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Samson Raphaelson papers, 1916-1982

Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#1050
Bib ID 4078548 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Raphaelson, Samson, 1896-1983
Title Samson Raphaelson papers, 1916-1982
Physical Description 19.5 linear feet (19.5 linear feet 40 boxes)
Language(s) Material is in English.
Access

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Arrangement

Arrangement

This collection is arranged into 10 series: Series I: Cataloged Correspondence; Series II: Arranged Correcpondence; Series III: Manuscripts by Raphaelson; Series IV: Miscellaneous Papers; Series V: Oversize Material; Series VI: Original Inventory; Series VII: Arranged Correspondence; Series VIII: Manuscripts and Documents; Series IX: Miscellaneous Papers; Series X: 1992 Gift

Description

Scope and Content

Correspondence, playscripts, screenplays, scenarios, short stories, and other manuscripts, drafts, photocopies, contracts and other documents, tearsheets, clippings, and other materials relating to his career as a screenwriter, playwright, and author of short stories. Correspondence with friends, students, admirers, and professional colleagues concern his teaching, playwriting, films, articles, photography, and literary topics. There are also two groups of letters from students and readers about his textbook, "The Human Nature of Playwriting" (1949). Among the cataloged correspondence are William Gibson, MacKinlay Kantor, Anna Louise Strong, Louis Untermeyer, and Carl Van Doren. Included are manuscripts, drafts, or photocopies of almost all his films, plays, and short stories, such as playscripts and drafts of his plays, "The Jazz Singer" (1922), "Skylark" (1939), "Jason" (1942), and others; screenplays and scenarios, many in photocopy, of "Trouble in Paradise" (1932), "The Merry Widow" (1934), "The Shop Aroung the Corner" (1940), "Suspicion" (1941), "Heaven Can Wait" (1943), and many other films; and manuscripts, drafts, tearsheets, and printed copies of his short stories and articles of film and television criticism. There are also many clippings and reviews, programs, and other printed materials about his plays and films.

Using the Collection

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Restrictions on Access

This collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material at least two business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

This collection has no restrictions.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Samson Raphaelson papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Processed HR 06/20/88.

Papers Processed HR 08/14/92.

Revision Description

2010-02-24 Legacy finding aid created from Pro Cite.

2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.

Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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Agreements Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Articles Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Autobiographies (literary works) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Awards Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Bills (financial) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Birth certificates Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Brochures Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Clippings (Information Artifacts) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Contracts Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Decrees Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Drafts (literary) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Essays Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Fiction Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Financial records Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Galley proofs Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Interviews Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Inventories Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Lecture notes Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Memoranda Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Notes Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Outlines Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Photographs Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Photoprints Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Playbills Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Press releases Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Programs Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Proofs (printed matter) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Receipts Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Reminiscences Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Reviews Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Scores (documents for music) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Scripts Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Sheet music Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Syllabi Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Transcripts Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

Subject

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"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
Abbott, George, 1887-1995 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Authors Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Authors and theater Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Bemelmans, Ludwig, 1898-1962 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Best, Edna, 1900-1974 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Caldwell, Zoe Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
College teachers Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Critics Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Cronyn, Hume Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Cukor, George, 1899-1983 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Dell, Floyd, 1887-1969 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Drama -- Technique Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Dramaticsts Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Eaton, Walter Prichard, 1878-1957 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Ervine, St. John G (St. John Greer), 1883-1971 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Film critics Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Fonda, Henry, 1905-1982 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Gaige, Crosby, 1882-1949 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Gibbons, Floyd Phillips, 1887-1939 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Gibson, William, 1914-2008 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Gordon, Ruth, 1896-1985 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Green, Paul, 1894-1981 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Halsman, Philippe Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Hayes, Helen, 1900-1993 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Hitchcock, Alfred, 1899-1980 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Hoover, J. Edgar (John Edgar), 1895-1972 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Howard, Leslie, 1893-1943 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Jessel, George, 1898-1981 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Kantor, MacKinlay, 1904-1977 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Kazan, Elia Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Kelly, Gene, 1912-1996 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Kober, Arthur, 1900-1975 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Krutch, Joseph Wood, 1893-1970 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Lawrence, Gertrude Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Lindsay, Howard, 1889-1968 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Lockridge, Richard, 1898-1982 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Lubitsch, Ernst, 1892-1947 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Luce, Clare Boothe, 1903-1987 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
MacLeish, Archibald, 1892-1982 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Macgowan, Kenneth, 1888-1963 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
McClintic, Guthrie, 1893-1961 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Motion picture authorship Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Parker, Dorothy, 1893-1967 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Playwriting Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Rattigan, Terence Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Scenarios Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Screenwriters Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Sheean, Vincent, 1899-1975 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Sherwood, Robert E (Robert Emmet), 1896-1955 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Simon, Richard Leo, 1899-1960 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Skinner, Otis, 1858-1942 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Strong, Anna Louise, 1885-1970 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Tandy, Jessica Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Theatrical producers and directors Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Universities and colleges -- New York (State) -- New York Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Untermeyer, Louis, 1885-1977 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Van Doren, Carl, 1885-1950 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Van Doren, Mark, 1894-1972 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Werfel, Franz, 1890-1945 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Wilson, Sloan, 1920-2003 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Zanuck, Darryl Francis, 1902-1979 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical sketch

Samson Raphaelson, playwright, screenwriter, and teacher, wrote scenarios for many of the films directed by Ernst Lubitsch from 1931 until 1947. Raphaelson taught screenwriting at Columbia from 1976 until 1982, and also taught at the University of Illinois in 1920/21 and in 1948.