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Finding aid for the Leonora Schildkraut papers

Finding aid prepared by Sue Luftschein, 2014 February

Summary Information

Repository
USC Libraries Special Collections
Creator
Schildkraut, Leonora
Title
Leonora Schildkraut papers
Collection no.
6048
Date
1908-1970s, undated
Extent
5.5 Linear feet, 6 boxes
Language
English
Abstract
Leonora Schildraut (nee Rogers) was the third wife of actor Joseph Schildkraut. A musician and actress, she was a member of the Peter Merenblum California Junior Symphony and later appeared in a few motion pictures and acted on the stage. After Schildkraut's death, she hosted a youth and arts radio show in Los Angeles, "Through the Looking Glass". The Leonora Schildkraut papers consists of mementos, scrapbooks, and photographs collected by Leonora Schildkraut and commemorating the acting careers of her husband, Joseph Schildkraut and his father Rudolph Schildkraut, as well as her own work as a musician and arts philanthropist.

Preferred Citation

[Box/folder# or item name], Leonora Schildkraut papers, Collection no. 6048, Special Collections, USC Libraries, University of Southern California

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Biographical note

Leonora Schildraut (nee Rogers) was the third wife of actor Joseph Schildkraut. A musician and actress, she was a member (for 10 years) of the Peter Merenblum California Junior Symphony and later appeared in a few motion pictures during the 1940s and acted on the stage. After Schildkraut's death, she hosted a youth and arts radio show in Los Angeles, "Through the Looking Glass".

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Scope and Content

The Leonora Schildkraut papers consists of mementos, scrapbooks, and photographs collected by Leonora Schildkraut and commemorating the acting careers of her husband, Joseph Schildkraut and his father Rudolph Schildkraut, as well as her own work as a musician and arts philanthropist.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

USC Libraries Special Collections
2014 February
Doheny Memorial Library 206
3550 Trousdale Parkway
Los Angeles, California, 90089-0189
213-740-5900
specol@usc.edu

Conditions Governing Access

Advance notice required for access.

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Manuscripts Librarian. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

Acquisition

Donated by Leonora Schildkraut, 2007.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Peter Merenblum California Junior Symphony Orchestra. -- Archives

Genre(s)

  • Notebooks
  • Photographs
  • Realia
  • Scrapbooks

Personal Name(s)

  • Schildkraut, Joseph, 1895-1964 -- Archives
  • Schildkraut, Leonora -- Archives
  • Schildkraut, Rudolph -- Archives

Subject(s)

  • Actors--United States--20th century--Archival resources
  • Musicians--California--Los Angeles--Archival resources

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Collection Inventory

 Scrapbooks 

Box

 Rudolph Schildkraut and Joseph Schildkraut: A Pictorial History of Their Lives and the Theatre of Their Time undated 

Scope and Content

Bound photocopy of original scrapbook.

6

 Peter Merenblum California Junior Symphony Orchestra scrapbook 1947-1969 

4

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 Rudolph Schildkraut papers 

Scope and Content

The Rudolph Schildkraut papers consist of notebooks in which Schildkraut wrote out the texts of plays, in both English and German, highlighting his lines.

Box Folder Box

 Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice 

Scope and Content

4 manuscripts, one in German.

2 1-3 3

 Shakespeare's King Lear 

Scope and Content

4 copies: one manuscript in English; a second in English in which Schildkraut pasted pages of a printed play and added stage directions and other annotations; and two manuscripts in German.

2 4-5 3
Box Folder

 Kittchenbum, by Herman Heijermans circa 1908 

Scope and Content

Published copy with notes and annotations.

2 6

 Die Begnadigten by Herman Heijermans undated 

Scope and Content

Typescript with annotations.

2 7

 Schakels, by Herman Heijermans 

Scope and Content

Notebook.

2 8

 Flachsmann als erzieher, by Otto Ernst Schmidt undated 

Scope and Content

Published copy of the play with extensive annotations.

2 9

 The Mongrel, by Hermann Bahr circa 1924 

Scope and Content

The Mongrel ran from December 15, 1924 to January 12, 1925 at the Longacre Theatre in New York City. Schildkraut played Matthias.

2 10

 God of Revenge, by Sholom Ash circa 1922 

Scope and Content

God of Vengenace [Revenge] ran from December 20, 1922 to April 1923 at the Provincetown Playhouse. Schildkraut played the part of Yekel Shepshovitch. Schildkraut also directed this production. Two notebooks and one published copy with notes and annotations.

2 11
Box Folder Box

 Sparkling Burgundy by Hans Mueller 

Scope and Content

Three notebooks.

2 12 3
Box

 King Menelaus 

3

 [English grammar notebook] 

Scope and Content

Manuscript written by Schildkraut containing examples of English grammar. Appears to have been used in the study of English.

3

 [Jahrzeit book for Rudolph Schildkraut] 1930 

3

 The Sidewalks of New York, by Bernardine Kielty 1923 

3

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Box

 "Alice in Wonderland" photographs and negatives 1932 

Scope and Content

Photographs and copy negatives from the Civic Repertory Theater's production of Alice in Wonderland, 1932-1933. Most of the photographs are mounted on holed paper with typed captions identifying the actors. Joseph Schildkraut played the White Queen in this production.

1

 Realia 

Scope and Content

Various plaques and medals awarded/given to Leonora Schildkraut.

5

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