Dale Wasserman Papers, 1946-1983

Summary Information

Title: Dale Wasserman Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1946-1983

  • Wasserman, Dale, 1917-
Call Number: U.S. Mss 67AN; Tape 1095A

Quantity: 9.8 c.f. (1 record center carton, 22 archives boxes, 1 package) and 1 tape recording

Wisconsin Historical Society Archives / Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research
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Archival Locations:
Wisconsin Historical Society (Map)

Papers of Dale Wasserman, a playwright, screenwriter, and television dramatist. In the collection are scripts and drafts, many bearing informative annotations; correspondence; clippings; outlines; and production notes. Files from Wasserman's award-winning television writing, which primarily date from the 1950's, are most extensive for Armstrong Circle Theatre (CBS), The Citadel (ABC), Climax (CBS), Kraft Television Theatre (NBC), DuPont Show of the Month (CBS), and The Power and the Glory (CBS). Also from this period are materials on the teleplay “I, Don Quixote,” written for the DuPont Show of the Month, which Wasserman subsequently adapted for the Broadway stage as Man of La Mancha (1965). Extensive holdings on this production include unused lyrics by W. H. Auden. Also well represented among his stage plays is One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1963), the records of which include a script annotated by Ken Kesey, author of the book of the same name. For Livin' the Life (1957), written with Bruce Geller, and Cafe Crown (1964) there are advertising posters and for The Wind Blows Free (1950), water color renderings of the sets are included. Film writing is represented by produced and unproduced titles, primarily Cleopatra (20th Century-Fox, 1963), The Vikings (UA, 1958), and Quick Before It Melts (MGM, 1965).


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Language: English

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