Collection title and number: Film and Television Screenplay Collection. Collection 102 Accession number: 2011.9Collection size: 63 archival document boxes (26.25 linear feet)Dates: 1924-2005Languages: EnglishCreator: Various screenwritersProcessing history: Processed by Katie Duvall. Date completed: June 2011
This collection consists of screenplays, dating from 1924-2005, donated by Father Michael Mandala, S. J., of the Blessed Sacrament Church in Hollywood, California. In this collection are film screenplays, made-for-television movie screenplays and non-screenplay materials including press packets, storyboards, preliminary production information and treatments, dating from 1924-2005. The screenplays include some of the great films of Hollywood history: "My Man Godfrey," "Raiders of the Lost Ark," and "The Godfather," are just some examples.
The type of screenplay varies. Some are labelled revisions, including the final revision; others are labelled dialogue or release dialogue; others are continuties.
The provenance of the materials is unknown, but it is thought that Blessed Sacrament Church gained possession of the scripts through a parishioner. Blessed Sacrament then sought out the Department of Archives and Special Collections, at Loyola Marymount University, as the archival repository for these screenplays. Notations in some of the screenplays indicate they may have been purchased in used bookstores or at auctions or photocopied from local library collections. Others may be screenplays received by a professional in the entertainment industry over the normal course of business as indicated by highlighting and notations within the screenplays and included script covers from talent agencies. LMU does not hold copyright to the scripts; consequently, it cannot reproduce them.
Series descriptions: The materials in Film and Television Screenplay have been organized according to subject matter or topic into series, each with a box and folder list that provides indices to the series' holdings. Presently only four series are open for research; as other materials are processed into series they will be opened to research. To view the description, and box and folder list of this series, select the appropriate series link:
RESEARCH ACCESS: For information on making an appointment to research these materials, please call the department at 310-338-5710; or e-mail the department: Special.Collections@lmu.edu. For the rules governing the use of our materials, consult the access policy of the Department of Archives and Special Collections, William H. Hannon Library, Loyola Marymount University, 1 LMU Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90045.
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