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Cindy Nemser papers, 1966-2012

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Nemser (Cindy) Papers
Series II. Writings, 1966-2011 5.88 Linear Feet (14 boxes)
Series II is comprised of Nemser's writings. Nemser's writing includes draft typescripts, published pieces, lectures, conference papers and clippings. Her writing was published in newspapers and periodicals such as Arts Magazine, Art in America, Artforum, Art Journal. While the bulk of Nemser's writing was art criticism she also wrote short stories, full length novels, a memoir, and scripts for plays and television programs. Some works are cowritten by Nemser and her daughter, Catherine. This series also includes other materials related to her writings, such as proposals, royalty reports, correspondence including permission requests, letters of interest and rejection from editors, press materials, slides and notes.
Arrangement
This series is arranged in alphabetical order by title of work or publication name when identified. Titles were taken from the work, or in the cases of untitled works, from the folders in which they were originally housed. Assorted and unidentified material is at the end. The arrangement reflects Nemser's original order.
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5 1 57th Street art reviews, 1966-2012, undated
5 2 "Access a Ride Should Be More Accessible," 2010 January
5 3 Alice Neel, 2000
Huxtable contributed to book.
5 4 Alice Neel biography project, 1984-2000, undated
Includes correspondence, copy of The Painted Bride Quarterly with Nemser portrait on cover, biography proposal and photocopies of essays by Nemser and Linda Nochlin.
5 5 "Alice Neel-Teller of Truths," introduction to Alice Neel: The Woman and Her Work, 1975, 2010
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18 D7 Alice Neel: The Woman and Her Work (1975), preface, 2013 .001 GB (1 file)
Alice Neel: The Woman and Her Work (1975), preface (digital version available on-site only)

Preface to catalog by Nemser. 1 computer disc (CD-ROM) : digital ; 4 3/4 in. D7 contains one Acrobat Portable Document Format 1.3 (.pdf) file.
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5 6 "Analysis: Critics and Womens Art," 1971
Published in Women and Art.
5 7 Art and Soul: Notes on Creating, undated
Nemser contributed to Audrey Flack's anthology.
5 8 "Art Attack," 1995 March
Published in West Side Beat.
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5, 28 "Art Criticism and Women Artists," 1973, undated
Published in the Journal of Aesthetic Education. Includes notes for lecture and slides.
Art Education, 1970-2010
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5 10 "Anti-Illusion: Procedures/Materials," 2010-2012
Originally published in 1971.
5 11 "The Art of Frustration," 1971 February
5 12 "Interview With An Anonymous Artist," 1970 January
Art in America, 1970-1973
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5 13 "The Alchemist and the Phenomenologist," 1971
5 14 "Presenting Charles Close," 1970
5 15 "The Women's Conference at the Corcoran," 1973
Art Journal, 1969-1970
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5 16 "Art Criticism and Perceptual Research," undated
5 17 "A Revolution of Artists," 1969
5 18 "The Role of the Artist in Today's Society," 1973-1975
Originally published in the Feminist Art Journal.
5 19 Art stories diary, 1971-1972
Manuscript pages.
Art Talk: Conversations with 12 Women Artists, 1973-2007, undated
The book was first published by Scribners, 1975, and was later reprinted as Art Talk: Conversations with 15 Women Artists, Harper Collins, 1995.
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5-6, 28 Papers and photographs, 1973-2007, undated
Includes book proposals, publishers' response letters, artwork list, interview permissions, use permissions, Barnes & Noble panel publicity papers and other assorted publicity materials, lecture notes, publishing contracts and other publishing papers, clippings and reviews, and photographs from release party.
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18 D4-D6 Digital files, undated
3 computer discs (floppy disk) : 3 1/2 in. Unavailable until reformatted. Contact reference for reformatting.
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6-7 "Art World," 1974-1995
See also "Heroica," an earlier version of the same work.
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7 7 "Art World," television script, 1978
Artforum, 1970-1973, 2008
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7 8 "An Interview With Chuck Close," 1970
7 9 "An Interview with Stephen Kaltenbach," 1970, 2008
Includes excerpt possibly from Firebrand: The Tales of a Feminist Art Critic, describing the Kaltenbach interview.
7 10 "Lee Krasner's Paintings 1946-1949," 1973 December
7 11 "Artists and the System: Far from Cambodia," 1970 May 28
Published in the Village Voice.
7 12 "Artists of the Fin de Siècle," undated
Unpublished. Book review of Turning Points in Twentieth Century Art by Werner Hoffman and The Nabis and Their Period by Charles Chasse.
7 13 "Artists Plan Fresh Attacks on the Establishment Armed With a New Union, Another Demonstration, and Bigger and Better Demands," undated
7 14 Arts editorial, 1968
Ghostwritten by Nemser.
Arts and Entertainment, 1991-1992
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7 15 Review of I Remember Balanchine: Recollections of the Ballet Master by Those Who Knew Him, 1991 October
Book by Francis Mason.
7 16 "On Being Marilyn Horne," 1991 December
7 17 Other papers, 1991-1992
Arts Magazine, 1968-1972
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7 18 "Central Casting," undated
Review of Jackson Pollock: Energy Made Visible by B.H. Friedman.
7 19 "The Close Up Vision- Representational Art- Part II," 1972 May
7 20 "A Conversation With Lee Krasner," 1973 April
7 21 "Art Criticism and the Gender Prejudice," 1972 March
7 22 "Four Artists of Sensuality," 1975 November
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7, 28 "Grégoire Müller: Reclaiming the Figure," 1984 May
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7 24 "Interview With Helen Frankenthaler," 1972 November
7 25 "An Interview With Vito Acconci," 1971 March
7 26 Review of John Graham's System & Dialectics of Art, 1972 April
7 27 "Lila Katzen: A Human Approach to Public Art," 1975
Includes Lila Katzen, exhibition catalog (1975), where the article was also published.
7 28 "Lila Katzen Defines 'Environment'," 1970 September
7 29 Review of New Realism by Udo Kutermann, 1972 November
7 30 "Paintings for the Many," 1968 September
Short version published in Arts Magazine. Longer version unpublished.
7 31 Review of Realism, by Linda Nochlin, 1972 September
7 32 "Representational Painting in 1971," 1971
7 33 Review of Roy Lichtenstein, by Diane Waldman and Harry N. Abrams, 1972 February
7 34 "Sculpture and the New Realism," 1970
7 35 "Subject-Object Body Art," 1971 September
7 36 "Symbols of Consciousness: The Paintings of Dorothy Heller," 1972 September
7 37 Audrey Frank Anastasi, undated
Introduction to exhibition catalog.
7 38 "Baby Pictures," 1990-1996
Play written with Catherine Nemser.
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8 1 Back Stage theater reviews, 1998-1999
8 2 "Ballroom Dancing in New York," 1989
Published in Dance Pages.
8 3-4 Ben Cunningham: A Life With Color, 1985-1989
Includes typescript and some research materials.
8 5 "Between Me and Writing: A Dialogue," undated
Unpublished.
8 6 "Big Mouths, Big City: Talk and the Whole World Butts In," 1991 March 29
Published in New York Newsday.
8 7 "Bills," undated
8 8 Bridges of Madison County spoof, undated
Written for the New York Times, unpublished.
8 9 "The Brooklyn Museum Disrespects Women Artists of a Certain Age," undated
8 10 "'Cabaret' Misses a Few Notes but Has Original's Emotion," 1998
Published in Gramercy-Union News.
8 11 "Can Information Be Art?," 1970
Unpublished.
8 12 Catherine Nemser embarrassing story, undated
Changes, 1972-1973
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8 13 "100 Boots on the Lam," 1972 June
8 14 "The Anti-Object Object Makers," 1972 September
8 15 "Conversation with Marisol," 1973 June
8 16 "Film: Painters Painting," 1973 April
8 17 "I am Woman's Liberation, Interview: Louise Nevelson," 1972 May 1
Mentions Nemser.
8 18 "The Male Nude Arrives at Last," 1972 July
Includes Sylvia Sleigh exhibition catalog.
8 19 "Changing the Art World Structure," 1977
Unpublished.
8 20 "The Checkered Past of the New York Preview," 1996
Published in Critics Quarterly.
8 21 "City Rain" poem, undated
"Citysearch, New York City," 1997-1999
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8 22 "Art Review: Chuck Close," circa 1998
Interview with Close by Nemser.
8 23 "Hazelle Goodman," 1998
8 24 "Hogs, Hookers, and Hoofers: The Spring Theater Season," 1997 May
8 25 "Puppets by Kafka: The Fourth International Festival of Puppet Theater," 1998 September
8 26 "Set Services Festival of Theatrical Competition," 1997
8 27 "The Set's the Thing," 1998
8 28 Assorted reviews and contract, 1997-1999
8 29 College Art Association panel, Feminist Art Project, 2007
8 30 "Conceptual Art and Contemporary Culture," 1972 November
Published in the New England Review.
8 31 "Conference for Women in the Visual Arts," panel discussion statement, circa 1972
Conference was held at the Corcoran Gallery, Washington DC.
8 32 "The Confrontation," 1976, undated
8 33 "Constipation: The Word That Never Appears in the Travel Folders," 1978
8 34 Cousin Barry story, 2008, undated
8 35 "The Critic's Credo: Draw No Conclusions," circa 1970s
Unpublished.
8 36 "Critics View Critics," 1973 December
Published in Art Worker's News.
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9 1 "Don't Touch That Musical," 1994 May
Published in American Theatre.
9 2 "The Emperor's New Chains," 1973
Unpublished.
9 3-8 Eve's Delight, 1980-1990s
Name changed by editor from "Finding Out" to Eve's Delight. Includes typescript, book proposals, rejection letters, assorted publicity materials, publishing contract and other publishing papers, clippings and reviews.
9 9 "Exit the King," 2009
Review of the play by Eugene Ionesco published on Nemser's blog.
9 10-11 "Feminism and Contemporary Art" proposal, 1977 July
Proposal for anthology of Nemser's work. Includes proposal for similar project titled "Going For It: Women's Struggle To Make It in the Arts."
9 12 "Feminist Art Criticism: What are the Crucial Issues?," undated
Feminist Art Journal, 1972-1992, undated
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9 13 "An Afternoon with Joan Mitchell," 1974
9 14 "Are Museums Relevant to Women?," 1972 April
9 15 "Art Criticism '72: Biography is in, Formalism is Out," 1972 April
9 16 "The Art Crowd Quadrille," 1973
9 17 "The Artist in Today's Society," 1973
9 18 "Blowing the Whistle on the Art World," 1975
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10 1 "Calling the Whistle in the Art World," undated
Contains research materials.
10 2 "Conversation with Barbara Hepworth," undated
10 3 "A Conversation With Marisol," 1973
Also published in Changes.
10 4 "A Critic's Lot is Not a Happy One," 1972 April
10 5 "Deleted," 1974
10 6 "The Disturbing Vision of Diane Arbus," undated
10 7 "Egomania and the Male Artist," undated
10 8 "Humanizing the Art World," 1975
10 9 "The Indomitable Lee Krasner," 1975
10 10 "Interview With Successful Woman Artist," 1972
10 11 "I've Got a Little List," 1973
10 12 "Letter to Artforum Re: Kozloff on Audrey Flack," 1974
10 13 "Letters to a Young Woman Artist," 1974
Book review of Anonymous Was a Woman. Also published in Ms. in August 1977.
10 14 "Letters to the New York Times," undated
10 15 "Male Chauvinist Expose Chapter 1: David L. Shirey," 1972 April
10 16 "Monumenta- Where are the Women?," 1974
10 17 "An Open Letter to Artforum," 1973-1974
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10, 28 "Stereotypes and Women Artists," 1972 April
Contains mostly research materials including black and white photographs and color slides. Title was also a lecture given at several universities. Article is possibly related to Art in America correspondence surveying reception of female artists.
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10 20 Review of Our Hidden Heritage: Five Centuries of Women Artists, by Eleanor Tufts, 1973
10 21 "The Professor and the Lady," 1974
10 22 Review of Through the Flower: My Struggle as a Woman Artist, by Judy Chicago, 1975
10 23 Writing guidelines, undated
10 24 Permissions, 1974-1992
10 25 Anthology and book proposal, 1974-1975
10 26 "The Feminist Critic," 1977 January
Proposal for anthology edited with Kathryn Ruby.
"Firebrand: The Tales of a Feminist Art Critic," 2005-2008, 2011
"Firebrand: The Tales of a Feminist Art Critic" (digital version available on-site only)

Nemser's memoir describing her experience as a feminist and art critic in the 1970s.
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10 27 "Being Painted by Alice Neel," undated
10 28 "How I Became a Feminist in a Single Moment," 2008
"My Remebrance of Lee Krasner,"
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10-11 Papers and typescripts, 2008-2010, undated
Includes various versions of the typescript, book proposals, rejection letters, press papers and other assorted publicity materials.
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11, 28 Photographs, 1975-1977, undated
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18 D7 Digital file, 2011 .001 GB (1 file)
1 computer disc (CD-ROM) : digital ; 4 3/4 in. D7 contains one Microsoft Word Document 97-2003 (.doc) file.
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11 7-7a "First Love, Last Love," 1982
Unpublished.
Free Press, 1990-1994
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11 8 "A Variety of Realisms," 1994 June
11 9 "Alice Neel: A Great Painter Shunned by the Establishment," 1994 May
Exhibition review.
11 10 "Betty Bass and the Surf Casters," 1990-1991
Written with Catherine Nemser.
11 11 "Murder in the Writing Workshop," 1994 October
Original draft contains New York editorial comments.
11 12 "My Driver's License: How Has It Been Stolen, Let Me Count the Ways," 1994 December
11 13 "Picasso and the Weeping Woman," 1994 August
11 14 "A Free Woman," 1974 July
Film critique, unpublished.
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12 1-8 "Growing Pains," undated
Includes various drafts of typescript.
12 9 Helen Butleroff articles, 1995 January
Includes different versions of the same article by Nemser "Helen Butleroff: A Passion for life," published in Stages: The National Theatre Magazine; "Mama, I Want to be a Jew," published in Our Town; "Former Rockette Shooting for the Stars," published in the New York Law Journal.
12 10 "Her Night at Pluto's Retreat," 1978
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13 1-5 "Heroica," 1974-1995
Short story version was published in the Free Press. See also Art World, a later version of the same work.
13 6 "How Feminist Publications Change the Economic Structure," 1975 October
Part of a Brooklyn Museum panel.
13 7 "How to Annoy Your Love: Let Me Count the Ways," 1987 April
13 8 "How To Be a Host From Hell," undated
13 9 In Her Own Image, circa 1973
Talk for a group exhibition curated by Nemser. See also Series I.
13 10 "In Search of the Tourist Bureau," 1978
13 11 "Interview With an Anonymous Artist and An Interview With Scott Free," circa 1973
Published in New Ideas in Art Education; A Critical Anthology by Gregory Battcock. "Interview With An Anonymous Artist" was first published in Art Education in 1970.
13 12 "Irene Moss-Scenic Images in Synthetic Surroundings," 1969
Review of Irene Moss exhibition at the East Hampton Gallery.
13 13 Introduction to Josette Urso: Obra Reciente, 1997
Exhibition catalog.
13 14 "Love is Blind," circa 1980
Unpublished.
13 15 Mamas, monologues, 1997, undated
Written with Cathy Nemser. Performed at Queens Theater.
13 16 Manhattan Spirit, theater reviews, 1993-1995
Contains "Missing the Mark," review of Missing Persons, "Less Is More," review of The Cherry Orchard and "To Be or Not to Be," review of Twilight of the Golds.
13 17 "Masks," 1992 January 21
A play in one act.
13 18 "The Message Is-Never Give Up!," undated
13 19 "Midwest Women Artists," circa 1975
Unpublished.
13 20 Minneapolis College of Art and Design commencement speech, 1977 June 11
13 21 "Modern Love: Friendships Between Women," 2006
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13-14 "Mom's the Word," 1990-1996, undated
Play written by Cindy and Catherine Nemser.
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14 3 "Mother's Day," 1991
Ms., 1974-1992, undated
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14 4 "Alice Neel: Portraits of Four Decades," undated
14 5 "Daughters and Mothers," 1975 June
Nemser was a contributor to the article. Her contribution was titled "The Heart Attack."
14 6 "The Fat Dance," 1972
14 7 "Visual Arts: To Defy, Reveal - and Heal," 1992 November-December
14 8 "My Hair Has Always Been a Torment," 1974
14 9 "My Memories of Eva Hesse," 2007
Published in Women's Art Journal. Article was excerpted from "Firebrand: The Tales of a Feminist Art Critic."
14 10 Nemser's first poem, undated
Written when Nemser was eight years old.
14 11 "The New Art and the Art Gallery," circa 1970s
Nemser noted check studio international.
New York Law Journal, 1991-1995
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14 12 "Eugene Lee: Site-Specific Scene Maker," 1995 May 5
14 13 "Revivals Raise Problems in PC Times," 1995 May 19
14 14 "Speaking of His 'Passion' for B'way," 1994 August 12
14 15 "Spending a Fun Filled Week in London," 1995
Includes research materials.
14 16-17 Assorted reviews, 1991-1995
New York Times,
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14 18 "I Hate Purses," 1995 October
Published in the New York Times.
14 19 "Monster, Fellow Cellmate," 1978 March 8
14 20 "Nigel and Basil," 1989
14 21 "Off the Wall," undated
"Offing the Heads," 1994-1997, undated
Screenplay by Cindy and Catherine Nemser. Includes earlier version titled "Get the Boss."
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14 22 Papers, 1994-1997
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18 D8 Digital files, circa 1997
1 computer disc (floppy disk) : 3 1/2 in. Unavailable until reformatted. Contact reference for reformatting.
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14 23 "On Humanizing the Arts," 1976 June
Published in American Artist and the Feminist Art Journal.
14 24 "On Romance and 'Romances'," 1983 May
Review of book by Kathryn Falk, How to Write a Romance and Get It Published, published in The Phoenix.
Opera Monthly, 1992
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14 25 "How to Stay Awake During Wagner's Ring Cycle," 1992 August
14 26 "Marilyn Horne: Queen of Rossini," 1992 June
Our Town, 1994-1997
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15 1 "Looking Back at a Season of Diverse Theater," 1997 May
15 2 "Why Has Theater Become so Bad?," 1995 August 31
15 3 Assorted theater reviews, 1994-1996
Overeaters Anonymous, 1984-1989
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15 4 "It's A Lonely World (But It Need Not Be)," 1984 August
15 5 "Step Nine," 1989
15 6 "Parking," 1987 March
15 7 Peak Stories, undated
Manuscript pages.
15 8 PEN, Women's Writing Workshop, 1992 May
Includes excerpts from "Firebrand: The Tales of a Feminist Art Critic."
15 9 "A Perfect Day for Cindy," circa 1990s
Unpublished.
15 10 "The Perfect Squelch," 1970's
Possibly published in the Met Diary.
15 11 "Photographs," 1970s
Published in Women's Journal of Liberation.
15 12 "Pigalle's Enfant à la cage," 1966 October
Nemser's master's thesis for New York University.
15 13 "Plexiglass," 1992-1993
Play written by Cindy and Catherine Nemser.
15 14 Political art research materials, 1973, undated
15 15 "Politics and Current Art," circa 1970s
15 16 "Radical Attitudes to the Gallery," 1980
Published in Studio International.
15 17 "Realism Today: A Mainstream Fed by Two Discernible Currents," 1972
15 18 "A Revolution of Artists," 1969
Published in College Art Journal.
15 19-20 "Roseland," 1987-1990
Includes earlier version of typescript titled "Anton" and manuscript pages.
15 21 "The Save-Your-Life Cookbook", undated
Created by Marjorie Levin and edited by Nemser. Never published.
15 22 "Schwartz's Party," undated
Possibly a fragment of a manuscript.
15 23 Script writing research materials, 1991, undated
15 24 "Seduction at the Plaza," 1978 October
15 25 "Sensibility in Jane Austen's Novels," 1964 January
Nemser's Brooklyn College master's thesis.
15 26 "Shaking the Framework: Joan Rosenbaum Transforms Jewish Museum," 1993 December 6
Published in Her New York.
SoHo Weekly News, 1975
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15 27 "Another Panel, Another Pie," 1975 November
15 28 "Beware of Roses," 1975 October 30
Stages: The National Theatre Magazine, 1994-1996
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16 1 "Celebrating 100 Years of Broadway," 1994 May
16 2 "Charles Busch: A Leading Man is Born," 1995
16 3 Assorted theatre reviews, 1994-1996
16 4 "That's How You Treat a Neighbor," 1998
Written by Cindy and Catherine Nemser.
Theater Week, 1995-1996
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16 5 "Critical Decision: Theater vs. Reviewers," 1996 October 7
16 6 "Emissary of Change: Tazewell Thompson Directs Cherlyn West's 'Holiday Heart' at the MTC," 1995 February
16 7 "Three Young Sculptors Create an Art of Pure Terror," undated
16 8-9 Town & Village theater reviews, 1996-1998
16 10 "The Trap," 1980
16 11 "Tree House 45," 1979
16 12 "Unless I Tell You Otherwise, Call Me Ms.," 1991 December 2
Unpublished.
16 13 "Up Your Southern Hospitality," circa 1971
16 14 "A Weekend in the Country: A Close Look at the Nuclear Family at Play: Or How Petty Can You Get?," 1971 September
16 15 "Weight Watchers Is My Religion," undated
16 16 West Side Beat theater reviews, 1996-1997
16 17 "Why I Hate Writing," undated
16 18 "You're Too Good to Be True," 1978, undated
Contains story and television script versions of typescript.
16 19 Assorted and unidentified writings, undated
Assorted computer disks, undated
All disks are restricted access and unavailable until reformatted.
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19 D26-D90 Backups
65 computer discs (floppy disk) : 5 1/4 in. Unavailable until reformatted. Contact reference for reformatting.
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18 D9 Politics.SH
1 computer disc (floppy disk) : 3 1/2 in. D9 is unreadable and not available for reformatting.
18 D10 treat.doc (final version), murder2.doc 1 item
1 computer disc (floppy disk) : 3 1/2 in. Unavailable until reformatted. Contact reference for reformatting.
18 D11-D25 Assorted backups and software
15 computer discs (floppy disk) : 3 1/2 in. Unavailable until reformatted. Contact reference for reformatting.


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