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Finding Aid for the Waldo Salt Papers, 1936-1987
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography
  • Organization
  • Scope and Content
  • Access Points

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Waldo Salt Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1936-1987
    Collection number: 93
    Origination: Salt, Waldo
    Extent: 127 boxes
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Performing Arts Special Collections
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Shelf location: Held at SRLF. Please contact the Performing Arts Special Collections for paging information.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Access

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

    Restrictions on Use

    Copyright has not been assigned to the Performing Arts Special Collections, UCLA. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Arts Special Collections Librarian. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Arts Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

    Preferred Citation

    Waldo Salt Papers, 1936-1987. (Collection 93). Performing Arts Special Collections, Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.


    Salt was born in Chicago, IL, Oct. 18, 1914; graduated from Stanford University, 1934; taught drama and music at Menlo Junior College, CA, 1935; began writing scripts for Hollywood films in the late 1930s; contract writer, MGM, 1936-42; civilian consultant to the Office of War Information, 1942-45; he was investigated by the House Un-American Activities committee starting in 1947; he refused to testify on Communist affiliations and was blacklisted in 1951; wrot e for television and films without credit, 1951-62; working alone or in collaboration, he added a number of important films to his screen credits including "Midnight Cowboy," "Serpico," and "Coming Home"; recipient of numerous awards including Academy Awards for "Midnight Cowboy" (1968) and "Coming Home" (1978); died of lung cancer Mar. 7, 1987 in Los Angeles, CA.


    Arranged in the following series:
    1. Produced films
    2. Produced television programs
    3. Unproduced films
    4. Stage productions
    5. Projects
    6. Correspondence
    7. House Un-American Activities committee
    8. Professional activities
    9. Personal materials.

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of of material related to the career of scree n writer Waldo Salt. Includes correspondence, scripts, research, and personal pa pers. Personal materials include biographical information, family, legal, financ ial and medical papers, writings by and about Salt, projects not authored by Sal t, photographs, and artwork.

    Access Points

    Salt, Waldo--Archives.
    Screenwriters-California--Los Angeles--Archival resources.
    Blacklisting of authors-California--Los Angeles.