The Julian Barry Collection includes manuscripts, correspondence, printed material, a scrapbook, and other items.
Manuscripts by Barry in the collection consist of scripts for stage plays, screenplays, a novel, an opera, and a short story. Plays include the following titles, unproduced unless otherwise noted, Oh! Calcutta! (1966), Take That! (1968), and Lenny (premiered at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre, New York, 1971). Screenplays include an adaptation of Eugene Ionesco’s Rhinoceros (1972), The Matter of the Officers (1973), an adaptation of Lenny (1974), Josephine (1981), A Place to Come To (1981, 1989, 1992), Jean Seberg (musical written with Marvin Hamlisch and produced on London’s West End, 1983); Baby Insane (1983); The River (produced 1984); The Guy Who Could Fix Bikes (1984); Blue Milk (1984); Home Before Morning (1984), Flying Tigers (1986); An Interrupted Life (1986); Rip: A Musical (1986); Time Step: A Musical (1986); Slightly Out of Focus (1987-1988); Street Legal: The Carrol Shelby Story (1987-1988); The Ice Storm (1989-1990, 1994); a musical adaptation of Ionesco’s Rhinoceros, titled Born Again (premiered in Britain in 1990); I’ve Got a Name (The Jim Croce Story) (1990); Pitchipol (1990); A Marriage: Georgia O’Keefe and Alfred Stieglitz (teleplay, produced 1991); The Institute of Brains (1991); Appassionata (1991-1992); Fidel in Hollywood (1991-1993); Bye Bye Bel Air (1992); The Calling (1992); Dead Beauty (1992); Me, Myself and I(screenplay, filmed 1992); A Promised Land (1992-1993); Mister Potato Head (1993); Strange Bedfellows (1993); Death of a Vice President in Charge of Sales; Perfection; The Piping Plover; and The Reunification Hotel. Also included is Barry’s novel, My Night with Orson; “The Duck Who Wanted to be a Star,” a short story by Barry; the opera Zyklon; and the handbook “Writer’s Block.”
Correspondence in the collection consists primarily of letters regarding productions of Barry’s work (1984-1998). Notable correspondence includes letters from Robert Penn Warren regarding a screenplay for an (unproduced) film version of A Place to Come To, as well as letters from Sally Fields.
Printed material in the collection consists of programs, reviews, promotional material, flyers, production photos, and clippings regarding Barry’s work.
The collection includes a scrapbook entitled “Lenny” (1971-1974).
Other material in the collection includes photographs regarding various subjects, and two audio cassette recordings of Jean Seberg.