Guide to the Papers of Louis M. Simon, circa 1925 - 1991Manuscript MS-1142

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Title:

Guide to the Papers of Louis M. Simon, circa 1925 - 1991

Call Number:

Manuscript MS-1142

Collection Dates:

circa 1925 - 1991

Size of Collection:

3 boxes (4.5 linear ft.)

Abstract:

Louis M. Simon (1906-1996), stage manager and director. The papers consist of correspondence, scrapbooks, date book, clippings, scripts, costume design sketches, programs, flyers and musical scores chronicling his work with the Federal Theatre Project and the Actor's Fund of America.

Access to Collection:

Unrestricted.

Use & Access

The materials represented in this guide may be accessed through the Rauner Special Collections Library at Dartmouth College. Rauner Library is located in Webster Hall. The materials must be used on-site and may not leave Rauner Library.

Rauner Special Collections Library is open to the public and in most cases no appointment is necessary. The exception is in the case of materials stored off site for which there may be a delay of up to 48 hours in retrieval. Please consult the Access to Collection statement below or contact Rauner Reference.

Access to Collection

Unrestricted.

Use Restrictions

These materials may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.).

Introduction to the Collection

The papers of Louis M. Simon chronicle his work with the Federal Theatre Project and the Actor's Fund of America. They include correspondence, scrapbooks, date book, clippings, scripts, costume design sketches, programs, flyers and musical scores.

Biography

Louis M. Simon was born in 1906. Simon began his theatrical career in the 1920's, during a trip to Europe, where he met and went to work for the German producer Max Reinhardt, whom he later accompanied to Hollywood. He came to New York City in 1929, and worked as a stage manager for the Theater Guild. He was New Jersey state director of the Works Progress Administration Federal Theater, and then became production director for that agency in New York State. After serving in the Army's Special Services branch during World War II, Simon was director of entertainment for the Veterans Administration and managing director of Veterans Hospital Camp Shows. He was also executive secretary of the Actors Equity Association from 1949-1952, and public relations director and consultant for the Actors Fund of America from 1965 to 1982. Simon died on Oct. 28, 1996, at the age of 90.

Series, Box & Folder List

Series 1, Professional Life, circa 1925-1991

Correspondence, scrapbooks, clippings, newsletters, programs, scripts and costume design sketches chronicle his work with the Federal Theatre Project and the Actor's Fund of America.

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted.

Box: 1, Dates: circa 1930

Contains correspondence, scrapbooks, clippings, programs, and plays related to the Federal Theatre Project.

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted

Box Contents

  • There is no folder listing for this box.

Box: 2, Dates: 1925-1991

Contains date books, newsletters, clippings, correspondence, programs related to his work with the Actor's Fund of America as well as costume design sketches from 1925-1926.

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted

Box Contents

  • There is no folder listing for this box.

Box: 3, Dates: circa 1950-1990

Contains correspondence, scripts and other materials related to a production of Jacques Offenbach's score "Le Perichole" including annotated bound sheet music.

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted

Box Contents

  • There is no folder listing for this box.

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