Contents and Arrangement Expanded View

Collection Overview

Creator:
Gordon, Max, 1892-1978
Title:
Max Gordon Papers
Repository:
Manuscripts Division
Permanent URL:
http://arks.princeton.edu/ark:/88435/rj430457s
Dates:
1908-1971 (mostly 1950-1965)
Size:
37 boxes
Storage Note:
Firestone Library (mss): Box 1-37
Language:
English

Abstract

Max Gordon (1892-1978) was an American theatrical producer. His collection contains personal correspondence with theater and film notables spanning the years 1942-1971. Also included are production materials, such as correspondence, contracts, summaries of earnings, financial sheets, and miscellaneous notes of plays Gordon produced, including Born Yesterday, The Solid Gold Cadillac, My Sister Eileen, and the film, Abe Lincoln in Illinois, as well as letters and script reports relating to Columbia Pictures.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Description:

Contains personal correspondence spanning the years 1942-1971, during which Gordon had achieved renown as a theatrical and film producer. Correspondents include theater and film notables, such as Fred Astaire, Woody Allen, Groucho Marx, Judy Holiday, Sir Laurence Olivier, Sir John Gielgud, Elmer Rice, and Edward Albee, writers like Arthur Krock and John O'Hara, and people in government including Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas, Senator Jacob Javits, and Governors Nelson Rockefeller and James F. Byrnes. In addition, there are production materials, such as correspondence, contracts, summaries of earnings, financial sheets, and miscellaneous notes of plays Gordon produced, including Born Yesterday, The Solid Gold Cadillac, My Sister Eileen, and the film, Abe Lincoln in Illinois, as well as letters and script reports relating to Columbia Pictures.

Arrangement

Organized into the following series:

In Series I-III and V, folder headings and names of principle correspondents are listed first (un-indented), while names of subsidiary or less important correspondents are indented and follow the heading or principle correspondent with which they are associated. In Series IV, the titles of the scripts are listed first (un-indented), while the names of the author(s) of each script are indented and follow the title.

Collection Creator Biography:

Gordon, Max, 1892-1978

Max Gordon (1892-1978) was an American theatrical producer.

Collection History

Acquisition:

Gift of the author in 1964.

Appraisal

No appraisal information is available.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Credit this material:

Max Gordon Papers; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Permanent URL:
http://arks.princeton.edu/ark:/88435/rj430457s
Location:
Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184
Storage Note:
Firestone Library (mss): Box 1-37