Bosworth, Patricia (1933-2020)

The Patricia Bosworth Collection includes manuscripts, correspondence, research material, printed material, journals and notebooks, scrapbooks, professional material, audio recordings, and other material.

Manuscripts by Bosworth in the collection include her books Montgomery Clift: A Biography (Harcourt, 1978); Diane Arbus: A Biography (Knopf, 1984); Anything Your Little Heart Desires: An American Family Story (Simon and Schuster, 1997); Marlon Brando: A Biography (Viking, 2001); Jane Fonda: The Private Life of a Public Woman (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011); and the unpublished works Star Quality (1965) and Marilyn's Pearl Jump, also titled The Movie Star. All the manuscripts exist in several variant drafts, and include Bosworth's extensive research material and notes. Other manuscripts by Bosworth include her foreward to Phil Stern: A Life's Work (powerHouse books, 2003); the play Making Contact ; a screenplay version of Bosworth's biography Montgomery Clift, written with her husband Mel Arrighi; a screenplay titled Daughter Sister Bad Girl ; several drafts of a work titled both Pink and My Life in Porn; short stories; various articles; speeches; interviews; and other writings.

Manuscripts by others in the collection include several works by Mel Arrighi, namely Haddy and the Wolf, Justin, A Passage of Strangers, City Living, The Thirteenth Juror, and The Debonair Woman ; Arbus, a screenplay by Mark Romanck; Blue Denim, a play by James Leo Herlihy and William Noble; Small War on Murray Hill, a play by Robert Sherwood; Mary, Mary, a play by Jean Kerr; The Sin of Paul Muldoon, a play by John McLiam; The Nun's Story, a screenplay by Robert Anderson (based on Kathryn Hulme's play); and Vanya on 42nd Street, a screenplay by Louis Malle, with a critique by Bosworth and some correspondence. Also present in the collection are manuscripts by Bosworth's mother Gertrude Bosworth Crum, including First Lover, Last Love; Help, Help; The Women of Sutton Place ; and The Blue House (1946).

Correspondence in the collection includes personal and professional letters to and from Bosworth (some are present in the research material), dating from 1996 to 2011.  Notable correspondents include Woody Allen, Garson Kanin, Nicole Kidman, and Tony Randall.

Correspondence regarding Bosworth's father, Bartley Crum, includes letters to and from Bosworth and Crum (1940s-1980s) as well as letters between Crum and the FBI concerning Crum's House Un-American Activities Committee testimony (1943-1950) and letters and articles collected by Larry Klingman for Crum, including letters from Harry S. Truman and J. Edgar Hoover. 

Research material in the collection consists of documents, letters, printed items, and other material gathered by Bosworth while working on her biographies and articles. Accordingly, the material primarily concerns Montgomery Clift, Diane Arbus, Bartley C. Crum (subject of Anything Your Little Heart Desires ), Marlon Brando, and Jane Fonda. Material regarding Diane Arbus includes several photographs (black and white prints) of Diane Arbus and her friends and family, and a recorded interview of Arbus by Studs Terkel. Material regarding Bartley C. Crum includes the FBI's files in Bartley Crum, photographs of him at work at the New York Star, and material regarding the HUAC.  Material regarding Jane Fonda is extensive, and includes printed material, photographs, audio and video recordings, notebooks, and correspondence. Other notable research subjects include Warren Beatty, Irene Diamond, Al Pacino, Diana Trilling, Lana Turner, Fred Branfman, Paul Newman, Robert Caro, and Joan Walters.  Also present are materials regarding opposition to the Iraq War (2003-present), including interviews, correspondence, audio recordings, manuscript drafts, and printed material, for an article on the anti-war movement.

Printed material in the collection primarily consists of published versions of Bosworth's writings, including articles, reviews, and short stories, in Lear's, The Nation, The New York Times, The New York Times Book Review, The New York Times Magazine, Vanity Fair, and other periodicals. Numerous other programs, booklets, posters, newspapers, magazines, and clippings are also present in the collection; several were used as research material by Bosworth.

Bosworth's journals and notebooks date from ca. 1946 onward; they include Bosworth's life and travels in Europe, her notebook from college, personal diaries, and notes regarding her writing. Several notebooks specifically pertain to Diane Arbus; other pertain to Jane Fonda.

Scrapbooks in the collection pertain to Bosworth's family, specifically her parents' wedding, Gertrude Bosworth (late 1930s), and her own wedding to Mel Arrighi (1966).

Professional material includes material about book tours, appearances, schedules, and other subjects.

Audio recordings in the collection include those mentioned above in the research material, as well as others, mostly on audio cassette.

Other material in the collection includes numerous items regarding Mel Arrighi, various personal photographs, financial records, and material regarding the Actor's Studio.

Notable Figures
1. Arbus, Diane, 1923-1971
2. Bosworth, Patricia
3. Clift, Montgomery
4. Brando, Marlon
5. Crum, Bartley Cavanaugh, 1900-1959
Associated Subjects
1. Women's Studies Collections -- History and Culture Subject Guide
2. Literary Collections Subject Guide
3. History and Biography Subject Guide
4. Editing and Publishing Subject Guide
5. The Hollywood Ten and the Blacklist Era Subject Guide
6. Helen Deutsch Research Section
7. Women biographers – United States
8. Women journalists – United States
9. Journalism – United States
10. Audiotapes
11. Photographs
12. Biography