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  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements
  • Provenance/Source of Acquisition
  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Biography
  • Other Finding Aids
  • Preferred Citation
  • Scope and Content
  • Items Removed from Collection
  • Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use
  • Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
    Title: Donald Spoto papers
    creator: Spoto, Donald, 1941-
    Identifier/Call Number: LSC.1563
    Physical Description: 17 Linear Feet (34 boxes and 6 oversize boxes)
    Date (inclusive): circa 1940-1988
    Abstract: Donald Spoto (1941- ) wrote biographical studies of film and theater personalities. The collection contains files relating to Spoto's biographies and includes books, magazines, interviews, bibliographies, holograph notes, cassette recordings, film scripts, letters, and galley proofs covering the lives of Tennessee Williams, Alfred Hitchcock, Lotte Lenya, Preston Sturges, and Laurence Olivier. Spoto's doctoral dissertation and two of his original screenplays are included as well.
    Physical Location: Stored off-site. All requests to access special collections material must be made in advance using the request button located on this page.

    Conditions Governing Access

    Open for research. All requests to access special collections materials must be made in advance using the request button located on this page.

    Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

    CONTAINS AUDIO MATERIALS: Materials will require assessment and may need further processing for safe access. These materials may be found in boxes 24-26, 31, 39, and 40. Please contact Special Collections reference (spec-coll@library.ucla.edu) for more information.

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Donald Spoto, 1988-92.

    Organization and Arrangement

    Arranged in the following series:
    1. Series 1. Biographical
    2. Series 2. Tennessee Williams
    3. Series 3. Alfred Hitchcock
    4. Series 4. Lotte Lenya
    5. Series 5. Preston Sturges
    6. Series 6. Laurence Olivier
    7. Series 7. Screenplays

    Biography

    Spoto was born June 28, 1941 in New Rochelle, New York; BA, Iona College, 1963; MA (1966) and Ph.D. (1970), Fordham University; taught at New School for Social Research, New York City, 1975-86; began teaching at University of Southern California in 1987; visiting lecturer, British Film Institute, National Film Theatre, London, 1980-86; published biographical studies of filmmakers Stanley Kramer, Alfred Hitchcock, Preston Sturges, playwright Tennessee Williams, and actors Marlene Dietrich, Marilyn Monroe, Lotte Lenya, Laurence Olivier, Elizabeth Taylor, Ingrid Bergman, and James Dean.

    Other Finding Aids

    A copy of the original version of this online finding aid is available at the UCLA Library Special Collections for in-house consultation and may be obtained for a fee. Please contact: spec-coll@library.ucla.edu.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Donald Spoto papers (Collection 1563). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

    Scope and Content

    Collection contains files relating to Spoto's biographies of film and theater personalities. Research material is organized first by personality, then by work. Includes books, magazines, interviews, bibliographies, holograph notes, cassette recordings, film scripts, letters, and galley proofs covering lives of Tennessee Williams, Alfred Hitchcock, Lotte Lenya, Preston Sturges, and Laurence Olivier. Also includes Spoto's doctoral dissertation and two of Spoto's original screenplays.

    Items Removed from Collection

    Books Removed for Cataloging:
    • Leavitt, Richard F. The world of Tennessee Williams. With an introduction by Tennessee Williams. New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, c. 1978. First edition, signed by Richard Freeman Leavitt and Tennessee Williams. Copy number: 226/250.
    • Leavitt, Richard Freeman, comp. and ed. Ave atque vale! memorial pages preserving the final notices. . .of Tennessee Williams. 1983?. Limited edition. . .copy number 7. . .is presented to Dakin Williams.
    • Van Antwerp, Margaret A., and Sally Johns, eds. Tennessee Williams. Afterword by Louis Auchincloss. Detroit: Gale Research Company. . . c. 1984. A Bruccoli Clark book. Dictionary of literary biography, documentary series, an illustrated chronicle, vol.4.
    • Williams, Tennessee. It happened the day the sun rose. Los Angeles, Sylvester & Orphanos, 1981. Copy 95 of 350.

    Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

    Property rights to the physical objects belong to UCLA Library Special Collections. All other 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.

    Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

    Papers cannot be photocopied, recorded, duplicated, or otherwise reproduced without written permission of Donald Spoto.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Motion picture producers and directors -- Research.
    Motion picture actors and actresses -- Research.
    Authors, American -- 20th century -- Archives.
    Olivier, Laurence
    Spoto, Donald, 1941- --Archives.
    Sturges, Preston.
    Williams, Tennessee 1911-1983.
    Hitchcock, Alfred
    Lenya, Lotte