Carson, Robert (1909-1979)

The Robert Carson collection primarily consists of manuscripts, journals, correspondence, printed material, and other items.

Screenplays by Carson in the collection include A Star is Born (United Artists, 1937), the final shooting script from 1936, bound and inscribed to Carson from David O. Selznick with his signature; The Light That Failed (Paramount, 1939); Beau Geste (Paramount, 1939); Western Union (Twentieth Century-Fox, 1941); Perilous Holiday (Columbia, 1946); Once More, My Darling (1949); and Bundle of Joy (RKO, 1956), as well as several unproduced screenplays and many screen adaptations of Carson’s own stories and novels.

Novels by Carson include Magic Lantern (Holt, 1952); Love Affair (Holt, 1958); My Hero (McGray, 1961); An End to Comedy (Bobbs-Merrill, 1963); The Outsiders (Little, Brown, 1966); The December Syndrome (Little, Brown, 1969); The Golden Years Caper (Little, Brown, 1970); Jellybean (Little, Brown, 1974); and some unpublished works.

NOTE: All or part of this collection is stored off-site. Several days' advance notice is required for retrieval.

Other manuscripts include numerous short stories (published and unpublished), plays, teleplays, outlines, and magazine articles.

Carson’s journals are both longhand and typed, and date from 1947 to 1966.

Correspondence in the collection contains both personal and professional letters. Personal correspondence includes such notable correspondents Doris Day, Joan Didion, E. M. Forster, Janet Gaynor, William Holden, Adolphe Menjou, Gregor Piatigorsky, Mary Pickford, Robert Nathan, and Irving Wallace, as well as an extensive group of correspondence with Faith Baldwin. Professional correspondence dates from 1933 to 1977, and pertains to Carson’s exchanges with agents, agencies, publishers, and editors, including several letters with Brandt and Brandt.

Printed material includes the published versions of several of Carson’s stories, notably the complete serial “Aloha Means Goodbye” as published in the Saturday Evening Post in 1941. Other printed items include newspaper clippings about Carson and his work, including two scrapbooks of clippings.

Other items include a U.S. Army instructional film, Air Power and Armies, written and produced by Carson; photographs of Carson; marketing plans and promotional speeches regarding Carson’s novel The Outsiders ; several original illustrations for Carson’s short fiction, including an illustration by Ben Stahl for “Aloha Means Goodbye”; framed signed photographs of Carson with Joan Fontaine, Doris Day, and General H. H. “Hap” Arnold; a file on Carson’s military service; and Carson’s Academy Award “Oscar” statuette from 1937, for the original story and screenplay of A Star is Born .
Notable Figures
1. Carson, Robert, 1910-1979
Associated Subjects
1. Literary Collections Subject Guide
2. Theatre and Film Subject Guide