Wanamaker, Sam (1919-1993)
Scope:
The Sam Wanamaker collection consists of manuscripts, correspondence, and office files, all pertaining to Wanamaker’s acting and directing careers. The material dates from the 1950s to the 1980s.

Manuscripts in the collection include scripts for plays, teleplays, and films. Teleplays include scripts for episodes of Cimarron Strip, Judd for the Defense, Lassiter, Dundee and the Culhane, and Lancer . The Lancer material includes several letters regarding the 1967 pilot episode, as well as photographs of some shooting locations. The Lassiter material includes location photographs, pen and pencil sketches, and a shooting schedule.

Other scripts in the collection include production scripts for Macbeth, King Priam (including photographs, clippings, a contract, and letters), Dingdong Bell, Purple Dust, The Royal Gambit, Far Country, A Hatful of Rain, The Threepenny Opera, The Bitter Wind, Where You From and What You Done, Slander, A Murderer Among Us, Diplomat, A Tragedian In Spite of Himself, Sholom Aleichem (including clippings, letters, and photos) and The Rose Tattoo (including letters, clippings, and financial statements).

The correspondence included with The Rose Tattoo includes letters from Stanley Baker, Anthony Quinn, Eli Wallach, and Tennessee Williams. Also present are several items regarding the film The Teddy Boys, including manuscripts, printed material, notes, and letters.

Correspondence in the collection consists of several personal and professional letters. Personal correspondence in the collection consists of approximately 300 letters sent to Wanamaker between 1957 and 1958. Notable correspondents include Arthur Miller, Sean O’Casey, Joseph Losey, and Ingrid Bergman.

Several letters in the collection pertain to a particular production (though the scripts for these titles are not present). Titles include The Maccabees (with notes, 1951); Winter Journey (with a letter from Clifford Odets, financial material, and printed material, 1951); Anne of the Thousand Days (with notes and a letter from Alec Guinness, 1951-1952); Uranium (with a letter from Michael Redgrave, contracts, and expense information, 1952); Foreign Field (1953); The Crucible (1954); Legend of Pepito (with one clipping, 1955); Oh Men! Oh Women! (with letter from John Mills and cost information, 1955); 200,000 (with a letter from Jules Dassin, 1955); End of the Street (with film outline, 1955-1956); The Rainmaker (with clippings, 1956); Goon Revue (1956); Regina (with invoice, 1956); Power and Glory (1957); The Pinedus Affair (1957); Finian’s Rainbow (with photographs, 1957); The View From the Bridge (1957); Brother to Dragons (two letters, 1957); The Balcony (one letter, 1957); Daddy Goodness (one letter, 1957); Hatful of Rain (1957); The Lovers (with clippings and a letter from Michael Redgrave, 1957); Not by Bread Alone (1957); Tea and Sympathy (with a program and photographs, 1957); Man Alone (1957); Die Kluge (two letters, 1957); Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? (with items regarding casting, and a letter from Jayne Mansfield, 1957-1958); Madigan’s Lock (1958); Time Out For Ginger (1958); Bloomsday (1958); Forza (with photographs, 1962); Children from Their Games (with letters from Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., and Irwin Shaw, printed material, photographs, and legal material, 1962-1963); A Case of Libel (with a contract, printed items, and notes, 1963); and Judgment in Paris (with outline).

Other professional correspondence includes letters to and from Wanamaker’s lawyers, agents, and accountant regarding scripts; (1958-1959); letters regarding BBC Liverpool; letters regarding teleplays (1957-1960), including a letter from Paddy Chayefsky; letters regarding various stage and screen works; and a set of correspondence files organized alphabetically.

The office files in the collection consist of several files covering various projects. Subjects include advertising, programs, press clippings, actors, children’s films, drama festivals, the New Shakespeare Theatre, musical scores, work files, script properties, contracts (1940s – 1950s), and all aspects of theater production. Also present in the files are are scripts and production material regarding production and direction of Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger, as well as material regarding projects titled Kyle and Icebreak .
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Notable Figures
1. Wanamaker, Sam, 1919-1993
Associated Subjects
1. Theatre and Film Subject Guide
2. Television Subject Guide
3. The Hollywood Ten and the Blacklist Era Subject Guide