Lillian Hellman Papers, 1904-1984 (bulk 1934-1984).


Lillian Hellman Papers, 1904-1984 (bulk 1934-1984).

The Lillian Hellman papers comprise manuscripts, correspondence, legal documents, business records, appointment books, and clippings. Series I includes notes for and multiple drafts of all Hellman's plays and memoirs. Drafts of film scripts, original and adaptations, by Hellman and others, are included in the series, along with articles, interviews, speeches, teaching files, and editorial work. Series II contains Hellman's professional and general correspondence, principally from 1934 to her death. Personal correspondence is largely absent. Correspondents include Leonard Bernstein, Kermit Bloomgarden, Don Congdon, Dashiell Hammett, Max B. Hellman, John Hersey, Stanley M. Isaacs, Diane Johnson, Robert Lantz, Katherine Lederer, Harry Levin, Little, Brown and Company, Archibald MacLeish, Bernard Malamud, John F. Melby, New York Times, R. D. Orlova, Dorothy Parker, Richard Poirier, Herman Shumlin, Margaret Tallichet, Hanna Weinstein, and Richard Wilbur. Series III Other Papers is the largest series and contains Hellman's appointment books from 1956 on, along with an extensive collection of scrapbooks and clippings. Notebooks describing foreign travel between 1944 and 1980 and a group of address books are also present in the series. Series IV, Legal and Financial Papers, includes documents and correspondence concerning Hellman's acquisition and administration of Dashiell Hammett's literary estate, along with materials relating to Hellman's investments, personal taxes, and household expenses. Series V, Works by and Papers of Others, includes short pieces about Lillian Hellman, a small group of materials relating to Dorothy Parker, and a collection of documents on Hellman assembled by various federal government agencies between 1940 and 1975.

157 boxes (68 linear feet).




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