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Finding Aid for the Dudley Nichols Papers, 1940-1959
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  • Biography
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  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Dudley Nichols Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1940-1959
    Collection number: 834
    Creator: Nichols, Dudley, 1895-
    Extent: 8 boxes (4 linear ft.)
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Abstract: Dudley Nichols (1895-1960) was a journalist and screenwriter. He wrote or co-authored screenplays for some of John Ford's best-known films, including The informer (1935), which won an Academy Award, and Stagecoach (1939). He also wrote scripts for Howard Hawks, Jean Renoir, Fritz Lang, and Elia Kazan. The collection consists of mimeograph and typescript copies of movie treatments and drafts of Nichols' screenplays from the 1940s and 1950s, production notes, and magazine articles related to the films.
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections. 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.

    Restrictions on Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Advance notice required for access.

    Additional Physical Form Available

    A copy of the original version of this online finding aid is available at the UCLA Department of Special Collections for in-house consultation and may be obtained for a fee. Please contact:
    • Public Services Division
    • UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections
    • Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
    • Box 951575
    • Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
    • Telephone: 310/825-4988 (10:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m., Pacific Time)
    • Email: spec-coll@library.ucla.edu

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Mrs. Dudley Nichols, 1961 and 1962.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Dudley Nichols Papers (Collection 834). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

    Biography

    Nichols was born on April 6, 1895 in Wapakoneta, Ohio; began career as reporter for the New York Evening Post, then switched to the New York World; worked as journalist in New York City for 10 years; with his first screenplay, Men without women (1930), he began a long association with John Ford and subsequently wrote or co-authored screenplays for some of Ford's best-known films, including The informer (1935), which won an Academy Award, and Stagecoach (1939); adapted two Eugene O'Neill plays, Long voyage home and Mourning beomes Electra (1947), for the screen; wrote scripts for Howard Hawks, Jean Renoir, Fritz Lang, and Elia Kazan; was president of Screen Writers Guild (1938-39); produced and directed three films in 1940s; wrote action and Western scripts in 1950s; died January 4, 1960.

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of mimeograph and typescript copies of movie treatments and drafts of Nichols' screenplays from the 1940s and 1950s. Also includes production notes and magazine articles related to the films.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Nichols, Dudley, 1895- --Archives.
    O'Neill, Eugene, 1888-1953--Film and video adaptations.
    Screenwriters--United States--Archival resources.
    Motion picture producers and directors--Archival resources.
    Film scripts.