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Jean Rosenthal – First Lady of Lighting

“I like to think of myself as some of the Scotch tape that holds things together – I’m very handy to have around.  But all that actors really need is a bare stage.  Lighting is just one of the luxuries of the theater.” – Jean Rosenthal

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Edna Ferber Goes to War

Edna Ferber was a prolific writer, by any measure. She wrote numerous best-selling novels, including Show Boat, Giant, and Cimmaron. Most of her plays were Broadway hits, including Stage Door, Dinner at Eight, and The Royal Family. She even worked on the screen adaptations of both. She was a member of the Algonquin Round Circle, and especially between the 1920s…

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Meeting Jill Godmilow

Jill Godmilow was the first records creator I met, and I was nervous about doing so. I had been asked to process her papers in the fall of 2011, and I knew that she would be coming to visit the campus soon after. I did not know what she would think of my arrangement, and I hoped I had done…

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The (Re)Searchers

Queen Aggie

Editor’s note: In this column, we’ve asked researchers to discuss their experiences at the Center. Some of our visitors will report on their ongoing research projects and their relationship to our collection, others will share their surprises, frustrations, and interesting discoveries that don’t quite fit into larger projects–the gems of the cutting room floor. In doing so, this column hopes…

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