Robert Lees and Fred Rinaldo papers

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Robert Lees and Fred Rinaldo papers
Date (inclusive): 1932-1990
Date (bulk): 1940s-1960s
Collection number: 154
Creator: Lees, Robert Rinaldo, Frederic I.
Extent: 24.5 linear feet of papers.
Repository: Margaret Herrick Library. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Languages: English

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Preferred Citation

Robert Lees and Fred Rinaldo papers, Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Robert Lees, Mrs. Fred Rinaldo, Richard Lees, and Robert Rinaldo, 1991-2009


Robert Lees and Frederic I. Rinaldo were American screenwriters and writing partners from 1934 until they were blacklisted in the early 1950s. Subsequently, Rinaldo worked only occasionally as a writer (he was a salesman for a wholesale paper company until his retirement in 1984) and Lees wrote for television under the pseudonym J. E. Selby.

Collection Scope and Content Summary

The Robert Lees and Fred Rinaldo papers span the years 1932-1990 (bulk 1940s-1960s) and encompass 24.5 linear feet. The collection consists almost entirely of the writings of Lees and Rinaldo and includes scripts, treatments, outlines, short stories, and two unpublished novels by Lees. The television files contain material written by Lees for more than 50 productions in the 1950s and 1960s. There is also correspondence, contracts, financial records, and photographs.


Arranged in the following series: 1. Production files, subseries A-C as follows: A. Produced; B. Unproduced; C. Industrial films; 2. Television files, subseries A-B as follows: A. Produced; B. Unproduced; 3. Stage files; 4. Subject files; 5. Writings

Indexing Terms

Lees, Robert , 1912-2004--Archives.
Rinaldo, Frederic I. , 1913-1992--Archives.