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Table of Contents
I. Music by Rome 1935-1981
II. Scripts and Lyrics 1934-1984
III. Production Materials, Contracts,
Royalty Statements, and Related
IV. Correspondence 1939-1988
V. Programs 1938-1986
VI. Art Works, Exhibit Catalogues,
and Inventories 1942-1977
VII. Clippings 1873-1986
VIII. Photographs 1928-1986
IX. Miscellaneous Items 1938-1988
X. Sound Recordings
Index of Shows
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REPOSITORY: Irving S. Gilmore Music Library, Yale University
P.O. Box 208240
120 High Street
New Haven, CT
Phone: (203) 432-0492
Fax: (203) 432-7339
The Harold Rome Papers
97 boxes (46 linear feet)
Materials chiefly in English.
SUMMARY: Music, correspondence and other papers, photographs, art works, and additional materials
by and about the American musical theater composer Harold Rome (1908-1993)
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Yale University Library catalog.
The Harold Rome Papers were established in the Music Library of Yale University by Harold Rome in 1984.
Information about Access
The Papers are open to researchers by appointment. There are no restricted materials in the collection. Please contact the
Special Collections staff to schedule an appointment.
Ownership & Copyright
The Harold Rome Papers are the physical property of the Irving S. Gilmore Music Library of Yale University. Copyrights
belong to the composers and authors, or their legal heirs and assigns.
MSS 49, The Harold Rome Papers in the Irving S. Gilmore Music Library of Yale University.
Harold Jacob ("Hecky") Rome was born in Hartford, Connecticut, on May 27, 1908. His education included a B.A. from Yale
College (1929), studies at the Yale Law School (1929-1930), a B.F.A. from the Yale School of Architecture (1934), and courses at
the Yale Schools of Art and Music. He played piano in the Yale orchestra, making four trips to Europe with the group, and
supported himself by playing with dance bands and for dance classes. This period also saw the birth of Rome's interest in
African art, a fascination sparked when Rome visited Paris in 1930 and attended an exhibition of African sculpture there.
In 1934 Rome headed to New York to begin a career in architecture. What began as supplemental music jobs, however,
blossomed into a more fulfilling and lucrative profession than architecture. During his three seasons (1935-1937) at Green
Mansions (a summer resort in the Adirondacks), he produced musicals, wrote songs, and played the piano. His genius for
songwriting was evident, and it was not long before his songs were sung by Gypsy Rose Lee and the Ritz Brothers.
In 1937, Louis Schaeffer hired Rome to write songs and be the rehearsal pianist for the revue Pins and Needles, which was
produced and performed by I.G.L.W. union members. When, in 1937, the show opened in New York, it met with such wide
acclaim that it moved on to Broadway and ran there and on the road for four years, establishing Rome as a composer and
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