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GUIDE TO THE ORSON WELLES MATERIALS IN THE LILLY LIBRARY

WEISSBERGER MSS.

The Weissberger mss., 1938-1949, consist primarily of correspondence and legal papers relating to the financial affairs of Orson Welles and Mercury Theatre, Inc., as handled by Welles' personal attorney, L. Arnold Weissberger. Included are copies of contracts and agreements between Welles and Columbia Artists as his representative, between Welles and RKO; other legal documents re: Mercury Theatre; insurance policies for both Orson and Virginia Welles; photo-graphs, mostly re: WPA theatre productions and performers; and clippings, chiefly about Welles. There are also two folders in the chronological files that relate specifically to the release of Citizen Kane and to the threatened suit by W.R. Hearst, as well as an oversize folio containing summary film earnings for Citizen Kane, Sept. 1941-Jan. 1942.

Purchase. Metropolitan Book Auction, NYC. 1996

ca. 1100 items



INVENTORY



Correspondence

Box 1: 1939-1949 and undated (26 folders). Chiefly re: financial matters of Orson Welles and Mercury Theatre, Inc. Two folders, 1941 Jan. and 1941 re: release of Citizen Kane and W.R. Hearst's threatened suit


Contracts, agreements, legal papers

Box 2:

folder 1: 1938, July 12. AFRA and CBS

2: Housman, John. Assignments to L. Arnold Weissberger, 4 Oct. and 28 Oct. 1938; agreement re: production of Five Kings, Jan. 27, 1939
3: Welles and Columbia Artists, 1938-1940. Agreements and correspondence
4: Columbia Phonograph Co., Mercury Theatre, Inc. and Orson Welles, May 1939
5: Orson Welles and RKO agreements, 1939 July - 1941
6: RKO and Orson Welles agreement, July 7, 1941 [photocopy of photostat]
7: Welles' insurance policies [a few are for Virginia Welles]
8: Welles' birth certificate (2 copies)
9: re: Welles' tax problems

Photographs

folder 10: Actors [including one of Mark Blitzstein] (15)
11: Actresses (6)
12: Doctor Faustus (2)
13: Horse Eats Hat (2)
14: Julius Caesar (2)
15: Shoemaker's Holiday (2)
16: Too Much Johnson (16)
17: Welles, Orson (5) [see also: Oversize]
18: Miscellaneous (3)
19: Postcard photographs


Printed

folders 20-21: Clippings re: Citizen Kane
22: Miscellaneous printed

Miscellaneous

Box 2

folder 23: Alva Johnston's Second Installment (typed carbon. 25pp.)
24: Miscellaneous - train tickets; calling cards; Helen Twelvetrees vs. RKO

Weissberger

folder 25: personal
26: clippings re: LAW

Oversize

Summary earnings sheets for Citizen Kane, Sept. 1941-Jan. 1942. Photograph: Orson and Virginia Welles wedding photo Printed: Clippings, chiefly re: Welles, but not Citizen Kane



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