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Philip Rose papers

Call Number: YCAL MSS 438
Scope and Contents

The Philip Rose Papers consist of correspondence, notes, contracts, photographs, drawings, printed material, and audiovisual recordings documenting the work of theatre producer Philip Rose. Rose's production files comprise the bulk of the collection, documenting the shows he produced in varying degrees of detail; the productions Purlie Victorious, Purlie, A Raisin in the Sun, Shenandoah, and Split Second are particularly well documented. Files for most productions include legal and financial documentation, scripts, scores, photographs, casting notes, lists of personnel, correspondence, marketing materials, playbills, and reviews. Audio and visual recordings chiefly document the original production of Shenandoah, but also include recordings of Purlie and You Shouldn't Have Told. The collection also includes drafts of Rose's 2004 memoir, You Can't Do That on Broadway!: A Raisin in the Sun and Other Theatrical Improbabilities, as well as other papers documenting Rose's career such as awards and memberships.

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Boxes 13-16 (audiovisual material): Use of originals is restricted. Reference copies may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.

Conditions Governing Use

The Philip Rose Papers is the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from Locus Solus Rare Books on various funds, 2010. Please consult the appropriate curator for more information.


Organized into five series: I. General Correspondence, 1961-1991. II. Production Files, 1956-2007. III. Writings, 1995-2004. IV. Other Papers, 1959-2006. V. Audiovisual Material, circa 1970-1998.

20 Linear Feet (20 boxes)
Related Names
Rose, Philip, 1921-2011
Language of Materials