JAMES T. COX COLLECTION

Archives and Special Collections
Marist College

Contact Information:

Archives and Special Collections
Cannavino Library
Marist College
3399 North Road
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
Phone: 845-575-3150
Email: john.ansley@marist.edu
URL: http://library.marist.edu/archives/Cox Collection/James_Cox_Collection.html

Processed By:

Nicholas Gildard
Janet Rice

Date Completed:

Summer 2002

Encoded By:

Janet Rice

Descriptive Summary

Title:

The James T. Cox Collection

Creator:

James T. Cox and Gerard A. Cox

Extent:

30 linear feet

Repository:

Marist College Archives and Special Collections

Abstract:

James Cox was a man of theatrical dreams. Although he never made it to stardom, he continued to live his dream by whatever means possible. The theatre became a principle role in his life beginning in grammar school and continued to be his life-long goal. Throughout his life, Jim Cox participated in several aspects of theatre, from acting, to directing, to working along the sides of the “techies." Jim also collected a life's worth of scripts and plays. His wish was to allow this collection to be made available for students to find their way to their own dreams.

Administrative Information

Access:

No restrictions.

Usage Restrictions:

Copyright is retained by the authors of the items in these materials, or their descendants, as stipulated by the United States Copyright Law.

Provenance:

The James T. Cox Collection was developed by both James T. Cox and Gerard A. Cox. The Cox collection was donated to the Marist College Library by Gerard A. Cox.

Biographical Note

James Thomas Cox was a life long lover of theatre and its arts in all shapes and forms. He developed an "itch" for theatre while a child in elementary school where a woman by the name of Anna Day taught Jim and his peers elocution and directed them in a variety of stage presentations that were closer to vaudeville than to the theatre world of today. As a young man in high school he was recognized as an avid reader of play scripts who couldn't wait to direct and perform and consequently formed a theatre company while still in school. (One of the first members to join him was a classmate, Anna Maria Italiano, later to be recognized as the Oscar and Tony winning actress, Anne Bancroft.) An account of the highs and lows of the years of struggling "to make it in show biz" can be read in "Thank You, Jonas Bronck," an autobiography written with humor, sensitivity and compassion.

The story of James Thomas Cox is not spectacular, but it is a remarkable example of the countless stories of theatre practitioners who never become household names. His career in the theatre included roles performed on the stage and on radio and in television and movies. His roles most often were character roles played in the background as support for stars. He did this on the small screen in episodes of "Hill Street Blues," "Cagney and Lacey," "The Judge," and "Official Detective" among others. He performed on stages from New England to Texas to Maryland to California. He had roles in productions of "Excess Baggage," "Cold Storage," "The Happy Time," "Tobacco Road," "Deathtrap," "Clash By Night," "Two Old Farts Reading Shakespeare," and "Steambath."

Prior to his death he asked that his extensive collection of play scripts be made available to students and faculty. This special collection is the fulfillment of that request. Perhaps it will enable others in going after what they want most. Go for it, keeping in mind one of this man's favorite sayings: "The only ladder to the stars is woven with dreams."

Collection Overview

The James T. Cox Collection consists of plays, both professional and amateur (student), musicals, and screenplays. Also included are several videotapes of the Marist College Council on Theatre Arts productions. The portion of the collection consisting of student written plays was developed by Gerard A. Cox.

List of Series

  1. Plays, Musicals, and Screenplays
  2. Student Plays Written for Festival
  3. Student Plays
  4. Videos

Series Descriptions
1. Plays, Musicals, and Screenplays

Arrangement: Alphabetical by author
Arrangement: Alphabetical by title

2. Student Plays Written for Festival
Arrangement: Chronologically

3. Student Plays
Arrangement: Alphabetical by author
Arrangement: Alphabetical by title

4. Videos
Arrangement: Alphabetical by title

 

 

 

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