Billy Rose Theatre Division

The Billy Rose Theatre Division of The New York Public Library is one of the largest and most comprehensive archives devoted to the theatrical arts. Encompassing dramatic performance in all its diversity, the division is an indispensable resource for artists, writers, researchers, scholars, students, and the general public.

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Paul Sills

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Paul Sills with students at the University of Chicago.

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Lloyd Hamilton and Ethel Teare in the short film Tight Squeeze

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Lloyd Hamilton

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Buster Keaton as Hamlet in the short film Daydreams

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Jeanne Crain in the motion picture Home in Indiana

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Scene from the motion picture Home in Indiana

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Lon McCallister, June Haver, Jeanne Crain and Charles Dingle in the motion picture Home in Indiana

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Lon McCallister and Walter Brennan in the motion picture Home in Indiana

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Jeanne Crain and Walter Brennan in the motion picture Home in Indiana

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Walter Brennan and Jeanne Crain in the motion picture Home in Indiana

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Jeanne Crain, George Reed and unidentified actors in the motion picture Home in Indiana

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Walter Brennan, Willie Best and George Reed in the motion picture Home in Indiana

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George Reed and Lon McAllister in the motion picture Home in Indiana

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Pearl Regay and company in the stage production Rose Marie

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David Hatch and John Cleese in the stage production Cambridge Circus

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Albert Burdon, Charlotte Greenwood and Stanley Holloway in the U.K. stage production Three Sisters

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Edith Day and Guy Robertson in the stage production Wildflower

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Stage curtain for the stage production The Girl of the Golden West

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Blanche Bates and unidentified actor in the stage production The Girl of the Golden West

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Louise Treadwell (center), Whitford Kane (2nd from right) and unidentified cast members in the stage production The Pigeon

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Actor Michael Cristofer in a scene fr. The Phoenix Theatre's production of the play "Chinchilla." (New York)

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Actors (L-R) David Berman & Michael Cristofer in a scene fr. The Phoenix Theatre's production of the play "Chinchilla." (New York)

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Actors (L-R) Joseph Pugliese, Merwin Goldsmith, Philip Casnoff & Michael Cristofer in a scene fr. The Phoenix Theatre's production of the play "Chinchilla." (New York)

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Actors (L-R) June Gable, Philip Casnoff, Michael Cristofer & David Berman in a scene fr. The Phoenix Theatre's production of the play "Chinchilla." (New York)

Collections in the Billy Rose Theatre Division

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Billy Rose Theatre Collection photograph file
49,016 items
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Friedman-Abeles photograph collection
27,385 items
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Martha Swope photographs
18,812 items
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Kenn Duncan photograph archive, ca. 1960-1986
6,831 items
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Vandamm theatrical photographs, 1900-1957.
3,096 items
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Robinson Locke Collection, 1870-1920.
2,036 items
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White Studio theatrical photographs
1,583 items
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Circle in the Square collection
1,226 items
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Billy Rose Theatre Division scrapbooks
319 items
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Collection of theatrical correspondence and ephemera, 1697-1930.
306 items
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Billy Rose Theater Collection clipping file
234 items
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R. H. Burnside collection
109 items
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L. J. Binns caricatures, 1901-1915.
105 items
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Billy Rose Theatre Division Lobby Cards
81 items
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New York City theater marquees, 1997- .
80 items
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Billy Rose Theatre Collection program file.
71 items
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Avery Willard photographs, 1919-1993, (bulk 1940-1970)
62 items
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New York Shakespeare Festival records, 1954-1992.
57 items
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Richard Tucker photographs, 1934-1951
55 items
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Robert A. Wilson slides, 1956-1969
43 items
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Gypsy Rose Lee papers, 1910-1970.
30 items
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Lucille Lortel Papers
28 items
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Billy Rose Theatre Collection scripts
25 items
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American Theatre Wing scrapbooks
25 items
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D.W. Griffith's Birth of a nation.
20 items
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Photographs of actors who played Hamlet, 1983
18 items
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Magic Scrapbooks: separated posters
17 items
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Philippe Halsman theatrical photographs, 1947-1969
17 items
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Circus and magic posters
17 items
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Little Johnny Jones pamphlet.
15 items
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Billy Rose Theatre Division cabinet file
14 items
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Lillian Gish papers, 1909-1992.
13 items
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Anita Arden scrapbooks, 1920-1996, 1938-1948.
8 items
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James Gossage Photographs, 1965-1975
8 items
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Luther Adler papers, 1890-1984
8 items
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Billy Rose Theatre Collection Iconography file.
7 items
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ghost! : as produced in the spectre drama, popularly illustrating the marvellous optical illusions obtained by the apparatus called the Dircksian phantasmagoria : being a full account of its history, construction, and various adaptations
7 items
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Booth-Grossman family papers, 1840-1953.
6 items
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Pictures Bre-Brok
6 items
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Robert Ten Eyck Stevenson costume designs for the Greenwich Village follies.
6 items
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Posters: The Halon-Lees
4 items
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Donald Oenslager papers and designs, 1922-1982
4 items
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Gilbert Adrian costume designs for the Greenwich Village follies.
4 items
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Howard Bay designs and technical drawings, 1934-1985
4 items
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Play pictorial.
4 items
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cirque : vingt-deux dessins aux crayons de couleur.
3 items
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Clifford Odets papers, 1926-1963
3 items
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David Belasco papers, 1868-1967
3 items
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Olive Reeves-Smith Papers, 1879-1964 bulk (1920-1961).
3 items
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Townsend Walsh Scrapbook Collection
3 items
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Theatre magazine.
3 items
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Richard Barr and Clinton Wilder papers, 1935-1982.
2 items
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Salle de spectacle de Bordeaux, par M. Louis.
2 items
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Series III: Oversized Materials
2 items
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John Van Druten papers, 1901-1957
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Joseph Buloff Papers, 1925-1993
2 items
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Billy Rose Theatre Collection originals file
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The secrets of stage conjuring
2 items
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David Garrick manuscript materials and ephemera, 1730-1900 : portfolio
2 items
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Designs for The garden of paradise, 1914.
2 items
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Theatre arts.
2 items
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Donald Oenslager collection of Edward Gordon Craig, 1898-1967.
2 items
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Dybbuk
2 items
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Herman Rosse set and costume designs for the Greenwich Village follies
2 items
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souvenir of Shakespeare's The merchant of Venice : as presented by David Belasco at the Lyceum Theatre, New York, December 21, 1922.
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Leah: the forsaken. A play in five acts. By Augustin Daly. Arranged from the "Deborah" of Mosenthal, expressly for Miss Bateman, and originally produced at the Howard atheneum, Boston, December 8th, 1862.
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Greenwich Village Follies designs, circa 1920-1926 and undated
2 items
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Exhibitor.
1 item
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Ball of the fine arts, 1916 : programs
1 item
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Camp Shows Publicity Records,
1 item
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International Theatre Institute
1 item
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Castle, Vernon and Irene: Scrapbook.
1 item
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American Society of American Magicians Monthly
1 item
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Circle Repertory Company records, 1965-1996.
1 item
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Joan McCracken Ephemera, 1930-1958
1 item
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Clippings of her newspaper column, Texas Guinan says, 1930-1931.
1 item
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Conjurers' monthly magazine.
1 item
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Theatre Guild Collection
1 item
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Stead Collection
1 item
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Flo Ziegfeld-Billie Burke papers, 1907-1984.
1 item
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Nouvel art cinématographique.
1 item
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Vicar of Wakefield; Virgin of the Sun; Vortigern; Way of the World; Wreck Ashore ephemera, 1758-1906 : portfolio.
1 item
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Dicks' standard plays. Jane Eyre.
1 item
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Robert Patrick papers, ca. 1940-1984.
1 item
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The true history of the ghost, and all about metempsychosis
1 item
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Sappho; adapted from the novel of Alphonse Daudet.
1 item
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Scrapbook of clippings, telegrams and letters, 1906.
1 item
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MWEZ+ n.c. 18,869
1 item
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Eunice Stoddard papers, 1913-1938.
1 item
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Sweet Kitty Bellairs; a comedy of the heart, in four acts. Founded on Egerton Castle's book "The Bath comedy" by David Belasco.
1 item
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Anna Held Museum papers, 1897-1987.
1 item
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Edison kinetogram
1 item