Collection MSS 024 - Howard Atlee Heinlen Collection

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US MBE MSS 024

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Howard Atlee Heinlen Collection

Date(s)

  • 1951 - 2013 (Creation)

Extent

2.25 linear feet

Name of creator

(1926-)

Biographical history

Howard Atlee Heinlen, known professionally as Howard Atlee, was born on May 14, 1926 in Bucyrus, Ohio. He joined the U.S. Navy in 1944 and while on duty on the USS Perry it stopped in Boston where he saw his first professionally staged play at the Colonial Theatre. It was at this play that he met persons from Emerson College. When he left the navy in 1946 he enrolled in the Emerson theater department.

He graduated in the class of 1950 and after a brief stint in acting he became a public relations representative. He made his name in the theater world representing both off-Broadway and Broadways productions from his New York office. He worked very closely with the playwright and director Edward Albee from his early days at the Cherry Lane Theater to his later Broadway Productions. Heinlen was also involved with the founding of the Negro Ensemble Company (NEC) in 1967, for which he acted as a press agent for until the 1990's.

Outside of the Public Relations business, Heinlen began breeding and showing dachshunds in the 1960s, his kennel was called Penthouse, and he eventually became a licensed show judge. He married Barbara Anne Schumacher on November 25, 1977 after meeting her at a dog show where she was showing her Salukis. Heinlen went back to acting, both on stage and in film, in the 1990s. Most notably he played recurring roles in Deadline and Law& Order Criminal Intent as well as staring in plays like Dancing at Lughnasa.

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Scope and content

This collection contains materials collected by Howard Atlee Heinlen during his career as a press representative for New York theater productions from the 1950s to the 1980s. It also extends to his later return to acting in the 1990s and his continued correspondences though the 2000s. Materials consist mainly of photographs of productions and actors used for publicity, the press releases written by Heinlen, Playbills, and newspaper clippings. There are also press questionnaires and correspondence from various performs that Heinlen worked with, either through specific productions or as personal clients. The 1960s were a vibrant time for the New York theater scene as off-Broadway theaters producing more avant-garde plays gained popularity. Heinlen’s collection contains materials related to the playwright, Edward Albee who rose to fame during this period. Heinlen represented many of Albee’s early off-Broadway plays, such as Zoo Story (1960), and eventually his critically acclaimed successes on Broadway, such as Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1963). There are a number of photographs of Albee and the producers Richard Barr and Clinton Wilder, owners of the Cherry Lane Theater where many of Albee’s plays were first performed.Also of note are the materials related to the NEC, founded in 1967. Heinlen collected photographs, press releases and Playbills for the company from their first production, Song of the Lusitanian Boogie, their first public television broadcast productions, and other productions through the 1980s. Many items were lost or damaged, first by fire in 1997 when the Heinlen’s home in New Jersey burned down, and again by flooding during Hurricane Floyd in 1999

System of arrangement

This collection is organized into six series
Series 1: Off-Broadway Productions
Series 2: Broadway Productions
Series 3: The Negro Ensemble Company
Series 4: Correspondence
Series 5: Personal Mementos
Series 6: Biographical Materials
Box List

Box 1: Off-Broadway Productions, 1959-1962
Folder titles
F1 Donald Davis (1959-1961)
F2 Theater 1960 Krapp’s Last Tape/The Zoo Story
F3 Theater 1960 Zoo Story, 2nd Company (1961)
F4 Theater 1961 The American Dream/Bartleby
F5 Theater 1961 The American Dream/ The Death of Bessie Smith
F6 Theater 1961 The American Dream Original Company
F7 Theater 1961 The Death of Bessie Smith, Original Company
F8 Theater 1961 Way Out at the York (April, 1961)
F9 Theater 1961 Gallows Humor (April, 1961)
F10 Theater 1962 Happy Days (1961) [1 oversized photo in box 10]
F11 Theater 1962 Theater of the Absurd (Feb., 1962)

Box 2: Off-Broadway Productions, 1962-1985
Folder titles
F1 Brecht on Brecht, ANTA 1962
F2 Brecht on Brecht, Cast Photos (1962)
F3 Brecht on Brecht, Production Photos (1962)
F4 Anything Goes (1962)
F5 Zoo Story, Other Companies (1962)
F6 Theater 1963 Zoo Story/The American Dream; Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf
F7 Theater 1964 Playwrights Unit
F8 Theater 1964 Dutchman
F9 Theater 1965 Playwrights Unit
F10 Theater 1965 Zoo Story/Krapp’s Last Tape
F11 Theater 1966 Playwrights Unit
F12 Theater 1967 Butter and Egg Man
F13 Viet Rock (1966)
F14 The Indian Wants the Bronx (1968)
F15 Arvel Shaw (1982)
F16 Raindance (1984)
F17 The Lisbon Traviata (1985)

Box 3: Broadway Productions, 1957- 1963
Folder titles
F1 The Legend of Lizzie Anne Meacham (1957-1959)
F2 The Legend of Lizzie correspondence and press releases (1958-1964)
F3 The Legend of Lizzie Fall River, MA correspondence and photographs (1958)
F4 The Legend of Lizzie Newspaper Clippings (1958-1959)
F5 The Legend of Lizzie Photographs – Cast (1959)
F6 The Legend of Lizzie Photographs – Production (1959)
F7 The Actors Studio Theater Strange Interlude (1963)
F8 Andorra (1963)
F9 Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf Playbills (1962,1963)
F10 Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf Press releases and news articles
F11 Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf Souvenir Program Materials
F12 Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf Photographs – Cast
F13 Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf Production Photos: Evening Company (1962-1963)
[1 oversized photo in box 10]

Box 4: Broadway Productions, 1963-1964
F1 Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf Production Photos: Evening Company negatives
F2 Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf Production Photos: Evening Company (1963)
F3 Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf Production Photos: Matinee Company (1962,1963)
F4 Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf Production Photos: Matinee Company (Sept. 1963)
F5 Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf Production Photos: Evening Company (Apr. 1964)
F6 Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf Production Photos: Matinee Company (1964)
F7 Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf Production Photos: National Evening Company
(1964)
F8 Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf Production Contacts [1]
F9 Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf Production Contacts [2]
F10 Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf Production Contacts [3]
F11 Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf Production Contacts [4]
F12 Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf Pre-Production Photographs, Contacts (1963)
F13 Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf Tony Awards (1963)

Box 5: Broadway Productions, 1963-1965
F1 Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf Financial Materials and Correspondence
(Nov. 1962-1965)
F2 Ballad of the Sad Café Financial Materials and Correspondence (Nov. 1963-1964)
F3 Ballad of the Sad Café Playbills (1963)
F4 Ballad of the Sad Café Photographs – cast and Company (1963)
F5 Ballad of the Sad Café Photographs – Opening Night (1963)
F6 Ballad of the Sad Café Photographs – Production (1963)
F7 Ballad of the Sad Café Production Photos and Negative
F8 Theater 1965 Tiny Alice Photographs – Casual Rehearsal and Meeting (1965)
F9 Theater 1965 Tiny Alice Photographs – Cast
F10 Theater 1965 Tiny Alice Photographs – Opening Night ( 1965)
F11 Theater 1965 Tiny Alice Photographs – Production
F12 Theater 1965 Tiny Alice Playbills (1965, 1969)
F13 Theater 1965 Tiny Alice Press Conference and Financial Materials (1965)

Box 6: Broadway Production, 1966-1978
F1 Theater 1966 Malcolm Playbills (1966)
F2 Theater 1966 Malcolm Press releases and news articles (1966)
F3 Theater 1966 Malcolm Photographs – Cast
F4 Theater 1966 Malcolm Photographs – Production
F5 Theater 1966 Malcolm Photographs – Rehearsal and Cast
F6 Theater 1966 Malcolm Rehearsal and Production Contact Sheets
F7 Theater 1967 A Delicate Balance Playbills and credits (1966)
F8 Theater 1967 A Delicate Balance Photographs – Cast [1 oversized photo in box 10]
F9 Theater 1967 A Delicate Balance Photographs – Opening Night (1966)
F10 Theater 1967 A Delicate Balance Photographs – Production
F11 Ain’t Misbehavin’ (1978)
F12 DA (1978)
F13 The Mighty Gents (1978)
F14 Maurice Harrison
F15 Michael O’Sullivan (1964-1965)

Box 7: Negro Ensemble Company Series, 1967-1988
F1 Photographs Company Members (1967-1988)
F2 Photographs Productions (1967-1988) [1 oversized photograph in box 10]
F3 Photographs Unknown Productions
F4 Productions (1967-1980)
F5 “We” (1988)
F6 Samm-Art Williams (1980-1987)
F7 Samm-Art Williams Home (1980)
F8 Samm-Art Williams Productions (1980-1986)
F9 Tony Award 1969

Correspondence, 1961-2013
F10 Edward Albee (1961-62, 2004-2005)
F11 Alec Baldwin (2001-2004)
F12 Michael Brandman (2009-2012)
F13 Zoe Caldwell (1998)
F14 John Chatterton (2005)
F15 William Daniels (1999)
F16 Gene Frankel (1999-2002) [oversized poster copy in box 10]
F17 Carl Franklin (1998-2002)
F18 Jane Friedman (Sept. 2008)
F19 James Gandolfini (1999)
F20 Lou Grant (2003-2007)
F21 Tony Mosante (1999-2006)
F22 Harold Prince (1997-2013)
F23 Frank Rich (2000-2003)
F24 Steve Rothman (2001-2002)
F25 Don Scardino (2002)
F26 Elaine Shitch (2001)
F27 Liz Smith [N.D.]
F28 Jean-Claude Van Itallie (1967-1999)
F29 Harry Carl Weber (2001)

Box 8: Personal Mementos
F1 American Place Barr
F2 Edward Albee [1] [1 oversized photograph in box 10]
F3 Edward Albee [2]
F4 Edward Albee and Richard Barr
F5 “The Balcony”
F6 Richard Barr
F7 Tallulah Bankshead
F8 Benny at the Tappan Zee
F9 “Booth” (1986)
F10 Carol Bruce
F11 Kitty Carlisle
F12 George Champion
F13 Bette Davis
F14 Marlene Dietrich
F15 Alfred Drake
F16 Jane Fonda 1955, Wesport
F17 Morgan Freeman
F18 “Front Page”
F19 John Gieland
F20 Golden Globe Inspriation (1961)
F21 James Greene
F22 Uta Hagen
F23 Elizabeth Hodes “A Little Weil” (2000)
F24 Barnard Hughes
F25 William Hutt
F26 Judith Jameson
F27 Buster Keaton (1957)
F28 “The King and I”
F29 Sally Kirkland Drawing (1961)
F30 Kevin Kirkland
F31 “Leaf and Bough”
F32 Graciela Lecube
F33 “Life with Father” (1944)
F34 Richard Mauman
F35 Barbara Montgomery
F36 Diana Mulder
F37 Ursule Molinaro

Box 9: Personal Mementos
F1 The National Ballet of Senegal
F2 Bebe Neuwirth
F3 News Paper Clippings (1963, 2005-2006)
F4 “No Concern of Mine”
F5 Eric Porter and Gloria Vanderbilt
F6 Leona Powers
F7 Production Posters Photographs
F8 “Revelations”
F9 Pilar Roja
F10 Eva Marie Saint
F11 Paul Taylor
F12 Sada Thompson
F13 Iggie Walsh “Music Man”
F14 Ethel Walters
F15 Denzel Washington
F16 Mae West
F17 Franco Zeffirelli

Biographical Materials
F18 Biographies
F19 Call sheets (2000)
F20 “Miranda” (1950)
F21 ”Mr. Sandman” (1993)

Oversize (on shelf)
Folder title
F1 Theater 1962 Happy Days (1961)
F2 Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf Production Photograph
F3 Photographs Song of the Lusitanian Boogie (1967)
F2 Gene Frankel Brecht on Brecht Poster (1962)
F3 Edward Albee

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The collection is open to researchers.

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Some materials may be subject to copyright. No part of the materials protected by copyright may be reproduced or utilized in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, without written permission from the copyright holder. Researchers are required to seek permission from the copyright holder to reproduce and/or publish materials under copyright.

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  • English

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The collection was acquired from Howard Atlee Heinlen on July 2013.

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Howard Atlee Papers (*T-Mss 1997-019), held by the Billy Rose Theatre Division, New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center

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Finding Aid prepared by Catherine Gaggioli, last updated April 9, 2014
AtoM Record created by Rosalie Gartner.

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