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Welcome to the Booth Library manuscript index. 

The manuscript index contains links to finding aids for the collections of the Booth Library.  Each finding aid has a description of that collection along with a listing of the items within that collection.  The Booth Library staff and volunteers are updating the index daily in order to make your research experience more productive.

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Collection Title:CL 141 Carl Proper CollectionCreator:Booth Library
Processed By:Rachel Dworkin
Date Completed:October 2013
Provenance:The items in this collection were donated to the Booth Library by Linda Proper in 2013. 
Terms:Amateur theater; Broadcast journalism; Elmira (N.Y.); Television broadcasting

Carl Proper - The son of Charles and Margaret Proper, Carl E. Proper was born in Elmira in 1938.  He began working for Channel 18, WSYE-TV, in 1956 as 'Coach Carl' on the kid's show TV Clubhouse. He eventually switched to news and remained on the air at Channel 18 (later called WETM-TV) for over 35 years as a report, anchor and weather man.  Proper was highly active within the community.  He acted regularly in the Elmira Little Theatre and narrated concerts for various orchestral groups.  He was involved in a number of local charities including the Arctic League, Glove House and the Red Cross.  He died on October 6, 2012. 

Scope:The Carl Proper Collection contains papers, photographs and newspaper clippings relating to Carl Proper's television career and charitable works as well as programs, images and clippings relating to the Elmira Little Theatre. 

Shares a box with CL 142 & CL 143. 

Extent:.25 Linear Feet
Date Span:1956-2012
Abstract:This collection contains Carl Proper's personal and professional papers and photographs as well as programs and photographs of Elmira Little Theatre shows. 

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TitleDocumentBox NumberFolder NumberLocation
Program - The Music Man, presented by the Elmira Little Theatre, Elmira Free Academy Auditorium, October 30-November 1, 1970. (with press clippings)Program010101
Program - Man of La Mancha, presented by Elmira Little Theatre, Broadway School, December 1-3, 1972. Program010102
Program - South Pacific, presented by Elmira Little Theatre, Thomas A. Edison High School, November 8-10, 1974. (Includes 4 cast photos)Program010103
Program - Dracula, presented by Elmira Little Theatre, March 30-April 1, 1978. (Includes cast photo & press clippings)Program010104
Program - Carousel, presented by Elmira Little Theatre, Clemens Center, November 7-10, 1985. (Includes press clippings)Program010105
Program - The Music Man, presented by Elmira Little Theatre, Clemens Center, November 5-8, 1987. (Includes press clippings)Program010106
Newspaper clippings about the following Elmira Little Theatre plays: Showboat; Mame (1975); War of the Worlds (1988); Golden Age of Radio (1991, 1992).Newspaper Clipping010107
Radio Telephone Third Class Operator Permit issued to Carl Proper by the Federal Communications Commission, April 17, 1964.License 010201
Press pass issued to Carl Proper of WSYE TV, 1969.Pass010202
Press pass issued to Carl Proper by the Elmira Police Department during the flood of 1972.Pass010203
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