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Theatre History Podcast # 31

Exploring the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts’s New Jo Mielziner Acquisitions with Annemarie van Roessel


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Jo Mielziner at work. Photo courtesy of the
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.

Few, if any, stage designers have had the impact of Jo Mielziner, who designed the sets for the original productions of Death of a Salesman, A Streetcar Named Desire, Carousel, and South Pacific, among many others. The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts recently added two private collections of Mielziner’s work to their already-extensive holdings, and the newly-acquired works are now on display at the library’s Lincoln Center location. Assistant Curator Annemarie van Roessel joins us to talk about Mielziner’s work, as well as what a curator in a performing arts archive does.

One of Mielziner's scene designs for High Tor, 1937. Photo courtesy of the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.


  • Read Annemarie’s article about the new Mielziner material in BroadwayWorld.
  • If you’re interested in seeing more of the NYPL’s Mielziner material, consult their finding aids for his papers and designs.
  • Explore the New York Public Library’s holdings, including performing arts material such as the Caffe Cino collection that Annemarie mentions in the interview, through their digital collections portal.
Mielziner's preliminary sketch for set in The Innocents, 1950. Photo courtesy of the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.

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