Michael Wilson was a successful screenwriter during the late-1940s and early-1950s. In 1951, he was named an “unfriendly witness”
by the House Un-American Activities Committee and blacklisted from the motion picture industry for the next 13 years. The
collection consists of correspondence, screenplays, treatments, research materials, clippings, legal papers, outlines, and
notes. Additionally, there is personal documents and material relating to the blacklist. Among the projects represented in
the collection are
Lawrence of Arabia (1962),
A Place in the Sun (1951),
Planet of the Apes (1968), and
Salt of the earth (1953), among others.
Michael Wilson was born in McAlester, OK, July 1, 1914. He graduated from UC Berkeley in 1936 with a BA in Philosophy. Primarily
a short story writer during the 1930s, he supported himself by teaching English and through occasional work on a low budget
Western movie (his early film work consisted mainly of William Boyd Westerns). With the advent of World War II, Wilson served
as a lieutenant in Marines, and upon his return, began his screenwriting career in earnest.
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