Papers, 1915-1988 (bulk 1940-1970).


Papers, 1915-1988 (bulk 1940-1970).

The primary focus of the Papers is on Ewen's teaching career at Brooklyn College. A large portion of the papers is comprised of classroom lecture notes and research materials accumulated for Ewen's many books. There are also many annotated play scripts, as well as Ewen's stage adaptations of the literary classics such as Thomas Mann' Magic Mountain and The Nihilists, inspired by Dostoyeveski's The Possessed. The correspondence is rich in letters written by Ewen's former students upon learning of his departure from Brooklyn College in 1952. There are legal documents ranging from Rapp-Coudert proceedings to actors' contracts for performances through the Master Institute. Individual series descriptions follow.Series I. Correspondence holds all the correspondence written by Frederic Ewen from 1915 up until his death in 1988. There is a collection of postcards sent to Ewen and his wife Miriam and a few sent from Fred as well - these postcards highlighting various trips to Europe. Also herein are the letters Ewen collected from his former students which shed light on the impact Ewen made in the classroom. Series II. Personal Papers consists of various family related materials and a file relating to Miriam Gideon, Ewen's second wife. This series contains several volumes of Ewens personal journals and travel logs. Series III. Legal Papers contains the contracts for Ewen's books, contracts with the actors he hired to perform for his Master Institute productions and Brooklyn Academy of Music, materials related to the Rapp-Coudert Committee and academic freedom, and newspaper articles about the ongoing investigations. Series IV. Scripts consists of a collection of scripts Ewen used in his classroom and works he used for his stage adaptions; for example there is a copy of th Magic Mountain with Ewen's notes for his own adaptation. There are also scripts for adaptations of works by Ibsen, Aristophanes, Alfred Levinson, and Leo Tolstoy. The scripts for adaptations for The Magic Mountain and The Nihilists were done in collaboration with John Randolph and Phoebe Brand. Series V. Writings by Frederic Ewen. The majority of the writings in this series are typescripts of books Ewen published; for example there is a draft of Heroic Imaginations. The other works include typescripts of literary works, including The Assassins, The Bridge, The Burning Bush, and A Half Century. Series VI. Writings by others, contains writings Ewen was either given to look over for a critique or works he collected to use in his drama productions. There is a untitled piece by Annette Rubinstein, a selection of poems by Sol Chaneles, and other miscellaneous writings. Series VII. Lecture Notes, is arranged alphabetically and contains Ewen's bibliographies, course outlines, exam questions he used at Brooklyn College, and notes from lectures he conducted after leaving his teaching career. Series VIII. Research Notes: Subseries A consists of notes Ewen compiled for classroom use, research for his books, and for his dramatic productions. These notes are organized in alphabetical order by the last name of the author in question. Subseries B consists of research notes arranged by geographic location. These are arranged in alphabetical order by country and often have authors listed who are either significant to the region or the scope of the notes. Subseries C contains research notes organized by subject classification, and arranged alphabetically. Series IX. Subject files, are related to Ewen's book publications or organizations associated with Brooklyn College. Included are Ewen's grade books from Brooklyn College, college newsletters, and bulletins during the witch hunts at the City Colleges.

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