The E.Y. Harburg Collection
Scope and Contents
- 1929-1968 (inclusive)
Language of Materials
Conditions Governing Access
Some of the materials may be stored at the Library's off-campus shelving facility, so researchers should allow at least two business days to have the appropriate boxes paged.
Conditions Governing Use
Immediate Source of Acquisition
30 Linear Feet (26 boxes)
Biographical / Historical
Harburg quickly achieved great success as a lyricist. Over the years, he collaborated with many composers, including Jay Gorney, Vernon Duke, Harold Arlen, Jerome Kern, Burton Lane, Sammy Fain, and Jule Styne. Harburg wrote the lyrics for shows such as Finian's Rainbow and films such as The Wizard of Oz. His long list of hit songs includes "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?," "April in Paris," "It's Only a Paper Moon," "Over the Rainbow," and "How are Things in Glocca Morra?"
Harburg's Hollywood career came to a halt in the early 1950s when he was blacklisted. A staunch advocate of a variety of left-leaning causes, Harburg was never a member of the Communist Party. The blacklist did not prevent him from working on Broadway, but his musicals after Finian's Rainbow did not match the success of his earlier works.
Yip Harburg died on March 5, 1981 in Brentwood, California.
- Arlen, Harold, 1905-1986
- Behrman, S. N. (Samuel Nathaniel), 1893-1973
- Belafonte, Harry, 1927-
- Berlin, Irving, 1888-1989
- Blacklisting of entertainers -- United States
- Buchwald, Art, 1925-
- Crawford, Cheryl, 1902-1986
- Dassin, Jules, 1911-2008
- Einstein, Albert, 1879-1955
- Fosse, Bob, 1927-1987
- Fulbright, J. William (James William), 1905-1995
- Gershwin, Ira, 1896-1983
- Guthrie, Tyrone, 1900-1971
- Hammerstein, Oscar, II, 1895-1960
- Harburg, E. Y. (Edgar Yipsel), 1896-1981
- Hart, Moss, 1904-1961
- Kaufman, George S. (George Simon), 1889-1961
- Kay, Hershy, 1919-1981
- Kazan, Elia, 1909-2003
- Lahr, Bert, 1895-1967
- Lane, Burton, 1912-1997
- Lazar, Irving, 1907-1993
- Lieberson, Goddard, 1911-1977
- Lilienthal, David Eli, 1899-1981
- Loesser, Frank, 1910-1969
- Logan, Joshua, 1936-1987
- Lomax, Alan, 1915-2002
- Mercer, Johnny, 1909-1976
- Minnelli, Vincente, 1903-1986
- Morse, Wayne L. (Wayne Lyman), 1900-1974
- O'Casey, Sean, 1880-1964
- Perelman, S. J. (Sidney Joseph), 1904-1979
- Poitier, Sidney, 1927-
- Porter, Cole, 1891-1964
- Prince, Harold, 1928-
- Rice, Elmer, 1892-1967
- Rodgers, Richard, 1902-1979
- Roosevelt, Eleanor, 1884-1962
- Rose, Billy, 1899-1966
- Seeger, Pete, 1919-2014
- Sinatra, Frank, 1915-1998
- Snow, Edgar, 1905-1972
- Taylor, Deems, 1885-1966
- Trumbo, Dalton, 1905-1976
- Wallace, Mike, 1918-2012
- Wilkins, Roy, 1901-1981
- Wouk, Herman, 1915-
- Register to The E.Y. Harburg Collection
- Compiled by Tulin Duda, 1984Revised by Bruce Durazzi, 2000Revised by Stefanie Acevedo, 2013
- Language of description
- Finding aid is in English.
- 2007-08-24: music.mss.0083.xml converted for compliance with Yale EAD Best Practice Guidelines with music-migrate-02.xsl (yn2007-08-24).
- 2007-03-21: music.mss.0083.xml converted from EAD 1.0 to 2002 with v1to02.xsl (yn2007-03-20).
- 2010-01-26: Transformed with yale.addEadidUrl.xsl. Adds @url with handle for finding aid. Overwrites @url if already present.
- 2012-10-18: Updated information about access, to reflect the transfer of service responsibility from HSR to regular special collections staff.
- 2013-12-18: Numerous corrections, resulting from a folder-by-folder inventory project by Stefanie Acevedo.
- 2016-06-10: Oversized items re-boxed into Box 28.
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