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The Hollywood Ten and the Blacklist Era

Six Members of the Hollywood Ten

Alvah Bessie (1904-1985). Letters from the blacklisted and imprisoned novelist and screenwriter. In the Martha Gellhorn, Albert Maltz, and Joseph North Collections.

Elia Kazan (1909-2003). Several letters from the legendary film and theatre director and producer. In various collections.

Ring Lardner, Jr. (1915-2000). Letters from the influential journalist and screenwriter. In the Maxwell Geismar Collection.

John Howard Lawson (1894-1977). Material from the prominent screenwriter and political activist: manuscript for his 1928 play Death in an Office, in the Edmund Fuller Collection; an audio recording of an interview with Lawson, in the Jay Williams Collection; letters from Lawson, in the Maxwell Geismar, Joseph North, and Jay Williams Collections.

Albert Maltz (1908-1985). Manuscripts, correspondence, photographs, audio recordings, and other material from the acclaimed author and screenwriter.

Dalton Trumbo (1905-1976). A significant group of letters to blacklisted song lyricist E. Y. “Yip” Harburg. In the John Lahr collection.

Blacklisted Individuals with Their Own Collections at the Gotlieb Center

David (1919- ) and Emily (1921-2004) Alman. Manuscripts, correspondence, audio and video recordings, photographs, and much more from the prominent authors and screenwriters, blacklisted for their advocacy on behalf of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg.

Phoebe Brand (1907-2004). Manuscripts, correspondence, photographs, programs, and other items from the American stage actress and co-founder of the legendary Group Theater. Wife of Morris Carnovsky (below).

Morris Carnovsky (1897-1992). Manuscripts, correspondence, photographs, audio and video recordings, and much more from the celebrated stage and screen actor. Husband of Phoebe Brand (above).

Marc Connolly (1890-1980). Manuscripts, correspondence, research material, and many other items from the prolific playwright, author, and member of the Algonquin Round Table.

Jose Ferrer (1912-1992). Manuscripts, correspondence, scrapbooks, photographs, and more from the award-winning stage and screen actor, director, and producer.

Tom Glazer (1914-2003). Manuscripts, correspondence, audio and video recordings, scrapbooks, photographs, and other items from the popular singer and songwriter.

Langston Hughes (1902-1967). Manuscripts and other material from the legendary poet and author of the Harlem Renaissance.

Avon Long (1910-1984). A small collection of printed items and other material regarding the actor.

Anne Revere (1903-1990). Manuscripts, correspondence, scrapbooks, photographs, and other items from the Academy Award-winning actress.

Edward G. Robinson (1893-1973). Manuscripts, correspondence, photographs, memorabilia, and other material from the celebrated actor.

Robert St. John (1902-2003). Manuscripts, scrapbooks, photographs, audio recordings, correspondence, and more from the intrepid war correspondent and broadcast journalist.

John Sanford (1904-2003). Manuscripts, correspondence, photographs, diaries, scrapbooks, audio, video, and other items from the acclaimed author. Husband of Marguerite Roberts (below).

Robert Lewis Shayon (1912-2008). Manuscripts, correspondence, audio recordings, and much more from the groundbreaking radio producer, broadcaster, and media critic.

George Sklar (1908-1988). Manuscripts, correspondence, scrapbooks, and other material from the noted playwright, novelist, screenwriter, and political activist.

Shepard Traube (1907-1983). Manuscripts, correspondence, photographs, audio, scrapbooks, and other items from the prominent theatrical director and producer.

Peter Viertel (1920-2007). Manuscripts for three novels and a screenplay, from the distinguished author and journalist.

Sam Wanamaker (1919-1993). Manuscripts, correspondence, and production files from the acclaimed actor and director of stage, screen, and television.

Orson Welles (1915-1985). Manuscripts for screenplays and an autobiography, from the legendary writer, actor, director, and producer of radio, theatre, film, and television.

Blacklisted Individuals Within the Collections at the Gotlieb Center (Notable Figures)

Stella Adler (1901-1992). Letters from the distinguished actress and teacher. In the Robert Brustein, Libby Holman, and Herbert Ross and Nora Kaye Collections.

Nelson Algren (1909-1981). Manuscripts and letters from the iconic writer, in the Evan Connell Collection; letters, in the Abraham Burack, Christopher Davis, Maxwell Geismar, and Martha Gellhorn Collections.

Richard Attenborough (1923- ). Letters from the noted actor, director, and producer. In various collections.

Albert Bein (1902-1990). Letters from the writer, director, and producer of theatre and film. In the Hedgerow Theatre Collection.

Marc Blitzstein (1905-1964). Letters from the prominent composer. In the Michael Blankfort, Christopher Davis, and Libby Holman Collections. In addition, the Orson Welles Collection (above) contains drafts and other items pertaining to The Cradle Will Rock, for which Blitzstein wrote the score.

Millen Brand (1906-1980). Letters from the noted writer and poet, blacklisted for his civil rights activism. In various collections.

Vera Caspary (1899-1987). Letters from the popular and prolific author. In the Abraham Burack and Monica McCall Collections.

Mady Christians (1892-1951). A letter from the noted actress. In the Bella Fromm Collection.

Lee J. Cobb (1911-1976). A letter from the popular film actor. In the Michael Blankfort Collection.

Aaron Copland (1900-1990). Letters from the celebrated composer. In various collections.

Jules Dassin (1911-2008). Letters from the influential film director. In the Eric Ambler, Martha Gellhorn, Jay Richard Kennedy, and Sam Wanamaker Collections.

Olin Downes (1886-1955). Letters from the significant music critic. In various collections.

Alfred Drake (1914-1992). Letters from the popular stage and television actor. In the Stanley Ellin, Elliot Norton, Roddy McDowall, and Harold Schonberg Collections.

Howard Fast (1914-2003). Items from the popular and prolific novelist: a draft of a screenplay, in the Roddy McDowall Collection; two transcribed interviews, in the Natalie Robins Collection; and letters, in various collections.

Carl Foreman (1914-1984). Letters from the acclaimed screenwriter and film producer. In various collections.

Martin Gabel (1912-1986). Letters from the noted actor and film director and producer. In various collections.

Ruth Gordon (1896-1985). Several letters from the popular actress. In various collections.

Uta Hagen (1919-2004). Letters from the German-American actress and acting teacher. In the Eric Bentley, Roddy McDowall, and Irene Mayer Selznick Collections.

E. Y. “Yip” Harburg (1896-1981). Several letters from the popular song lyricist, as well as letters to him from Norman Corwin, Dalton Trumbo, and Noel Langley. In the John Lahr Collection.

Lillian Hellman (1905-1984). Items from the controversial playwright: an early draft of The Children's Hour, in the Edmund Fuller Collection; a draft of Toys in the Attic, in the Anne Revere Collection; several letters, in various collections.

Judy Holliday (1921-1965). Six photographs of the award-winning actress, in the Myron Ehrenberg Collection.

Lena Horne (1917- ). Letters from the great African-American singer, in the Nikki Giovanni Collection; and a photograph, in the Myron Ehrenberg Collection.

Marsha Hunt (1917- ). A copy of the actress’s statement to the House Un-American Activities Committee. In the Ralph de Toledano Collection.

Sam Jaffe (1891-1984). Letters from the noted actor and teacher. In the Stanley Ellin Collection.

Garson Kanin (1912-1993). Several letters from the acclaimed writer and director of plays and films. In various collections.

Arthur Laurents (1918- ). Items from the award-winning playwright and screenwriter: draft of his play Heartsong, in the Irene Mayer Selznick Collection; drafts of his screenplay for the film The Turning Point, in the Herbert Ross and Nora Kaye Collection; and letters, in various collections.

Joseph Losey (1909-1984). Letters from the prominent theatre and film director. In various collections.

Burgess Meredith (1907-1997). Letters from the distinguished character actor. In various collections.

Arthur Miller (1915-2005). Several letters from the great playwright. In various collections.

Clifford Odets (1906-1963). Numerous letters between the groundbreaking playwright and his wife, actress Luise Rainer, documenting their turbulent relationship, in the Luise Rainer Collection; several other letters, in various collections.

Dorothy Parker (1893-1967). Letters and other items from the recognized author, in the Robert Benchley, W. Somerset Maugham, Herbert Ross and Nora Kaye, and Don Asher Collections.

Samson Raphaelson (1896-1983). Letters from the influential screenwriter. In the Abraham Burack, Hedgerow Theatre, Elliot Norton, and Robert Lantz Collections.

Marguerite Roberts (1905-1989). Manuscripts, correspondence, photographs, U.S. government files, and other items from the prolific screenwriter. In the John Sanford collection (see above).

Norman Rosten (1914-1995). Letters and other items from the acclaimed playwright and novelist. In various collections.

Pete Seeger (1919- ). Letters from the iconic folk musician and political activist. In the Russell Baker, Abel Meeropol, Joseph North, and Wolf Rilla Collections.

Lisa Sergio (1905-1989). Letters from the noted anti-fascist journalist and radio commentator. In the Niccolò Tucci and Welthy H. and Frederick Bohn Fisher Collections.

Irwin Shaw (1913-1984). Several letters from the prominent author. In various collections.

William L. Shirer (1904-1993). Several letters from the groundbreaking journalist and historian. In various collections.

Louis Untermeyer (1885-1977). Several letters and other items from the acclaimed poet, author, and editor. In various collections.

Josh White (1914-1969). Correspondence, photographs, and audio recordings from the legendary singer, guitarist, actor, and civil rights advocate. In the Libby Holman Collection.

Martin Wolfson (1904-1973). Thirty letters from the popular stage and screen actor. In the Christopher Lehmann-Haupt Collection.

Collections of Individuals Who Cooperated with the House Un-American Activities Committee

Michael Blankfort (1907-1982). Manuscripts, correspondence, diaries, photographs, research material, and other items from the prolific playwright, screenwriter, and novelist.

Sterling Hayden (1916-1986). Manuscripts, correspondence, scrapbooks, photographs, and other items from the popular character actor.

Other Related Collections

Patricia Bosworth (1933- ). Material regarding Bartley C. Crum, a blacklisted lawyer and father of Patricia Bosworth, about whom Bosworth wrote a biography; including manuscripts, correspondence, research material, scrapbooks, and other items. The correspondence includes letters between Bartley Crum and the FBI regarding Crum’s testimony before the HUAC.

Natalie Robins (1938- ). Material regarding Robins' book Alien Ink, about the FBI's persecution of various important American authors over several decades; including manuscripts, correspondence, government documents, interview tapes, and other research material.

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