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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 (scamss): 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

Scope and Contents

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 copies may be made for research purposes. To cite or publish quotations that fall within Fair Use, as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission is required. For instances beyond Fair Use, it is the responsibility of the researcher to determine whether any permissions related to copyright, privacy, publicity, or any other rights are necessary for their intended use of the Library's materials, and to obtain all required permissions from any existing rights holders, if they have not already done so. Princeton University Library's Special Collections does not charge any permission or use fees for the publication of images of materials from our collections, nor does it require researchers to obtain its permission for said use. The department does request that its collections be properly cited and images credited. More detailed information can be found on the Copyright, Credit and Citations Guidelines page on our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us through the Ask Us! form.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

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 (scamss): Box 1-37