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Finding Aid for the Michael Wilson Papers, 1942-1977
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  • Administrative Information
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  • Scope and Content
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Michael Wilson Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1942-1977
    Collection number: 52
    Origination: Wilson, Michael
    Extent: 52 boxes (24.5 linear ft.)
    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

    Michael Wilson Papers, 1942-1977. (Collection 52). Performing Arts Special Collections, Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.


    Wilson was born in McAlester, OK, July 1, 1914; graduated 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.


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

    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.

    Access Points

    Wilson, Michael, 1914---Archives
    Blacklisting of authors--California--Los Angeles
    Screenwriters--Archival resources