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  • Howard Ashman papers,


  • The papers chiefly consist of materials from his work, including his collaborations with composer Alan Menken, such as 'Little Shop of Horrors' and the Disney animated musicals 'The Little Mermaid,' 'Beauty and the Beast,' and 'Aladdin.' Materials include scripts, piano-conductor scores, business papers, photographs, scrapbooks, posters, clippings, notes, research materials, programs, promotional materials, writings, drawings, sketches, storyboards, and memorial tributes.
  • The Project Files series consists of scripts and script fragments arranged chronologically, scores, notes, research materials, business papers, correspondence, programs, and clippings.
  • The Biographical Materials series includes early writings and school project materials, address and date books, and memorial tributes. The correspondence consists chiefly of personal letters received by Ashman throughout his career, get-well wishes during his illness, and condolence letters to his sister Sarah after Ashman's death.
  • The Miscellany series contains general clippings, writings by others, and a few uncategorized items. The writings by others primarily contain plays or musicals in draft form, some of which are annotated. A list of unannotated published scripts that were not retained is kept in the collections file in the Library of Congress Music Division.


  • Ashman, Howard
  • Menken, Alan
  • Hamlisch, Marvin
  • Mann, Barry
  • Sheffer, Jonathan


  • -  Ashman, Howard
  • -  Ashman, Howard--Archives
  • -  Ashman, Howard--Correspondence
  • -  Lyricists--United States
  • -  Librettists--United States
  • -  Theatrical producers and directors--United States
  • -  Dramatists, American--20th century
  • -  Songs--Texts
  • -  Musicals--Librettos
  • -  Musicals--Scores
  • -  Motion picture music--Excerpts--Scores
  • -  Musicals
  • -  Musical films
  • -  Musicals--Production and direction
  • -  Musical theater--United States--20th century
  • -  Theater--United States
  • -  Animated films--United States
  • -  Motion pictures--United States
  • -  Menken, Alan
  • -  Gillespie, Sarah Ashman--Correspondence
  • -  Beauty and the beast (Motion picture : 1991)
  • -  Little mermaid (Motion picture : 1989)
  • -  Little shop of horrors (Motion picture : 1986)
  • -  Menken, Alan.--Little shop of horrors
  • -  Aladdin (Motion picture : 1992)
  • -  Walt Disney Company
  • -  WPA Theater
  • -  Drama--20th century
  • -  Storyboards--United States


  • Appointment books
  • Clippings (Information artifacts)
  • Correspondence
  • Drawings (Visual works)
  • Financial records
  • Notes
  • Photographic prints
  • Posters
  • Programs (Documents)
  • Promotional materials
  • Scrapbooks
  • Scripts (Documents)
  • Sketches


  • -  Organized into the following series: I. Project Files, 1973-2010, II. Biographical Materials, 1973-1993, III. Miscellany, 1981-1993.
  • -  Howard Ashman (b. May 17, 1950, in Baltimore, Md.; d. March 14, 1991, in New York City) was a lyricist, librettist, playwright, and director.
  • -  Collection material in English.
  • -  Gift; Sarah Ashman Gillespie and William Lauch; 2008, 2011, and 2013.
  • -  Audiovisual materials Howard Ashman Collection (MAVIS collection no. 14827) transferred to the Library of Congress Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division An inventory of this material is available in the Music Division's collection file.
  • -  Tangible media were received as part of the Howard Ashman Papers. Consult reference staff in the Performing Arts Reading Room for more information.
  • -  Finding aid available in the Library of Congress Performing Arts Reading Room and at
  • -  Howard Ashman Papers, Music Division, Library of Congress.


  • 2,250 items (31 boxes, 16 linear feet)

Call Number/Physical Location

  • ML31 .A75


  • Library of Congress Music Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA dcu

Library of Congress Control Number

  • 2012563812

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Chicago citation style:

Ashman, Howard, Alan Menken, Marvin Hamlisch, Barry Mann, and Jonathan Sheffer. Howard Ashman papers. 1973.

APA citation style:

Ashman, H., Menken, A., Hamlisch, M., Mann, B. & Sheffer, J. (1973) Howard Ashman papers.

MLA citation style:

Ashman, Howard, et al. Howard Ashman papers. 1973.