Dalton Trumbo Papers, 1905-1962

Summary Information

Title: Dalton Trumbo Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1905-1962

  • Trumbo, Dalton, 1905-1976
Call Number: U.S. Mss 24AN; Micro 2008; Audio 283A-290A; Audio 702A; Audio 1229A; Disc 7A; Disc 19A; Lot A94; Lot B11

Quantity: 17.8 c.f. (45 archives boxes and 1 flat box), 2 reels of microfilm (35 mm), 8 tape recordings, 133 dictabelts, 13 disc recordings, and photographs

Wisconsin Historical Society Archives / Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research
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Archival Locations:
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Papers of Dalton Trumbo, an author and writer of motion picture scripts who, as one of the Hollywood Ten, was imprisoned following 1947 hearings before the House Committee on Un-American Activities. The collection offers remarkably complete documentation of his work and the blacklisting to which he was subjected until 1960. It includes correspondence, writings, financial records, recordings, and subject files on HUAC and the Hollywood Ten. Correspondence, 1925-1962, includes letters to his wife and family concerning his experiences as a correspondent during World War II, his prison experiences in 1950 and 1951, as well as many letters to and from agents, playwrights, producers, and other members of the Ten. Numerous letters relate to the Congressional hearings, his work as a black market writer under assumed names during the 1950s, and his attitudes toward blacklisting. Among his correspondents are Alvah Bessie, Herbert Biberman, E.Y. Harburg, John Huston, Gordon Kahn, Garson Kanin, Murray Kempton, Ring Lardner Jr., John Howard Lawson, Carey McWilliams, Albert Maltz, David Merrick, Dore Schary, Herman Shumlin, and Sam Zimbalist. Some correspondence is present only in dictated form.

Language: English

URL to cite for this finding aid: http://digital.library.wisc.edu/1711.dl/wiarchives.uw-whs-us0024an
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