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Series 6
Geoffrey Holder papers, 1930-2014
Boxes 29-58, 119-150, and OP1

Scope and Content Note

The Geoffrey Holder papers consists of the personal and professional papers of Holder from 1930-2014 and include administrative papers; scripts; drawings and renderings; editorials, journals, and book-length works; and art references. Administrative papers contain agreements and contracts; financial records, such as invoices, receipts, and deposit statements; WOR Radio (New York, New York) announcements and commercials; lecture itineraries; travel papers, such as passports, plane tickets, and immigration documents; awards and honors; and production materials relating to films, musicals, and television appearances, including The Wiz (1975), Timbuktu! (1978), and others.

Scripts consist of original writings by Holder, such as The Odyssey of Anna and Her Red Pumps (circa 1991), Mr. Orpheus Black (2005), and Sister Alice in Wonderland (circa 1998-2001). Film and theater scripts of productions in which Holder participated include Annie (1981), Boomerang (1992), Doctor Dolittle (1966), Live and Let Die (1972), Swashbuckler (1975), and House of Flowers (circa 1954 and 1968). Several copies of Timbuktu! (1978), and The Wiz (1975) scripts are included and contain annotations. Related correspondence, production materials, and artist notes accompany some scripts.

Drawings and renderings consists of costume, figure, and landscape drawings; general sketches and portraits; set designs; and storyboards from circa 1954-2010.

Prose, poetry, and lyrics contains numerous editorial pieces, short stories, and book-length works by Holder including “Rewards,” Holder’s essay on Martha Graham for SHOW: The Magazine of the Arts (New York, New York, 1962-1963), manuscript drafts of Choucun (undated) and an autobiography titled Geoffrey Holder Biography (circa 1984). Related correspondence, editorial notes, artist notes, and drawings accompany some items.

Arrangement Note

Organized into 5 subseries: (6.1) Administrative papers, (6.2) Scripts, (6.3) Drawings and renderings, (6.4) Prose, poetry, and lyrics, and (6.5) Reference albums

Description of Subseries