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Claribel Baird Halstead papers, 1920-2000

8 linear feet — 1 oversize folder

Professor of Speech at the University of Michigan and active participant in local, national, and university theater. The collection includes correspondence, press, and programs and photos documenting various theatrical productions.

This collection documents Claribel Baird Halstead’s life as an educator, theatrical director, and actress. It provides insight into the development and history of theater at the University of Michigan and into Claribel’s specific contributions. The collection is divided into five series: Personal Papers, Professional Papers, Audiovisual Materials, Theater Programs, and Published plays.


Dan Moses Schreier Collection, 1994-2012

6 Linear Feet

Materials relating to the career of Dan Moses Schreier, a sound designer and composer a variey of New York theatre productions. Included are sound "bibles," scripts with sound cues, musical scores, miscellaneous ephemera related to productions, and CDs, Zip drives, and hard drives containing scores and sounds from Schreier's works.

The Papers Series consists of materials related to sound design, composition, and the production of plays and musicals Schreier worked on throughout his career. Many of these materials were originally in binders; those materials were rehoused, with all titles and labels transcribed and/or included in the folders. Materials are arranged in order of project and production date.

The Audiovisual Materials Series consists of CDs, floppy disks, and hard drives. These contain scores, sound palettes, and samples Schreier has used for productions, including some productions not represented in the paper materials. Materials are arranged in order of project and production date. Materials relating to personal projects, or else not affiliated with specific projects are located at the end of the series.

The Epherma Series contains a single playbill and guest pass, from 1994 and 2002, respectively.


Henry Fiore collection, 1930-1950 (majority within 1941-1946)

30 items

This collection contains correspondence and other items related to Lieutenant Henry Fiore and his wife, Bonnie Irvine Fiore. Henry Fiore received letters, greeting cards, and other correspondence while serving in the United States Army during World War II, including Bonnie's letters about life in New York City while he was away.

This collection contains 25 letters, 2 greeting cards, 1 telegram, 1 poem, and 1 theater program related to Lieutenant Henry Fiore, who served in the United States Army during World War II, and to his wife Bonnie. Bonnie wrote Henry 17 letters between December [10], 1941, and July 7, 1944, about her life in New York, her loneliness during his absence, and her desire to hasten his return. She reported her attempts to convince army officials and Red Cross representatives of her financial dependence on her husband and expressed her fear that accepting government aid would give the impression that Henry was not needed at home. She consistently shared her love for Henry and often kissed her letters, leaving marks with her lipstick; her letter of December 12, 1941, has a drawing of a pair of lips. Bonnie's 3 later letters, written in June and July 1944, pertain to her job and female coworkers. In her letter of February 25, 1942, she enclosed a short poem clipped from a newspaper, and her letter of June 11, 1944, contains 3 photographs. Henry sent Bonnie 1 letter during their courtship (August 12, 1937) and 1 letter and 1 card during his military service. In his letter of December 6, 1946, he justified his decision to reenlist. An undated card refers to a present that he purchased for her.

Henry Fiore received 2 letters from his sisters Helen and Viola, who discussed their social lives and provided family news, and a formal letter from attorney E. B. Reiter, regarding money Henry owed on a recently purchased car (June 23, 1942). Six additional items are 2 holiday greeting cards, a telegram, a letter of recommendation for Bonnie Fiore, a printed program from a "Tropical Revue" at the Martin Beck Theatre, and a partial manuscript poem addressed to L. L. Lewis of Hoboken, New Jersey.


Holly Fine and Danny Kaye Papers, 1934-1994 (majority within 1935-1938)

5 boxes (approx. 3.75 linear feet) — Photographs in Boxes 2 and 4. — Drawings in Box 5. — Newspaper clippings and magazines in Box 2. Scrapbooks in Box 5.

Holly Fine was a dancer and performer with the traveling vaudeville production, the Marcus Show, in the 1930s. The collection documents Fine’s relationship with entertainer Danny Kaye, as well as the Marcus Show itself. Includes correspondence, vaudeville programs and promotional material, photographs, scrapbooks, printed material and drawings. The correspondence includes approximately 0.5 linear feet of letters written from Kaye to Fine.

The Holly Fine and Danny Kaye Papers document the relationship between Fine and Kaye, as well as the 1930s traveling vaudeville production, The Marcus Show. The papers have been divided into six series: Correspondence, Vaudeville, Printed Material, Photographs, Scrapbooks, and Drawings and Artwork.


Martin Pakledinaz collection, 1971-1978 (majority within 1975-1976)

0.3 linear feet — 1 oversize box — 13 oversize folders

Martin Pakledinaz was a two time Tony award winning costume designer for stage and film. The collection includes costume, figural, and set design sketches, correspondence, photographs, posters, programs, and publications reflecting his work as a student at Wayne State University and the University of Michigan. The collection also includes a small portion of materials from the early stages of his professional career.

The records within this collection highlight Tony award winning costume designer Martin Pakledinaz' academic career as a student within Wayne State University's Department of Theatre and the University of Michigan's School of Music, Theatre, and Dance during the early to mid-1970's. The collection subsequently incorporates a small portion of his sketches as a burgeoning costume designer in New York from 1977 to 1978.