Wheeler, Hugh (1912-1987)
Scope:
The Hugh Wheeler collection includes manuscripts by Wheeler written both for the theater, film, novels and short stories.  In the script category, there are musicals, plays, and film scripts.  Typically, there are several drafts with corrections, rewrites, variant scenes, and rejected pages.  The scripts are heavily hand-corrected and annotated.  Among the theater scripts, titles include Big Fish, Little Fish, Breakfast at Tiffanys, Candide, A Little Night Music, The Little Prince, Meet Me in St. Louis, Sunset Boulevard, Sweeney Todd, and a never-produced musical version of the British television series Upstairs, Downstairs.  There are also files of untitled scripts by Wheeler, as well as files of stories and scripts by others that Wheeler was considering for adaptation.  Notable screenplays include Nijinsky (1980) and Travels With My Aunt (1972), based on the Grahame Greene novel.  There are also script fragments and revisions for a screenplay for Cabaret, by Wheeler and Jan Presson Allen dated December 1970 - November 1971.  There are also scripts for radio plays, written in the 1940s, under the pseudonym Q. Patrick.

There are also manuscripts for numerous mysteries, novels, and short stories by Wheeler, some written under his nom de plume Patrick Quentin.  They feature titles Danger Next Door, Death Before Breakfast, and My Son the Murderer. There is an undated book manuscript for The Real Life of Libby Holman (Pts. 1-3).

Printed material in the Wheeler collection includes programs from plays, musicals, and operas with scripts by Hugh, or from events attended by him.  There are reviews of and publicity for books and shows by Wheeler, both original clippings and in photocopy form.  There are files of magazines containing short stories by Wheeler, as well as research material for work.  There are  two scrapbooks containing reviews of books; one covering 1931-1939, the other dated 1961.  There are files of clippings of reviews covering 1974-1986.

The collection contains several hundred photographs, including many snapshots.  Most are of Wheeler and friends, along with some early family and school photos.  Many are taken on trips to Italy and the West Indies.  Notable photographs include shots of John Gielgud, Noel Coward, Elizabeth Taylor, Vincent Price, and Derek Jacobi.  There is also a set of publicity photos for Sweeney Todd.

Also in the collection are Tony nomination certificates for "Best Book of a Musical."  They include certificates for A Little Night Music (1972-1973); Candide (1973-74); and Sweeney Todd (1978-1979).  There is also the Dramatist Guild Warriner Award, presented to Wheeler for Sweeney Todd (1978-1979).

Correspondence in the Wheeler collection falls into both the professional and personal categories.  There are files of professional correspondence dealing specifically with his agents.  These files include royalty statements and contracts.  There are also files labeled according to play titles or personal business.  There are extensive files of personal correspondence with friends both English and American from the 1950s to the 1980s, many in the theatrical world.  The list of notable correspondents includes John Gielgud, Vincent Price, Hal Prince, Stephen Sondheim, Michael York, Brian Bedford, Noel Coward, Hume Cronyn, George Cukor, Bob Fosse, Lillian Gish, Moss Hart, William Inge, Derek Jacobi, Lincoln Kirstein, Angela Lansbury, Josh Logan, Diana Rigg, Irene Selznick, Peter Shaffer, and Jessica Tandy, to name but a few.  
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Notable Figures
1. Wheeler, Hugh, 1912-1987
Associated Subjects
1. Mystery and Suspense Fiction Subject Guide
2. Theatre and Film Subject Guide
3. Radio Subject Guide
4. LGBT Subject Guide
5. Authors, American
6. Motion picture industry – United States
7. Novels
8. Dramatists
9. American drama -- 20th century
10. American literature--20th century
11. Theater
12. Programs
13. Photographs