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  • Title: Robert Litz papers
    Collection number: 2179
    Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 21.75 linear ft. (44 boxes)
    Date (inclusive): 1979-2012
    Abstract: Robert Litz was a writer for theater, film, and television. The collection consists of script and project files representing his career.
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.
    Creator: Litz, Robert

    Restrictions on Access

    Open for research. STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections 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.

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Michael Nylan, 2013.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Robert Lizt Papers (Collection 2179). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.


    Robert Litz was born October 3, 1950, in Cleveland, OH. He studied at Boston University and Harvard University. After graduating from Harvard, Litz began working as a press agent and actor for the New England Repertory Theatre in Worcester, MA. In the early 1980s, he began writing plays and became known in 1983 for his play, Great Divide. Throughout his career, Litz wrote 17 produced plays, including Domino, One World, and Mobile Hymn. He also wrote for film and television. His produced screenplays include Rappin' (1985) and House of Cards (1993). His television credits include documentaries written for A&E, History, and Discovery, including the A&E Biography episodes George Washington, Andrew Jackson, and the Emmy-nominated John Travolta. Robert Litz died on October 10, 2012 in Los Angeles, CA.

    Scope and Content

    The collection consists of theatrical, motion picture, and television script materials and project files representing the career of writer Robert Litz. The bulk of the collection consists of scripts, treatments, and outlines for both produced and unproduced projects. Project files contain notes, research materials, clippings, and ephemera. Some of these files correspond to scripts found in the collection; others relate to television documentary projects. Notably absent from the collection are materials related to the projects, Andrew Jackson and John Travolta.

    Organization and Arrangement

    Arranged in the following series:
    1. Personal and Biographical Information
    2. Project Files
    3. Stage Projects
    4. Motion Picture Projects
    5. Television Projects
    6. Book Projects
    7. Essays

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 7314413 

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Litz, Robert--Archives
    Dramatists, American--Archival resources.
    Television writers - United States - Archival resources.