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Series 6
Geoffrey Holder papers, 1930-2014

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.

Arrangement Note

Organized into 5 subseries: (6.1) Administrative papers, (6.2) Scripts, (6.3) Drawings and renderings, (6.4) Editorials, journals and book-length works, and (6.5) Art references

Restrictions on Access

In-process collection. As of July 2021, drawings and renderings, editorials, journals and book-length works, and art references in this series are closed for processing.

Description of Subseries