspondence files
Box   13
Folder   18
ANTA Album, 1949
Box   13
Folder   19
ANTA annual report, 1949
Box   13
Folder   20
Army, 1948-1949
Box   13
Folder   21
Congressional Record, 1949
Box   13
Folder   22
Contracts
Box   13
Folder   23
Financial statements and budgets, 1948-1949
Box   14
Folder   1
Gardner Advertising Agency, 1949-1950
Box   14
Folder   2
Houseman, John, 1948
Box   14
Folder   3
Literary rights
Box   14
Folder   4
Local theatre participation, 1947
Box   14
Folder   5
Miscellany
Box   14
Folder   6
Peabody Award application, 1949
Box   14
Folder   7
Planning and development, 1947-1948, undated
Box   14
Folder   8
Planning for television, 1947-1948, undated
Photographs
WCFTR Name File
Olivia DeHaviland in Romeo and Juliet
U.S. Mss 68AN
Box   14
Folder   9
Promotion, 1948-1949
Box   14
Folder   10
Salary sheets, 1948-1949
Box   14
Folder   11
Talent bookings
Box   14
Folder   12
Talent offerings by agents, solicitations by ANTA
Box   14
Folder   13
Theatre of American Valor, Mimeo script by Howard Teichmann, May 20, 1950
U.S. Treasury Hour
Box   15
“Millions For Defense,” Mimeo scripts, 1941-1942
Valiant Lady Mimeo scripts
Box   16
Episodes 1088-1144
Box   17
Episodes 1145-1221
Box   18
Episodes 1222-1301
Box   19
Episodes 1302-1381
Box   20
Episodes 1382-1452
Box   21
Episodes 1453-1516
Box   22
Episodes 1517-1584
Box   23
Folder   1-3
Episodes 1595-1628
Box   23
Folder   4
Virginian, Mimeo audition script by Howard Teichmann, circa 1946
Series: Television
Box   23
Folder   5
Christmas with the Stars, Mimeo script written by Howard Teichmann, December 25, 1995
Showtime, U.S.A., Written and directed by Howard Teichmann
Script files
Box   23
Folder   6-12
Episodes 1-9
Box   24
Episodes 10-26
Box   25
Folder   1-13
Episodes 27-39
Correspondence, 1950-1951
Box   25
Folder   14
ABC
Box   25
Folder   15
ANTA
Box   25
Folder   16
Agents
Box   26
Folder   1-2
Armstrong, Ned
Box   26
Folder   3-4
Alpha correspondence
Box   26
Folder   5
Breen, Robert
Box   26
Folder   6
Budgets
Box   26
Folder   7
Chorus auditions
Box   26
Folder   8
Clearance rights on plays
Box   26
Folder   9
Contract correspondence
Box   26
Folder   10
Cuff links distribution
Box   26
Folder   11
Dillon, Frank (Production supervisor)
Box   26
Folder   12
Dodge newsflashes
Box   26
Folder   13
Fan mail
Box   26
Folder   14
Financial reports
Box   26
Folder   15
Freedley, Vinton
Box   26
Folder   16
Gersten, Bernard
Box   26
Folder   17
Income and disbursement reports
Box   27
Folder   1
Invitation list for opening night party
Box   27
Folder   2
Miscellaneous lists
Box   27
Folder   3
MCA
Box   27
Folder   4
Memoranda
Box   27
Folder   5
Newspaper and columnists
Box   27
Folder   6
O'Keefe, Winston
Box   27
Folder   7
Peirce, Evelyn (Executive supervisor)
WCFTR Name File
Photographs
U.S. Mss 68AN
Press releases
Box   27
Folder   8-9
Armstrong
Box   27
Folder   10
Other
Promotion
Box   27
Folder   11-12
General
Box   27
Folder   13
Television
Box   27
Folder   14
Radio
Box   27
Folder   15
Rehearsal reports
Box   28
Folder   1
Ritz Theatre improvements
Box   28
Folder   2-3
Ruthrauff and Ryan Advertising Agency
Box   28
Folder   4
Set designs
Box   28
Folder   5
Scripts
Box   28
Folder   6
Talent offered by agents
Box   28
Folder   7
Talent sheets
Box   28
Folder   8
Teichmann correspondence
Box   28
Folder   9
Telegrams
Box   28
Folder   10
Television miscellany
Box   28
Folder   11
Tobias, Rose
Box   28
Folder   12
Troop entertainment
Box   28
Folder   13
Weintraub, Milton (ATPAM)
Slezak and Son (Howard Teichmann also credited as producer)
Box   28
Folder   14
Outlines
Box   28
Folder   15
Holographic script, “Original,” undated
Box   28
Folder   16
Mimeo script by Howard Teichmann, undated
U.S.A. Canteen
Box   29
Folder   1-3
Mimeo scripts (annotated) 1-26, Continuity by Howard Teichmann, 1952-1953
Wonderful World of Entertainment
Box   29
Folder   4
Mimeo script (annotated), September 20, 1959
Series: Theatre
The Girls in 509
Box   29
Folder   5
Correspondence, 1965-1970
Box   29
Folder   6
Typed outline (annotated), undated
Box   29
Folder   7
Notes
Box   29
Folder   8
Holographic script fragment, undated
Box   29
Folder   9
Typed script (annotated), by Howard Teichmann, undated
Box   29
Folder   10
Mimeo script (annotated), undated
Box   30
Folder   1
Mimeo script (annotated) for a scene on the Ed Sullivan Show, October 26, 1958
Box   30
Folder   2
Typed script for British television adaptation, by Glen Farmer, undated
Box   30
Folder   3
Loose annotated script pages
WCFTR Name File
Photograph
U.S. Mss 68AN
Howe and Hummel
Box   30
Folder   4
Outline, January 19, 1952
Box   30
Folder   5
Outline, undated
Box   30
Folder   6
Typed script (incomplete)
Box   30
Folder   7
Typed script (annotated) by Howard Teichmann, undated
Box   30
Folder   8
Notes and revisions
I Give It Six Months
Box   30
Folder   9
Typed script by George S. Kaufman and Leueen MacGrath, directed by Howard Teichmann, undated
Julia, Jake, and Uncle Joe
Box   31
Folder   1
Research material and notes
Box   31
Folder   2
Holographic script, “Draft 1,” undated
Box   31
Folder   3
Typed script (annotated), “Draft 2,” undated
Box   31
Folder   4
Holographic script, “Draft 4,” undated
Box   31
Folder   5
Typed script (annotated), “Draft 5,” undated
Box   32
Folder   1
Mimeo script, by Howard Teichmann, undated
Box   32
Folder   2-3
Notes and loose revision pages
Box   32
Folder   4
Correspondence, 1960-1961
Box   32
Folder   5
Legal and financial material
Miss Lonelyhearts
Box   32
Folder   6
Correspondence, 1964-1965
Box   32
Folder   7
Holographic script, “Original,” undated
Box   32
Folder   8
Typed script (annotated), undated
Box   33
Folder   1
“A Casual Miracle” typed script (annotated) by Howard Teichmann, undated
Box   33
Folder   2
“Miss Lonelyhearts” mimeo script (annotated) by Howard Teichmann, undated
Box   33
Folder   3
Typed script (annotated, alternate draft), undated
Box   33
Folder   4-5
Notes and revision pages, clipping, 1957
Mrs. 'Arris Goes to Paris
Box   33
Folder   6-7
Drafts of Act I
Box   33
Folder   8
Draft of Act II
Box   33
Folder   9
Typed script (annotated), undated
Box   34
Folder   1
Typed script
Box   34
Folder   2
Notes
Box   34
Folder   3
Music score
Postscript
Box   34
Folder   4
Holographic script, undated
Box   35
Folder   1
Typed script (annotated, incomplete), undated
Box   35
Folder   2
Typed script (two sets of annotations), by Howard Teichmann, undated
Box   35
Folder   3
Typed script, undated
Box   35
Folder   4
Notes and revised pages
Rainy Day in Newark
Box   35
Folder   5
Correspondence, 1963-1964
Box   35
Folder   6
Outlines
Box   35
Folder   7
Typed script (annotated, incomplete), undated
Box   35
Folder   8
Mimeo script (annotated) by Howard Teichmann, undated
Box   36
Folder   1
Mimeo script (annotated), undated
Box   36
Folder   2
Mimeo script (annotated), undated
Box   36
Folder   3
Notes and revised pages
Single Girls and Home Cooking
Box   36
Folder   4
Correspondence, 1962
Box   36
Folder   5
Outlines and character descriptions, undated
Box   37
Folder   1
Typed script (annotated), undated
Box   37
Folder   2
Lyrics, undated
Solid Gold Cadillac
Box   37
Folder   3
Mimeo script for British production (annotated) by Howard Teichmann and George S. Kaufman
Box office statements
Box   37
Folder   4-5
New York company
Box   37
Folder   6-8
Touring company, 1955
Box   37
Folder   9-10
Correspondence, 1963-1971
Woman in the Case
Box   38
Folder   1
Research and outlines
Box   38
Folder   2
Character descriptions
Box   38
Folder   3
Notes for revisions
Box   38
Folder   4
Holographic script, undated
Box   38
Folder   5
Typed script (annotated), undated
Box   38
Folder   6
Typed script by Howard Teichmann, undated
Box   38
Folder   7
Typed script (annotated), undated
Series: Non-Dramatic Writings
Box   38
Folder   8
George S. Kaufman, Publicity, undated
Box   38
Folder   9
Miscellaneous writings, 1962, undated
Series: Correspondence
General
Box   38
Folder   10
1941-1956
1957
Box   38
Folder   11
Part I
Box   39
Folder   1
Part II
Box   39
Folder   2-5
1965-1972, undated
Box   39
Folder   6
American Theatre Guild Play Selection Committee, 1968-1971
Box   39
Folder   7-10
Broadway Association, 1968-1971
Box   39
Folder   11
Dramatists Guild, 1968-1971
Box   39
Folder   12
IATSE, 1967
Box   39
Folder   13
National Research Council in Theatre, 1966-1967
Box   40
Folder   1
Police Athletic League theatre project, 1965-1972
Box   40
Folder   2
Swerdloff Associates, 1965-1966
Series: Miscellany
Box   40
Folder   3
Biographical material and ephemera
WCFTR Name File
Photographs of Howard Teichmann
U.S. Mss 68AN
Miscellaneous scripts
Box   40
Folder   4
The Age of Innocence, Typed script by Margaret Ayer, undated
Box   40
Folder   5
The Guide, Mimeo script by Harvey Breit and Patricia Rinehart
Box   40
Folder   6
Garden Party, Typed script by January Burroway (Howard Teichmann student?)
Box   40
Folder   7
La Folle de Chaillot, Mimeo script by Jean Giraudoux (annotated), undated