Selznick, Irene Mayer (1907-1990)

The Irene Mayer Selznick collection consists of manuscripts, printed material, professional material, correspondence, financial material, and other items.

Manuscripts in the collection consists of scripts for plays. Almost every production includes mutiple script drafts with many revisions. Titles include Calculated Risk ; The Chalk Garden ; Bell, Book, and Candle ; The Complaisant Lover ; Flight Into Egypt ; Heartsong ; A Streetcar Named Desire ; The Minotaur ; Mary and the Fairy ; The Last Joke ; and The Bastard Country . Also present in the collection is sheet music for the score to A Streetcar Named Desire .

Printed material in the collection includes twenty-five bound volumes of Theatre Critics’ Reviews (1940-1965); programs for stage shows; and scrapbooks containing clipped newspaper reviews of shows produced by Selznick.

Professional material includes of over four thousand play reports (1946-1963). Also present are Selznick's subject files, arranged by her and alphabetized by topic; they include general files and files devoted to Selznick's major productions. These files include various professional documents, as well as several letters. Notable correspondents in these files include Truman Capote, Henry Fonda, Moss Hart, Rex Harrison, Jacob K. Javits, Alan Jay Lerner, Arthur Laurents, Elia Kazan, Clifford Odets, Martha Gellhorn, Terence Rattigan, Rod Serling, David O. Selznick, Rouben Mamoulian, Mel Ferrer, Jo Mielziner, Vivian Leigh, Lillian Hellman, Jessica Tandy, Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell, George Tabori, George Cukor, Greer Garson, Graham Greene, Deborah Kerr, Jack Hawkins, Robert Preston, Michael Redgrave, Paul Scofield, and George Roy Hill.

Other correspondence in the collection includes letters from Noel Coward, Billie Burke, Janet Gaynor, John Gielgud, Edith Goetz (Selznick’s sister), Cary Grant, Graham Greene, Uta Hagen, Rex Harrison, Kitty Carlisle Hart, Alfred Hitchcock, John Houseman, Howard Hughes, Jennifer Jones (second wife of David O. Selznick), Joshua Logan, Clare Booth Luce, Henry Luce, Gene Markey, Louis B. Mayer, Laurence Olivier and Vivian Leigh, Tyrone Power, Robert Sherwood, Adlai Stevenson, Herbert Bayard Swope, and Tennessee Williams, as well as fan mail.

Financial material includes detailed files for Selznick's productions. These documents include royalty statements, production cost information, legal documents, letters, and other items. Productions include The Complaisant Lover (1960-1961); The Chalk Garden (1956-1963); A Streetcar Named Desire (1948-1969); Bell, Book, and Candle (1951-1965); Flight Into Egypt (1952-1955); and the film version of A Streetcar Names Desire .

Other items in the collection include various contracts for many of Selznick’s shows, including contracts for individual players; photographs of Selznick, Louis B. Mayer (Selznick's father), Elia Kazan, and others, a mix of candids, portraits, and other images; several pencil sketches of Selznick by two different artists; and two personal diaries (1924 and 1925),
Notable Figures
1. Selznick, Irene Mayer
2. Selznick, David O., 1902-1965
3. Mayer, Louis B. (Louis Burt), 1885-1957
Associated Subjects
1. Women's Studies Collections -- Drama, Film, and Television Subject Guide
2. Women's Studies Collections -- Drama, Film, and Television Subject Guide
3. Theatre and Film Subject Guide
4. Helen Deutsch Research Section
5. Women theatrical producers and directors -- United States.
6. Theater – Production and direction
7. Motion picture industry – United States
8. Celebrities
9. Photographs
10. Diaries