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Maxine Flora Finsterwald Collection

Identifier: 0002-06

Scope and Contents note

The Maxine Flora Finsterwald Collection includes photographs, programs, and playbooks associated with Finsterwald’s plays spanning the years 1926-1946. Notable material in the collection includes a playbook and program for her well-known Broadway play, “On Whitman Avenue”. The contents of the collection are arranged chronologically.


  • 1926-1946


Biographical/Historical note

Maxine Flora Finsterwald, also known by her popular pen name, Maxine Wood was a famous playwright and author. She attended the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama in the 1930’s and went on to write plays and short stories. Some of her published works include “The Seven Cord” (1929), “Seven Against One” (1930), and “Sandals and Golden Heels” (1948). Finsterwald is most recognized for her 1946 play, “On Whitman Avenue” which ran over one-hundred performances at the Cort Theater on Broadway.


0.1 Linear feet (5 folders)




The Maxine Flora Finsterwald Collection includes theater materials and photographs pertaining to Finsterwld’s academic and professional career as a Carnegie Mellon alumni and Broadway playwright during the years 1926-1946.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

These materials were donated by Maxine Finsterwald for use in the 75th Anniversary School of Drama Exhibit.The Maxine Flora Finsterwald collection was maintained by the archives as part of the School of Drama records until the material was deaccessioned in 2014 and currently exists as its own collection.

Related Archival Materials note

Additional related material can be found in the School of Drama records.
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Repository Details

Part of the Carnegie Mellon University Archives Repository

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