The Library of Congress has acquired the papers of Lee Strasberg, the actor, director and producer who was a pioneer in the development of method acting.
Strasberg’s widow, Anna, and son, Adam, donated about 240 boxes of Strasberg’s correspondence, theatrical drawings, sketches of stage designs, photos, appointment books, scripts and playbills, which will be housed in the libary’s Manuscript Division.The collection represents the initial portion of Strasberg’s personal papers. Librarian of Congress James Billington said Strasberg’s collection “documents a crucial chapter in the nation’s theatrical history,” noting that he was the “father of method acting in America” and trained performers such as Paul Newman, Al Pacino and Montgomery Clift.
Strasberg was co-founder of the Group Theater, artistic director of the Actors Studio and founded the Lee Strasberg Institutes in New York and Los Angeles. He died in 1982.