Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Farber, Donald C. mss., 1950-2010, consist of the papers of attorney, author, and theater producer Donald C. Farber. Farber was born, raised and educated in Nebraska. He graduated from the University of Nebraska, receiving his B.S. in Law in 1948 and Juris Doctor in 1950. In April 1950, he was elected to the Order of Coif, Honorary Law Society, for high academic achievement in law school. Today Farber represents many theatrical productions, actors, actresses, directors, producers, authors, theatre owners, repertory companies, and persons in every aspect of theatre, film and the other creative arts. His clients have included the late author Kurt Vonnegut.

He is the author of seven books dealing with various business and legal aspects of theatre, including: From Option to Opening; Producing on Broadway (praised by Library Journal as "one of the most important theatre books of this decade"); Actor's Guide: What You Should Know About the Contracts You Sign; and Producing Theater: A Comprehensive Legal and Business Guide. Farber's latest book, Common Sense Negotiation: The Art of Winning Gracefully, was described by Kurt Vonnegut as "a celebration of practical nice manners and tough minded decency." Farber has taught at York University in Toronto, Brooklyn College, New York University, and the Hofstra School of Law, and was on the faculty of The New School for Social Research from 1972 to 1994.

Farber is married to the former Ann Eis, who was Professor of Mathematics at the Brooklyn Campus of Long Island University. When she retired from teaching, she and Mr. Farber organized the Farber Literary Agency Inc., of which she is the President.

The collection includes contracts, correspondence and notes concerning translation, performance, and publication rights and permissions. The Publishing Records include royalty reports, contracts and items related to the publication of his works. Miscellaneous items include: awards and trophies, artwork, family related materials, school papers, photographs, and clippings. Many of the materials in the collection pertain to the work of Kurt Vonnegut.

Related manuscripts: Vonnegut mss.

Acquired: 2013

Collection size: 16,500 items

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