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   Samson Raphaelson Papers, 1916-1982

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Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Samson Raphaelson Papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

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Summary Information

At a Glance

Bib ID:4078548 View CLIO record
Creator(s):Raphaelson, Samson, 1896-1983.
Title:Samson Raphaelson Papers, 1916-1982
Physical description:19.5 linear ft (ca.7,400 items in 40 boxes).
Language(s):In English
Access: The following boxes are located off-site: 2-41. You will need to request this material from the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at least twenty-four (24) hours in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room. This collection has no restrictions.  More information »

Arrangement

Arrangement

This collection is arranged into 10 series:

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Description

Scope and Content

Correspondence, playscripts, screenplays, scenarios, short stories, and other manuscripts, drafts, photocopies, contracts and other documents, tearsheets, clippings, and other materials relating to his career as a screenwriter, playwright, and author of short stories. Correspondence with friends, students, admirers, and professional colleagues concern his teaching, playwriting, films, articles, photography, and literary topics. There are also two groups of letters from students and readers about his textbook, "The Human Nature of Playwriting" (1949). Among the cataloged correspondence are William Gibson, MacKinlay Kantor, Anna Louise Strong, Louis Untermeyer, and Carl Van Doren. Included are manuscripts, drafts, or photocopies of almost all his films, plays, and short stories, such as playscripts and drafts of his plays, "The Jazz Singer" (1922), "Skylark" (1939), "Jason" (1942), and others; screenplays and scenarios, many in photocopy, of "Trouble in Paradise" (1932), "The Merry Widow" (1934), "The Shop Aroung the Corner" (1940), "Suspicion" (1941), "Heaven Can Wait" (1943), and many other films; and manuscripts, drafts, tearsheets, and printed copies of his short stories and articles of film and television criticism. There are also many clippings and reviews, programs, and other printed materials about his plays and films.

Series I: Cataloged Correspondence

Series II: Arranged Correcpondence

Series III: Manuscripts by Raphaelson

Subseries III.1: Fiction

Subseries III.2: Non-Fiction

Series IV: Miscellaneous Papers

Series V: Oversize Material

Sunseries V.1: Fiction Manuscripts by Rahaleson

Subseries V.2: Miscellaneous Material

Series VI: Original Inventory

Series VII: Arranged Correspondence

1990 Gift

Series VIII: Manuscripts and Documents

Mostly contracts

Series IX: Miscellaneous Papers

Series X: 1992 Gift

Subseries X.1: Correspondence

Subseries X.2: Manuscripts, Documents & Related Materials

Subseries X.3: Miscellaneous Papers

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Using the Collection

Partially Offsite

Access Restrictions

 The following boxes are located off-site: 2-41. You will need to request this material from the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at least twenty-four (24) hours in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

      offsite requestMore information and link to off-site request form

This collection has no restrictions.

Restrictions on Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. Permission to publish material from the collection must be requested from the Curator of Manuscripts/University Archivist, Rare Book and Manuscript Library (RBML). The RBML approves permission to publish that which it physically owns; the responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Samson Raphaelson Papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

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About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries. Rare Book and Manuscript Library; machine readable finding aid created by Columbia University Libraries Digital Library Program Division

Processing Information

Processed 06/20/88 HR

Papers Processed 08/14/92 HR

Machine readable finding aid generated from MARC-AMC source via XSLT conversion June 26, 2009 Finding aid written in English.
    2010-02-24 Legacy finding aid created from Pro Cite.

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Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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Genre/Form

HeadingCUL Archives:
Portal
CUL Collections:
CLIO
Nat'l / Int'l Archives:
ArchiveGRID
Agreements.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Articles.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Autobiographies.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Awards.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Bills (financial).PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Birth certificates.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Brochures.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Clippings.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Contracts.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Decrees.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Drafts (literary).PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Essays.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Fiction.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Financial records.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Galley proofs.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Interviews.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Inventories.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Lecture notes.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Memoranda.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Notes.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Outlines.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Photographs.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Photoprints.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Playbills.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Press releases.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Programs.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Proofs.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Receipts.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Reminiscences.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Reviews.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Scores.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Scripts.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Sheet music.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Syllabi.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Transcripts.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID

Subjects

HeadingCUL Archives:
Portal
CUL Collections:
CLIO
Nat'l / Int'l Archives:
ArchiveGRID
Abbott, George, 1887-1995.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Authors and theater.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Authors.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Bemelmans, Ludwig, 1898-1962.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Best, Edna, 1900-1974.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Caldwell, Zoe.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
College teachers.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Critics.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Cronyn, Hume.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Cukor, George, 1899-1983.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Dell, Floyd, 1887-1969.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Drama--Technique.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Dramaticsts.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Eaton, Walter Prichard, 1878-1957.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Ervine, St. John G. (St. John Greer), 1883-1971.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Film critics.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Fonda, Henry, 1905-1982.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Gaige, Crosby, 1882-1949.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Gibbons, Floyd Phillips, 1887-1939.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Gibson, William, 1914-2008.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Gordon, Ruth, 1896-1985.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Green, Paul, 1894-1981.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Halsman, Philippe.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Hayes, Helen, 1900-1993.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Hitchcock, Alfred, 1899-1980.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Hoover, J. Edgar (John Edgar), 1895-1972.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Howard, Leslie, 1893-1943.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Jessel, George, 1898-1981.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Kantor, MacKinlay, 1904-1977.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Kazan, Elia.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Kelly, Gene, 1912-1996.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Kober, Arthur, 1900-1975.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Krutch, Joseph Wood, 1893-1970.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Lawrence, Gertrude.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Lindsay, Howard, 1889-1968.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Lockridge, Richard, 1898-1982.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Lubitsch, Ernst, 1892-1947.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Luce, Clare Boothe, 1903-1987.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
MacLeish, Archibald, 1892-1982.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Macgowan, Kenneth, 1888-1963.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
McClintic, Guthrie, 1893-1961.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Motion picture authorship.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Parker, Dorothy, 1893-1967.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Playwriting.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Rattigan, Terence.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Scenarios.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
ScreenwritersPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Sheean, Vincent, 1899-1975.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Sherwood, Robert E. (Robert Emmet), 1896-1955.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Simon, Richard Leo, 1899-1960.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Skinner, Otis, 1858-1942.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Strong, Anna Louise, 1885-1970.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Tandy, Jessica.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Theatrical producers and directors.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Universities and colleges--New York (State)--New York.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Untermeyer, Louis, 1885-1977.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Van Doren, Carl, 1885-1950.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Van Doren, Mark, 1894-1972.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Werfel, Franz, 1890-1945.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Wilson, Sloan, 1920-2003.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Zanuck, Darryl Francis, 1902-1979.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID

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History / Biographical Note

Biographical Note

Samson Raphaelson, playwright, screenwriter, and teacher, wrote scenarios for many of the films directed by Ernst Lubitsch from 1931 until 1947, Raphaelson taught screenwriting at Columbia from 1976 until 1982, and also taught at the University of Illinois in 1920/21 and in 1948.

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