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Guide to the Oliver Mayer Papers, ca. 1970-1998
Special Collections M0973  
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    Title: Oliver Mayer Papers,
    Date (inclusive): ca. 1970-1998
    Collection number: Special Collections M0973
    Creator: Mayer, Oliver.
    Extent: 16.5 linear ft.
    Repository: Stanford University. Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

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    Publication Rights

    Property rights reside with the repository. Literary rights reside with the creators of the documents or their heirs. To obtain permission to publish or reproduce, please contact the Public Services Librarian of the Dept. of Special Collections.


    Purchased, 1998.

    Preferred Citation:

    [Identification of item] Oliver Mayer Papers, M0973, Dept. of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.


    Los Angeles playwright with a Latino background. His mother is Mexican-American, an actress who gave up the theatre for marriage; his late father, Alexander, was a film and television art director. A self-described "punk" in high school, Mayer went on to a highly successful academic career at Cornell, Oxford and Columbia universities. BLADE TO THE HEAT has received the most attention of the some dozen plays he has written. He inherited his passion for boxing from his father and Mexican grandfather and trained in the sport from the ages of 13 to 15.

    Scope and Content

    Includes manuscripts, corrected typescripts, childhood stories and drawings, correspondence, diaries, business papers and letters, press reviews and coverage, publications, posters, and photographs.