Collection MSS 004 - The “Let’s Pretend” Collection

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US MBE MSS 004

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The “Let’s Pretend” Collection

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  • Bulk (Creation)
  • 1932 - 2006 (Creation)

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5.5 linear feet

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This collection contains scripts written for the “Let’s Pretend” radio program as well as the sheet music for the conductor’s score, cues, and orchestra parts for numerous “Let’s Pretend” episodes. The majority of the scripts were written by Nila Mack. Following her death, several scripts were re‐written by Johanna Johnston, and these scripts contain the notation “JJ”. In addition, several scripts have BBD&O noted after the title. These scripts were written by the Batten, Barton, Durstine, & Osborn ad agency. There are additional radio program scripts with parts played by Gwen Davies (formerly Estelle Levy). Gwen was one of the actors who worked on the “Let’s Pretend” series for its entire run. The sheet music was written by Maurice Brown, who was the composer for the “Let’s Pretend” program. The collection contains 1 LP which has a recording of one “Let’s Pretend” episode: the story of “Robin Hood”.

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The collection is organized into 4 series which are based on the order in which the collection was received.

Series 1: “Let’s Pretend” Scripts
Series 2: Miscellaneous Scripts
Series 3: Sheet music for orchestra parts & conductor’s scores/cues for the “Let’s Pretend” program.
Series 4: LP’s

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The status of copyright in this collection is governed by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U.S.C). This collection is for research purposes only. No portions of these scripts or scores may be performed or reproduced as written. These are non-circulating materials.

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  • English

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