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Finding Aid for the Donald Spoto Papers, ca. 1940-1988
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms
  • Items Removed from Collection

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Donald Spoto Papers,
    Date (inclusive): ca. 1940-1988
    Collection number: 1563
    Creator: Spoto, Donald, 1941-
    Extent: 34 boxes (17 linear ft.) 6 oversize boxes
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Abstract: Donald Spoto (1941- ) wrote biographical studies of film and theater personalities. The collection contains files relating to Spoto's biographies and includes books, magazines, interviews, bibliographies, holograph notes, cassette recordings, film scripts, letters, and galley proofs covering the lives of Tennessee Williams, Alfred Hitchcock, Lotte Lenya, Preston Sturges, and Laurence Olivier. Spoto's doctoral dissertation and two of his original screenplays are included as well.
    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.
    Papers cannot be photocopied, recorded, duplicated, or otherwise reproduced without written permission of Donald Spoto.

    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 Donald Spoto, 1988-92.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Donald Spoto Papers (Collection 1563). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

    Biography

    Spoto was born June 28, 1941 in New Rochelle, New York; BA, Iona College, 1963; MA (1966) and Ph.D. (1970), Fordham University; taught at New School for Social Research, New York City, 1975-86; began teaching at University of Southern California in 1987; visiting lecturer, British Film Institute, National Film Theatre, London, 1980-86; published biographical studies of filmmakers Stanley Kramer, Alfred Hitchcock, Preston Sturges, playwright Tennessee Williams, and actors Marlene Dietrich, Marilyn Monroe, Lotte Lenya, Laurence Olivier, Elizabeth Taylor, Ingrid Bergman, and James Dean.

    Scope and Content

    Collection contains files relating to Spoto's biographies of film and theater personalities. Research material is organized first by personality, then by work. Includes books, magazines, interviews, bibliographies, holograph notes, cassette recordings, film scripts, letters, and galley proofs covering lives of Tennessee Williams, Alfred Hitchcock, Lotte Lenya, Preston Sturges, and Laurence Olivier. Also includes Spoto's doctoral dissertation and two of Spoto's original screenplays.

    Organization and Arrangement

    Arranged in the following series:
    1. Biographical.
    2. Tennessee Williams.
    3. Alfred Hitchcock.
    4. Lotte Lenya.
    5. Preston Sturges.
    6. Laurence Olivier.
    7. Screenplays.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Spoto, Donald, 1941- --Archives.
    Hitchcock, Alfred 1899- .
    Williams, Tennessee 1911-1983.
    Lenya, Lotte.
    Sturges, Preston.
    Olivier, Laurence 1907- .
    Authors, American--20th century--Archival resources.
    Motion picture actors and actresses--Research.
    Motion picture producers and directors--Research.

    Items Removed from Collection

    Books Removed for Cataloging:
    • Leavitt, Richard F. The world of Tennessee Williams. With an introduction by Tennessee Williams. New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, c. 1978. First edition, signed by Richard Freeman Leavitt and Tennessee Williams. Copy number: 226/250.
    • Leavitt, Richard Freeman, comp. and ed. Ave atque vale! memorial pages preserving the final notices. . .of Tennessee Williams . 1983?. Limited edition. . .copy number 7. . .is presented to Dakin Williams.
    • Van Antwerp, Margaret A., and Sally Johns, eds. Tennessee Williams. Afterword by Louis Auchincloss. Detroit: Gale Research Company. . . c. 1984. A Bruccoli Clark book. Dictionary of literary biography, documentary series, an illustrated chronicle, vol.4.
    • Williams, Tennessee. It happened the day the sun rose. Los Angeles, Sylvester & Orphanos, 1981. Copy 95 of 350.