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Guide to the Donald Oliver/Chelsea Music Archive, 1907-2008 (bulk 1962-1991) MSS.254

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Collection processed by Virginia Pastor and Brent Phillips in 2014 with edits made by Andrea Kutsenkow in 2016.

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on July 06, 2017
Finding aid written in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

 Record edited by Andrea Kutsenkow to reflect 2016 accretion Updated by Jacqueline Rider to reflect incorporation of video preservation master and sub-master files.  , October 2016 , March 2017

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Oliver, Donald
Title: Donald Oliver/Chelsea Music Archive
Dates [inclusive]: 1907-2008
Dates [bulk]: bulk
Abstract: The Donald Oliver/Chelsea Music Archive consists of documents collected both personally by Donald Oliver and by Chelsea Music Services. Chelsea Music Services, Inc. was established as a “music factory of six or seven orchestrators willing to step in when needed.” It became one of Broadway’s favored music preparation services, producing “green-books,” handwritten, and bound piano-conductor scores until 1988. The collection consists of librettos, piano-vocal scores, orchestrations, and video recordings pertaining to Broadway and Off-Broadway musicals. Among the prominent productions featured in the collection are A Chorus Line,  The Phantom of the Opera,  Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and  Merrily We Roll Along. The collection also documents the work of individual theater personalities, including actor Mandy Patinkin, performer Marti Stevens, and lyricist Dorothy Fields. Additional material includes playbills, newspaper clippings of reviews, screenplays and teleplays.
Quantity: 71 Linear Feet in 48 records cartons and 20 oversize boxes
Location: Materials are stored offsite and advance notice is required for use. Please contact at least two business days prior to your research visit to coordinate access.
Language: Materials are in English.
Call Phrase: MSS.254