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

Photographs

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

Printed

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

Miscellaneous

  • Box 2
    • folder 23: Alva Johnston's Second Installment (typed carbon. 25pp.)
    • folder 24: Miscellaneous - train tickets; calling cards; Helen Twelvetrees vs. RKO

Weissberger

  • folder 25: personal
  • folder 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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