Maltz, Albert (1908-1985)
Scope:
The Albert Maltz collection consists of manuscripts, correspondence, photographs, and audio recordings.. The collection also contains material pertaining to Maltz’s first wife, Margaret Larkin, and her family.

Manuscripts by Maltz in the collection include screenplays, plays, novels, short stories, and other writings.

Screenplays include This Gun for Hire (Paramount, 1941); Pride of the Marines (Warner Bros., 1945); The House I Live In (Paramount, 1945); Broken Arrow (Twentieth Century-Fox, 1950) The Robe (Twentieth Century-Fox, 1953); The Bridge in the Jungle (United Artists, 1971); Hangup (Warner Bros., 1974); and The Seven File (unproduced).

Plays include Merry Go Round, written with George Sklar (first produced Off-Broadway at the Provincetown Playhouse, April 22, 1932); Private Hicks (possibly unproduced, 1935); The Morrison Case (possibly unproduced, 1952); and Monsieur Victor (possibly unproduced, 1969).

Novels include The Underground Stream (Little, Brown, 1949); A Tale of One January (Calder and Boyars, 1966); and The Eyewitness Report (unpublished).

Short stories include the collection Off-Broadway (Aufbau Verlag, Berlin, 1960); “The Happiest Man on Earth,” “The Way Things Are,” “Husband and Wife,” and notes and discarded pages for several stories.

Other writings include many ghost-written articles for various magazines, and a number of lectures and public addresses given by Maltz. Notable among the latter is Maltz’s statement given before the House Committee on Un-American Activities on October 28, 1947. This handwritten document was later combined with other articles and published in booklet form as The Citizen Writer. Also present is a release written by Maltz for the Executive Board of the League of American Writers, regarding Spanish refugees imprisoned in French concentration camps. Also present in the collection are several items written about Maltz by others.
Correspondence in the collection primarily consists of copies of letters to Maltz from various individuals, dating from 1944 to 1988. Notable correspondents include Michael Blankfort, Frank Capra, Ring Lardner, Frank Sinatra, and George Willner. Also included is an open letter regarding the Hollywood Ten, written anonymously by Maltz and Alvah Bessie.

Photographs in the collection consist of eight prints of Maltz, both alone and with his family.

Audio recordings in the collection consist of four cassette tapes of Maltz giving lectures and interviews, and participating in an oral history project at UCLA. The tapes date from 1972 to 1984. Also present is a recording of speeches given at Maltz’s memorial service, May 1985.

The Margaret Larkin material includes manuscripts, correspondence, and other items.

Manuscripts by Larkin include The Dusty House (an early unpublished work); drafts and research material for Seven Shares in a Gold Mine (Simon and Schuster, 1959); Singing Cowboy (Oak Publications, ca. 1963), a book of cowboy songs edited by Larkin; short stories; and notebooks of poetry. Also present are poems and other writings by other members of the Larkin family.

Larkin’s correspondence consists of several letters dating from 1952 to 1967. These include letters from Alvah Bessie and Gale Sondergaard. Also included are personal letters between various Larkin family members, dating from the 1800s.
Other items include baby books; diaries kept by other members of the Larkin family; an obituary for Larkin; and material regarding her memorial fund.

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Notable Figures
1. Maltz, Albert, 1908-1985
Associated Subjects
1. Literary Collections Subject Guide
2. Theatre and Film Subject Guide
3. The Hollywood Ten and the Blacklist Era Subject Guide