Papers, 1929-1991.

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Bessie, Alvah Cecil, 1904-1985. Papers, 1929-1991.

Papers, 1929-1991.

Papers of Alvah Cecil Bessie (1904-1985), a novelist, screenwriter, literary and film critic, and one of the Hollywood Ten who was blacklisted for his refusal to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee. The collection documents Bessie's writing career; the impact of the blacklist on him; his recollections of his service with the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, a unit of the Republican Army during the Spanish Civil War; and his continuing interest in similar issues and causes. Bessie's correspondents include representatives of the Veterans of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, the Limelighters, the International Longshoremen's and Warehousemen's Union, the Hungry i nightclub, the National Writers Union, the San Francisco Mime Troupe, and the San Francisco Film Festival; foreign and American publishers and editors such as Curtis Brown Ltd., Chandler and Sharp, Holt Rinehart and Winston, and Seven Seas Books; and individuals such as Woody Allen, Herbert Aptheker, Ed Asner, James Aronson, Carlos Baker, Kaye Ballard, Angus Cameron, Jaime Camino, Morris Carnovsky, Lester Cole, Bette Davis, John Henry Faulk, Martha Gellhorn, Ralph Gleason, Lillian Hellman, Stefan Heym, Warren Hinckle, Paul Jarrico, Robert Kenny, Paul Krassner, Ring Lardner, Jr., John Howard Lawson, Maxim Lieber, Cyra MacFadden, Albert Maltz, Herbert Matthews, Arthur Miller, Clifford Odets, Vladimir Pozner, Carlos Rojas, Norman Rosten, George Seldes, Studs Terkel, Dalton Trumbo, and Jerry Wald. The processed portion is summarized above and is described in the register. Additional accessions are described below.

17.2 c.f. (42 archives boxes and 1 card box)5 reels of microfilm (35 mm.)6 tape recordings.2 disc recordings, and.1 film; plus.additions of 6.9 c.f.1 film reel.13 photographs, and.64 tape recordings.

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United States. Congress. House. Committee on Un-American Activities (1934-1975)

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From 1934 to 1937 The U.S. House Committee on Un-American Activities began as the Special Committee on Un-American Activities and was also known as the McCormack-Dickstein Committee. The Dies Committee, was created on May 26, 1938, with the approval of House Resolution 282, which authorized the Speaker of the House to appoint a special committee of seven members to investigate un-American activities in the United States, domestic diffusion of propaganda, and all other questions relating thereto...

Asner, Edward, 1929-

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Veterans of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade

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VALB was formed in December 1937 by U.S. volunteers returning from combat in the Spanish Civil War. VALB originally assisted wounded veterans and sought to awaken the U.S. public to the significance of the Spanish Civil War and the Loyalist cause. In later years, VALB began to address other political issues, including U.S. policy in World War II and later, Cuba, Nicaragua and Vietnam. In addition to their headquarters in New York City, VALB "Posts" developed in various cities including Los Angel...

Limelighters (Operetta Company)

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Jarrico, Paul

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Aronson, James

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Materials written by or pertaining to W.E.B. Du Bois, collected by James Aronson, who was executive editor of the "National Guardian" from 1948 to 1967. From the description of James Aronson/W.E.B. Du Bois collection, 1946-1983. (University of Massachusetts Amherst). WorldCat record id: 53085881 ...

Maltz, Albert, 1908-1985

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Author; interviewee d. 1985. From the description of Reminiscences of Albert Maltz : oral history, 1982. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 122597732 Albert Maltz (1908-1985) was a movie screenwriter, playwright, and novelist during the twentieth century. Born in Brooklyn, New York and educated at Columbia University and Yale University, Maltz started his show business career as a playwright and wrote several plays during the 1930s, including ...

Wald, Jerry, 1911-1962

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Moving-picture producer. From the description of Reminiscences of Jerry Wald : oral history, 1959. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 122513555 ...

Pozner, Vladimir, 1905-1992

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Cole, Lester, 1904-1985

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Cole (1904-1985) was a screenwriter who did most of his writing in the 1930s and 1940s. He was among the "Hollywood Ten," the ten movie directors and writers who in 1947 refused to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee for suspected Communist activities. Cole was imprisoned for contempt of Congress and served a one year prison term. The imprisonment for the most part ended his career, although he did write a few more screenplays including "Born Free" in 1965 using the pseudon...

Rubenstein, Bruce

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Camino, Jaime, 1936-....

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Hungry i (San Francisco, Calif.)

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Macfadden, Cyra

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Bruce, Lenny

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Krassner, Paul

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Miller, Arthur, 1915-2005

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American playwright and novelist. From the description of Collection, 1936-1979. (University of Michigan). WorldCat record id: 34363746 From the description of Manuscripts, 1952-1953. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 122412075 From the description of Arthur Miller collection, 1936-1979. (University of Michigan). WorldCat record id: 66895316 Arthur Miller, playwright. From the description of The crucible : screen...

Kenny, Robert W. (Robert Walker), 1901-1976

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California state senator and attorney general. From the description of My first forty years in California politics, 1922-1962 : manuscript, [ca.1963-1979]. (University of California, Berkeley). WorldCat record id: 213766596 Biographical Information Robert Walker Kenny was born in Los Angeles, California, on August 21, 1901. His father was Robert W. Kenny, Sr., (1863-1914) a prominent banker and civic leader in Los Angeles...

National Writers Union (U.S.)

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Aptheker, Herbert, 1915-2003

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Bessie, Alvah Cecil, 1904-1985

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Alvah Bessie (1904-1985) was an author and screenwriter who fought with the Abraham Lincoln Brigade in Spain, and was later blacklisted as one of the "Hollywood Ten" cited for contempt of Congress for refusing to answer questions at the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) hearings on the influence of the Communist Party in the motion-picture industry. From the description of Papers, 1937-1991 (bulk 1936-1939, 1967-1985). (New York University). WorldCat record id: 476413154 ...

Terkel, Studs, 1912-2008

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Studs Terkel was born May 16, 1912, and died in Chicago on Oct. 31, 2008. Pulitzer Prize-winning author whose searching interviews with ordinary Americans helped establish oral history as a serious genre. From the description of It's a living, [videorecording], 1975. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 612307109 and the description of Studs Terkel papers and book interviews, ca. 1950-1999. (Chicago History Museum). WorldCat record id: 713907330 ...

Matthews, Herbert Lionel, 1900-

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American journalist and author. From the description of Herbert L. Matthews Collection, 1929-1949. (Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center (HRC); University of Texas at Austin). WorldCat record id: 122640587 From the description of Herbert Lionel Matthews papers, 1961-1964. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 754867344 Herbert Matthews worked as a journalist for the New York Times for 45 years. Starting as a secretary in the business office, Matthews rose t...

Baker, Carlos, 1909-1987

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Gellhorn, Martha, 1908-1998

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International Longshoremen's and Warehousemen's Union

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Rojas, Carlos, 1928-....

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Carlos Rojas (1928- ), novelist, essayist, and collage artist who won the National Prize for Literature in Spain in 1968. He joined the faculty of Emory University in 1960 and has served as the Charles Howard Candler Professor since 1980. From the description of Carlos Rojas papers, [ca. 1969-1990]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 79462934 ...

Heym, Stefan, 1913-2001

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Stefan Heym (1913-2001) was an East German/American Jewish writer. He was born in Chemnitz, and in 1933 became Germany's youngest literary exile, spending the next two years subsisting from his writing in Prague. In 1935 he settled in America, where his activities included editing a German-language, anti-Fascist newspaper in New York, 1937-1939, and writing his first bestseller, Hostages . As an American soldier during World War II, he was at the spearhead of the Normandy invasion, and wrote bro...

Lieber, Maxim.

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Davis, Bette, 1908-1989

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Actress. From the description of Reminiscences of Bette Davis : oral history, [197-?]. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 122631883 ...

Carnovsky, Morris

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Actor. From the description of Reminiscences of Morris Carnovsky : oral history, [196-?]. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 122608344 American actors and members of the Group Theatre. From the description of An oral history interview with Morris Carnovsky and Phoebe Brand Carnovsky / conducted for the Kurt Weill Foundation for Music by John Mucci, Pine Brook Lodge, Connecticut, 1987 September 14 : recording and transcript. (Paul, ...

San Francisco mime troupe

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Founded in 1959, theatrical group based in San Francisco. One of the oldest surviving radical theater groups in the U.S. Extensive documentation of San Francisco Mime Troupe's activities from the first ten years in substantial portion of collection. From the description of Archives, 1961-2000. (University of California, Davis). WorldCat record id: 47926865 ...

San Francisco Film Festival.

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Hinckle, Warren

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Rosten, Norman, 1914-1995

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Norman Rosten (1914-1995), poet, playwright and novellist, was born in New York City. He published many works including books on poetry, fiction and non-fiction novels, screenplays, newspapers and magazine articles, and early in his career, even wrote radio shows. Although Norman Rosten was born in New York City, his family moved upstate soon afterwards and he grew up on a farm in Hurleyville, New York. As a teenager, Rosten attended the Agricultural College of Cornell University in Ithaca with ...

Cameron, Angus (Donald Angus)

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Publisher; editor; interviewee b. 1908. From the description of Reminiscences of Donald Angus Cameron : oral history, 1977. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 309729625 ...

Allen, Woody, 1935-....

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Filmmaker and jazz clarinetist. From the description of Autograph letter signed : [New York, to James J. Fuld, 2000]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270906331 Woody Allen, screenwriter; Marshall Brickman, screenwriter. From the description of The filmaker : tentative title : screenplay. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 122531605 ...

Ballard, Kaye

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Seldes, George, 1890-1995

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Hellman, Lillian, 1905-1984

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Dramatist. From the description of The autumn garden : playscript, undated. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 71131544 Lillian Hellman (1905-1984), playwright and screenwriter. From the description of These three : (Hellman story), 1935. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 702193196 Lillian Hellman, America’s most significant woman playwright of the twentieth century, was born on June 20, 1905, in New Orleans to Max and Julia Newhouse Hellman. Her e...

Gleason, Ralph J.

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Trumbo, Dalton, 1905-1976

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James Dalton Trumbo was born Dec. 9, 1905, in Montrose, CO; attended Univ. of Colorado, UCLA, and USC; worked as a newpaper reporter and editor; started screenwriting in 1935; became one of the Hollywood Ten and was blacklisted by the motion picture industry (1947); served a 10-month jail sentence for contempt of Congress when he refused to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) for his alleged membership in the Communist Party; while serving his sentence at the Federal...

Odets, Clifford, 1906-1963

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Playwright; New York, N.Y. From the description of Clifford Odets sketches. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 42743828 Clifford Odets was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1906. He left school at age fourteen and worked as an actor in local New York theater groups and traveling stock companies until 1930. That same year the Group Theatre was formed. As one of the founding members, Odets continued acting, but found new release for his creativity in writing pl...

Faulk, John Henry

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Folklorist, humorist, lecturer, and civil rights activist John Henry Faulk (1913-1990) was born to parents Henry and Martha (Miner) in Austin, Texas. A protégé of J. Frank Dobie, Walter Prescott Webb, and Roy Bedichek, Faulk graduated from the University of Texas at Austin, where he later taught English. For his master's thesis, he analyzed ten African American sermons, and his research greatly impacted his thinking on civil liberties. Aided by his friend and fellow folklorist Alan ...

Lawson, John Howard, 1894-1977

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John Howard Lawson (1894-1977) was a writer, and head of the Hollywood division of the American Communist Party. Lawson was born in New York City, New York in 1894. After studying at Williams College, he became a successful playwright. In 1928, Lawson moved to Hollywood where he wrote scripts for films such as The Ship for Shanghai, Bachelor Apartment, and Goodbye Love. In 1933, Lawson joined with Lester Cole and Samuel Ornitz to establish the Screen Writers Guild and was the organization's firs...

Monroe, Marilyn, 1926-1962

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American movie actress. From the description of Check signed : New York, 1961 Feb. 28. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270914072 Epithet: film star British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000001027.0x00024b ...