Today’s New York Times reports on events scheduled in New York City to celebrate the upcoming 80th birthday of Edward Albee. What it does not note is that (at least) two collections of archival material relating to the playwright are available at the New York Public Library right now. The Edward Albee scripts collection is held by the Billy Rose Theatre Collection of the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts (at Lincoln Center), while the Manuscripts and Archives Division (over on 42nd Street) holds a small collection of his papers, mainly dating from the early part of his career. Always check first with the Division that is responsible for the material ahead of time. Many archival collections are stored at an offsite facility and will have to be retrieved in advance of a visit (this usually involves only a 24 hour turnaround). Happy birthday and happy research!

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