George Sklar and Miriam Blecher papers
Scope and Contents
- Sklar, George, 1908-1988 (Author)
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Immediate Source of Acquisition
14.53 Linear Feet (20 boxes)
Language of Materials
George Sklar (1908-1988)
In the 1940s, Sklar moved to Los Angeles to write screenplays for Hollywood films such as First Comes Courage (1943). He was blacklisted from the industry after refusing to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1949. He also wrote novels such as The Two Worlds of Johnny Truro (1947), The Promising Young Men (1952), and The Identity of Dr. Frazier (1961).
Born Gidolio Sklar in Meriden, Connecticut, Sklar received a B.A. from Yale University in 1929 and graduated from the Yale School of Drama in 1931, where he studied under George Pierce Baker. Sklar married Miriam Blecher in 1935, with whom he had three children: Judith Rasminsky, and Daniel and Zachary Sklar.
Miriam Blecher (1912-1979)
Blecher was born in New York City to Jewish immigrants from Austria-Hungary. She graduated from Hunter College and studied dance at the Henry Street Settlement House under Martha Graham and Louis Horst. After moving to Los Angeles with her husband, Blecher taught children’s dance classes and held dance therapy workshops.
This collection received a basic level of processing, including rehousing and minimal organization.
Information included in the Description of Papers note and Collection Contents section is drawn from information supplied with the collection and from an initial survey of the contents. Folder titles appearing in the contents list below are often based on those provided by the creator or previous custodian. Otherwise, folder titles are supplied by staff during initial processing. Information in brackets is also supplied by staff.
This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.
The collection was formerly titled the George and Miriam Sklar papers.
- African American actors
- African Americans -- 20th Century -- Portraits
- African Americans -- Drama
- Audiovisual materials
- Authors -- United States -- 20th Century
- Authors, American -- 20th Century -- Archives
- Blacklisting of authors -- United States
- Blecher, Miriam, 1912-1979
- Choreographers -- United States -- 20th century
- Communism and motion pictures -- United States
- Dance schools -- United States -- 20th century
- Dancers -- United States -- 20th Century
- Dramatists -- United States -- 20th Century
- Dramatists, American -- 20th Century -- Archives
- Federal Theatre Project (New York, N.Y.)
- Harvey, Georgette
- Lee, Canada
- Maltz, Albert, 1908-1985
- Mehlman, Lily
- Modern dance
- Oringer, Estelle, circa 1913-2010
- Peters, Paul (Playwright)
- Radical theater -- United States -- 20th century
- Sklar, George, 1908-1988
- Theater -- Production and direction -- New York (State) -- New York
- Theater programs
- Theatre Union Inc.
- United States. Congress. House. Committee on Un-American Activities
- Whipper, Leigh R. (Leigh Rollin), 1877-1975
- Guide to the George Sklar and Miriam Blecher Papers
- by Brooke McManus
- February 2022
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.
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