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Series II: Arranged Correspondence
Series IV: Manuscripts
At a Glance
This collection is arranged in ten series.
Correspondence, manuscripts, notes, drafts, photographs, tapes, clippings, printed material, and memorabilia covering the career of William Goldman.
Using the Collection
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Restrictions on Access
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.
The following boxes are located off-site: 1-212; 214-229. 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.
Terms Governing Use and Reproduction
Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. Permission to publish material from the collection must be requested from the Curator of Manuscripts, Rare Book and Manuscript Library (RBML). The RBML approves permission to publish that which it physically owns; the responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.
Identification of specific item; Date (if known); William Goldman papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.
Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Source of acquisition--Gift of William Goldman.
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Papers processed by Gwynedd Cannan, N. Richardson, and Michael Stone.
2010-01-21 Legacy finding aid created from Pro Cite.
2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.
History / Biographical Note
Biographical / Historical
William Goldman is best-know as a novelist, playwright and screenwriter. He was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1931. He received a BA in 1952 from Oberlin College and an MA from Columbia University in 1956. His first novel "Temple of Gold" was published in 1957. He went on to write several other novels including "Boys and Girls Together" (1964)"The Thing of It Is.." (1964); "The Princess Bride" (1974); "Marathon Man" (1975); and "The Color of Light" (1984).
Goldman began writing screenplays in 1965. He has been nominated for several screenwriting awards and has won Oscars for both "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" in 1970 and "All The President's Men" in 1977. Other screenplays written by Goldman include "Harper" (1966); "Marathon Man" (1976); "The Princess Bride" (1987); "Misery" (1990); and "Absolute Power" (1997). In 1985 Goldman was the recipient of the Laurel Award for lifetime achievement in screenwriting.
Goldman's nonfiction works include a book about the Broadway theater"The Season" (1969) one about his beloved sports; "Wait Until Next Year" (1988), with Mike Lupica; "Hype and Glory" (1990) about the Cannes Film Festival and the Miss America Pageant; and the highly acclaimed "Adventures of the Screen Trade" (1983), his definitive and personal view of Hollywood and the profession. Goldman was a regular columnist for "New York Magazine" between 1990 and 1994 and has written for "Premiere".