The Eugene Vale collection consists of manuscripts, correspondence, financial material, printed material, audio material, film and video, and diaries and journals.
Manuscripts consist of drafts of Vale’s novel Chaos Below Heaven (1966), drafts of Vale’s book The Technique of Screenplay Writing (1972), and drafts of the posthumous 1998 edition, and notes for Vale’s book Love Is the Bridge. The series also includes typescript drafts of his screenplays, including: “Live Swiftly Dear,” “Man of Peace,” among many others.
Correspondence includes fan mail from the 1990s, family letters from 1996, and personal letters. Notable correspondents include Richard Benter, Edmund Fuller, and John M. Spalek. The series also includes professional correspondence ranging from 1993 to 1997, and general correspondence, with notable correspondents including Ira Gershwin, Aldous Huxley, Ray Bradbury, Irving Stone, and Robin White.
Financial material includes tax records from 1991 to 1993 and 1995 to 1997.
Printed material includes newspaper and magazine articles regarding Vale and theater; book jackets for The Technique of Screenplay Writing (1972) and Passion Play (1984); a framed Chicago Sunday Tribune review for The 13th Apostle; and promotional material for The 13th Apostle (1959), Passion Play (1984), and Snow Queen.
Audio material includes a tape recording of a 1970 book launching party for Frank Capra’s autobiography, and film and video consists of cassette tapes of interviews with Vale ranging from 1983 to 1986. Diaries consist of private journals from 1933 to 1992.