Quentin Young Papers, 1964-1975

Container Title
Mss 827
Part 1 (Mss 827, Audio 1266A, PH Mss 827): Original Collection, 1958-1987
Physical Description: 4.4 cubic feet (12 archives boxes), 27 tape recordings, 49 videorecordings, 35 photographs, 1 negative, and 8 transparencies 
Arrangement of the Materials: Part 1 of the Rollin Papers is arranged as BIOGRAPHICAL MATERIAL, CORRESPONDENCE, and PROFESSIONAL PAPERS. The final series is further subdivided into Books, News broadcasting, Print journalism, and Speeches.
Scope and Content Note

The BIOGRAPHICAL MATERIAL consists of newspaper clippings and articles about Rollin, publicity released by NBC about her activities, a mammogram, and photographs. Also listed with the biographical materials are numerous taped and filmed interviews of Rollin. Some of these interviews took place as part of the publicity tours occasioned by the publication of her books. Because these books were so highly autobiographical, however, the publicity about them, like the clippings and print interviews, has been grouped with the general biographical material rather than with the book files described below.

CORRESPONDENCE consists of general correspondence, personal letters, and business correspondence (mainly 1974-1992) exchanged with agents, publishers, editors (especially Genevieve Young of J.B. Lippincott), and others. Also included with the business mail is correspondence with attorney Robert Youdelman regarding the sale of movie rights to First, You Cry, particularly Marlo Thomas' unsuccessful interest in acquiring the television rights and Mortimer Zuckerman's concern over the way in which he might be portrayed in the film. The business correspondence also contains numerous contracts detailing salary and payments for lectures.

The personal correspondence consists of one folder of letters exchanged with Arthur Herzog III, one folder of correspondence with Mortimer B. Zuckerman, and one folder of miscellaneous letters. The Herzog mail consists mostly of his letters to Rollin, the majority of which are undated, although they appear to date from the period of their separation. The Zuckerman correspondence includes carbons of some of her outgoing letters to him, as well as letters she received. These are also largely undated, although most appear to date from the period after their estrangement.

The miscellaneous personal file contains correspondence from family and friends and one letter Rollin wrote in 1958. Among the correspondents in this folder is an exchange with Phil Donahue concerning Rollin's dissatisfaction with her appearance on his program after the publication of First, You Cry, a note from Helen Gurley Brown, and several letters from Grant Tinker and Mary Tyler Moore.

The general correspondence includes a letter to the editor of Time regarding an interview in which she had been characterized as a “child-hater” and several letters to Grant Tinker and Mary Tyler Moore (one containing Rollin's original ideas for the made-for-television movie based on First, You Cry). Prominent correspondents here include Marvella Bayh, Joan Didion, and Erich Fromm. Also here is an undated autobiographical, job-seeking form letter from Arthur Herzog.

The PROFESSIONAL PAPERS are arranged by genre: books, news broadcasting, print journalism, and speeches.

Rollin's three autobiographical books are arranged alphabetically by title. (Rollin's earlier non-fiction works are not represented in the collection.) Each of the three is documented by proposals, variant drafts, publicity, and reader response. The earliest draft material for each book generally consists of multiple revisions of individual chapters and draft fragments rather than complete drafts of the entire books, while subsequent drafts consist of complete revisions. The designations in the contents list, “First draft, Second draft, etc.,” were added in the Archives to indicate the sequence of the revision process, rather than the actual number of the draft. This was necessary because not all drafts were retained. No printed versions of Rollin's books were received with the collection, although First, You Cry and Am I Being Paid for This? are available in the UW Memorial Library. In addition to the manuscripts for the book, the files on First, You Cry include one mimeographed draft of the script for the MTM production as well as a videotape of the finished product. The publicity about this film includes captioned black-and-white stills and color transparencies.

The correspondence Rollin received from the readers of her books is of unusual research interest because her honest and direct literary style caused many correspondents to reply with similarly frank accounts of their own experiences. Readers particularly responded to First, You Cry and Last Wish, and these files include more than an entire box of this type of correspondence. Unfortunately, the papers include only a few copies of the letters that Rollin wrote in reply, although handwritten notes generally indicate the nature of her response.

Rollin's broadcasting for NBC and ABC is represented by scripts, NBC administrative memoranda and story proposals, some viewer correspondence (including 1972 letters from Nora Ephron and Bess Myerson), and off-the-air videotaped versions of many of the stories she covered. Documentation is most extensive for NBC Nightly News, Today, Tomorrow (which she guest hosted), and Women Like Us, a program that Rollin helped to develop. Rollin's work for ABC Nightline is primarily represented by videotape and by a few printed transcripts. Several prominent individuals appear on the videotaped portion of the collection, notably David Brinkley, Tom Brokaw, John Chancellor, Phyllis Diller, Mike Douglas, Barbara Mikulski, Walter Mondale, Jane Pauley, Marlene Sanders, Phyllis Schlafly, and Ruth Westheimer.

Research material for Rollin's broadcasting assignments has been retained very selectively. With the files for “Fame,” which was aired as part of First Tuesday, is a complete film transcript (the film is not present in the collection) in which Rollin interviewed celebrities such as Twiggy, Ronald Reagan, Gloria Swanson, Rona Barrett, Cloris Leachman, Joe Namath, Adam West, Dionne Warwick, Dick Cavett, Groucho Marx, Raquel Welch, and various aspiring actresses.

Rollin's career in print journalism is incompletely documented, and only a few copies of printed articles that she wrote for Look, some material relating to the response to “The Motherhood Myth,” correspondence received from readers of Rollin's “Hers” column that appeared in the New York Times, and several unpublished stories are included here.

The Speeches section consists largely of typed and handwritten notes, rather than complete drafts of prepared remarks. Only a few of these are identified and dated.

Series: Biographical Material
Box   1
Folder   1
Biographical miscellany
Box   12
Folder   4-10
Clippings, 1973-1974, 1976-1984, undated
Interviews
VBA 779-780
Donahue film interview, 1977 October 11
1266A/1-2
American Cancer Society panel discussion excerpts, 1977 September 7
VBA 783
Mike Douglas Show film interview, 1978
VTA 021
Cityscope film interview, 1978
VBA 791
Seattle Today film interview, 1979
VBA 778
Eyewitness News feature on breast cancer (includes Rollin interview), 1979
VBA 806
PM Magazine, 1982 January 21
1266A/3
Sheila Rushlo Show, 1982 September 21
1266A/4-6
Larry King Show, 1983 January 28
VBB 321
Breast Diagnostic Center interview, 1983 November
VTA 018
Interviews regarding Am I Getting Paid for This?, 1983
VTA 013
Interview and “Only Child” roundtable discussion, 1984
VTA 020
Film interviews, 1984
VTA 019
Merv Griffin interview, 1984
VBA 805
AM Chicago interview, 1985 October 11
1266A/7-8
Larry King Show, 1985 October 17
1266A/9
Late from London interview, 1986 February 9
VBB 322
BBC Interview, 1986 September 4
1266A/10
Mike Powell Report, undated
PH Mss 827
Miscellaneous photographs
Mss 827
Series: Correspondence
Box   2
Business correspondence and contracts, 1960-1965, 1970-1971, 1974-1986, undated
Box   1
Folder   2
Condolences on the death of Ida Rollin, 1983
Box   1
Folder   3
Miscellaneous correspondence, 1969-1980, undated
Box   1
Folder   4
“Nut mail,” 1977-1978
Personal correspondence
Box   3
Folder   1
Arthur Herzog III, 1972-1978, undated
Box   3
Folder   2
Mortimer B. Zuckerman, 1975-1977, undated
Box   3
Folder   3
Miscellaneous correspondence, 1958-1971, undated
Series: Professional Papers
Subseries: Books
Am I Getting Paid for This? (1982)
Box   4
Folder   1
Proposal, outline
Box   4
Folder   2
Title ideas
Manuscripts
Box   4
Folder   3-5
Early draft chapters and fragments
Box   4
Folder   6-8
First draft
Box   5
Folder   1-3
Second draft
Box   12
Folder   1-3
Third draft, with editorial revisions
Box   5
Folder   4
Miscellaneous revisions
Box   5
Folder   5
Publicity, 1982
Box   5
Folder   5a
Cover art
Box   5
Folder   6
Reader correspondence, 1982-1984
First, You Cry (1976)
Box   5
Folder   7
Notes
Manuscripts
Box   5
Folder   8
Original outline and proposal
Box   5
Folder   9-10
Early draft chapters and fragments
Second draft
Box   5
Folder   11
First segment
Box   6
Folder   1
Second segment
Box   6
Folder   2
Third draft
Box   6
Folder   3
Publicity
Reader correspondence
Box   6
Folder   4-8
Answered, 1976-1982
Box   7
Folder   1
Answered-Men, 1976-1980
Box   7
Folder   2
Unanswered, 1976-1978
Box   7
Folder   3
Response to Donahue interview, 1977
Box   7
Folder   4
Unsorted letters, 1978-1984
Television version
Box   7
Folder   4a
Mimeo script by Carmen Culver, 1978 January 19
Publicity for TV movie
Box   7
Folder   5
General publicity
PH Mss 827
Black-and-white stills and color transparencies
Mss 827
Box   7
Folder   6
Rollin articles for TV publicity, undated
VBA 781-782
Videotape, 1978
Mss 827
Last Wish (1985)
Box   7
Folder   7
Notes
Manuscripts
Early chapter drafts and fragments
Box   7
Folder   8-9
Segment 1
Box   8
Folder   1
Segment 2
Box   8
Folder   2-4
First complete draft
Box   8
Folder   5
Editor's notes
Box   8
Folder   6-7
Final draft
Box   8
Folder   8
Dust jacket design
Reader correspondence
Box   8
Folder   9-10
Answered
Box   9
Folder   1-3
Answered (continued)
Subseries: News broadcasting
ABC
Nightline
Videotapes
VTA 009
1-3: Neonatal care; 4: Sexual harassment, 1982
VBA 775
Rollin spots, 1982 January-1984 June
VTA 008
1: Child abuse; 2: Nuclear war; 3: Teen pregnancy; 4: Divorce, 1982-1983
VTA 010
1: Organ transplants; 2: AIDS; 3: ERA; 4: Violent crime, 1982-1983
VBA 009
Rollin spots, 1982-1983
VBA 777
Baltimore teen contraception, 1982 November 4
VBA 774
AIDS, 1982 December 17
VTA 013
Death and dying, depression, cancer survivors, genetic engineering, surrogate mothers, holiday depression, cholesterol, only child, 1983-1984
VBA 776
Depression, Superbabies, 1983 June 30, 1984 June 7
Mss 827
Box   9
Folder   4
Transcripts, 1983 April 1
Box   9
Folder   5
Publicity
NBC
First Tuesday
Box   9
Folder   6
Script, 1971
Box   9
Folder   7-9
“Fame” transcripts, 1971
Box   9
Folder   10
Mail from viewers, 1970-1978
Memoranda and story proposals
Box   9
Folder   11
General, 1971-1978, undated
Box   10
Folder   1
“Women Like Us,” 1979-1980
NBC Nightly News
Box   10
Folder   2-6
General scripts, 1970-1980, undated
Box   10
Folder   7
Rape story, 1974
Videotapes
VBA 785
Juvenile murder, 1975 July 22
VBA 786
Pregnant teens, 1977 March
VBA 789
Segment 3: New Working Woman, 1978 November 9
VTA 015
Uncatalogued, 1978
VTA 012
Rollin spots, 1978
VTA 014
Uncatalogued, 1978
VTA 011
Ghostwriters, health self care, 1979
VTA 012
Promo for Betty Ford, 1979
VBA 788
Segment 3: Death and Dying, 1980 June 27
VTA 015
Confrontation therapy and American Wing of Met, 1980
VBA 784
Abortion, 1981 April 7
VBA 787, VBA 807
Segment 3 spots, 1981
VTA 016
1: Snowstorm; 2: Dial-a-teacher; 3: Liz Smith; 4: Difficult adoptions; 5: Sesame Street; 6: Homosexuality study; 7: Sexual pressure; 8: Mastectomy treatment, undated
Specials
VTA 011
“Conversation with Betty Ford,” 1979
Mss 827
Box   10
Folder   8
“Medicine in America,” 1978
“American Family: An Endangered Species?” , 1979
Box   10
Folder   9
Publicity
VTA 012
Videotape
Mss 827
Box   10
Folder   10
“Failing to Learn,” 1979
VTA 015
“The Pope in America,” 1979
Today
Mss 827
Box   10
Folder   11-12
Scripts, 1970-1980
Videotapes
VTA 012
Fort Dix women soldiers, 1979
VTA 012
Promo for American Family, 1979
VHA 156
Lesbian students, 1980 June 4
VBA 793-796
Unmarried men and women, 1980 June 27
VTA 015
Denver single women, 1980
VTA 017
Denver single men, 1980
VBA 792
Radical nun, 1987 April 22
VBA 797, VTA 022
Tomorrow videotapes, Rollin as host, 1979
VTA 015
Updates, Rollin as anchor, circa 1979
Mss 827
Box   11
Folder   1
WNBC-TV theatre reviews, 1972
Women Like Us
Box   11
Folder   2
Scripts, 1979-1980
Box   11
Folder   3
Publicity, 1979-1980
Videotapes
VBA 799
1979 October 23
VBA 801-VBA 802
Getting married, 1981 April 19
VBA 800
Babies after 35, 1980 January 23
Mss 827
Box   11
Folder   4
Unidentified scripts
Box   11
Folder   5
Scripts used for Am I Getting Paid for This?
Subseries: Print journalism
Box   11
Folder   6
Sarah Lawrence College Alumnae Magazine, 1963
Look
Box   11
Folder   7
Miscellaneous articles, 1966-1971
Box   11
Folder   8
Marriage article and drafts, 1979
Box   11
Folder   9-10
“The Motherhood Myth,” scripts for Comment and book proposal, 1971, undated
Box   11
Folder   11
Review of The Look Book, 1975
New York Times
Box   11
Folder   12
Articles, 1973, 1980
Box   11
Folder   13
“Best Years of My Life,” reader correspondence, 1980
Box   11
Folder   14
“Hers,” correspondence, 1982-1984
Box   11
Folder   15
TV Guide, “Women Like Us,” 1979
Box   11
Folder   16
Unpublished manuscripts
Box   11
Folder   17
Subseries: Speeches and notes, 1976-1985