Ruth Goodman Goetz Papers, 1916-1983

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Title: Ruth Goodman Goetz Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1916-1983

  • Goetz, Ruth Goodman, 1912-
Call Number: U.S. Mss 28AN; Micro 1177; Item A399; Lot A113-A114

Quantity: 6.6 c.f. (19 archives boxes), 2 reels of microfilm (35mm), and photographs

Wisconsin Historical Society Archives / Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research
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Papers of Ruth Goodman Goetz, a playwright and screenwriter, together with papers of two members of her theatrical family: her father, Philip Goodman (1885-1940), who was a producer of Broadway plays and musicals, and her husband and collaborator, Augustus Goetz (1889-1957). Also present are papers of agent Leah Salisbury pertaining to her management of Goetz's literary interests. Philip Goodman's papers include correspondence, contracts, agreements, financial records, and typescript copies of plays produced or written by Goodman. The work of Ruth Goodman and Augustus Goetz includes scripts, correspondence, and financial records for stage and screen plays such as Carrie (Paramount, 1952), The Immoralist (1954), The Hidden River (1957), and One Man Show (1945). The Heiress, for which the Goetzes adapted both the stage (1947) and screen (Paramount, 1949) versions, is partially documented, although scripts for neither are present. A large part of the correspondence is letters exchanged between Mrs. Goetz and her daughter over a thirty-year period. Also part of the collection is a typescript journal of a trip made to China in 1978; references to associations with Clifford Odets, S. J. Perelman, and David Selznick; and undated costume plates.

Language: English

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