Welles, Orson (1915-1985)
Scope:
The Orson Welles collection consists primarily of several screenplays for projects that were uncompleted before Welles’ death. These manuscripts are photocopies. They include several drafts of The Big Brass Ring by Welles and Oja Kodar; two drafts, scenes, fragments and continuity breakdown of The Cradle Will Rock, as well as a script about the WPA production of the Marc Blitzstein opera; scenes, notes and two drafts of an interpretation of Isak Dinesen’s The Dreamers ; and a short typescript called Mercy by Oja Kodar which has holograph notes by Welles. Also present is a segment of an aborted autobiography called My Father Wore Black Spats . This manuscript is typed with holograph corrections.

Correspondence in the collection consists of a typed and unsigned letter from Welles to secretary Liz Derby about The Dreamers ; a typed letter from Sebastian Cody and Flandina Rigamonti to Welles about financing a movie version of King Lear ; and another letter about financing Lear to Welles from Tony Smith.

Other items in the collection are a photocopied check from Welles to Liz Derby dated Sept. 24, 1985; a photocopied article from the Los Angeles Times [1985] called “ A Big Brass Ring that Eluded Orson Welles’ Grasp”; and a magazine clipping titled “Once More With Feeling” regarding Welles’ daughter Beatrice’s efforts to restore his Othello .
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Notable Figures
1. Welles, Orson, 1915-1985
Associated Subjects
1. Theatre and Film Subject Guide
2. Television Subject Guide
3. The Hollywood Ten and the Blacklist Era Subject Guide
4. Authors, American
5. Motion picture producers and directors – United States
6. Motion picture industry – United States
7. Motion pictures – Production and direction
8. Motion picture actors and actresses -- United States