The Max Wylie collection consists of manuscripts, correspondence, and research material.
Manuscripts include radio broadcast scripts prepared by staff at the AAF Convalescent Center, Pawling, NY (1945), with a letter of explanation from Second-Lieutenant Palmer to Max Wylie; Max Wylie's radio script adaptation of Guest in the House by Hagar Wilde and Dale Eunson (1947); an explanatory statement, "Rationale for India Play," referring to Wylie's play, The Greatest of These (1947), along with an outline for Act I, scene 1, with notes and a list of proposed titles; a draft of Act I of Wylie's play Everywhere a Chick Chick (produced in 1959), along with outlines, revisions and miscellaneous notes; a draft of an address given by Wylie at Hamilton College (1962); the first draft of an article for Ladies' Home Journal; a number of drafts of book reviews written by Wylie; multiple drafts of an article by Wylie, "What I Learned from the Insane"; Wylie's television adaptation of James Thurber's "The Catbird Seat"; the play The Time of the Comet by Wylie and Milton Geiger; and a piece of short fiction, "Up-State."
Correspondence includes general letters (1930-1971), with notable correspondence in this section from Norman Corwin, Lyman Lloyd Bryson, Ann Brae, W. Cabell Greet, Eddie Cantor, Moss Hart; Edward Chodorov, Herman Shumlin, Mrs. Jimmy Doolittle, Cheryl Crawford, Howard Lindsay, Burgess Meredith, Vincent Lopez, Roger w. Straus, Jr., George Gallup, Gerold Frank and Joseph Wood Krutch, and Braj Kumar Nehru. There is also correspondence from a number of prominent publishers related to a 1948 project spearheaded by Wylie, called Fiction Theatre. The companies they headed included McGraw-Hill, MacMillan, Random House, Thomas Y. Crowell Co., Knopf Doubleday, Little-Brown, and Grosset and Dunlap. There is also correspondence related to Max Wylie's suicide in 1975.
The other location for notable correspondence is in Wylie’s subject research files regarding specific issues he was working on. The files are dated 1942-1947 and 1953-1963. Notable correspondents in this section include Lawrence Quincy Mumford, Bruce Barton, Harriet Van Horne, Edmund Wylie (Max Wylie's father), Dwight Cooke, Natalie Core, Milton Geiger, and John Farrar.