Sister Agnes Elliott, RSHM, established the Marymount Manhattan College archive in 1974.

Located on the library’s 2nd floor, the archive currently has the following collections for scholarly use:


The Maureen Anderman Papers
Actress Maureen Anderman appeared in motion pictures, on television, and on stage—Broadway, off-Broadway, and regional theatre—from the 1970s to the 2010s. This fourteen-document-box collection documents her acting career via correspondence, notes for performances, photographs, posters, programs, and scripts. View the finding aid to the Maureen Anderman Papers.

The Williams Harris Papers

This collection consists of 96 scripts, 4,450 folders of clippings and a collection of photographs gathered by Mr. Harris during the decades of the 1960s to the 1990s, to support his work as a critic of avant-garde theater and dance in downtown Manhattan. View the guide to The William Harris Papers , The William Harris addendum, and Second Addendum to the William Harris Papers.

The George and Ethel Martin Papers

George and Ethel Martin began as dancers on Broadway and in movie musicals and moved on to choreography, directing and stage management. Their collection of sixteen boxes includes scores and sheet music for musicals from the 1940s to the 1990s, videotape and theatre ephemera, such as souvenir jackets given to the cast and crew of Broadway. View the guide to the Martin Papers and the Addendum to the Martin Papers.

The Richard Niles/ Charles Busch Papers
MMC Professor Richard Niles donated fourteen boxes of material collected for his dissertation on playwright and drag artist Charles Busch. The collection contains advertisements for Charles Busch’s plays and personal appearances, newspaper clippings, photographs, programs, reviews, and scripts. It is noteworthy for its transcripts of interviews with Mr. Busch and his associates about their creative process. View the Guide to the Niles/ Busch Papers

Marymount Manhattan College

The College’s own papers are inventoried and arranged as they are deposited; this collection currently consists of 246 boxes of papers, publications, photographs, audio- and videotape, objects and ephemera, mostly from the decades of the 1940s to the 1980s. View the guide to the MMC Papers and MMC Photos .

Rare Books
The library maintains a collection of books too fragile for its shelves here. View the guide to the Rare Books Collection.

Ray Recht Papers

MMC Professor Ray Recht deposited ten document boxes from his work as a set designer on Broadway, off Broadway, in regional and community theatre, in TV programs and commercials, and in film. His materials date from the 1970s through the 2010s, and include scripts, programs, and the sketches, photographs, and papers needed to design sets and to make them work during a performance in pre-computer era. View the finding aid to the Ray Recht Papers.

The Plays and Players Collection

Published between 1953 and 2000, Plays and Players was London’s premier theatre news magazine.  The archives has a partial run, with an index to reviews, interviews and articles on topics in theatre studies.  Link to Plays and Players finding guide.

The archives are available to scholars and students interested in topics on which its materials might shed light, and the archivist can do searches for specific information or for photographs and other media. The current archivist Mary Elizabeth Brown is available via phone at (212)774-4817 and at Mary Elizabeth Brown.