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BIOGRAPHICAL MATERIALS

Scope and Content of Series

The BIOGRAPHICAL MATERIALS series contains juvenalia including Pickett's childhood and school photographs and diplomas; address books; family photographs, portraits and Pickett's wedding album of his marriage to director, filmmaker Barbara Schock; some realia relating to Pickett's career in the film industry, scrapbooks and other biographical materials are also included. The materials range in date from 1943, which includes family photographs, to 2012.
Box 1, Folder 1

Address books

 

Certificates and Awards

Box 1, Folder 2

Birth announcement, certificate of Baptism, International Driving Permit 1952, 1953, 1971

Box 1, Folder 3

Junior High and High School certificates and memorabilia 1967-1970

Box 1, Folder 4

Little League Baseball certificate and team photo 1964 July 11

Box 1, Folder 5

Independent Publishers Book Award, for Vertical, 2012

Box 1, Folder 6

Contracts - Agents and Lawyers

Box 1, Folder 7

Golf memorabilia

 

Photographs

Box 1, Folder 8

Family photographs - Pickett's parents and siblings ca. 1943-1975

Box 1, Folder 9

Grade school class pictures 1958-1964

Box 1, Folder 10

Portraits

Box 1, Folder 11

Sideways cast and crew

Box 1, Folder 12

Wedding album photographs undated

Box 1, Folder 13

Misc photographs

Oversize FB-525, Folder 5

Oversized photographs - Rex Pickett with Alexander Payne at Sanford Winery, Pickett on set of California Without End undated

Box 45

Realia - Wallet, watch, ring, personalized matchbook, Sideways baseball cap

Box 1, Folder 14

Slides - Cheyenne, WY 1985 and undated

Oversize FB-523

Scrapbook - Sideways Oscars, SAG Awards and Golden Globe Awards buzz 2004-2005

Oversize FB-524

Scrapbook - From Hollywood to Deadwood, My Mother Dreams the Satan's Disciples in New York, and Sideways reviews, articles, invitations and other memorabilia 1988-2005

Box 1, Folder 15

UCSD Special Studies form and UCSD Bachelor of Arts diploma 1974, 1976

 

CORRESPONDENCE

Scope and Content of Series

The CORRESPONDENCE SERIES, arranged alphabetically by correspondent, is comprised of letters, cards, postcards and some printed e-mail and includes personal correspondence with friends and family members as well as professional correspondence with agents, publishing houses, film production companies and others related to the publishing and film industries. Notable correspondence is with Pickett's publishing agents at Curtis Brown, Ltd. and include letters from publishing houses regarding his novels La Purisima and Sideways. The series ranges in date from 1973 to 2003.
Box 2, Folder 1

Carlson, Krista 2002 & undated

Box 2, Folder 2

Curtis Brown Ltd. (Letters from publishing houses to Pickett's agents Mitchell S. Waters and Jess Taylor) 1997-1999

Box 2, Folder 3

Freilicher, Melvyn 1973-1974

Box 2, Folder 4

Hoshen, Shiri 1996-1997 & undated

Box 2, Folder 5

Nations, Opal L. 1975 & undated

Box 2, Folder 6

Orange, Wendy 1973-1974

Box 2, Folder 7

Payne, Alexander and Michael London (re: Sideways) 2000, 2003

Box 2, Folder 8

Pickett, Anna (mother) undated

Box 2, Folder 9

Schock, Barbara (ex-wife) 1994-2003, & undated

Box 2, Folder 10

Woodard, Miriam and Ken. Mark Woodard photograph 2000 and undated

Box 38, Folder 13

Independent Feature Project, newsletter, correspondence and playbill featuring California Without End, March-October, 1983

Box 2, Folder 11

Miscellaneous correspondence

 

WRITINGS

Scope and Content of Series

The WRITINGS series includes handwritten and typescript drafts of Pickett's articles, journals, novels, screenplays and plays and includes both completed and unfinished works. The series is arranged into four subseries: A) Articles, B) Journals, C) Novels, Screenplays, and Plays; D) Collaborations and E) Other Writings.
A) Articles contains clippings of published articles written by Pickett. This subseries is arranged alphabetically by title and ranges in date from 2004 through 2012. Included in this subseries are the awards: North American Travel Journalists Association Best Domestic Magazine Article, 2006 and North American Travel Journalists Association First Place Award, 2008.
B) Journals, arranged chronologically, contains Pickett's personal journals with typescript and handwritten notebook pages. Included in this are dream journals as well as filming/project journals from Los Angeles and London. The materials range in date from 1972 to 2013.
C) The Novels, Screenplays, and Plays subseries includes handwritten and typescript drafts of Pickett's work. Many drafts include marginalia and edits. The series is arranged chronologically by title of work, and includes most notably drafts of his two independent feature films California Without End (1985) and From Hollywood to Deadwood (1990), his short screenplay My Mother Dreams the Satan's Disciples in New York (1999) which won the 2000 Academy Award for Best Live Action Short, his first published novel Sideways (2004) the source material for which Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor won the 2005 Academy Award for best adapted screenplay, and Sideways: The Play drafts of Pickett's novel adapted to the stage. This series also contains some related professional correspondence to editors and film production staff. The series ranges in date from 1974 to 2013.
D) Other Writings includes earlier works such as drafts of unfinished screenplays, poems, treatments, notes, short scripts, novelettes and other works by Pickett. The files range in date from 1974 to 1984 include many undated partial works. In most cases, the files retain Pickett's original folder titles.
E) The Collaborations subseries includes Pickett's early work on a self-published book of poems entitled If ears could see, if eyes could hear, if hearts could be everywhere and omniscient! which he co-wrote with Kim Vacariu, June 1973 and his collaboration on the UCSD student publication Crawl Out Your Window from June, 1975.
 

Articles

Box 2, Folder 12

Blown 'Sideways' Through Life, The Biz, Premiere 2004 October

Box 2, Folder 13

Case Closed: the Guy Who Came in From the Cold, Wine Enthusiast 2004 October

Box 2, Folder 14

How I Got 'Sideways', Travel and Leisure Golf, includes North American Travel Journalists Association Best Domestic Magazine Article Award 2006 May/June

Box 2, Folder 15

La Purisima, California Golf 1992 December

Box 2, Folder 16

Looking into Golf's Future, California Golf 1993

Box 2, Folder 17

Ojai Valley Rhapsody, Travel + Leisure Golf, Includes North American Travel Journalists Association First Place Award 2008 January/February

Box 2, Folder 18

Reds, Whites and Greens: The Connoisseur's Guide to the Best of Wine and Golf, Travel + Leisure Golf 2007 March/April

Box 2, Folder 19

Take Me to the Valley, Travel + Leisure Golf 2009

 

Journals

Box 3, Folder 1-4

Dream journals 1971 December-1972 September, and undated

Box 3, Folder 5-7

1972 May-1973 February

Box 4, Folder 1-9

1973 May-1980 December

Box 5, Folder 1-9

1981 January-1986 July

Box 6, Folder 1-8

1986 April-1991 January

Box 7, Folder 1-9

1991 January-1993 July

 

Novels, Screenplays, Plays

Box 8, Folder 1-5

Suicide Last Summer 1974

Box 8, Folder 6-7

Crash 1975

Box 9, Folder 1-4

Critical Mass, screenplay by Rex Pickett and Howard Cohen 1976

Box 9, Folder 5-8

a.k.a. Eric Dolan ca. 1976

Box 9, Folder 9-10

Operation Culiacan 1978

Box 10, Folder 1-4

Operation Culiacan

Box 10, Folder 5-6

Point of Decay 1978

Oversize FB-525, Folder 1

Point of Decay - Poster for film by Rex Pickett, Howard Cohen and Henry Witkowski 1978

Box 10, Folder 7-10

The Decision 1978

Box 11, Folder 1-4

The Decision

Box 11, Folder 5-8

Fashion, Flesh and Fantasy 1979

Box 11, Folder 9-11

Interior Night L.A. (1979)

Box 12, Folder 1-4

Interior Night L.A., also notes for A Novel of Desire

Box 12, Folder 5-11

California Without End (also under title, A Time of Uncertainty) (1985)

Box 13, Folder 1-8

California Without End (also under title, A Time of Uncertainty) (1985)

Box 14, Folder 1-10

California Without End (also under title, A Time of Uncertainty) (1985)

Box 15, Folder 1-9

California Without End (also under title, A Time of Uncertainty) (1985)

Box 16, Folder 1-13

California Without End (also under title, A Time of Uncertainty) (1985)

Box 17, Folder 1-7

California Without End (also under title, A Time of Uncertainty) (1985)

Oversize FB-525, Folder 2

California Without End (also under title, A Time of Uncertainty) - Director's clapboard

Box 17, Folder 8-11

Who Shot Samuel Ray? (also under title Who Shot Sam Fuller?) 1983

Box 18, Folder 4-7

Red Wind, adapted screenplay based on novel by Raymond Chandler 1983

Box 18, Folder 8

Decoy or Man Bites Dog 1990

Box 37, Folder 9

Decoy or Man Bites Dog

Box 18, Folder 9-14

From Hollywood to Deadwood (1989)

Box 19, Folder 1-20

From Hollywood to Deadwood

Box OM-1, Folder 1

From Hollywood to Deadwood - Laserdisc

Oversize FB-525, Folder 3

From Hollywood to Deadwood - Director's clapboard 1986 December 18

Box 19, Folder 21-22

Knife in the Heart 1989

Box 38, Folder 11

Knife in the Heart - Contracts and related correspondence. Under original proposed title This Little Ziggy

Box 20, Folder 1-8

The Road Back (also under title Sheboygan, WI) 1995

Box 21, Folder 1-7

The Road Back (also under title Sheboygan, WI)

Box 22, Folder 1-11

Alien III 1990

Box 22, Folder 12

Alien III by Walter Hill/David Giler 1991

Box 23, Folder 1-2

Alien III

Box 23, Folder 3-8

Baja Hideaway 1991

Box 24, Folder 1-6

Baja Hideaway

Box 24, Folder 7

Lily, an adaptation of a short story by Jane Smiley 1991

Box 24, Folder 8

Dreamboat 1991

Box 25, Folder 1-4

29% Less Full, with notes by Barbara Schock 1992

Box 25, Folder 5-6

Striking it Rich 1992

Box 37, Folder 10

Inside of Me 1994

Box 37, Folder 11

Raw 1994

Box 37, Folder 12-13

Desperate Measures 1995

Box 38, Folder 1-2

Gryphon, based on a short story by Charles Baxter 1995

Box 25, Folder 7-12

My Mother Dreams the Satan's Disciples in New York (Also under title My Mother Dreams the Hell's Angels in New York) 1999

General

Includes typescript drafts, publicity and Academy award news and related correspondence.
Box 38, Folder 3-7

My Mother Dreams the Satan's Disciples in New York (Also under title My Mother Dreams the Hell's Angels in New York) various dated drafts

Box 25, Folder 13

The Squatter

Box 26, Folder 1-7

La Purisima (A Raymond Savage Mystery) 1996

Box 27, Folder 1-4

La Purisima (A Raymond Savage Mystery)

Box 32, Folder 15-17

Repairman 2007

Box 38, Folder 8-10

Vertical: A Novel - Proofs 2011

 

Sideways

Box 28, Folder 1-2

Novel by Rex Pickett, under original title Two Guys on Wine 2003

Box 28, Folder 3-7

Drafts of novel 2003

Box 29, Folder 1-7

Drafts of novel 2003

Box 30, Folder 1

Drafts of novel 2003

Box 30, Folder 2-4

Proofs of novel 2004

Box 30, Folder 5-6

First draft of adapted screenplay by Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor 2003

Box 31, Folder 1-4

Drafts of adapted screenplay by Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor 2003

Box 31, Folder 5

Sideways: The Play - Draft 2013

Box 31, Folder 6

Sideways: The Play - Memorabilia 2013

Oversize AB-28-E

Sideways: The Play - Poster from the La Jolla Playhouse production 2013

Box 32, Folder 1

Cartoons by John McPherson and Jeff Stahler 2005

Box 32, Folder 2

Contracts, related correspondence with Endeavor

Box 32, Folder 3

Related correspondence

Box 32, Folder 4

Japanese contract

Oversize FB-525, Folder 4

Canvas from "director's chair"

Box 32, Folder 5

Memorabilia, various

Oversize MC-21-08

Movie poster 2004

Box 32, Folder 6-8

Publicity, press kit, promotional materials and correspondence

Box 32, Folder 9

Shooting schedule

Box 32, Folder 10

Ticket for Academy Awards and playbills

Box 32, Folder 11

Production materials

Box 32, Folder 12

Writers and Artists Agency correspondence and payments

 

Other Writings

Box 33, Folder 1

Metaxy: Passkey 1974 May

Box 33, Folder 2

...And Then Pomeroy Drew His Knife 1974 July

Box 33, Folder 3

Tetrakis 1978 May

Box 33, Folder 4

The Ca$tle 1978 May

Box 33, Folder 5

Hollywood Babble On! 1978-1979, 1991

Box 33, Folder 6

A True Story Never Told

Box 33, Folder 7-8

Wiretrap 1978

Box 33, Folder 9

Out of Context 1979 January

Box 33, Folder 10

The Disco Phenomena - Article for Eros Publishing 1979 May

Box 33, Folder 11

Diary of a Screenwriter 1979 June-July

Box 33, Folder 12

The Long Goodbye 1987 November

Box 33, Folder 13

Style as Sensibility in Wim Wender's Kings of the Road 1980 February

Box 33, Folder 14

The Real Estate Broker's Anxiety at the Close of Escrow 1980 February

Box 33, Folder 15-24

2nd Raymond Savage Mystery 1983-1984

Box 34, Folder 1-3

Against the Tide undated

Box 34, Folder 4

The Avacado Nightmare undated

Box 34, Folder 5

The Avacado Op undated

Box 34, Folder 6

Beverly Hills Cop undated

Box 34, Folder 7

Beyond Alcohol and Art undated

Box 34, Folder 8

The Black Eagle undated

Box 34, Folder 9

The Chicken Man undated

Box 34, Folder 10

The Combat Zone undated

Box 34, Folder 11

Del Mar Alexanderplatz undated

Box 34, Folder 12

Disengaged undated

Box 34, Folder 13

The Director undated

Box 34, Folder 14

Disclosures undated

Box 34, Folder 15

Drought undated

Box 34, Folder 16

Duty Calls undated

Box 34, Folder 17-18

Fragments of a Piece undated

Box 34, Folder 19

The Gemologist undated

Box 34, Folder 20

Herzog's 2nd Phase undated

Box 34, Folder 21

Hitchhiking Nymphos, After-School Naughtiness, and Hot & Horny Hustlers (under pseudonym Irv N. Tons) undated

Box 34, Folder 22

Important Parts undated

Box 35, Folder 1

Innocent Victims undated

Box 35, Folder 2

It Was One of Those Wild Free You Call Nights undated

Box 35, Folder 3

The Kid Mayor undated

Box 35, Folder 4

Killer in Suburbia undated

Box 35, Folder 5

Lanny Budd undated

Box 35, Folder 6

The Leper Cowboys undated

Box 35, Folder 7

Making It! A Series Comedy undated

Box 35, Folder 8

The Mogul undated

Box 35, Folder 9

Moths to the Flame "Bill Haller" undated

Box 35, Folder 10

Notes of a Maniac

Box 35, Folder 11

Paradise Heights undated

Box 35, Folder 12

The Profit God undated

Box 35, Folder 13

Queen of the Mist undated

Box 35, Folder 14

Reconciliation Junction undated

Box 35, Folder 15

Relief for an Advanced Case of Fear, poems and notes undated

Box 35, Folder 16

Return to Mystic undated

Box 35, Folder 17-18

Special Team undated

Box 35, Folder 19

Take Me to the End undated

Box 35, Folder 20

This is How I Lost the Mystery in My Soul undated

Box 36, Folder 1

The Video-tape Ritual Sex Murders undated

Box 36, Folder 2

Vindication undated

Box 36, Folder 3

Wing and a Prayer undated

Box 36, Folder 4

Cartoons - The Screenwriter's Saloon undated

Box 36, Folder 5

Documentary Ideas undated

Box 36, Folder 6

Early love story/notes on relationship undated

Box 36, Folder 7

Manny Farber film notes/questions undated

Box 36, Folder 8

Miscellaneous early writings undated

Box 36, Folder 9

Miscellaneous notes undated

Box 36, Folder 10

Notes for seminar undated

Box 36, Folder 11-13

Screenplay ideas various

Box 36, Folder 14

Shot composition notes undated

Box 36, Folder 15

Treatments for Allison/Dart Productions (various titles, some under pseudonym Rexford G. Pickett) undated

Box 36, Folder 16

Untitled partial script undated

Box 36, Folder 17

Various writings undated

 

Early Collaborations

Box 36, Folder 18

If ears could see, if eyes could hear, if hearts could be everywhere and omniscient! - Rex Pickett and Kim Vacariu (two copies, enscribed to Pickett's parents; and Jocelyn, with related correspondence) 1973 June

Box 36, Folder 19

Crawl Out Your Window, UCSD student publication, various contributors, original typescript draft with photograph by Philip Steinmetz June 1975

 

WRITINGS BY OTHERS

Scope and Contents of Series

The WRITINGS BY OTHERS series is arranged alphabetically by author. It contains a draft of an essay about UC San DIego film professor Manny Farber written by Barbara Schock, and reviews.
Box 37, Folder 1

/Hough/S/0 Prove/His/Him o/So He Kep/a/1/./T1. - Howard Cohen, typescript excerpt for Crawl Out Your Window, edited by Rex Pickett and Charles Heimer 1975 March

Box 37, Folder 2

Boowzh Out on Highway Nine, four performance compositions by Anton Czerny. Performed by The Heartaches: Howard Cohen, Melvyn Freilicher, Rex Pickett and Adele Shaules 1975 May

Box 37, Folder 3

A Hard (Wonderful) Look at the Movies, essay on Manny Farber by Barbara Schock undated

Box 37, Folder 4

Reviews of From Hollywood to Deadwood various

Box 37, Folder 5-8

Reviews of Sideways various

 

MEDIA AND RECORDINGS

Scope and Contents of Series

MEDIA AND RECORDINGS series includes reel-to-reel films on celluloid, VHS tapes, BetaMax tapes, ¾", DVD; 5 ¼" and 3 ½" floppies. These materials are restricted for use.
Box 39

CD-ROMS - drafts of Sideways, Repairman, The Corn Exchange, Moths to the Flame; article entitled "My Life on Spec"; and Rex Pickett interview on The David Lawrence Show 2002-2005

Conditions Governing Access

Restrictions Apply
 

Disks

Box 40

5 1/4" Floppy disks - Journal 1985-1989; From Hollywood to Deadwood drafts; Knife in the Heart draft; Letters to Barbara drafts; Word documents backup.

Conditions Governing Access

Restrictions Apply
Box 41-44

3 1/2" Diskettes - drafts of Sideways, La Purisima, The Road Back, Striking it Rich, Alien III, Baja Hideaway, Squatter, Decoy, Lily, Desperate Measures, and other drafts of scripts, letters, email back up

Conditions Governing Access

Restrictions Apply
 

Film reels

Box 46-49

California Without End, 4 reels

Conditions Governing Access

Restrictions Apply
Box 50

Fragments of a Piece, 1 reel

Conditions Governing Access

Restrictions Apply
Box 51-53

My Mother Dreams the Satan's Disciples in New York, 3 reels

Conditions Governing Access

Restrictions Apply
Box 54

Neon Stains, 1 reel

Conditions Governing Access

Restrictions Apply
Box 55-56

Pt. of Decay, 2 reels

Conditions Governing Access

Restrictions Apply
Box 57

University of Southern California Film School graduate school project, untitled, undated. Super 8 film, 1 reel

Conditions Governing Access

Restrictions Apply
 

Video cassettes

Box 58, Folder 1

California Without End

Conditions Governing Access

Restrictions Apply
Box 58, Folder 2-6

From Hollywood to Deadwood

Conditions Governing Access

Restrictions Apply
Box 58, Folder 7

Griffin

Conditions Governing Access

Restrictions Apply
Box 58, Folder 8-10

My Mother Dreams the Satan's Disciples in New York

Conditions Governing Access

Restrictions Apply
Box 58, Folder 11-13

The Academy Awards 2000

Conditions Governing Access

Restrictions Apply
Box 58, Folder 14

Demo, untitled

Conditions Governing Access

Restrictions Apply
Box 58, Folder 15

Untitled

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Restrictions Apply