(The following was written, in June of 2003, by Joel Gardner, an oral historian and nephew of Lillian Schneider Bartell. The Bartell Playbill Collection was donated to the Belknap Collection for the Performing Arts by Mr. Gardner.)

Lillian Schneider Bartell was born September 25, 1911, in New York City, to Samuel and Rose Apter Schneider. They were immigrants from Dvinsk, in Latvia, who met at a "landsmannschaft" in New York and married there. Lillian married Jack Gottlieb, owner of a shirt-manufacturing business, in 1938, and gave birth to Rosalind Sue Gottlieb on February 1, 1940. They lived first in Inwood, in upper Manhattan, then moved to East 190th Street in the Fordham section of the Bronx. Their art deco apartment and building were in a neighborhood that was home to many middle and upper-middle class Jews at the time and has been memorialized in the works of writers such as Richard Price and Jerome Charyn. Alexander's Department Store, at the corner of Fordham Road and the Grand Concourse, anchored a thriving community of restaurants and shops, as well as the Paradise Theatre, a local wonder.

Jack Gottlieb retired briefly to Miami Beach with his family following the war, but he returned to New York and to his business. Rosalind attended the Bronx High School of Science and Cornell University, where she majored in biology and, following graduation, worked with Prof. Thomas Eisner, with whom she co-wrote several publications in scholarly journals. She was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1971 and, after years of debilitating illness, died in 1997.

Lillian married Sam Bartell in 1965, and they retired, in 1973, to Deerfield Beach, where they cared for Rosalind. Sam suffered from emphysema and died in 1982. Lillian died of a heart attack in October 1983, shortly after her 72nd birthday.

As her collection of playbills demonstrates, Lillian Bartell took advantage of New York's cultural life throughout her two marriages. The collection begins in 1939, shortly after her marriage to Jack Gottlieb, and continues through 1974, even after she moved to Florida. the range is remarkable, but probably typical of her background and interests: despite having only a high school education, she was a voracious and literate reader, and she was clearly as interested in serious drama as comedy and musical comedy. All are represented here: Shakespeare and Shaw, Odets and Simon, Rodgers with both Hart and Hammerstein.

In addition to the Broadway productions (and a few off-Broadway), the collection includes several special Actors Equity programs and programs from the Metropolitan Opera. One item, the program for the opening of Lincoln Center, deserves special note. It was designed by Irving Spellins, a well-known graphic artist and designer, who was Lillian's (and my mother's ) maternal first cousin.

I hope that this collection provides fodder for scholars beyond the theatre arts, but the fact that it will be whole and discrete is important to me. in a way, it is an important part of a woman's intellectual history, and what could be more enlightening than that?

(Filed Chronologically)
Leave It to Me William Gaxton, Victor Moore 1939
The American Way Frederic March, Florence Eldridge 1939
Hellzapoppin Olsen and Johnson 1939
Metropolitan Opera -Grand Sunday Night Program Hilda Burke, Zinka Milanov 1941
Mr. and Mrs. Noah Peggy Conklin, Albert Hackett 1941
The Corn is Green Ethel Barrymore, Rhys Williams 1941
Native Son Canada Lee, Ray Collins 1941
Snookie Eddie Nugent, J.C. Nugent 1941
Pal Joey Gene Kelly, Vivienne Degal 1941
Panama Hattie Ethel Merman, Arthur Treacher 1941
Arsenic and Old Lace Boris Karloff, Allyn Joslyn 1941
Life With Father Howard Lindsey, Dorothy Stickney 1941
Metropolitan Opera - Otello Giovanni Martinelli, Lawrence Tibbitt 1941-42
Star and Garter Bobby Clark, Gypsy Rose Lee 1942
Sons O' Fun Olsen and Johnson, Carmen Miranda 1942
Porgy and Bess Todd Duncan, Anne Brown 1942
Metropolitan Opera - Grand Sunday Night Program Licia Albanese, Hilda Burke 1942
One Touch of Venus Mary Martin, Kenny Baker 1943
Land of Fame Whitford Cane, Stefan Schnabel 1943
Oklahoma Betty Garde, Alfred Drake 1943
Let's Face It Danny Kaye, Vivian Vance 1943
Early to Bed Muriel Angelus, Richard Kollmar 1943
Counterattack Morris Carnovsky, Barbara O' Neil 1943
Othello Paul Robeson, Jose Ferrer 1944
Jacobowsky and the Colonel Louis Calhern, Oscar Karlweis 1944
Bloomer Girl Celeste Holm, Margaret Douglass 1944
Carmen Jones Muriel Smith, Muriel Rahn 1944
On the Town John Battles, Cris Alexander 1945
Sing Out Sweet Land Alfred Drake, Burl Ives 1945
Are You With It? Joan Roberts, Johnny Downs 1945
Call Me Mister Betty Garrett, George Irving 1946
The Voice of the Turtle Beatrice Pearson, Alan Baxter 1946
Pygmalion Gertrude Lawrence, Raymond Massey 1946
The Heiress Patricia Collinge, Basil Rathbone 1947
Finian's Rainbow Dorothy Claire, James L. O'Neill 1947
For Love or Money John Loder, Vicki Cummings 1947
John Loves Mary William Prince, Nina Foch 1947
Brigadoon David Brooks, Marion Bell 1947
Annie Get Your Gun Ethel Merman, Ray Middleton 1947
Born Yesterday Judy Holliday, Paul Douglas 1947
High Button Shoes Phil Silvers, Nanette Fabray 1948
Make Mine Manhattan Sid Caesar, David Burns 1948
The Big Knife John Garfield, Nancy Kelly 1949
Goodbye, My Fancy Madeleine Carroll, Conrad Nagel 1949
The Silver Whistle Jose Ferrer, Eleanor Wilson 1949
As You Like It Katherine Hepburn, William Prince 1950
South Pacific Mary Martin, Ray Middleton 1950
Make a Wish Nanette Fabray, Stephen Douglass 1951
Guys and Dolls Robert Alda, Vivian Blaine 1951
Wish You Were Here Sheila Bond, Jack Cassidy 1952
Affairs of State June Havoc, Reginald Owen 1952
Mr. Pickwick George Howe, Estelle Winwood 1952
The King and I Yul Brynner, Constance Carpenter 1953
The Teahouse of the August Moon David Wayne, John Forsythe 1953
Picnic Ralph Meeker, Janice Rule 1953
Time Out for Ginger Melvyn Douglas, Polly Rowles 1953
Hazel Flagg Helen Gallagher, Thomas Mitchell 1953
On Your Toes Vera Zorina, Bobby Van 1954
All Summer Long John Kerr, Ed Begley 1954
Can-Can Lilo, Peter Cookson 1954
Dial "M" for Murder Maurice Evans, Margaret Phillips 1954
Fanny Ezio Pinza, Walter Slezak 1954
Inherit the Wind Paul Muni, Ed Begley 1955
The Flowering Peach Menasha Skulnik, Berta Gersten 1955
The Desperate Hours Karl Malden, Nancy Coleman 1955
Witness for the Prosecution Francis L. Sullivan, Patricia Jessel 1955
Anniversary Waltz Macdonald Carey, Marjorie Lord 1955
The Wisteria Trees Helen Hayes, Ella Raines 1955
Tonight in Samarkand Louis Jordan, Jan Farrand 1955
The Sleeping Prince Michael Redgrave, Barbara Bel Geddes 1956
Cat On a Hot Tin Roof Barbara Bel Geddes, Burl Ives 1956
The Pajama Game John Raitt, Eddie Foy, Jr. 1956
My Fair Lady Rex Harrison, Julie Andrews 1956
The Desk Set Shirley Booth, Frank Milan 1956
Girls of Summer Shelley Winters, Pat Hingle 1956
The Diary of Anne Frank Joseph Schildkraut, Susan Strasberg 1956
A Hatful of Rain Shelley Winters, Ben Gazzara 1956
The Ponder Heart David Wayne, Una Merkel 1956
Mr. Wonderful Sammy Davis, Jr., The Will Mastin Trio 1956
West Side Story Carol Lawrence, Larry Kert 1957
Bells are Ringing Judy Holliday, Sydney Chaplin 1957
Orpheus Descending Maureen Stapleton, Cliff Robertson 1957
Jamaica Lena Horne, Ricardo Montalban 1957
Oh, Captain! Tony Randall, Abbe Lane 1958
Goldilocks Don Ameche, Elaine Stritch 1958
A Majority of One Gertrude Berg, Cedric Hardwicke 1959
A Raisin in the Sun Claudia McNeil, Ossie Davis 1959
Greenwillow Anthony Perkins, Cecil Kellaway 1960
Carnival Anna Maria Alberghetti 1961
Tenderloin Maurice Evans, Ron Husmann 1961
Irma La Douce Elizabeth Seal, Clive Revill 1961
My Fair Lady Michael Evans, Margaret Moser 1962
No Strings Richard Kiley, Diahann Carroll 1962
Never Too Late Paul Ford, Orson Bean 1963
The Millionairess John McMartin, Gene Wilder 1963
The Girl Who Came To Supper Jose Ferrer, Florence Henderson 1964
Enter Laughing Vivian Blaine, Alan Mowbray 1964
The Philadelphia Orchestra Leopold Stokwoski - Conductor 1964-65
Fiddler on the Roof Zero Mostel, Maria Karnilova 1965
Baker Street Fritz Weaver, Inga Swenson 1965
Luv Eli Wallach, Anne Jackson 1965
The Owl and the Pussycat Diana Sands, Alan Alda 1965
La Grosse Valise Ronald Fraser, Victor Spinetti 1965
The Banker's Daughter Helena Scott, Lloyd Grough 1965
Dinner at Eight Robert Burr, Mindy Carson 1966
Mame Angela Lansbury, Beatrice Arthur 1966
Skyscraper Julie Harris, Peter L. Marshall 1966
Man of La Mancha Richard Kiley, Irving Jacobson 1966
Carmen Roger Ingham, Daniel Anaya 1966
Cabaret Jill Haworth, Joel Grey 1967
Cactus Flower Lauren Bacall, Barry Nelson 1967
Black Comedy Geraldine Page, Jordan Christopher 1967
Ilya, Darling Melina Mercouri, Orson Bean 1967
Brief Lives Roy Dotrice, 1967
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie Zoe Caldwell, Paddy Croft 1968
How Now Dow Jones Anthony Roberts, Marlyn mason 1968
Plaza Suite E.G. Marshall, Barbara Baxley 1969
The Great White Hope Yaphet Kotto, George Matthews 1969
Forty Carats Julie Harris, Marco St. John 1969
Story Theatre Peter Bonerz, Hamid Hamilton Camp 1970
Applause Lauren Bacall, Len Cariou 1970
Butterflies Are Free Rosemary Murphy, Kipp Osborne 1970
1776 William Daniels, Paul Hecht 1970
Last of the Red Hot Lovers James Coco, Linda Lavin 1970
Hair Robin McNamara, Roger Cruz 1971
The Rothschilds Hal Linden, Paul Hecht 1971
Two by Two Danny Kaye, Harry Goz 1971
Butley Alan Bates, Hayward Morse 1972
The Prisoner of Second Avenue Art Carney, Barbara Barrie 1972
Night Watch Joan Hackett, Len Cariou 1972
Sleuth Paul Rogers, Keith Baxter 1972
No, No Nanette Ruby Keeler, Bobby Van 1972
Two Gentlemen of Verona Clifton Davis, Raul Julia 1972
A Little Night Music Glynis Johns, Len Cariou 1973
The Jockey Club Stakes Wilfred Hyde-White, Robert Coote 1973
No Hard Feelings Eddie Albert, Nanete Fabray 1973
That Championship Season Richard A. Dysart, Walter McGinn 1973
The Sunshine Boys Jack Gilford, Lou Jacobi 1973
Good Evening Peter Cook, Dudley Moore 1974
The Good Doctor Christopher Plummer, Rene Auberjonois 1974
Lorelei Carol Channing, Peter Palmer 1974
Pippin Eric Berry, Ben Vereen 1974
Moiseyev Dance Company Tatiana Afonia, Lev Golovanov 1974
Stars of the Bolshoi Ballet Nina Sorokina, Aleksander Godunov 1974
The National Ballet of Canada Rudolph Nureyev, Vanessa Harwood 1974

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University of Florida
George A. Smathers Libraries
Department of Special and Area Studies Collections
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