The Leonard Reed Collection

The Leonard Reed Collection consists of 11 typescripts of various plays and musicals, a book of play synopses, and related materials. These items are contained in 12 folders and arranged in two boxes.

The Collection is largely a group of mimeograph typescripts which were in the possession of Joseph Kaye (1898 - 1975). Kaye, a native of the Ukraine and educated in Glasgow, Scotland, was the New York correspondent for The Kansas City Star for more than forty years beginning in the early 1930's. Kaye covered the cultural scene of New York City for The Star, and his focus was on the theater. Kaye was a playwrite himself and, in 1925, co-wrote The Plot Concerns-, a group of play synopses. The maunscripts in the Collection appear to be review copies of various plays by some outstanding authors such as Irving Berlin, Arthur Miller, Rodgers & Hammerstein and Eugene O'Neill. A copy of Kaye's The Plot Concerns- is included in the Collection. Joseph Kaye died on June 9, 1988.

The Collection was a gift to The Georgetown University Special Collections from Leonard Reed, who is the son-in-law of Joseph Kaye.

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Number of Boxes: 2
Extent: .75 linear feet
Provenance: Gift of Leonard Reed, 1985
Date Span: 1925 - 1956
Processed by: Michael J. North
Date: September 23, 1988

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Box 1 Folder 1
Anouilh, Jean - "The Lark"
Date: 25 Nov 1949
Description: 1 preliminary mimeographed typescript of The Lark (1953) by Jean Anouilh. Title page states, "in an adaptation by Lillian Hellman....The music has not yet been properly indicated." Note paper inside is dated November 25, 1949.

Box 1 Folder 2
Baker, Rachel - "You'll Never be the Same!"
Date: undated
Description: 1 typescript of You'll Never be the Same! by Rachel Baker.

Box 1 Folder 3
Berlin, Irving - "Call me Madame"
Date: 14 Dec 1950
Description: 1 carbon preliminary typescript of Call me Madame (1950) by Irving Berlin and one photo with a caption of two of the performers. Caption also states that the play is from a book by Howard Lindsay and Russell Crouse.

Box 1 Folder 4
Bloch, Pedro - "The Hands of Eurydice"
Date: undated
Description: 1 typescript of The Hands of Euridice by Pedro Bloch.

Box 1 Folder 5
Hammerstein, Oscar - "The King and I"
Date: undated
Description: 1 mimeographed typescript of the "book", The King and I (1951), book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein and music by Richard Rodgers.

Box 1 Folder 6
Johnson, Larry E. - "It's a Wise Child"
Date: undated
Description: 1 typescript of It's a Wise Child (1929) by Larry E. Johnson.

Box 1 Folder 7
Lerner, Alan Jay - "My Fair Lady"
Date: undated
Description: 1 mimeographed typescript of My Fair Lady (1956), book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner, music by Frederick Loewe.

Box 1 Folder 8
Lipsky, Eleazar - "The Scientists"
Date: undated
Description: 1 typescript of The Scientists by Eleazar Lipsky.

Box 1 Folder 9
Miller, Arthur - "Death of a Salesman"
Date: Sep 1948
Description: 1 mimeographed typescript of Death of a Salesman (1949) by Arthur Miller, as prepared for production, including music and sound cues at end.

Box 2 Folder 10
Neiman, Irving Gaynor - "Button your Lip"
Date: [1942]
Description: 1 typescript of Button your Lip by Irving Gaynor Neiman (1943) and a press release about a collection of army plays by various authors, of which Button your Lip is one.

Box 2 Folder 11
O'Neill, Eugene - "A Moon for the Misbegotten"
Date: undated
Description: 1 mimeographed typescript of A Moon for the Misbegotten (1947) by Eugene O'Neill, as prepared for production.

Box 2 Folder 12
Kaye, Joseph - "The Plot Concerns-"
Date: 1925
Description: 1 book, The Plot Concerns-, by Joseph Kaye and Burr Cook. "The stories of twelve famous contemporary plays told in a new way."


Anouilh, Jean 1: 1

Baker, Rachel 1: 2

Berlin, Irving 1: 3

Bloch, Pedro 1: 4

Button your Lip 1: 10

Call me Madame 1: 3

Cook, Burr 1: 12

Crouse, Russell 1: 3

Death of a Salesman 1: 9

Hammerstein, Oscar 1: 5

Hands of Eurydice, The 1: 4

Hellman, Lillian 1: 1

It's a Wise Child 1: 6

Johnson, Larry E. 1: 6

Kaye, Joseph 1: 12

King and I, The 1: 5

Lark, The 1: 1

Lerner, Alan Jay 1: 7

Lindsay, Howard 1: 3

Lipsky, Eleazar 1: 8

Loewe, Frederick 1: 7

Miller, Arthur 1: 9

Moon for the Misbegotten, A 1: 11

My Fair Lady 1: 7

Neiman, Irving Gaynor 1: 10

O'Neill, Eugene 1: 11

Plot Concerns-, The 1: 12

Rodgers, Richard 1: 5

Scientists, The 1: 8

You'll Never be the Same 1: 2

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