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Michael Wilson papers, 1942-1977
PASC 52  
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  • Organization and Arrangement
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  • Title: Michael Wilson papers
    Collection number: PASC 52
    Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 26.5 linear ft. (53 boxes)
    Date (inclusive): 1942-1977
    Language of Materials: Materials are in English.
    Physical Location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
    Creator: Babitz, Sol

    Restrictions on Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UC Regents. 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.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Michael Wilson Papers (Collection PASC 52). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.


    Wilson was born in McAlester, OK, July 1, 1914; received a BA from UC Berkeley, 1936, and taught English and wrote short stories before going to Hollywood in 1940; early work consisted of William Boyd westerns; joined the Marines in WWII; became a contract writer with Liberty Film, 1945, working on such pictures as It's a wonderful life; named an unfriendly witness by the House Un-American Activities Committee and blacklisted; worked on Herbert Biberman's independent production, "Salt Of The Earth" (1954), then moved to France and worked without receiving screen credit on various films including "The Friendly Persuasion" (1956), "The Bridge On The River Kwai" (1957), and "Lawrence Of Arabia" (1962); returned to the US, 1964, where he continued to write, including "The Sandpiper" (1965), "Planet Of The Apes" (1968), and Che! (1969); recipient of numerous awards including an Academy Award for "A Place In The Sun" (1951), and the Writers Guild of America's Laurel Award (1975); died Apr. 9, 1978.

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of materials related to the career of screenwriter Michael Wilson. Includes correspondence, screenplays, treatments, research materials, clippings, legal papers, outlines, and notes. General files contain correspondence and personal/career related documents and documents relating toblacklist. Also includes materials for films such as "Lawrence of Arabia" (1962), "A Place In The Sun" (1951), "Che!" (1969), "Planet Of The Apes" (1968), and "Salt Of The Earth" (1953). Finding aid includes name index.

    Organization and Arrangement

    Arranged in the following series:
    1. Screenplays and projects by Michael Wilson
    2. General files
    3. Untitled projects

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 4234008 

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Babitz, Sol--Archives.
    Early Music Laboratory.
    Wilson, Michael, 1914---Archives
    Blacklisting of authors--California--Los Angeles.
    Musicologists--United States--Archives.
    Performance practice (Music)--Research.