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Finding Aid for the Robert Rossen Papers, 1934-1965
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  • Administrative Information
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Robert Rossen Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1934-1965
    Collection number: 87
    Origination: Rossen, Robert
    Extent: 14 boxes (6 linear ft.)
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Performing Arts Special Collections
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Shelf location: Held at SRLF. Please contact the Performing Arts Special Collections for paging information.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Access

    Advance notice required for access.

    Restrictions on Use

    Copyright has not been assigned to the Performing Arts Special Collections, UCLA. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Arts Special Collections Librarian. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Arts Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

    Preferred Citation

    Robert Rossen Papers, 1934-1965. (Collection 87). Performing Arts Special Collections, Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.


    Rossen was born in New York, NY, Mar. 16, 1908; he began his career for the NY stage; moved to Hollywood (1939) as a contract writer for Warner Brothers and by the late 1940s was firmly established as the creator of some of America's most acclaimed films; his involvement with the Communist Party led to a subpoena from the House Un-American Activities Committee (1947); after "naming names" (1953), Rossen was allowed to continue working, but never returned to Hollywood, choosing instead to work in other locations; he won an Academy Award for Best Picture (1949) with "All the King's Men"; his numerous credits include such films as "The Roaring Twenties" (1939), "The Hustler," and "Lilith" (both 1964); died Feb. 18, 1966.

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of materials related to the career of American writer, producer, and director Robert Rossen. Includes various versions of scripts, notes and research material, clippings, stills, and posters. Includes material from numerous projects including the motion pictures "Alexander The Great" (1956), "All The King's Men" (1949), "Body And Soul" (1947), "The Brave Bulls" (1950), "They Came To Cordura" (1959), "Edge Of Darkness" (1942), "The Hustler" (1961), "Lilith" (1964), and "The Sea Wolf" (1941), and the stage plays "The Body Beautiful," "The Cool World," "Corner Pocket," and a project titled "Cocoa Beach." Includes some personal photographs.

    Access Points

    Rossen, Robert, 1908-1966--Archives.
    Screenwriters--United States--Archival resources.
    Motion picture producers and directors--United States--Archival resources.