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Guide to the Alexander Cohen Tamiment Playhouse Photographs PHOTOS 080

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Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives

Collection processed by Erika Gottfried, 2001.

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on September 19, 2018
Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Alexander Cohen Tamiment Playhouse Photographs
Dates [inclusive]: 1947-1958, (Bulk 1947-1952)
Dates [bulk]: 1947-1952
Abstract: Most of the 25 images in this collection are photographs of performances at the Tamiment Playhouse; all were shot by Alexander Cohen. The Playhouse, located in Bushkill, Pennsylvania, was a prominent incubator of and a major creative outlet for theater, dance, film, and television in the mid-twentieth century. It nurtured many performers and writers who later became famous, such as Danny Kaye, Carol Burnett, Woody Allen, and Neil Simon. Much of the copious original material performed at Tamiment found its way to the professional stage, Broadway, and television. The Playhouse was part of Camp Tamiment, a summer resort for socialists and their families that opened in 1921.
Quantity: 1 box
Quantity: 25 items. (4x5, 5x7, 8x10; b&w)
Call Phrase: PHOTOS 080

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Historical/Biographical Note

The Tamiment Playhouse, located in Bushkill, Pennsylvania, was a prominent incubator of and a major creative outlet for theater, dance, film, and television in the mid-twentieth century, particularly for comedy. It nurtured many performers and writers who later became famous, such as Danny Kaye, Carol Burnett, Woody Allen, and Neil Simon. Much of the copious original material performed at Tamiment found its way to the professional stage, Broadway, and television. The Playhouse was part of Camp Tamiment, a summer resort for socialists and their families that opened in 1921. It began offering professional theatrical productions by the early 1930s, and closed after the season of 1960. Alexander Cohen, who shot the photographs in this collection, stayed with his family in a bungalow at Camp Tamiment's "Sandyville" bungalow colony in the summers.

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Scope and Content Note

All but two of the 25 black and white photographs in this collection are production photographs of performances given at the Tamiment Playhouse. With the exception of the production (or production number) titled, "Molly Belle," none of these performances are identified, but most are dated by month and year, and many of the performers (a number of whom were, or later became well-known) are identified. All were shot by Alexander Cohen. They include: Anne Cohen Tishler (the photographer's daughter), Maxwell Brant, Pat Carroll, Jack Cassady, Gary Davis, Faye DeWitt, Vince Dodd, Judy Goldstein Finnamore, Lee Grant, Barbara Gold, Adrienne Gray, Vann Hamilton, Lavina Hoving, Lucas Hoving, Lucille Kallen, Jack Keith, Phil Leeds, Anita Leonard, Jack Lescoulie, Ed Michaels, Barbara Leventer Polss, Louis Nye, Kenneth Owen, Kato Patok, Billy Sands, Mrs. Billy Sands, Dick Shawn, Judy Baim Simon (Mrs. Neil Simon), Jimmy Starbuck, and George Tatar. The two non-production photographs are of Camp Tamiment director Ben Josephson and his family, and of Anne Cohen (later Tishler), her friend Barbara Leventer (later Polss) and Camp Tamiment photographer Lewis "Snappy" Goren on a photo postcard.

Arrangement

The files are grouped into 1 series:

Missing Title

  1. Container list

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Hoving, Lucas--Portraits.
  • Hoving, Lavina--Portraits.
  • Davis, Gary--Portraits.
  • Cassady, Jack--Portraits.
  • Carroll, Pat, 1927-
  • Brant, Maxwell--Portraits.
  • Finnamore, Judy Goldstein--Portraits.
  • Dodd, Vince--Portraits.
  • DeWitt, Faye--Portraits.
  • Hamilton, Vann--Portraits.
  • Gray, Adrienne--Portraits.
  • Grant, Lee, 1927-
  • Gold, Barbara--Portraits.
  • Owen, Kenneth--Portraits.
  • Michaels, Ed--Portraits.
  • Lescoulie, Jack--Portraits.
  • Nye, Louis--Portraits.
  • Polss, Barbara Leventer--Portraits.
  • Keith, Jack--Portraits.
  • Kallen, Lucille-Portraits.
  • Leonard, Anita--Portraits.
  • Leeds, Phil--Portraits.
  • Shawn, Dick. -- |v Portraits
  • Cohen, Alexander.
  • Tator, George--Portraits.
  • Starbuck, Jimmy--Portraits.
  • Tishler, Anne Cohen--Portraits.
  • Josephson, Ben, 1895-1980 -- |v Portraits
  • Sands, Billy--Portraits.
  • Goren, Lewis M. -- |v Portraits
  • Patok, Kato--Portraits.
  • Simon, Judy Baim--Portraits.
  • Tishler, Anne

Document Type

  • Black-and-white photographs.

Subject Organizations

  • Tamiment Playhouse -- |v Pictorial works

Subject Topics

  • Summer theater -- Pennsylvania -v Pictorial works.

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Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

Materials are open without restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Any rights (including copyright and related rights to publicity and privacy) held by Alexander "Alex" Cohen were transferred to New York University in 2000 by Anne Tishler. Permission to publish or reproduce materials in this collection must be secured from repository. Please contact tamiment.wagner@nyu.edu.

Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Identification of item, date; Collection name; Collection number; box number; folder number;
Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
70 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012, New York University Libraries.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Anne Cohen Tishler, the daughter of Alexander Cohen, sent a gift of black and white photographs of productions staged by the Tamiment Playhouse in a series of accessions starting in 1992. The accession numbers associated with these gifts are 1950.236, NPA.1998.013, and NPA.2001.030.

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Container List

Container list

Container 1     Title Date
Folder: 1 Tamiment Playhouse production photographs; 2 personal snapshots of Ben Josephson and family and of Anne Cohen (later Tishler), her friend Barbara Leventer (later Polss) and Camp Tamiment photographer Lewis "Snappy" Goren.
1947, 1950, 1952, 1953, 1958, undated

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