Arthur Hopkins Papers

Collection Data

Description
Collection consists of promptbooks and scripts for shows produced and/or directed by Arthur Hopkins; his writings, including plays, articles and speeches; a few letters and legal papers; programs; photographs; scrapbooks of clippings; and research materials of his granddaughter Rosemary Sprague who worked on a biography about him. The material documents the career of producer and director Arthur Hopkins.
Names
Hopkins, Arthur, 1848-1930 (Creator)
Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1908 - 1954
Library locations
Billy Rose Theatre Division
Shelf locator: T-Mss 1992-017
Topics
Hopkins, Arthur, 1878-1950
Notes
Content: Collection consists of promptbooks and scripts for shows produced and/or directed by Arthur Hopkins; his writings, including plays, articles and speeches; a few letters and legal papers; programs; photographs; scrapbooks of clippings; and research materials of his granddaughter Rosemary Sprague who worked on a biography about him.
Ownership: THE920419
Biographical/historical: Arthur Hopkins, theatrical producer and director for the New York stage, was born in Cleveland, Ohio on October 4, 1878, the youngest of ten children. His began his career in newspapers, then press agentry and booking vaudeville acts. His first Broadway production was POOR LITTLE RICH GIRL , 1913. This was the start of a successful career in which he produced over seventy plays and directed scores of well-known theater personalities including Lionel, Johnand Ethel Barrymore. Among his most famous productions were HAMLET with John Barrymore, THE JEST, ANNA CHRISTIE and WHAT PRICE GLORY. As a director, he was known for hislight touch and for valuing artistic over commercial merit. A writer as well, he published plays, books and articles. Arthur Hopkins died on March 22, 1950.
Ownership: 1.1\a Estate of Rosemary Sprague See donor file Gift 19920428 4.5 lin.ft.
Physical Description
Extent: 5.25 lin.ft. (10 boxes)
Type of Resource
Text
Identifiers
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b16413485
MSS Unit ID: 21775
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 9521a420-c628-012f-bc35-58d385a7bc34
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