The Orson Welles materials in the Lilly Library can be found in a number of collections. The largest is the Welles mss. The materials in this collection number about 20,000 items and pertain to Welles' activities on radio, stage, and film as well as to his personal and political life. The Fanto mss. consist of correspondence, film and theatre production materials, photographs, and clippings pertaining to the work of Welles and his cameraman George Fanto. The Weissberger mss. contain primarily correspondence and legal papers relating to the financial affairs of Welles and Mercury Theatre, Inc., as handled by Welles's personal attorney, L. Arnold Weissberger. Miscellaneous items received from various sources over the years have been combined to create the Welles mss. II collection. In addition, there are also items in the following collections: Film mss., Foreign Film mss., Jennings mss., and Wirt mss.
Film scripts and press kits for several of the films in which Welles directed and acted may be found in the printed collection of the Lilly Library. Consult separate sources for these items.