Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Allen, Barry mss. consist of various screenplays, including The Searchers, The Cradle Will Rock, Sunset Boulevard, The Browning Version, Parrish, and The Day of the Locust.

Barry Allen was born in Indianapolis, IN in December of 1943. Despite initial aspirations of being a newspaper photojournalist, his work with a large library of classic films at Ch 8, and the inspiration of Kevin Brownlow's The Parade's Gone By shifted his career interest to the programming and ultimately the preservation of the moving image.

Allen is the former Executive Director of Film Preservation and Archival Resources at Paramount Pictures, from which he retired in September of 2010. In 1967, he started his career in film professionally as an editor for WISH-TV in Indianapolis, where he edited on 16mm all movies that would be broadcast. In subsequent years he transitioned to booking and programming repertory and commercial films for Heaston Theatres in Indianapolis. In 1999, he was assigned the role of film preservationist for the Republic Pictures library, a subsidiary holding of Paramount & Viacom. In the mid 2000s, he was assigned the role of preservationist for the entire Paramount library of film assets. In 2005, Barry Allen was awarded the Anthology Film Archives Honor for his work to preserve the Republic Pictures library.

Acquired: 2012

Collection size: 7 items

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