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The American Play Company was a business organization that handled the licensing of plays. Prior to 1914 it was involved in play production and script purchase, but after that time it dealt exclusively in representing dramatists.

From the description of Records, 1924-1934. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 122531775

From the guide to the American Play Company Records, 1924-1934, (The New York Public Library. Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature.)

The American Play Company was a business organization that handled the licensing of plays. Prior to 1914 it was involved in production and purchase, but after that time it dealt exclusively in representing dramatists.

From the guide to the American Play Company records, 1892-1960, (The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.)

The American Play Company was a business organization that handled the licensing of plays.

Prior to 1914 it was involved in production and purchase, but after that time it dealt exclusively in representing dramatists.

From the description of American Play Company records, 1892-1960. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 122576273

The American Play Company was a New York theatrical agency which represented authors and rights-holders and assisted in the negotiation of theatrical and film licensing. The company originated in the 1880s, when Elisabeth Marbury became the protégée of Daniel Frohman and began representing authors and managing their various productions on Broadway, the national tour circuit, and regional amateur productions. She became the representative of Frances Hodgson Burnett, George Bernard Shaw, Jerome Kern, Guy Bolton, and P.G. Wodehouse. She was also the sole representative of the French Society of Authors.

In 1914, Marbury merged with Selwyn and Company to form the American Play Company. By 1930, the company had also absorbed the De Mille company and the John Rumsey Company. The company continued producing and managing properties until the early 1960s, when it was purchased by Sheldon Abend.

From the guide to the American Play Company records, 1892-1966, 1892-1930, (The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.)

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referencedIn Michael Arlen collection of papers, 1921-[1953 The New York Public Library. Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature.
creatorOf London, Jack, 1876-1916. Jack London collection of papers, 1900-1948. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Shaw, Bernard, 1856-1950. Bernard Shaw collection of papers, 1873-1960 bulk (1889-1950). New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Sherwood Anderson Collection, 1923-1941 University of Virginia. Library. Special Collections Dept.
referencedIn Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton collection of papers, 1893-1925 The New York Public Library. Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature.
referencedIn Pearl Mary Teresa Richards Craigie collection of papers, 1877-1933, 1890-1911 The New York Public Library. Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature.
creatorOf Alcott, Louisa May, 1832-1888. Louisa May Alcott collection of papers, 1865-1884. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf American Play Company. Correspondence with Theodore Dreiser, 1921-1935. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Moore, George, 1852-1933. George Moore collection of papers, [1879]-[1935] bulk (1889-1933). New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Fannie Hurst collection of papers, 1937-1951 The New York Public Library. Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature.
creatorOf Zangwill, Israel, 1864-1926. Israel Zangwill collection of papers, 1895-1918. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf American Play Company records, 1892-1960 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
creatorOf Millay, Kathleen, d. 1943. Kathleen Millay collection of papers, 1906-1956 bulk (1906-1943). New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn James B. Pinker collection of papers, 1886-1926 The New York Public Library. Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature.
referencedIn Maxwell Anderson collection of papers, 1925-1926 The New York Public Library. Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature.
creatorOf Phillpotts, Eden, 1862-1960. Eden Phillpotts collection of papers, 1892-1939. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Noel Coward collection of papers, 1919-1972 The New York Public Library. Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature.
referencedIn Jerome Klapka Jerome collection of papers, 1892-1926 The New York Public Library. Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature.
creatorOf Clemens, Samuel Langhorne, 1835-1910. Samuel Langhorne Clemens collection of papers, 1856-1938 bulk (1870-1938). New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Markham, Edwin, 1852-1940. Edwin Markham collection of papers, 1852-1940. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf O'Neill, Eugene, 1888-1953. Eugene O'Neill collection of papers, 1914-1963. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Wodehouse, P. G. (Pelham Grenville), 1881-1975. Pelham Grenville Wodehouse collection of papers, 1905-1975. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Doyle, Arthur Conan, Sir, 1859-1930. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle collection of papers, 1881-1944. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Millay, Edna St. Vincent, 1892-1950. Edna St. Vincent Millay collection of papers, 1904-1974 bulk (1909-1956). New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf American Play Company. Correspondence file, 1924-1930, from Boni & Liveright and Horace Liveright, Inc. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf American Play Company. American Play Company records, 1892-1960. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Edgar Wallace collection of papers, 1904-1928 The New York Public Library. Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature.
referencedIn George Moore collection of papers, 1879]-[1935, 1889-1933 The New York Public Library. Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature.
referencedIn Sean O'Casey collection of papers, 1904-1964, 1918-1964 The New York Public Library. Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature.
creatorOf Chesterton, G. K. (Gilbert Keith), 1874-1936. Gilbert Keith Chesterton collection of papers, [1895?]-1935. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn William McFee collection of papers, 1914]-[1954 The New York Public Library. Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature.
referencedIn Boulton, Agnes, 1893-1968. Agnes Boulton collection of Eugene O'Neill, 1910-1959 (bulk 1920-1927) Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Eliot, T. S. (Thomas Stearns), 1888-1965. T.S. Eliot collection of papers, 1918-1989 bulk (1918-1957). New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Edna St. Vincent Millay collection of papers, 1904-1974, 1909-1956 The New York Public Library. Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature.
creatorOf Jerome, Jerome K.q(Jerome Klapka),d1859-1927. Jerome Klapka Jerome collection of papers,f1892-1926. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Jack London collection of papers, 1900-1948 The New York Public Library. Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature.
creatorOf Lewis, Sinclair, 1885-1951. Sinclair Lewis collection of papers, 1914-1937. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf West, Rebecca, 1892-1983. Rebecca West collection of papers, 1916-1975. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn O'Neill, Eugene, 1888-1953. Papers of Eugene O'Neill [manuscript], 1918-1947. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn William Somerset Maugham collection of papers, 1897]-1964 The New York Public Library. Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature.
referencedIn Houghton Mifflin Company correspondence and records, 1832-1944. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Rebecca West collection of papers, 1916-1975 The New York Public Library. Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature.
creatorOf Maugham, W. Somerset (William Somerset), 1874-1965. William Somerset Maugham collection of papers, [1897]-1964. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Anderson, Maxwell, 1888-1959. Maxwell Anderson collection of papers, 1925-1926. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Louis Kaufman Anspacher collection of papers, 1912-1924 The New York Public Library. Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature.
referencedIn Israel Zangwill collection of papers, 1895-1918 The New York Public Library. Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature.
referencedIn Samuel Langhorne Clemens collection of papers, 1856-1938, 1870-1938 The New York Public Library. Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature.
referencedIn Paul Kester papers, 1880-1933 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
creatorOf American Play Company Records, 1924-1934 The New York Public Library. Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature.
referencedIn Lennox Robinson collection of papers, 1898-[1958, 1911-1930 The New York Public Library. Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature.
creatorOf Anspacher, Louis Kaufman, 1878-1947. Louis Kaufman Anspacher collection of papers, 1912-1924. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn T. S. Eliot collection of papers, 1918-1989, 1918-1957 The New York Public Library. Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature.
referencedIn Pelham Grenville Wodehouse collection of papers, 1905-1975 The New York Public Library. Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature.
creatorOf Lonsdale, Frederick, 1881-1954. Frederick Lonsdale collection of papers, 1923-1958. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Gilbert Keith Chesterton collection of papers, 1895?]-1935 The New York Public Library. Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature.
referencedIn Boulton, Agnes, 1893-1968. Agnes Boulton collection of Eugene O'Neill, 1910-1959 (bulk 1920-1927). Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Edwin Markham collection of papers, 1852-1940 The New York Public Library. Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature.
creatorOf Coward, Noel, 1899-1973. Noel Coward collection of papers, 1919-1972. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf McFee, William, 1881-1966. William McFee collection of papers, [1914]-[1954]. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Bernard Shaw collection of papers, 1873-1960, 1889-1950 The New York Public Library. Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature.
referencedIn Sherwood Anderson collection of papers, 1922-1943 The New York Public Library. Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature.
creatorOf Robinson, Lennox, 1886-1958. Lennox Robinson collection of papers, 1898-[1958] bulk (1911-1930). New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Atherton, Gertrude Franklin Horn, 1857-1948. Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton collection of papers, 1893-1925. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Sir Arthur Conan Doyle collection of papers, 1881-1944 The New York Public Library. Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature.
creatorOf Hobbes, John Oliver, 1867-1906. Pearl Mary Teresa Richards Craigie collection of papers, 1877-1933 bulk (1890-1911). New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Sinclair Lewis collection of papers, 1914-1937 The New York Public Library. Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature.
referencedIn Eden Phillpotts collection of papers, 1892-1939 The New York Public Library. Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature.
referencedIn Agnes Boulton collection of Eugene O'Neill, 1910-1959, 1920-1927 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf American Play Company. Records, 1924-1934. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Kathleen Millay collection of papers, 1904-1956, 1906-1943 The New York Public Library. Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature.
referencedIn Frederick Lonsdale collection of papers, 1923-1958 The New York Public Library. Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature.
creatorOf Phillips, Stephen, 1868-1915. Stephen Phillips collection of papers, [1895]-1916. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Kester, Paul, 1870-1933. Paul Kester papers, 1880-1933. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Arlen, Michael, 1895-1956. Michael Arlen collection of papers, 1921-[1953]. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Robert Louis Stevenson collection of papers, 1873]-[1944, 1881-1917 The New York Public Library. Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature.
creatorOf Hurst, Fannie, 1889-1968. Fannie Hurst collection of papers, 1937-1951. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf American Play Company. Letters, 1915-1916, to Lewis Mumford. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Anderson, Sherwood, 1876-1941. Sherwood Anderson collection of papers, 1922-1943. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf O'Casey, Sean, 1880-1964. Sean O'Casey collection of papers, 1904-1964 bulk (1918-1964). New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Stevenson, Robert Louis, 1850-1894. Robert Louis Stevenson collection of papers, [1873]-[1944] bulk (1881-1917). New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf O'Neill, Eugene, 1888-1953. Eugene Gladstone O'Neill Papers 1914-1963 bulk(1914-1916). New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Pinker, James B. James B. Pinker collection of papers, 1886-1926. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Oscar Wilde collection of papers, 1880]-1932 The New York Public Library. Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature.
creatorOf American Play Company records, 1892-1966, 1892-1930 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
creatorOf Steinbeck, John, 1902-1968. John Steinbeck collection of papers, 1937-[1962]. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Stephen Phillips collection of papers, 1895]-1916 The New York Public Library. Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature.
creatorOf Wallace, Edgar, 1875-1932. Edgar Wallace collection of papers, 1904-1928. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Louisa May Alcott collection of papers, 1865-1884 The New York Public Library. Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature.
Role Title Holding Repository
Relation Name
associatedWith Alcott, Louisa May, 1832-1888. person
associatedWith Anderson, Maxwell, 1888-1959. person
associatedWith Anderson, Sherwood, 1876-1941. person
associatedWith Anspacher, Louis Kaufman, 1878-1947. person
associatedWith Arlen, Michael, 1895-1956. person
associatedWith Atherton, Gertrude Franklin Horn, 1857-1948. person
associatedWith Beahan, Charles. person
associatedWith Boulton, Agnes, 1893-1968. person
associatedWith Chesterton, G. K. (Gilbert Keith), 1874-1936. person
associatedWith Clemens, Samuel Langhorne, 1835-1910. person
associatedWith Coward, Noel, 1899-1973. person
associatedWith Doyle, Arthur Conan, Sir, 1859-1930. person
associatedWith Eliot, T. S. (Thomas Stearns), 1888-1965. person
associatedWith Hart, Edward W. person
associatedWith Hobbes, John Oliver, 1867-1906. person
associatedWith Houghton Mifflin Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Hurst, Fannie, 1889-1968. person
associatedWith Jerome, Jerome K.q(Jerome Klapka),d1859-1927. person
associatedWith Kester, Paul, 1870-1933. person
associatedWith Lewis, Sinclair, 1885-1951. person
associatedWith London, Jack, 1876-1916. person
associatedWith Lonsdale, Frederick, 1881-1954. person
associatedWith Madden, Richard J. person
associatedWith Marbury, Elisabeth, 1856-1933. person
associatedWith Markham, Edwin, 1852-1940. person
associatedWith Maugham, W. Somerset (William Somerset), 1874-1965. person
associatedWith McFee, William, 1881- person
associatedWith McFee, William, 1881-1966. person
associatedWith Millay, Edna St. Vincent, 1892-1950. person
associatedWith Millay, Kathleen, d. 1943. person
associatedWith Moore, George, 1852-1933. person
associatedWith O'Casey, Sean, 1880-1964. person
associatedWith O'Neill, Eugene, 1888-1953. person
associatedWith Phillips, Stephen, 1868-1915. person
associatedWith Phillpotts, Eden, 1862-1960. person
associatedWith Pinker, James B. person
associatedWith Richard J. Madden Play Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Robinson, Lennox, 1886-1958. person
associatedWith Rumsey, John W. person
associatedWith Shaw, Bernard, 1856-1950. person
associatedWith Steinbeck, John, 1902-1968. person
associatedWith Steloff, Frances, b. 1887. person
associatedWith Stevenson, Robert Louis, 1850-1894. person
associatedWith Towne, Charles Hanson, 1877-1949. person
associatedWith Wallace, Edgar, 1875-1932. person
associatedWith Wasson, Ben. person
associatedWith West, Rebecca, 1892-1983. person
associatedWith Wilde, Oscar, 1854-1900 person
associatedWith Wodehouse, P. G. (Pelham Grenville), 1881-1975. person
associatedWith Wright, Cobina. person
associatedWith Young, Howard Irving, 1893-1952. person
associatedWith Zangwill, Israel, 1864-1926. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Subject
American drama--20th century
Theater--Production and direction
Authors, American
Dramatists, American
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Active 1923

Active 1958

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