Librarian of Congress James H. Billington formally accepted the gift. The papers include the original music manuscripts for Strouse's many stage productions — including Annie, Bye Bye Birdie, Applause and Golden Boy — as well as the original music manuscript for the "All in the Family" theme song, "Those Were the Days." Other donations include vintage cast recordings of Strouse shows and a poster from Broadway's Golden Boy.
Charles Strouse, who will turn 80 June 7, won Best Score Tony Awards for Annie (with lyricist Martin Charnin) and Applause (with Lee Adams). His other musicals include Bye Bye Birdie, Applause, "It's a Bird...It's a Plane...It's Superman!", Bring Back Birdie, Annie Warbucks, Golden Boy, A Broadway Musical, I and Albert, Charlie and Algernon, Rags, Dance a Little Closer and All American.
Strouse's memoir, "Put on a Happy Face," will be published by Sterling Publishing in July.