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Rose Franken papers, 1925-1982

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At a Glance

Call No.: MS#0449
Bib ID 4078782 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Franken, Rose, 1895-1988
Title Rose Franken papers, 1925-1982
Physical Description 27 linear feet (64 boxes 6 flat boxes)
Language(s) English .
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Arrangement

Arrangement

This collection is arranged into 10 series.

Description

Summary

Correspondence and manuscripts including drafts, typescripts, and proofs of Franken's short stories, novels, plays, and radio, film, and television scripts beginning with her first novel, PATTERN, published in 1925, through her latest volume, YOU'RE WELL OUT OF A HOSPITAL, published in 1966. Many of the manuscripts relate to her most famous characters, Claudia and David, who have become part of the contemporary cultural fabric. The collection also contains 18 volumes of clippings, approximately 200 recordings, and 501 mimeographed scripts relating to the "Claudia" series. Among the major correspondents are Faith Baldwin, Paul U. Kellogg, and Eleanor Roosevelt. Also includes an audio tape interview of Rose Franken (with typescript transcripts) conducted by her grandnephew, David Korr, in October 1977.

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You will need to make an appointment in advance to use this collection material in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room. You can schedule an appointment once you've submitted your request through your Special Collections Research Account.

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

This collection has no restrictions.

Box Cataloged Correspondence 1 is onsite.

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); Rose Franken papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

Accruals

Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. Contact rbml@columbia.edu for more information.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source of acquisition--Franken, Rose. Method of acquisition--Gift; Date of acquisition--1966. Accession number--M-66.

Gift of Rose Franken, 1966, 1980, and 1982

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

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Processing Information

Cataloged Christina Hilton Fenn 06/--/89. Processed by the staff of the Rare Book & Manuscript Library; Revised by Mary Boone Bowling 22 April 1982; Revised by Bernard Crystal November 1988

Revision Description

2010-01-28 Legacy finding aid created from Pro Cite.

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

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Baldwin, Faith, 1893-1978 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Kellogg, Paul Underwood, 1879-1958 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
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Roosevelt, Eleanor, 1884-1962 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
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Women authors, American Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Women dramatists, American Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

Rose Franken (1895-1988) was an American novelist and playwright. She was contemporary of Edna Ferber and Fannie Hurst. Her first novel, Patten, was published in 1925. Franken's first play Another Language was produced in 1932 and later became a motion picture starring Helen Hayes.

Franken's fame grew with the "Claudia" stories, which appeared in magazines such as Redbook and Good Housekeeping. Women were fans of Franken's stories of domestic relations. In all, eight novels; a radio series; a television series; a play; and two popular movies staring Dorothy McGuire and Robert Young—Caludia (1943) and Claudia and David (1946)—grew out of the "Claudia" stories.

Franken married William Brown Meloney, also a writer, after the death of her first husband. She wrote screenplays for 20th Century Fox and Samuel Goldwyn. She lived to the age of 92.

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Series I: Cataloged Correspondence



Box Cataloged Correspondence 1 Crawford, Joan


Box Cataloged Correspondence 1 Fadiman, Clifton


Box Cataloged Correspondence 1 Fontanne, Lynn


Box Cataloged Correspondence 1 Hughes, Robert


Box Cataloged Correspondence 1 Kellogg, Paul


Box Cataloged Correspondence 1 Perkins, Maxwell E.


Box Cataloged Correspondence 1 Rodgers, Richard


Box Cataloged Correspondence 1 Roosevelt, Eleanor


Box Cataloged Correspondence 1 Webster, Margaret

Series II Arranged Correspondence


Box Cataloged Correspondence 1 White House correspondence


Box Cataloged Correspondence 1 Personal correspondence


Box Cataloged Correspondence 1 Correspondence relating to "Claudia" and other plays


Box Cataloged Correspondence 1 Fan mail

Series III: Manuscripts



Box 1 "Another Claudia", Farrar & Rinehart, 1943, Original typescript, much amended; Carbon typescript, used as printer's copy, much amended


Box 1 "Another Language", Samuel French, 1932; 1941; [n.d.], 3 Published editions



Box 2 "The Antic Years", Doubleday, 1958, Original carbon typescript, much amended



Box 3 "The Book of Claudia", Farrar & Rinehart, [n.d.], Published edition


Box 3 "Claudia", 1 Typescript for Doubleday ed., amended, 2 Published editions (Farrar & Rinehart, 1941), 2 Copies (Doubleday, 1954)



Box 4 "Claudia", 1 Typescript for Doubleday ed., amended, 2 Published editions (Farrar & Rinehart, 1941), 2 Copies (Doubleday, 1954)



Box 5 "Claudia", 1 Typescript for Doubleday ed., amended, 2 Published editions (Farrar & Rinehart, 1941), 2 Copies (Doubleday, 1954)



Box 6 "Claudia, a comedy drama", 1 Original carbon typescript, amended, 2 Published editions (Farrar & Rinehart, 1941), 1 Copy (Samuel French, 1942)


Box 6 "Claudia, aand David", Farrar & Rinehart, 1940, 1 Published edition


Box 6 "Claudia, aand David", [n.p.], 13 February 1946, 1 Typescript for film version


Box 6 "Claudia, aand David", [n.p.], 20 February 1946, 1 Mineographed shooting script for film version


Box 6 Claudia Television Scripts: "Important Decisions", [n.p.], 27 October 1958, 1 Mineographed


Box 6 Claudia Television Scripts: "The Special Talent", [n.p.], 22 January 1962, 1 Mineographed



Box 7 Claudia Omnibus: a) The Book of Claudia; b) Another Claudia; c) Young Claudia; d) The Marriage of Claudia; e) The Antic Years; f) From Claudia to David, Doubleday, 1958, Amended copies of the books



Box 8 "The Fragile Years", Doubleday, 1952, 1 Original typescript, much amended, 1 Galley proof, date 15 July 1952



Box 9 "From Claudia to David", 1 Original typescript, much amended, 1 Typed copy for printer, amended


Box 9 "Gold Pennies", Constable, 1933, 2 copies



Box 10 "The Hallams", Samuel French, 1948, 1 Mimeographed acting version, 1 Mimeographed acting version, much amended, 1 Mimeographed version



Box 11 "Intimate Story", Doubleday, 1955, 1 Original typescript, much amended, with title "Happy Dream", 1 Typed carbon, printer's copy, 1 Galley proofs



Box 12 "Intimate Story", Doubleday, 1955, 1 Original typescript, much amended, with title "Happy Dream", 1 Typed carbon, printer's copy, 1 Galley proofs


Box 12 "The Marriage of Claudia", Rinehart, 1948, 1 Carbon typescript, amended



Box 13 "Of Great Riches", Longmans, Green, 1937, 1 Published edition


Box 13 "Outrageous Fortune", Samuel French, 1944, 1 Typescript draft, with tile "Crystal", 1 Acting typescript, amended


Box 13 "Pattern", 1 Original typescript, amended



Box 14 "Rendezvous", Doubleday, 1954, 1 Original typescript, much amended, 1 Typed carbon for printer, amended, 1 Original galley proofs, corrected


Box 14 "Second Thoughts on the First Lady", Privately printed, 1943, 1 Original carbon typescript, amended



Box 15 "Soldier's Wife", Samuel French, 1945, 2 copies


Box 15 "Soldier's Wife", Samuel French, green paper, 1945, 1 Early draft, carbon, much amended, 2 Typescript, acting version


Box 15 "Twice Born", Scribner's, 1935, 1 Published edition



Box 42 "Twice Born", Scribner's, 1935

[Much amended in the text for the 1969 edition]



Box 16 "When All is Said and Done" [autobiography], 1 Original typescript, much amended, 1 Carbon typescript, much amended, 1 Gallye proof, corrected



Box 17 "When All is Said and Done" [autobiography], 1 Original typescript, much amended, 1 Carbon typescript, much amended, 1 Gallye proof, corrected



Box 18 "When All is Said and Done" [autobiography], 1 Original typescript, much amended, 1 Carbon typescript, much amended, 1 Gallye proof, corrected



Box 19 "When Doctors Disagree", 1 Typescript (original and carbon mixed), much amended


Box 19 "The Wing; a comedy drama in two acts", 3 Typescripts, much amended, 2 Mimegraphed copies, much amended



Box 42 "The Wing; a comedy drama in two acts", 3 Typescripts, much amended, 2 Mimegraphed copies, much amended



Box 20 "You're Well Out of a Hospital", Doubleday, 1966, 1 Original typescript, amended, 1 Galley proof, 1 Published edition



Box 19 "Young Claudia", Rinehart, 1946, 1 Original typescript, amended



Box 21-39 "Claudia", 501 Radio Scripts



Box 30 Miscellaneous Manuscripts, 16 Typescripts of stories, sketches, and plays



Box 27 Film Scripts, 37 Mimeographed scripts, several in typescript

[Written by Rose Franken in conjunctiopn with William brown Meloney]



Box 28 Film Scripts, 37 Mimeographed scripts, several in typescript

[Written by Rose Franken in conjunctiopn with William brown Meloney]



Box 29 Film Scripts, 37 Mimeographed scripts, several in typescript

[Written by Rose Franken in conjunctiopn with William brown Meloney]

Series IV: Interviews



Box 41 Kerr, David Interview of Rose Franken by her grandnephew, 3 Audio tapes, 1 Typescript transcript

[Gift of David Kerr, 1988]

Series V: Clippings



Box 40 Clippings



Box 41 Clippings

Series VI: Photographs


Box 41 Photographs

Series VII: Periodicals



Box 43 "Return of Claudia", Good Housekeeping, July 1950


Box 43 "The Strongest Cord of All; a Claudia Story", Redbook, June 1952, 2 Copies


Box 43 "Little Cakes", Harper's Bazaar, January 1938


Box 43 "Little Cakes", Sunday News, 1927


Box 43 "About Rose Franken", 6 Magazines, 1 Book

Series VIII: Books



Box 44 Books by Rose Franken, 69 Volumes, 39 Duplicate volumes



Box 45 Books by Rose Franken, 69 Volumes, 39 Duplicate volumes



Box 46 Books by Rose Franken, 69 Volumes, 39 Duplicate volumes



Box 47 Books by Rose Franken, 69 Volumes, 39 Duplicate volumes



Box 48 Books by Rose Franken, 69 Volumes, 39 Duplicate volumes



Box 49 Books by Rose Franken, 69 Volumes, 39 Duplicate volumes

Series IX: Records and Films

In Cage #6



Box Franken Records Box 1 Claudia Record Album



Box Franken Records Box 2 397-380 . . .



Box Franken Records Box 3 Claudia Program #99, #100 . . .



Box Franken Records Box 4 197 & 198



Box Franken Records Box 5 353 & 354



Box Franken Records Box 6 189 & 190



Box Franken Records Box 7 231 & 232



Box Franken Records Box 8 345 & 346



Box Franken Records Box 9 301 & 302



Box Franken Records Box 10 Cinemart



Box Franken Records Box 11 Bess Johnson Audition



Box Franken Records Box 12 Phondisc "The Wing"



Box Franken Records Box 13 Phondisc "Young Claudia"



Box Franken Records Box 14 "Claudia" Motion Picture



Box Franken Records Box 15 "Claudia" Motion Picture

Series X: Flatbox Series



Box 50 "What America Thinks of Claudia", 1 Scrapbook



Box 51 "The Soldier's Wife", 1 Scrapbook of clippings



Box 52 "Claudia", 1 Scrapbook of clippings



Box 53 Newspaper clippings and reviews, Scrapbook of clippings



Box 54 Newspaper clippings and reviews, Scrapbook of clippings



Box 55 Newspaper clippings and reviews, Scrapbook of clippings



Box 56 Newspaper clippings and reviews, Scrapbook of clippings



Box 57 Newspaper clippings and reviews, Scrapbook of clippings



Box 58 Newspaper clippings and reviews, Scrapbook of clippings



Box 59 Newspaper clippings, 1 Scrapbook of clippings



Box 60 "Daytime Radio and Increased Sales Volume", 1 Bound volume



Box 61 Newspapers clippings, Scrapbook



Box 62 Newspapers clippings, Scrapbook



Box 63 Newspapers clippings, Scrapbook



Box 64 Newspapers clippings, Scrapbook



Box 65 Newspapers clippings, Scrapbook



Box 66 Newspapers clippings, Scrapbook



Box 67 Newspapers clippings, Scrapbook



Box 68 Newspapers clippings, Scrapbook



Box Flatbox 70 Promotional posters



Box Flatbox 71 Promotional posters; stage photos



Box Flatbox 72 Stage photos