The Nora Johnson collection consists of manuscripts, printed material, professional material, audio materials, and correspondence.
Manuscripts by Johnson in the collection include novels, short stories, and screenplays. Novels include The World of Henry Orient (1958); A Step Beyond Innocence (1961); Loveletter in the Dead-Letter Office (1966); Flashback: Nora Johnson on Nunnally Johnson (1979); You Can Go Home Again: An Intimate Journey (1982); The Two of Us (1984); Tender Offer (1985); Uncharted Places (1988); Perfect Together (1991); and some unpublished material, including the book-length works Hollywood Ghosts, The Unloved City, and an untitled work. Also included by Johnson are several short stories, both fiction and non-fiction as well as a screenplay of The World of Henry Orient.
Printed material in the collection includes newspaper clippings and book excerpts regarding Nunnally Johnson (1986), a program for a tribute to Nunnally Johnson by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (1986), and clippings regarding The World of Henry Orient and Henry Sweet Henry (includes a program for a performance of the latter). Also present are proofs of some of the books listed above; magazines dating 1956 to 1993; and booklets.
Professional material includes subject files which consist of material grouped around a particular topic and arranged by Johnson. Subjects include reviews and clippings regarding Loveletter in the Dead-Letter Office and Flashback; correspondence regarding an interview; items relating to Nunnally Johnson's funeral; transcripts of audio interviews conducted as part of the "Oral History of the Motion Picture" project; and files on Johnson’s novels, Tender Offer, The Two of Us, Uncharted Places, and You Can Go Home Again.
Audio recordings in the collection consist of cassette recordings, including interviews for the "Oral History of the Motion Picture" project, the transcripts of which are mentioned above.
Correspondence in the collection primarily consists of personal letters between Nora and Nunnally Johnson from the 1960s. Included are the contract for Henry Sweet Henry, manuscripts, financial material, and scene designs. Also present are some other professional letters including letters to the New Yorker and Helen Brann Magazine.