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Abraham Polonsky papers, 1946-1999 (bulk 1970s-1990s)
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Description
Abraham Polonsky was a director, screenwriter and novelist. In 1951, he refused to confirm or deny membership to the Communist party before the House Un-American Activities Committee and as a result, he was blacklisted by the entertainment industry. The collection consists of script material, manuscripts, books, and a small amount of clippings, photographs, correspondence, and other ephemera reflecting Polonsky's activities from the 1970s-1990s.
Background
Abraham Lincoln Polonsky was born December 5, 1910. He graduated from the City College of New York and Columbia University Law School, and for a while, he taught English at City College. Before trying starting his career in film, Polonsky wrote novels and several short stories. During the 1940s he also wrote for radio and worked with the Columbia Workshop and Orson Welles. During World War II, Polonsky was assigned to the Office of Strategic Studies, a forerunner of the Central Intelligence Agency.
Extent
10.9 linear ft. (18 boxes, 2 record cartons, and 1 flat box)
Restrictions
Property rights to the physical object belong to the UC Regents. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.
Availability
Open for research. STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.