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Collection Inventory

Series I. Publications and Manuscripts, 1945-1979

Scope and Content Notes:

Series IV contains publications and manuscripts for both published and unpublished works. There are multiple drafts of all published works and unpublished works, plus revision pages. These are arranged by book title and collected into 21 folders and tied volumes. Drafts of works that were never published are in quotations rather than italics.


Box 1
Folder 1 "American Theater: Its Growth and Decline"
Folder 2 Broadway's Greatest Musicals - early draft, introduction and first seven chapters
Folder 3 Broadway's Greatest Musicals - early drafts, chapters South Pacific – Late 1950s
Folder 4 Broadway's Greatest Musicals - miscellaneous revision pages

Box 2
Folder 1 Broadway's Greatest Musicals - later draft, p. 1-90
Folder 2 Broadway's Greatest Musicals - later draft, p. 91-213
Folder 3 Broadway's Greatest Musicals - later draft, p. 214-333
Folder 4 Broadway's Greatest Musicals - later draft, p. 334-492
Folder 5 Broadway's Greatest Musicals - later draft, p. 493-590
Folder 6 Broadway's Greatest Musicals - later draft, p. 591-appendix 30
Folder 7 Broadway's Greatest Musicals - type setting copy, name and title indicies, 1973
Folder 8 Broadway's Greatest Musicals - incomplete galleys, 1973

Box 3
Folder 1 Broadway's Greatest Musicals - patch galleys, 1973
Folder 2 Broadway's Greatest Musicals - revised edition MS, 1979
Folder 3 Broadway's Greatest Musicals - revised title index
Folder 4 Broadway's Greatest Musicals - revised name index
Folder 5 Easy Swing Time Novelties - Baker's Plays, 1945

Box 4
Folder 1 History of the School for Personnel Services, Army Service Forces U.S. Army, 1945
Folder 2 "Pace Setters: Firsts in American Theater" - not published see also "They Were the First"
Folder 3 "Show Biz Quiz" - first draft
Folder 4-5 "Show Biz Quiz" - submitted copy
Folder 6 "They Were the First" - final draft see also "Pace Setters"

Box 5
Folder 1 "They Were the First" - final draft see also "Pace Setters"
Folder 2 The Wicked Stage - early draft
Folder 3-5 The Wicked Stage - drafts

Box 6
Folder 1 The Wicked Stage - final draft

Series II. Lecture Notes

Scope and Content Notes:

Series V contains loose leaf pages of notes on materials for lectures.

Folder 2 Lecture notes

Series III. Photographs

Scope and Content Notes:

Series I contains photographs of the collection’s creator from various periods of his life. They include snapshots, studio portraits, and portrait photographs.


Box 7
Folder 1 Portraits of Abe Laufe

Series IV. Scrapbooks, 1937-1979

Scope and Content Notes:

Series II material relates to Dr. Laufe’s lectures to various organizations on popular topics. The material includes clippings, announcements, programs, news releases, and reviews of books published. They are arranged in scrapbooks and the material is arranged chronologically. Scrapbook 5 has reviews of books.

Folder 2 Scrapbook 1 - Lectures, etc., 1937-1960
Folder 3 Scrapbook 2 - Lectures, etc., 1960-1963
Folder 4 Scrapbook 3 - Lectures, etc., 1962-1976

Box 8
Folder 1 Scrapbook 4 - Lectures, etc., 1969-1978
Folder 2 Scrapbook 5 - Publications, 1965-1979

Series V. Miscellaneous Memorabilia, 1952-1980

Scope and Content Notes:

Series III contains miscellaneous memorabilia including two army medals, the guestbook from the publication reception of Broadway's Greatest Hits, and also phonorecordings of music with lyrics by Laufe. The final folder in the series contains letters, journal articles, and certificates.

Folder 3 U.S. Army Good Conduct and Legion of Merit Medals
Folder 4 Guest book for Broadway's Greatest Musicals publication reception, Sardi's, 28 May 1968
Folder 5 University of Pittsburgh Professor of English Emeritus certificate
Folder 6 U.S. Army phonorecordings
Folder 7 Miscellaneous memorabilia, 1952-1980