The Howard Estabrook papers span the years 1885-1977 (bulk 1927-1972) and encompass 21.5 linear feet.
The collection contains scripts, treatments, synopses, and story material; some production material; and
biographical data, clippings, some correspondence, diaries, financial papers, contracts, personal and
family papers, and manuscript material for articles and lectures. It is especially rich in material
documenting the process of story development for scripts both produced and unproduced.
Howard Estabrook was an American screenwriter, director, and producer whose film career spanned 1914
to 1959. After some stage experience in Michigan, New York, and London, he became a film actor, writer,
director, and producer. He is best remembered for his screenwriting, which included such films as THE
VIRGINIAN (1929); HELL'S ANGELS (1930); A BILL OF DIVORCEMENT (1932); DAVID COPPERFIELD (1935); THE HUMAN
COMEDY (1943); THE BRIDGE OF SAN LUIS REY (1944); HEAVENLY DAYS (1944), which he also directed; and THE
BIG FISHERMAN (1959). Estabrook served on the Academy Board of Governors. His screenplay for STREET OF
CHANCE (1930) was nominated for an Academy Award, and he received the Academy Award for writing
(adaptation) for CIMARRON (1931).
21.5 linear feet of papers.
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