The Jesse Lasky collection primarily consists of manuscripts by Lasky, many of which were co-authored by Lasky’s wife, Pat Silver. Manuscripts for book-length works includeThe Offer, by Lasky and Silver; Whatever Happened to Hollywood? by Lasky (W. H. Allen, 1973); and Love Scene: The Story of Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh, by Lasky and Silver (Angus and Robertson, 1978). In addition to variant drafts, the collection includes various proofs, notes, and revisions of these works. Stage plays and screenplays by Lasky in the collection include Dare to Be Free; Derelicts; The Gehenna of the Bone; John Paul Jones; Nobel, The Explosive Heart; The Vicious Circle; and Pirates of Tortuga. Also present is Loneliest Millionaire. by Michael Evlanoff and Marjorie Fluor. Teleplays in the collection consist of scripts of several episodes of the program Philip Marlow, Private Eye, by various authors.
Other material in the collection includes computer disks containing drafts of poetry by Lasky; two black and white photographs of Lasky as a young boy; and publicity and schedules regarding promotion for Love Scene.