The Paul Mann collection includes manuscripts, correspondence, printed material, photographs, artwork, film and video, audio material, legal material, professional material, memorabilia, and other material.
Manuscripts in the collection consist of drafts, poetry, speeches, articles, screenplays, transcripts, and stage plays, mainly by others. The series includes a grant proposal for a book regarding the Paul Mann Actor’s Workshop; a draft of Mann’s book, An American Actor; a transcript regarding “A Brief Interview with Paul Mann”; and articles by Mann and others regarding Polish theatre, American theatre, and the Konstantin Stanislavski Method (1952-1980). Stage plays in the series includes After the Fall and All My Sons, by Arthur Miller; The Whole World Over, by Konstantin Simonov (1947); The Changeling, by Thomas Middleton and William Rowley (1965); The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail, by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee (1970); and numerous others.
Correspondence in the collection includes notable correspondents such as the American National Theatre and Academy (1960-1962); the American Theatre Training Institute (1923-1978); The Ford Foundation (1973-1976); the International Theatre Institute (1960-1994); and the Lincoln Center (1960-1964). General correspondence may include postcards and telegrams, and dates from the 1950s to the late 1980s.
Printed material in the collection includes subject files, articles, newspapers, and magazines, among other items, which date from ca. 1930 to the 1980s. The series includes a booklet titled “Therefore Choose Life: Paul Mann 1913-1985,” containing interviews with various actors and directors; Mann “Articles,” which consist of his most important publications, speeches, notes, and reports from 1958 to 1971; a subject file regarding A Marriage Proposal (1972-1980); Mann’s clippings and notes related to work and research (1968-1976); and other items. Magazines in this series include American Theatre, Cosmopolitan, Esquire, Jewish Life, Life, Ms., Newsweek, New Theatre, The New Yorker, New York Times Magazine, Teatrpolski, TV Guide, and World, among others.
Photographs in the collection are extensive, and include small photo albums, negatives, slide files, postcards, portraits, headshots, and general prints. The material dates from the 1940s to the 1980s, and includes notables such as Harry Belafonte; Pat Benoit; Morris Carnovsky; Sammy Davis, Jr.; Ted Kazanoff; Ruby Dee; John F. Kennedy; Sidney Poitier; Lloyd Richards; and Essie and Paul Robeson. The series also contains personal photographs of Mann’s friends, family, and travels.
Film and video in the collection includes film reels with personal videos of Mann’s travels, friends, and family, and dates from 1960 to 1976.
Legal material in the collection includes files regarding Susan Micari and Mann’s trial, which consists of court transcripts, legal papers, and examinations before trial. Other material in this series includes a residential lease; statements made by Mann before the House Un-American Activities Committee; theatre contracts (1941-1950); and a New York Supreme Court examination regarding John Henry Faulk.
Professional material in collection consists of numerous subject files on various topics, which include classes and class notes from 1976 to 1979; acting notes; notes for lectures and articles; Paul Mann Actors Workshop files; American Theatre Training Institute materials; Group Theatre files; Moscow Theatre and Soviet era arts files; and other material.
Memorabilia in the collection includes props; tickets; a Hollywood Foreign Press Association Golden Globe Nomination for Best Supporting Actor in America, America (1963); a plaster cast of Mann’s face; press plates; and other items.
Other material in the collection includes notebooks dating from 1949 to 1985; scrapbooks kept by Mann regarding newspaper clippings and photographs of actors; medical material; financial material; and artwork.