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Walter Mulconry collection of Freddy Wittop papers

Walter Mulconry collection of Freddy Wittop papers

Descriptive Summary

Title: Walter Mulconry collection of Freddy Wittop papers
Creator: Mulconry, Walter F., 1924-2009
Inclusive Dates: 1967-2001
Bulk Dates: 1983-1998
Language(s): English
Extent: 0.25 Linear Feet 1 box, 1 oversized folder
Collection Number: ms4333
Repository: Hargrett Library

Collection Description

Historical Note

Walter F. Mulconry was born in New Haven, Connecticut on January 11, 1924 and was a lifelong supporter of theater. In 1983, he reached out to Freddy Wittop with an idea for a retrospective show of Freddy's costume designs and sparked a friendship that lasted until Freddy's death in 2001.

Freddy Wittop was a costume designer, dancer, and college professor. He was born Frederick Wittop Koning on July 26, 1911 in the Netherlands. He apprenticed with a designer at the Brussels Opera and began his career in 1931 at Folies Bergère and other music halls in Paris. He also began a professional dance career under the name Frederico Rey at this time. Wittop would go on to design costumes for the Ice Capades, Broadway musicals, films, and nightclubs in New York City and would win the 1964 Tony Award for "Hello Dolly!". Afer retiring in 1973, Wittop held a position as an adjunct professor in the school of drama at the University of Georgia.

Scope and Content

This collection includes Walter Mulconry's correspondence with and about Freddy Wittop, photographs of Mulconry and of Wittop's costume drawings, as well as newspaper clippings and ephemera about Wittop and his career.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Walter Mulconry collection of Freddy Wittop papers, ms4333, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Costume design.
Costume designers -- United States.
Theater -- United States.
Wittop, Freddy, 1911-2001

Related Collections in this Repository

Related collections in this repository: John Morella collection of Freddy Wittop designs, ms3928; Freddy Wittop papers, ms2727.

Publications accompanying this collection have been cataloged individually in GIL and have an associated collection note.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11Correspondence about Freddy Wittop, 1986-1988
12Correspondence from Freddy Wittop to Walter Mulconry , 1983-1998
13Correspondence from Walter Mulconry to Freddy Wittop, 1987-1991
14Ephemera, 1968-2001
1Newspaper clippings
15Photographs of Freddy Wittop's costume drawings
16Photographs of Walter Mulconry
17Scrapbook pages
1Signed "Celeste" costume design, 1967