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Linda Lavin Papers

Identifier: Mss. 88 L39 and Additions

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Scope and Contents

Papers of Linda Lavin which document her career as a Broadway and television actress, and also as an advocate of women’s rights and equal opportunity. Newspaper clippings, interviews, news releases, and personal letters record her success as a member of Neil Simon’s Broadway play, “Broadway Bound,” for which she received a Tony Award, the Drama Desk Award, and the Helen Hayes Award in 1987 as best leading actress.

Newsclippings also record her roles as producer and actress in made for television movies “Lena: My Hundred Children,” “A Place to Call Home,” “I Want to go Home,” and “Sea of Terror.”

Invitations, programs, and playbills record the various benefits, lectureships, and ceremonies in which Lavin has participated as a theatrical figure. Material on the Horizon Art Exchange, the Drama League of New York, the National Commission on Working Women of Wider Opportunities for Women, the National Organization for Women, and the National Mother’s Day Committee, from which Lavin received the 1987 Outstanding Mother Award, and the Stepfamily Association of America, Inc. are included. Letters from California state legislator Tom Hayden mark Lavin’s support in the 1988 Presidential election on behalf of the Democratic Party.


  • Creation: 1940-1995
  • Creation: Majority of material found in 1940-1995

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Conditions Governing Access:

Collection is open to all researchers. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, such as the Virginia Public Records Act (Code of Virginia. § 42.1-76-91); and the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (Code of Virginia § 2.2-3705.5). Confidential material may include, but is not limited to, educational, medical, and personnel records. If sensitive material is found in this collection, please contact a staff member immediately. The disclosure of personally identifiable information pertaining to a living individual may have legal consequences for which the College of William and Mary assumes no responsibility.

Conditions Governing Use:

Before reproducing or quoting from any materials, in whole or in part, permission must be obtained from the Special Collections Research Center, and the holder of the copyright, if not Swem Library.

Biographical Information:

Linda Lavin (born October 15, 1937 in Portland, Maine) is an American singer and Tony Award and Golden Globe Award-winning stage, film and television actress. Born to musically-talented parents, Lavin has been onstage since the age of 5. Upon her graduation from the College of William and Mary she had already received her Actors' Equity Association card. She was a member of the Compass Players in the late 1950s. By the early 1960s Lavin made a name for herself in New York City on Broadway, and her role and fame continued to grow over the course of the next 40 years. Further information about this individual or organization may be available in the Special Collections Research Center Wiki: .


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Acquisition Information:

All accessions unless otherwise noted were a gift of Linda Lavin. Acc. 1988.09 received on 2/17/1988; Acc. 1988.15 received on 4/18/1988; Acc. 1988.19 received on 5/12/1988; Acc. 1988.21 received on 5/27/1988; Acc. 1988.30 received on 8/19/1988; Acc. 1988.49 received on 12/21/1988; Acc. 1989.07 received on 2/7/1989; Acc. 1989.15 received on 3/30/1989; Acc. 1989.30 received on 6/26/1989; Acc. 1989.34 received on 8/3/1989; Acc. 1989.39 received on 9/14/1989; Acc. 1990.10 received on 3/14/1990; Acc. 1990.14 received on 4/9/1990; Acc. 1990.24 received on 5/24/1990; Acc. 1990.38 received on 9/18/1990; Acc. 1990.41 received on 10/12/1990; Acc. 1991.06 received on 1/16/1991; Acc. 1991.52 received on 9/26/1991; Acc. 1991.56A received on 10/28/1991 from Howard Scammon; Acc. 1992.10 received on 3/18/1992 from William D. Eppes; Acc. 1992.41 received on 8/26/1992; Acc. 1994.29 received on 4/14/1994 from Robert Maccubbin and Martha Hamilton-Phillips; Acc. 1995.38 received on 8/7/1995; Acc. 1995.47 received on 8/21/1995; Acc. 1995.51 received on 9/8/1995; Acc. 2001.02 received on 2/2/2001; Acc. 2001.05 received on 3/3/2001.

Related Materials:

See the University Archives Audiovisual Collection (UA 58) for recordings of Lavin press conferences at the College of William and Mary; Department of Theatre, Speech, and Dance Records (UA 59); Colonial Echo yearbook; The Flat Hat student newspaper; University Archives Photograph Collection (UA 8).


Other Information:

A PDF document of this inventory is available online.

Additional information may be found at

Guide to the Linda Lavin Papers
Finding Aid Authors: Elizabeth Engelken, Special Collections Staff.
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Language of description note
The collection description/finding aid is written in English

Revision Statements

  • May 24th, 2018: Accessions intellectually combined in May 2009 by SCRC staff and further updated in November 2009 by Anne Johnson, Special Collections Assistant.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository