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Overview of the Collection

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Researcher's copy of the collection register

Dallas Morning News

Correspondence

Photographs

Texas/Dallas History and Archives Division, Dallas Public Library

John Rosenfield Collection



Overview of the Collection

Creator: Rosenfield, John, 1900-1966
Title: John Rosenfield Collection
Dates: 1910-(1950-1967)
Accession No.: MA68-1
Quantity: 4 Boxes
Language: The records are in English.
Repository: Texas/Dallas History & Archives, Dallas Public Library 1515 Young St Dallas, TX 75201

Biographical Note

Max John Rosenfield, Jr., was born in Dallas on April 5, 1900, the son of Max John Rosenfield, Sr., and Jenny Lind Kramer Rosenfield. He attended Dallas Public Schools and the University of Texas in Austin. His studies were interrupted by World War I; he finished his college education at Columbia University in New York City. He began work in New York for the Evening Mail as motion picture reviewer but was soon hired from the Mail by Paramount for their publicity department. In 1923 Rosenfield was transferred by Paramount to Dallas. When the company later asked Rosenfield to return to New York, he chose instead to remain in Dallas where he went to work for the Dallas Morning News. In 1925 he was asked by the publisher to develop an amusement department for the News. Rosenfield headed the department until 1957 when he gave up active administrative duties following a coronary. However, he continued to write his widely acclaimed column, "The Passing Show," and major reviews until his taking his full retirement in September 1966. Rosenfield died at his home in Dallas (Park Cities) on November 26, 1966.

While in New York Rosenfield met and married Claire Burger; they had a one son, Max John Rosenfield III.

As arts critic for the Dallas Morning News, John Rosenfield was the leading cultural voice in the Southwest for several decades. He was profiled twice in Newsweek, as well as the subject of articles, chapters and paragraphs in Look, Life, Harper's and other publications. As a nationally recognized critic, he was once asked for permission to use his name to lend authenticity to a movie scene. Rosenfield's knowledge of opera and music brought him almost annual invitations to appear on the Metropolitan Opera Quiz radio program in New York.

TheNew York Times in its obituary for Rosenfield said that "it can be argues that John Rosenfield did more for the arts in Dallas than any other person during a long reign as 'cultural pontiff of the Southwest'," echoing Time Magazine which once stated that the "fact is that culture in Dallas has blossomed like a rose on the dry plains of the Southwest, thanks largely to Rosenfield."

Rosenfield was always conscious of the need to develop the arts in Dallas itself. He was instrumental in the revival of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra in the mid-1920s and in the selection of its conductors from Paul Van Katwijk (1925) thought Paul Kletzki (1958). He encouraged Margo Jones from the time she was a student at Texas Women's University; the establishment of the Margo Jones Theatre (one of the first important regional theatres in the United States) in 1945 was due, in large part, to Rosenfield's ability to influence financial backers. Rosenfield was also a leader in the movement which resulted in the building of the Frank Lloyd Wright designed Dallas Theater Center.

The following awards were given to John Rosenfield in recognition of his role in encouragement of the arts:

1955 and 1960 honor award of Southwest Theatre Conference

1956 Critics Award from Screen Directors Guild

1960 Service to Music in Dallas award from Sigma Alpha Iota

1965 honorary Doctor of Literature degree from Southwestern University, Georgetown.

1966 annual cultural service award of Big D Chapter of B'nai B'rith Women, which named Rosenfield as "Mr. Show Business"

As a memorial, in 1967 a John Rosenfield Scholarship in Playwriting was established at the Southern Methodist University School of the Arts.

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Scope and Contents

The John Rosenfield Collection, ca. 1910-1967, primarily concerns his years as Amusement Editor and critic for the Dallas Morning News. A concentration of material for 1957 and 1965 reflects periods of recuperation from illness when he did more work at home. The collection was presented to the Dallas Public Library by his widow, Mrs. Claire Rosenfield, in 1968.

The bulk of the collection (3 boxes) consists of correspondence (letters, cards, telegrams, postcards) from organizations, performers, or Dallas Morning News readers to John Rosenfield and carbon copies of his replies. This material is arranged alphabetically in folders according to name of the originating individual or organization; Rosenfield's responses are interfiled in these folders. Also among the papers are a folder containing articles and a lecture written by Rosenfield, a folder containing printed material about Rosenfield (xeroxed clippings, programs, magazine articles), and a folder containing miscellaneous personal correspondence (such as an exchange of letters with the Dallas Power and Light Company over an electric bill).

The collection also contains a box of photographs, approximately a third of which are publicity photographs of celebrities. A majority of the remainder are Dallas Morning News staff photos showing Rosenfield either alone or posing with celebrities. There are a few pictures of John Rosenfield as a child and a young man. The photo files re arranged alphabetically. One set of slides, a double set of prints, and their original negatives are of the Rosenfield home at 3536 University, University Park, taken in 1967 after Rosenfield's death.

The collection is by no means fully representative of John Rosenfield's life and work. However, a concentration of material dated 1957 reflects the broad range of duties, request, interest and activities of John Rosenfield in his role of critic for the Dallas Morning News. Most of the correspondence files contain a solitary letter and/or response, but certain correspondence are on-going (such as that with Antal Dorati, Mary Martin, the Yuhudi Menuhin family, and the Van Cliburn family). Rosenfield's long term and intimate involvement with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra is particularly apparent (for example, a sheaf of birthday telegrams sent to John Rosenfield by each individual member of the Symphony); yet there is little about the Margo Jones Theatre or the Dallas Theater Center.

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Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Persons:
Rosenfield, John
Organizations:
Dallas Morning News
Family Names:
Rosenfield
Places:
Dallas (Tex.)
Subjects:
Arts - Dallas
Newspapers - Dallas
Occupations:
Newspaper Reporter
Titles:
John Rosenfield Collection

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

MA68-1 John Rosenfield Collection, Texas/Dallas History & Archives Division, Dallas Public Library

Processing Information

Processed by Katherine Faust

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 
Box Folder
1 A Researcher's copy of the collection register

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Box Folder
1 B Rosenfield's nameplate from the Dallas Morning News

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Correspondence

Box Folder
1 1 Adler, Samuel 1965
2 Albuquerque Civic Symphony Orchestra 1948-1957
3 Allers, Franz 1957-1961
4 American Guild of Organist, Texas Chapter 1957
5 American Institute of Architects 1957
6 American National Theatre and Academy 1956-1958
7 Ansermet, Ernst 1954
8 Antheil, George 1946
9 Ashford, Gerald 1957
10 Atkinson, Brooks 1957-1960
11 Baiano, Sol 1956
12 Ballet Theatre Foundation 1957
13 Bamboschek, Giuseppe ?
14 Barati, George 1957
15 Bayer, Eleanor 1957
16 Bennett, Robert Russell 1947
17 Berimo, Tom 1956
18 Berloiz Society 1954
19 Big D's Musical Notes 1957
20 Black Watch Musical Band 1957
21 Blackburn, David T 1957
22 Blair, Janet 1950
23 Blair, Rufus 1958
24 Blakeney, Frank Weldon (Mrs.) 1957
25 Blankenship, William 1961
26 Botkin, Gleb 1937
27 Bourne, Charles (Mrs.) 1957-1959
28 Boyd, Barry 1960
29 Breen, Robert 1957
30 Bumpass, Martha ?
31 Busch, Fritz 1948
32 Cahier, Sara 1946
33 Callas, Maria ?
34 Canadian Players 1957
35 Card, L.F. (Mrs.) 1957
36 Cardelli, Giovanni 1949-1950
37 Carelli, Gabor 1957
38 Casadesus, Robert 1943
39 Cassidy, Claudia 1943
40 Cliburn, Van 1952-1957
41 Clifford, Dorothy 1957
42 Coco, Imogene
43 Coe, Richard L. 1957
44 Community Course, S.M.U.
45 Cornetet, D.L. 1957
46 Crawford, Joan 1965
47 Crawley, Ann 1954
48 Crossman. Jerome K. 1957
49 Crowley, Pat 1954
50 "Daily Texan" 1957
51 Dallas Chamber of Commerce, Fine Art Committee 1957
52 Dallas Symphony Orchestra 1946
53 Dallas Theater Center 1957
54 Danilova, Alexandra 1954
55 Darnell, Linda 1964
56 David, Hans T. ?
57 Davis, Ivan 1960
58 David, Sue ca. 1938-1942
59 Dealey, Joe M. 1964-1965
60 Dealey, Ted 1942-1953
61 Dent, Allan J. ?
62 Dick, James 1962-1963
63 Dietz, Howard ?
64 Dneprov, Sophia 1957
65 Dolan, Robert E. 1963-1965
66 Dorati, Antal 1938-1952
67 Doss, Stewart 1957
68 Downes, Olin 1946
69 D'Oyle Carte Opera Company 1957
70 Druian, Rafael 1949
71 Edwards, Neely 1957
72 Einem, Gottfried von 1953-1954
73 El Paso Symphony 1957
74 Ellerbe, Cecilia 1959
75 Engel, Lehman 1950
76 Farbman, Harry ?
77 Farness, Kate 1958
78 Farnol, Lynn 1957
79 Ferrer, Jose 1953-1961
80 Flagg, Marion 1957-1965
81 Forsyth, James 1962
82 Fox, Oscar J. 1944-1949
83 Frankenstein, Alfred V. 1960
84 Freedley George 1956-1957
85 Gambrell, Herbert 1957
86 Garson, Greer 1940-1961
87 Gast, James 1957
88 Gillespie, Jimmie 1957
89 Glenn, Carroll 1964
90 Golschmann, Vladimir 1938-1958
91 Gould, Morton 1946-?
92 Green, Bill 1957
93 Guion, David W. 1945-1960
94 Gurley, John 1943
Box Folder
2 1 Handel, Norman (Mrs.) 1957
1a Hardin-Simmons University
2 Harland, Frank 1956-1958
3 Harrison, Guy Fraser 1957
4 Hawthorne, Joseph 1957
5 Hendl, Walter 1949-1958
6 Hendricks, William 1957
7 Hexter, Louis J. 1957
8 Hirsh, Horace 1957
9 Hindemith, Paul 1946
10 Hoblitzelle, Karl 1965
11 Hoggard, Lara 1962
12 Inge, William 1959
13 Iturbi, Jose 1943-1955
14 Jablinski, Berthold 1956
15 Jalos, Ernst 1966
16 Jones, Margo/Dallas Theatre, Inc. 1945-1957
17 Jones, Rupel J. 1957
18 Judge, Walter (Mrs.)
19 Judson, Arthur 1964
20 Kallstrom, Christine 1957
21 Kansas City Performing Arts 1965
22 Kentner, Louis 1957
23 Kiesling, Barrett C. 1957
24 Kilpatrick, Jack Frederick 1952
25 Kirshbaum, Joseph (Mrs.)
26 Koussevitzky, Maria 1957
27 Lancaster Little Theatre (Texas) 1959
28 Lasley, Ruth Ellen 1957
29 Laughton, Charles 1957
30 Lawrence, Robert 1957
31 Layton, Bill Jim 1960
32 Lee, Ingram 1965
33 Lee, Janet Waldo 1957
34 Lener, Jeno 1945
35 Lesile, Warren 1963
36 Linz, Clarence 1957
37 Liszt, Eugene 1964
38 London, George ?
39 Longey, L. 1938
40 Lopatnikoff, Nikolai 1963
41 Louisville Symphony Orchestra 1957
42 Lumet, Baruch 1957
43 Lyons, John F. (Mrs.) 1957
44 McCord, Lonnie 1957
45 McCormick, Harry ?
46 McCullough, Charles 1961-1965
47 McDowall, Roddy 1943
48 McKnight, Felix 1956
49 Mackie, David ?
50 Maney, Richard 1957
51 Marcus, Stanley 1957
52 Martin, John 1951
53 Martin, Mary 1947-1965
54 Martin, Minnie 1957
55 Meeker, Charles 1957
56 Menuhin, Yehudi 1937-1960
57 Meredith, Charles 1957
58 Merman, Ethel (Mrs. Robert F. Six) 1953
59 Midland Community Theater 1957
60 Midland Symphony Association 1962
61 Mielziner, Jo 1960
62 Milhaud, Darius 1960
63 De Mille, Cecil B. 1958
64 Minotis, Alexis 1959
65 Monteux, Claude 1957
66 Moore, Grace (Parera) 1941-1945
67 Morehouse, Ward 1957
68 Musel, Patrice 1965
69 National Artist Corporation 1957
70 National Symphony Orchestra 1957
71 Neaman, Yfrah 1960
72 New Orleans Symphony 1946-1957
73 Newfield, John 1957
74 Nictolis, Macklin Pecci de 1957
75 Nutting, Anthony 1960
76 O'Brien, Pat 1943
77 O'Brien, William F. 1965
78 Opera News 1957
79 Paderewski, Jan 1937-?
80 Panhandle Coral Festival 1957
81 Park, E.S. (Mrs.) 1957
82 Payne, B. Iden 1956-1964
83 Peerce, Jan 1964
84 Perlberg, William 1957
85 Porterfield, Robert 1963
86 Raeburn, Ben 1957
87 Ragsdale, Silas B. 1957
88 Reaves, Royce 1963
89 Reed, Minto O. James (Mrs.) 1957
90 Rmoortel, Edouard van 1958
91 Republic Productions 1957
Box Folder
3 1 Roberts, Marion 1940
2 Robinson, Francis 1957
3 Rodgers, Richard 1961
4 Rogers, Ginger 1963
5 Rogers, Lucille (Mrs. Dan) 1957
6 Romberg, Sigmund 1944-1945
7 Rosenfield, Claire 1957-1968
8 Rosenfield, Jennie L. 1948
9 Rosser, John E. 1957
10 Rowe, Edna 1957
11 Rozan, William Z. 1950
12 Rozsa, Miklos 1956-1957
13 Rudolf, Max 1954-1957
14 Rupe, D. Gordon 1948
15 Sack, Alfred N. 1957
16 St. Louis Symphony Society/Women's Association 1957
17 San Antonio Symphony 1957
18 Santa Fe Opera Association 1957
19 Schadt, Everett W. 1945
20 Schell, Maximilian 1965
21 Schermerhorn, Kenneth 1959
22 Schirmer, Gustav, Jr. 1962
23 Schomberg, Harold 1957
24 Schulhof, Andrew 1957
25 Schuller, Gunther 1965
26 Screen Directors' Guild 1957
27 Seeling, Virginia 1957
28 Senber, Henry 1957
29 Shadid, Maurice 1957
30 Shakespeare Association of America 1957
31 Shelburne, Samuel A. 1957
32 Singer, Jaques 1946-1961
33 Smith, Carleton 1957
34 Smith, Langston (Mrs.) 1957
35 Southwest Museum Conference 1957-1958
36 Southwest Theatre Conference 1957-1958
37 Southwestern University 1965
38 Spaeth, Sigmund 1957
39 Stack, Robert 1964
40 Stanwyck, Barbara 1954
41 Stehr, Raymond A. (Mrs.) 1957
42 Stern, Isaac 1959
43 Stevens, Thomas Wood ?
44 Stradivarious Violens 1957
45 Szekely, M. 1946
46 Taylor, Wayne 1957
47 Taboas, Charles 1958
48 Tebaldi, Renata 1957
49 Terrell State Hospital 1957
50 Theta Sigma Phi 1957
51 Thomas, Robert ?
52 Thompson, Johnny 1957
53 Thorton, R.L. 1957
54 Tillett, Jeannette L. ?
55 Tinkle, Lon 1958
56 Tony Awards 1957
57 Udovick, Anne 1960
57a University of Houston
58 University of New Mexico 1957
59 University of Texas, Fine Arts Advisory Council 1957
60 Valletti, Cesare ?
61 Viehman, Theodore 1957
62 Volbach, Walther 1957
63 Voorthuysen, Jan van 1964
64 Wagner, Friedelind 1964
65 Washburn, Charles 1957
66 Watson, Warner 1957
67 Waxman, Franz 1959
68 Weigert, Herman 1950
69 Weinhold, Kurt 1957
70 White, D.B. 1945
71 White, Victor F. 1957
72 White House Festival of the Arts 1965
73 Whitney, Robert 1959
74 Wichita Falls Symphony 1957
75 Willson, Meredith 1963
76 Winn, Clyde F. 1944
77 Winship, Loren 1957-1959
78 Wright, Frank Lloyd 1957
79 Yeend, Frances 1964
80 Yelvington, Ramsey 1957
81 Young, John Wray 1957
82 Zeller, Robert 1957
83 Zeta Phi Beta Sorority 1948
84 Zoppi, Tony 1957
85 Miscellaneous correspondence re. cinema/theater productions 1943-1965
86 Miscellaneous personal correspondence 1939-1968
87 Articles, lectures by John Rosenfield 1928-1962
88 Printed Materials about John Rosenfield 1958-?

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Photographs

Box Folder
4 1 Bartok, Bela (with Gregory Sander)
2 Blankenship, William
3 Cahier, Sara
4 Cahier, Sara
5 Cahier, Sara
6 Cahier, Sara
7 Civic Music Campaign
8 Cliburn, Van
9 Cliburn, Van
10 Cliburn, Van
11 Cliburn, Van
12 Conley, Eugene
13 Crosby, John
14 Dallas Frohsinn Singing Society
15 Dallas Symphony Orchestra
16 Dorati, Antal (with others)
17 Exall, Henry (Mrs.)
18 Ferrer, Jose
19 Fonteyn, Margot (with Michael Somes and Frederick Ashton)
20 Foy Family (Eddie)
21 Golschmann, Vladimir
22 Meredith, Charles (with Brian Ahern)
23 Puccini, Giacomo (with Arturo Toscanini)
24 Rosenfield, John (alone)
25 Rosenfield, John (alone)
26 Rosenfield, John (alone)
27 Rosenfield, John (alone)
28 Rosenfield, John (alone)
29 Rosenfield, John (alone)
30 Rosenfield, John (alone)
31 Rosenfield home
32 Rosenfield home
33 Rosenfield, John (with June Anderson, etc.)
34 Rosenfield, John (with Paul Baker, etc.)
35 Rosenfield, John (with Eddie Barr, etc.)
36 Rosenfield, John (with Frank Braden, etc.)
37 Rosenfield, John (with Jerry Cochran, etc.)
38 Rosenfield, John (with Gary Cooper)
39 Rosenfield, John (with Gary Cooper, etc.)
40 Rosenfield, John (with Marion White Crume, etc.)
41 Rosenfield, John (with Prince Daniel)
42 Rosenfield, John (with Alexandra Danilova)
43 Rosenfield, John (with Antal Dorati)
44 Rosenfield, John (with Durwood Fleming, etc.)
45 Rosenfield, John (with Rose Margily Frank, etc.)
46 Rosenfield, John (with Sidney Franklin, etc.)
47 Rosenfield, John (with Nancy Gates)
48 Rosenfield, John (with Sheila Graham, etc.)
49 Rosenfield, John (with Andy Griffith, etc.)
50 Rosenfield, John (with Clu Gulager)
51 Rosenfield, John (with Louis Hexter)
52 Rosenfield, John (with Oliver Hinsdell)
53 Rosenfield, John (with Don Houseman and Claire Rosenfield)
54 Rosenfield, John (with Jose Iturbi, etc.)
55 Rosenfield, John (with Georgie Jessell, etc.)
56 Rosenfield, John (with Paul Klitzki)
57 Rosenfield, John (with cousins Julie and Maurice Kramer)
58 Rosenfield, John (with Mr. and Mrs. Max Rosenfield and Maurice Kramer)
59 Rosenfield, John (with Hedy Lamar)
60 Rosenfield, John (with Gene Lewis)
61 Rosenfield, John (with Freddie McFadden)
62 Rosenfield, John (with Mary Martin)
63 Rosenfield, John (with Arthur Mayer)
64 Rosenfield, John (with Benny Meroff)
65 Rosenfield, John (with Robert Montgomery and Claire Rosenfield)
66 Rosenfield, John (with Navahos)
67 Rosenfield, John (with Pat O'Brien, etc.)
68 Rosenfield, John (with Robert O'Donnell)
69 Rosenfield, John (with William Perlberg)
70 Rosenfield, John (with Claire Rosenfield)
71 Rosenfield, John (with Isaac Stern)
72 Rosenfield, John (with Robert Taylor, etc.)
73 Rosenfield, John (with Robert Taylor)
74 Rosenfield, John (with Alma Thomas and Claire Rosenfield)
75 Rosenfield, John (with Lawrence Tibbett)
76 Rosenfield, John (with Raymond Willie)
77 Rosenfield, John (with Raymond Willie and Claire Rosenfield)
78 Rosenfield, John (with Mr. and Mrs. Frank Lloyd Wright)
79 Schermerhorn, Kenneth
80 Sibelius, Jan
81 Sibelius, Jan
82 Sibelius, Jan
83 Wagner, Cosima
84 Wagner, Richard
85 Wagner, Richard
86 Wagner, Richard
87 Ysaye, R.
88 Rosenfield Home. 1967
89 Rosenfield Home. Slides 1967
90 Rosenfield Home. Negatives 1967

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