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Playscript about the Julius and Ethel Rosenberg Espionage Trial MS.M.054
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  • Scope and Content
  • Historical Background
  • Acquisition Information
  • Access
  • Preferred Citation
  • Publication Rights
  • Processing History

  • Title: Playscript about the Julius and Ethel Rosenberg espionage trial
    Collection number: MS.M.054
    Contributing Institution: University of California, Irvine. Libraries. Special Collections and Archives.
    Irvine, California 92623-9557
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    Language of Material: English.
    Storage Unit: MS-S Box 001
    Physical Description: 0.1 Linear feet (1 folder)
    Date: circa 1975
    Abstract: The collection is comprised of one untitled playscript (50 pages) written by Barbara Clairchilde, Leslie Hoag and Dudley Knight. The play deals with the espionage trial of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg (1951) and the couple's resulting execution (1953).
    creator: Clairchilde, Barbara
    creator: Hoag, Leslie
    creator: Knight, Dudley

    Scope and Content

    The collection is comprised of one untitled playscript (50 pages) written by Barbara Clairchilde, Leslie Hoag and Dudley Knight. The play deals with the espionage trial of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg (1951) and the couple's resulting execution (1953). The first half of the play recounts the events leading up to the trial. The second half is comprised mainly of letters written by the Rosenbergs during their imprisonment. Letters are to each other, their lawyer Emanuel "Manny" Bloch, President Dwight D. Eisenhower, and their children.
    The play was probably originally written to be performed on KPFK radio station in Los Angeles. It was adapted in part by Robert Carl Cohen for the Rally to Reopen the Rosenberg Case, Santa Monica, California, February 2, 1975.

    Historical Background

    Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were tried on charges of conspiracy to commit espionage in 1951. They were convicted when the court determined they had provided information about the atomic bomb to the Soviet Union. In 1953 they were executed for the crime, an event that was and remains controversial.
    Barbara Clairchilde, Leslie Hoag and Dudley Knight were associated with KPFK, a politically progressive radio station in the Los Angeles area, in the 1970s. Knight was an actor who became a member of the faculty in the Department of Drama at the University of California, Irvine, in 1981.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired in 2009.

    Access

    The collection is open for research.

    Preferred Citation

    Playscript about the Julius and Ethel Rosenberg Espionage Trial. MS-M054. Special Collections and Archives, The UC Irvine Libraries, Irvine, California. Date accessed.
    For the benefit of current and future researchers, please cite any additional information about sources consulted in this collection, including permanent URLs, item or folder descriptions, and box/folder locations.

    Publication Rights

    Property rights reside with the University of California. Literary rights are retained by the creators of the records and their heirs. For permissions to reproduce or to publish, please contact the Head of Special Collections and Archives.

    Processing History

    Processed by Dawn Schmitz, 2010.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Rosenberg, Ethel, 1915-1953 -- Archives
    Rosenberg, Julius, 1918-1953 -- Archives
    Activists.
    Actors.
    Cold War -- Archives
    Scripts (documents) -- 20th century
    Trials (Espionage) -- Archives