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Clifford Odets papers, 1937-1964, bulk 1945-1963

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Series I: Plays and Screenplays

Series I consists of original and copied plays and screenplays written or adapted by Clifford Odets. The works range in date from Waiting for Lefty from 1938 to the scripts he did for The Richard Boone Show in 1963. Present in this series are first, second, and third drafts as well as final versions of plays and screenplays.


The Big Knife



Box 1 1948, undated, (2 folders)


Box 1 Third Draft, (copy) circa, 1948-1949, (3 folders)


Box 1 Partial (copy), undated


Box 1 Screenplay by James Poe (from the play by Clifford Odets), undated, (2 folders)


Box 1 The Children's Story (working title), 1945 May, 1945


Country Girl


Box 1 Second Draft, (copy), 1949, (2 folders)


Box 1 Third Draft (copy), 1949 October 25, 1949


Box 1 Third Draft (copy), undated, (2 folders)


Box 1 Fourth Draft (copy), 1950 August, 1950


Box 1 Fourth Draft (copy), undated, (2 folders)


Box 1 Final, As Being Played (copy), 1949, (2 folders)


Box 1 Uncut Version, 1949 October 17, 1949, (2 folders)



Box 2 Uncut Version (copy), 1949 October 17, 1949, (2 folders)


Box 2 Early Notes and Scenes (copy), 1949, (3 folders)


Box 2 Notes (copy), undated


Box 2 Production Notes (copy), 1950, (2 folders)


Box 2 Deadline at Dawn--Final Script, 1945 April 16, 1945, (2 folders)


The Greatest Gift


Box 2 1945 January 25, 1945, (2 folders)


Box 2 undated, (2 folders)


Box 2 Incomplete, 1945 February26, 1945


Joseph and His Brethren


Box 2 First Estimating Draft, 1954 May 10, 1954, (2 folders)


Box 2 Second Estimating Draft, 1954 December 30, 1954, (2 folders)


Box 2 The Murder Story (working title)--First Draft,, undated, (2 folders)


Box 2 Night Music , 1940, (3 folders)



Box 3 Night Music , 1940


Box 3 None but the Lonely Heart (adapted from Richard Llewellyn's novel)--Second Draft Continuity (revised), 1943 December 18, 1943, (2 folders)


North Star (The Richard Boone Show)


Box 3 1963 April 10, 1963


Box 3 First Revision, 1963 April 26, 1963


Box 3 The Olympian--Drafts, Notes, Typescript (copy),, 1963


Box 3 A Piece of the Action--Notes and Reviews (copy),, 1962


Box 3 Russian People by Constantine Simonov (acting version by Odets),, 1942


Box 3 The Show Must Go On-- Radio Original (copy),, 1939


The Story on Page One (temporary title)


Box 3 1958 October 1, 1958, (10 folders)


Box 3 1958 April 27, 1958, (2 folders)



Box 4 First Draft Revised, undated, (3 folders)


Box 4 Final Draft, circa, 1959, (2 folders)


Box 4 Waiting for Lefty , 1938


Walk on the Wild Side (from the novel by Nelson Algren)


Box 4 Final Draft, 1961 March 14, 1961, (3 folders)


Box 4 undated


The Way West


Box 4 First Draft, 1956 April, undated, 1956, undated, (3 folders)


Box 4 Notes on Treatment by Walter Newman, 1955 November 9, 1955


Box 4 Research Notebook, 1956-1957, (2 folders)


Box 4 Research Notebook (compiled by Lelia Alexander), undated, (2 folders)


Box 4 Section I, undated, (2 folders)


Box 4 Section II, undated, (2 folders)


Box 4 Step Outline by Walter Newman, 1955 December 12, 1955



Box 5 Typescript, 1957 September-October (11 folders), 1957


Box 5 Welcome to the City!, 1944 September 6, 1944, (3 folders)


Box 5 The Whispering Cup, 1947 January 10, 1947, (2 folders)


A Winter Journey


Box 5 Early Draft (copy), 1948, (2 folders)


Box 5 First Draft (copy), undated, (2 folders)


Box 5 Third Draft (copy), 1948

Series II: Personal Papers

Series II contains a small section of Clifford Odets' personal papers. These materials are primarily from 1960-1963. Included here are an assortment of clippings, ephemera, playbills, programs, and serials. There are a few pieces of scattered correspondence, including an anniversary announcement from Lee and Paula Strasberg, as well as letters from Milton Lipper to the Strasberg's following Odets' death in 1963. A program for Golden Boy, signed by Sammy Davis is present is this series. Additionally there is a letter from Courtois-Doybel to Jean Renoir sent along with a program for the French production of Le Grande Couteau (The Big Knife) from 1961. There are appointment books from Virginia Rowe, Odets' secretary, from 1958 and 1962.



Box 5 The Actor--Typescript and Notes (copy),, 1961


Box 5 Adams, Sue--Poems and Correspondence, 1958-1959


Box 5 The Adventures of the Black Girl in Her Search for God Samuel A. Boyea's Adaptation of George Bernard Shaw,, undated


Box 5 The Big Knife--Playbill and Reviews (in German),, 1960


Box 5 Camille/15 Doves in Flight--Typescript, Notes, Articles, 1961


Box 5 Clippings, 1958-1962, (4 folders)



Box 6 Correspondence, 1957-1964


Box 6 Ephemera, 1958-1962, (3 folders)


Box 6 Films in Review , 1955


Box 6 Golden Boy--Programs (inscribed by Sammy Davis),, 1964


Box 6 Le Grand Couteau (The Big Knife )--Program for French Production, Correspondence from Courtois-Doybel to Jean Renoir,, 1961


Box 6 Kopland, Kenny and Cliff--Photographs, undated


Box 6 Lakes Region Playhouse--The Country Girl --Playbill, undated


Box 6 Lerner, Max--Columns, 1962


Box 6 A Lie a Century Long by Samuel A. Boyea (annotated),, undated


Box 6 Modern Screen, 1937 1938, 1937, 1938


Box 6 Noah, His Wife, and the Devil by Francis Lee Utley (inscribed to Clifford Odets), circa, 1962


Box 6 Notes, 1961 undated


Box 6 Portrait of a Playwright--Booklet by NBC Television Network, 1963 March, 1963


Box 6 Private Treaty--Typescript and Notes (copy),, 1961


Box 6 Reminders, 1961


Box 6 The Richard Boone Show--Booklet, 1962


Box 6 Rowe, Virginia (Odets' secretary)--Appointment Book, 1958, 1962, 1958, 1962, (2 folders)


Box 6 Serials and Journals (various), 1962


Box 6 Sister Carrie--Notes by Virginia Rowe,, 1944


Box 6 Sum and Substance , 1963


Box 6 Theatre Arts, 1963 May, 1963


Box 6 Waiting for Lefty-- Comparison Copy (copy),, 1939