The Robert Lantz collection includes manuscripts, correspondence, personal memorabilia, printed materials, professional materials, legal materials, financial materials, film and video, audio materials, photographs, diaries, and oversized items.
The collection includes manuscripts by an assortment of authors and playwrights. The collected stage plays, screen plays, book manuscripts, and various fragments and treatments total over 250 works and include contributions from Samuel Gallu, Carson McCullers, Woody Allen, Milos Forman, Paddy Chayefsky, David Mamet, and Jean-Claude Carriere, among others.
Collected correspondence consists principally of professional exchanges, including many office-related matters and communications with clients. Also present are letters of condolence regarding Lantz’s death, sent by Jules Feiffer, Arnold Newman, Live Ullman, and more.
The collection includes Lantz’s early letters, poems, and notes, among assorted juvenilia. Also present are membership and library cards, driver’s licenses, and student identification cards (1931-48).
Printed materials in the collection are constituted by articles, reviews, notes, printouts, and clippings from publications such as Playbill, Variety, and New York Times—many of which remark upon Lantz’s death and his prolific career. A printout pertaining to the work of his father, screenwriter Adolf Lantz, may be of special interest.
Collected professional materials are organized in subject files and consist of memorandums, correspondence, audio materials, legal materials, photographs, and printed materials for over 600 clients. Notables include Bea Arthur, Eileen Atkins, James Baldwin, Marilyn and Alan Bergman, Leonard Bernstein, Michael Blakemore, Richard Burton, Jean-Claude Carriere, Adam Davidson, Bette Davis, Frank Dunlop, Peter Feibleman, Jules Feifer, Milos Forman, Dashiell Hammett, Natassja Kinski, Hans Koning, Myrna Loy, Michael Ockrent, Peter Shaffer, Tom Stoppard, Elizabeth Taylor, Liv Ullman, and Tennessee Williams, among others. Comprehensive administration files for The Lantz Office are also present (1973-2003), as are appointment calendars.
The collection’s legal materials pertain principally to The Lantz Office, including documentation for licenses, franchises, equity, legal engagements, unions, and more. Legal materials that chronicle the Lantz family history—including immigration documents and birth and death certificates—are present, as well (1968-1943).
Financial materials in the collection are constituted by booking slips (1981-89), client cards (1960s-80s), and income tax returns regarding the estate of Werner Guttman.
Film and video items, recorded on VHS cassette tapes, include titles such as “At Mother’s Request: Part II”; “Comedians” (Trevor Griffiths); “Malice in Wonderland” (Elizabeth Taylor); and “Scared Straight, 10 Years Later.”
Audio materials are collected chiefly on CDs and include “Alfred Drake on the BBD: Showtime with David Nixon”; “Fast Machine”; “Imaginary Friends: A Play by Nora Ephron, Music and Lyrics”; and “Mozart Piano Concerto No. 23, New York Philharmonic, Byron Janis/Leonard Bernstein,” among others.
The collection includes both black and white and color photographs. Photographs capture Marlene Dietrich, John F. Kennedy, Peter Shaffer, Milos Forman, Alan Bergman, Sherlee Lantz, and others. A photograph of Lantz and Forman that Forman inscribed may be of special interest. Slides of Claude Rains, Charlie Chaplin, Frank Sinatra, Desi Arnez, and Montgomery Clift are also collected.
The collection includes a comprehensive set of Lantz’s personal daily diaries, containing entries from 1981 to 1989 and 1991 to 2001.
Oversized materials in the collection include a laminated IBM Advertisement featuring Charlie Chaplin; a numbered print of James Cagney; photos of Katherine Hepburn (shot by Jack Hamilton) and Mia Farrow and Ava Gardner (shot by Roddy McDowall); and color poster advertisement for various film and theatre productions.