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Seymour M. Syna papers, 1955-1994

Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#1224
Bib ID 5002871 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Syna, Seymour M
Title Seymour M. Syna papers, 1955-1994
Physical Description 17 linear feet (11 boxes, 6 flat boxes)
Language(s) English .
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Arrangement

Arrangement

This collection is arranged into 5 series.

Description

Scope and Contents

Materials incldue correspondence, manuscripts, and printed material.

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You will need to make an appointment in advance to use this collection material in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room. You can schedule an appointment once you've submitted your request through your Special Collections Research Account.

This collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material at least three business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

This collection has no restrictions.

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Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Seymour M. Syna papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

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Processing Information

Papers Processed by Michael Stone.

Revision Description

2010-03-29 Legacy finding aid created from Pro Cite.

2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.

Subject Headings

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"ArchivedGRID"
Drama -- History and criticism Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

Born 1929 in Ellenville NY, he graduated from Bronx High School of Science in 1946. Later he received his BA from University of Arkansas, finally attending Columbia University School of the Arts finishing with his EdD at Columbia University Teacher's College. His adulthood was spent teaching theater in the NYC public school system, including City College, and working as a theater critic for The New York Tribune.

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Series I: Correspondence


Subseries I.1: General



Box 5 Folder 1 General Correspondence


Subseries I.2: Complaint Letters


Box 5 Folder 7 Complaint Letters for Syna

Series II: Manuscripts


Subseries II.1: Dramaturgy



Box 1 Folder 1 University Dramaturgy Book


Subseries II.2: Articles by Syna



Box 5 Folder 6 Photocopies of Articles by Sy Syna



Box 8 Folder 2 Original drafts of articles by Sy Syna


Box 8 Folder 2 Original drafts of articles by Sy Syna


Subseries II 3: College Materials



Box 7 Folder 1 Bronx Community College materials


Subseries II.4: Curriculum



Box 8 Folder 1 Course Curriculum


Subseries II.5: University Notebook



Box 7 Folder 2 Columbia University Notebook


Subseries II.6: Street Theater



Box 8 Folder 3 and 4 Writings on Street Theater


Subseries II.7: Unidentified Notes



Box 7 Folder 3 Unattached Notes


Subseries II.8: One Acts by Others


Box 7 Folder 5 - 8 One Act Plays by various writers


Subseries II.9: Play scripts by Others



Box 10 Folder 1 The People vs. Ranchman by Elisabeth Marton


Box 10 Folder 2 Cyrano by Judith Dvorkin based on the play by Rostand as translated by E.W. Dvorkin, ca. 1964


Box 10 Folder 3 The Tempest by William Shakespeare as made into a workbook by Sy Syna, ca. 1964


Box 10 Folder 34 Hamlet by William Shakespeare the Living Shakespeare edition, ca. 1964


Subseries II.10: Screenplay


Box 10 Folder 5 Lost and Found by R.F. Barash, ca. 1976

Series III: Play scripts by Others


Box 10 Folder 6 Britannicus an adaptation for actors by Robert Clayton Casto, ca. 1962


Box 10 Folder 7 One act plays: The Cat Box by Howard Reynolds; Money Can Buy Anything But Success by Lou Antonio, ca. 1962

Series IV: Documents


Subseries IV.1: Prize Applications



Box 7 Folder 4 Prize Applications


Subseries IV.2: Artists' Rights



Box 8 Folder 6 Documents Pertaining to Theatrical Rights

Series V: Printed


Subseries V.1: Ephemera



Box 2 Folder 1 - 3 Ephemeral Theatrical Publicity



Box 3 Folder 1 - 3 Ephemeral Theatrical Publicity



Box 4 Folder 1 and 2 Ephemeral Theatrical Publicity



Box 5 Folder 3 - 5 Ephemeral Theatrical Publicity



Box 6 Folder 2 - 4 Ephemeral Theatrical Press



Box 8 Folder 7 and 8 Ephemeral Theatrical Publicity



Box 6 Folder 5 Ephemeral Soap Opera Publicity


Subseries V.2: Theatrical Publicity



Box 11 Folder 1 - 4 Ephemera


Subseries V.3: Newsletters



Box 5 Folder Folder2 The Passing Show The Newsletter of the Schubert Archive


Subseries V.4: Drama Critics Associations



Box 6 Folder 1 Materials from drama critics associations


Subseries V.5: Off Broadway



Box 8 Folder 5 Off Broadway News Releases


Subseries V.6: Magazines and other Publications



Box 9 Folder 1 The San Francisco Mime Troupe: The First Ten Years by R.G. Davis; Tulane Drama Review A study of the Problems of the European Theatre by Paula De CaroVarious ephemeral theatrical brochures The 4th International Student Festival of the Open Theatre


Box 9 Folder 2 Kabuki materials including Japanese postcards


Box 9 Folder 2 Copies of Applause from the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, ca. 1996


Subseries V.7: New York Theatre Review


Box 9 Folder 3 Contains Sy Syna's article Street Theatre in America, January 1979


Box 9 Folder 4 Contains Sy Syna's article The Many Faces of Off-Off Broadway, September 1979


Subseries V.8: Newspapers



Flat Box 223 The Other Paper ca. 1980 Chapter One Published by the Greater New York Chapter of Anta ca. 1962



Flat Box 224 Copies of the newspaper in which Sy Syna made contributions, ca. 1993



Flat Box 225 Copies of the newspaper in which Sy Syna made contributions, ca. 1993



Flat Box 226 Copies of the newspaper in which Sy Syna made contributions, ca. 1993



Flat Box 227 Copies of the newspaper in which Sy Syna made contributions, ca. 1980



Flat Box 228 Copies of the newspaper in which Sy Syna made contributions, ca. 1980