Playscript about the Julius and Ethel Rosenberg Espionage Trial MS.M.054

Finding aid prepared by Dawn Schmitz
Special Collections and Archives, University of California, Irvine Libraries
The UCI Libraries
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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