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Arnold Sundgaard:

An Inventory of His Papers at the Harry Ransom Center

Creator: Sundgaard, Arnold, 1909-2006
Title: Arnold Sundgaard Papers
Dates: 1938-2004, undated
Extent: 7 document boxes (2.94 linear feet)
Abstract: The Arnold Sundgaard Papers consist of typescripts of works, incoming and outgoing correspondence, subject files, agreements, and contracts that document Sundgaard’s varied writing career.
Call Number: Performing Arts Collection PA-00188
Language: English
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Acquisition: Gift, 2004
Processed by: Helen Adair, 2005; Helen Baer, 2015; Daniela Lozano, 2017

The University of Texas at Austin, Harry Ransom Center

Arnold Sundgaard (1909-2006) was a lyricist, librettist, and playwright who worked with many leading composers including Kurt Weill, with whom he wrote the folk opera Down in the Valley (1948), Alec Wilder, with whom he wrote The Lowland Sea (1952), and Douglas S. Moore, with whom he wrote the operas Giants in the Earth (1951) and Gallantry (1962). Plays written by Sundgaard include the documentary play Spirochete: A History (1938), which chronicled the spread of syphilis, and Of Love Remembered (1967). He is also the author of several children’s books including The Lamb and the Butterfly (1988) and The Bear Who Loved Puccini (1992). His children’s album, An Axe, an Apple, and a Buckskin Jacket (1957), was written with Wilder and recorded by Bing Crosby. In addition to writing, Sundgaard taught drama at the University of Texas, Columbia University, University of Illinois, and Bennington College.

In addition to material found in the Arnold Sundgaard Papers, the following source was used:
Fox, Margalit. "Arnold Sundgaard, Lyricist and Playwright, Is Dead at 96."  New York Times, (accessed 24 August 2017).

The Arnold Sundgaard Papers, 1938-2004, undated, consist of typescripts of works, correspondence, subject files, agreements, and contracts that document Sundgaard’s varied writing career. The collection is arranged in two series: I. Works, 1947-1996, undated; and II. Personal and Career Related, 1938-2004.
Series I. Works consists of typescripts of works by Sundgaard including the children’s album An Axe, an Apple, and a Buckskin Jacket, the plays Forests of the Night, The Great Campaign, and Of Love Remembered, and the operas Giants in the Earth and Mosaic among others. The works are arranged in alphabetical order.
Series II. Personal and Career Related is divided into two subseries: A. Correspondence and Subject Files, 1941-2004; and B. Contracts and Agreements, 1938-2001. The folder titles in this series are taken from Sundgaard’s original files and are arranged in alphabetical order.
Subseries A. Correspondence and Subject Files consists of incoming and outgoing correspondence as well as various subject files related to organizations, publishers, and people. Correspondents include Willem Breuker, Eric Carle, Val Holley, and Ronald Prather.
Subseries B. Contracts and Agreements is made up of material related to Sundgaard’s writing career. Some of the files are labeled with the title of the work with which the material pertains, while some are labeled with the name of the publisher or company. Correspondence is included in some of the files, especially the children’s books files which also include reviews.

Additional Arnold Sundgaard materials are located at George Mason University.