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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Melville Shavelson papers
    Date (inclusive): circa 1940s-1970s
    Date (bulk): 1960s-1970s
    Collection number: 1354
    Creator: Shavelson, Melville
    Extent: 62 linear feet of papers.
    Repository: Margaret Herrick Library. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
    Languages: English

    Important Information for Users of the Collection


    Available by appointment only.

    Publication rights

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the Margaret Herrick Library. Researchers are responsible for obtaining all necessary rights, licenses, or permissions from the appropriate companies or individuals before quoting from or publishing materials obtained from the library.

    Preferred Citation

    Melville Shavelson papers, Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Lynne Joiner and Richard Shavelson, 2007


    Melville Shavelson was an American writer, producer, and director. With collaborator Jack Rose, he was twice-nominated for an Academy Award in the writing category for THE SEVEN LITTLE FOYS (1955) and HOUSEBOAT (1958). He served as president of the Writers Guild of America, West.

    Collection Scope and Content Summary

    The Melville Shavelson papers span the years circa 1940s-1970s (bulk 1960s-1970s) and encompass approximately 62 linear feet. The collection includes production material and scripts for CAST A GIANT SHADOW (1966), MIXED COMPANY (1974), and THE WAR BETWEEN MEN AND WOMEN (1972). Two television programs, THE DANNY THOMAS SHOW and MY WORLD AND WELCOME TO IT, are represented by scripts and some production material. Finally, there are extensive project and script files, as well as correspondence, notes, some early career papers, and three production design drawings.


    Arranged in the following series: Not arranged in series.

    Indexing Terms

    Shavelson, Melville , 1917-2007--Archives.