Aviva Slesin collection of research and production materials for the ten-year lunch: the wit and legend of the Algonquin Round Table 1920s-1988


Aviva Slesin collection of research and production materials for the ten-year lunch: the wit and legend of the Algonquin Round Table, 1920s-1988

Aviva Slesin collection of research and production materials for the ten-year lunch: the wit and legend of the Algonquin Round Table 1920s-1988

This collection documents the creation of the film The Ten Year Lunch. Slesin acquired significant materials from numerous sources about the core group of the Round Table including Marc Connelly, Dorothy Parker, Alexander Woollcott, Harold Ross, Robert Benchley, Ruth Gordon, and Edna Ferber, as well as satellite figures. Types of materials in this collection include photographs (both originals and copies), personal correspondence and ephemera, telegrams, sound recordings, a script, theatre programs, posters, and bound volumes. Includes the work of notable photographers such as James Abbe, Alfred Eisenstaedt, Nickolas Muray, and Carl Van Vechten. Slesin's production notebook includes a descriptive listing of 702 items that she consulted during her research, most of which are in this final collection. The final script for the film is accompanied by a promotional poster illustrated with a drawing by Al Hirschfeld of the Round Table members.

2 linear ft. (4 boxes)

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Parker, Dorothy, 1893-1967

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Author; interviewee married Alan Campbell. From the description of Reminiscences of Dorothy Rothschild Parker : oral history, 1959. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 86158240 Dorothy Parker was born in West End, New Jersey, in an upper-middle-class family of mixed heritage. Estranged from her parents due to her dislike of her strict, devout stepmother, she read voraciously and wrote verse. Seeking a career in literature, she worked for Vogue,...

Benchley, Robert, 1889-1945

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American author, actor, humorist, and screenwriter; b. Robert Charles Benchley. From the description of Robert Benchley collection, 1770-1965. (Boston University). WorldCat record id: 70967664 Robert Benchley, humorist, critic, actor, writer and director was born in 1889 in Worcester, Massachusetts. His writing career began as early as his college days as president of the LAMPOON, in which he wrote many articles. His reputation as a humorist grew when he became editor of the...

Woollcott, Alexander, 1887-1943

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Woollcott, American critic, member of the Algonquin Round Table, and the inspiration for the character of Sheridan Whiteside in the play The Man Who Came to Dinner by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart. From the description of [Letters, 1929-1940] / Alexander Woollcott. (Smith College). WorldCat record id: 491398373 American drama critic, journalist, playwright, essayist, and actor. From the description of Alexander Woollcott collection, 1921-[194-]. (Boston Univers...

Slesin, Aviva

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Aviva Slesin (b.1943) is a documentary filmmaker based in New York City whose film The Ten-Year Lunch: The Wit and Legend of the Algonquin Round Table won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature of 1987. The Algonquin Round Table was a group of journalists, editors, actors and press agents that met on a regular basis at the Algonquin Hotel in New York City. The group began having lunch together in June 1919 and continued on a regular basis for about ei...

Eisenstaedt, Alfred

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Eisenstaedt was a German-American photographer and photojournalist. He worked for Life Magazine and is best known for capturing the V-J Day celebration in Times Square. From the description of Photograph with commentary, ca. 1980s. (Naval War College). WorldCat record id: 706807112 b. 1898; d. 1995. From the description of Artist file : miscellaneous uncataloged material. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 80307824 ...

Bankhead, Tallulah

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Actress. From the description of Papers, [ca. 1920]-1968. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 155507628 Tallulah (Tallulah Brockman) Bankhead was born 1902 Jan. 31 to William B. and Ada Eugenia Sledge Bankhead in Huntsville, Madison Co., Ala. She attended primary school in Montomery, Ala., while living with her uncle and aunt, Dr. and Mrs. Thomas M. Owen. She later attended Convent of the Sacred Heart (N.Y.), 1912-1913; Mary Baldwin Seminary (Va.), 1913; Convent of t...

Gillmore, Margalo, 1897-1986

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Hirschfeld, Al, 1903-2003

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Albert Hirschfeld was born on June 21, 1903 in St. Louis, Missouri, the youngest of the three sons of Isaac Hirschfeld and his Russian-born wife Rebecca. Al Hirschfeld studied art in St. Louis and moved with his family to New York City in 1915. He studied at the National Academy of Art and Design and at the Art Students League, but due to financial difficulties in 1919, he took a job at Selznick Pictures where he was given his first art assignments designing advertisemen...

Hayes, Helen, 1900-1993

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American actress. From the description of Helen Hayes papers, 1952-1980. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 218473254 From the description of An oral history interview with Helen Hayes / conducted by Peggy Meyer Sherry for the Kurt Weill Foundation for Music, Weill-Lenya Research Center, Nyack, New York, 1991 July 25 : recording and transcript. (Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison). WorldCat record id: 122579830 Helen Hayes (1900-19...

Gordon, Ruth, 1896-1985

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Actress and playwright. From the description of Ruth Gordon papers, 1924-1969 (bulk 1940-1969). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 71130956 Biographical Note Ruth Gordon 1896, Oct. 30 Born, Wollaston, Mass. 1915 Appeared as Nibs in Peter Pan (play) ...

Ross, Harold Wallace, 1892-1951

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Van Vechten, Carl, 1880-1964

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Carl Van Vechten was an American novelist, critic, essayist, book collector, and photographer. From the description of Carl Van Vechten collection of papers, 1922-1964. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 122455166 From the guide to the Carl Van Vechten collection of papers, 1911-1964, (The New York Public Library. Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature.) Carl van Vechten (1880-1964) was an American photographer, writer,...

Harriman, W. Averell (William Averell), 1891-1986

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Elie Abel (1920- ) was Dean of Journalism, Columbia University. (M.S., 1942). From the description of William Averell Harriman papers on Special Envoy to Churchill and Stalin, 1941-1946, 1941-1974. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 460880054 Diplomat, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and politician. From the description of Papers of W. Averell Harriman, 1869-1988 (bulk 1895-1986). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 71071710 Gove...

Connelly, Marc, 1890-1980

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American playwright, actor, director, producer, and author; b. Marcus Cook Connelly; d. 1980; winner of O. Henry Short Story Prize (1930) and Pulitzer Prize (1930); member of the Algonquin Round Table literary group. From the description of Marc Connelly collection, 1915-1980. (Boston University). WorldCat record id: 70974938 Playwright; full name is Marcus Cook Connelly. From the description of Reminiscences of Marc Connelly : oral history, 1959. (Columbia Unive...

Muray, Nickolas, 1892-1965

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Portrait photographer. Born in Hungary. Began as professional photographer around 1921. In the 1930s, he established one of the first color labs in the United States and became a master of the carbro process. He also wrote reviews for DANCE magazine, flew airplanes, and in 1928 and 1932, he represented the United States as a member of the Olympic Fencing Team. From the description of Nickolas Muray papers, 1911-1978. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122390183 ...

Abbe, James Edward, 1883-1973

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B. in Alfred, Maine on July 17, 1983;d. Nov. 11, 1973. From the description of James Edward Abbe : Artist File. (International Center of Photography). WorldCat record id: 437261423 B. 1883, d. 1973. From the description of James Edward Abbe artist file. (Whitney Museum of American Art). WorldCat record id: 228431982 ...

Ferber, Edna, 1887-1968

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American novelist, short story writer and playwright. From the description of Letters, 1912-1957. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122415400 American fiction writer and playwright. From the description of Typed letter signed : Stepney Depot, Conn., to Edward Wagenknecht, 1944 Oct. 30. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270868073 Author. From the description of Edna Ferber letter, 1921. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 79450230 Author of popu...