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   Pare Lorentz Papers, 1914-1994 [Bulk Dates: 1932-1960].

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Series X: General, 1914-1994, undated

This series contains other materials, including personal correspondence, files, and records spanning Lorentz’s entire career.

Subseries 1. Correspondence, 1914-1990, undated

. There is some correspondence here between Lorentz and Jogn Steinbeck, as well as material related to Lorentz’s chapter on his relationship with Steinbeck for his autobiography, FDR’s Moviemaker. Letters between Lorentz and Elizabeth Meyer, his second wife, appear here. The Frederic Delano folders contain correspondence between Delano – uncle to the President – and his acquaintances, not with Lorentz himself.

John Steinbeck
John Steinbeck, 1938-1941

Box 171
Folder 1
Re: John Steinbeck, 1983-1990
Box 171
Folder 2
Drafts--"John Steinbeck, A Working Friendship: 1938-1942",
undated
(2 Folders)
Box 171
Folder 3 to 4
FDR’s Moviemaker,
undated
Box 171
Folder 5
Press Materials For Steinbeck Films, 1950-1952

Box 17
Folder 2
Elizabeth Meyer, 1941-1953,
undated
(13 Folders)

Box 172
Folder 1 to 13
Frederic A. Delano, 1914-1939
New York City--Board of Estimate--Committee on the City Plan Report,
1914

Box 173
Folder 1
November 1920
Box 173
Folder 2
1921
Box 173
Folder 3
1922
(8 Folders)
Box 173
Folder 4 to 11
1923
(8 Folders)
Box 173
Folder 12 to 19
1924
(7 Folders)

Box 174
Folder 1 to 7
1925
(10 Folders)
Box 174
Folder 8 to 17
1926
(6 Folders)
Box 174
Folder 18 to 23
1927
(9 Folders)

Box 175
Folder 1 to 9
1928
(10 Folders)
Box 175
Folder 10 to 19
1929
(9 Folders)
Box 175
Folder 20 to 28
1930
(8 Folders)

Box 176
Folder 1 to 8
1931
(5 Folders)
Box 176
Folder 9 to 13
1932
(4 Folders)
Box 176
Folder 14 to 17
1933
Box 176
Folder 18
1934
Box 176
Folder 19
1935-1936
Box 176
Folder 20
1939
Box 176
Folder 21

Subseries 2. KDKA Suit, 1942-1983

In 1977, Radio Station KDKA in Pittsburgh broadcast an interview with a man who claimed to have been an undercover FBI-agent during the New Deal. This agent, who referred to himself as “Dominic,” named Lorentz as a Communist. Lorentz sued the station. During the trial it was revealed that “Dominic” was in fact Joseph Mazzei, a man with a “criminal record” and a history of perjury, whom the U.S. Supreme Court had already diagnosed with a “pathological condition.” Westinghouse, KDKA’s parent company sent Lorentz a check for $25,000 and a written apology, acknowledging “the distinguished list of your lifetime accomplishments which clearly demonstrates your outstanding record as an American citizen.” Contains trial transcripts, court records, and correspondence.

Trial Materials, 1953-1978

Box 177
Folder 1
Legal Correspondence, 1978-1979
Box 177
Folder 2
KDKA Legal, 1977-1979
Box 177
Folder 3
KDKA Pittsburgh, 1977-1979
Box 177
Folder 4
Misc. Notes Re: KDKA, 1977-1979
Box 177
Folder 5
Background, 1977-1979
(2 Folders)
Box 177
Folder 6 to 7
William Donovan, 1977-1979
Box 177
Folder 8
Credits, 1977-1979
Box 177
Folder 9
Notes Regarding Article, 1977-1979
Box 177
Folder 10
Expenses, 1977-1979
Box 177
Folder 11
KDKA--Money, 1977-1979
Box 177
Folder 12
Rose Schmidt Dixon Hasley and White, 1977-1979
Box 177
Folder 13
Court Dismissal Documents, 1977-1979
Box 177
Folder 14
Personal Letters, 1977-1979
Box 177
Folder 15
KDKA, 1977-1979
Box 177
Folder 16
RKO Law Suit, 1941-1948
Box 177
Folder 17
KDKA, 1977-1979
Box 177
Folder 18
Trial Documents,
1979

Box 178
Folder 1
Pare Lorentz Affidavit,
1979
Box 178
Folder 2
Pare Lorentz Deposition,
1978
(2 Folders)
Box 178
Folder 3 to 4
Kennedy Webster and Gardner, 1977-1983
Box 178
Folder 5
Radio Show Transcript, 1977-1978
Box 178
Folder 6
Transcript of Show,
1977

Box 179
Folder 1
Motion for Summary Judgment,
1978
Box 179
Folder 2
PL Affidavit,
1978
Box 179
Folder 3
FBI Report, 1977-1979
Box 179
Folder 4
Supreme Court Decision,
1956
Box 179
Folder 5
Pre-Trial Narrative,
1978
Box 179
Folder 6
Plaintiff’s Rebuttal,
1979
Box 179
Folder 7
Law Suit RKO, 1942-1947
(3 Folders)
Box 179
Folder 8 to 10

Subseries 3. Conferences--Ceremonies--Presentations, 1944-1994

This subseries contains papers and correspondence related to various public events, including “The Conference that Never Was Held.” A planned international summit to discuss global issues that was cancelled after President Roosevelt died. Fifty years later it finally occurred as the Rio conference.

Suffield Connecticut Writers Conference,
1972

Box 180
Folder 1
Point Four Program and Conference, 1948-1952
Correspondence, 1948-1951
Box 180
Folder 2
Conference Meeting,
1952
Box 180
Folder 3
Conference Publications,
1952
Box 180
Folder 4
Conference Notes,
1952
Box 180
Folder 5
The Conference that Never was Held, 1944-1994
Correspondence and Research, 1944-1994 (1 of 4 Folders)
Box 180
Folder 6
Correspondence and Research, 1944-1994 (3 of 4 Folders)

Box 181
Folder 1 to 3
Correspondence with Adlai Stevension,
1957
(2 Folders)
Box 181
Folder 4 to 5
Speech Notes,
1972
Box 181
Folder 6
Presentation at University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh,
1971
Box 181
Folder 7
Dedication of Pare Lorentz Room at University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh,
1974
Box 181
Folder 8
Department of Agriculture AWARD,
1963
Box 181
Folder 9
West Virginia Wesleyan,
1972

Box 182
Folder 1
American School England,
1960
Box 182
Folder 2

Subseries 4. Writings about Pare Lorentz, 1965-1979

Includes several dissertations and masters theses on Lorentz, including the various works by Robert Snyder. Also located here is an oral history interview from the 1970s, and Lest We Forget a genealogical pamphlet written by Lorentz’s “aunt” Bess. Some letters are from fifth graders who wrote Lorentz to tell them how much they enjoyed a classroom viewing of The River.

A History of the Early Productions of Pare Lorentz and the U.S. Film Service 1935-1940 by Robert L. Snyder,
1965
Box 182
Folder 3
Final Chapter of Snyder Dissertation,
1965
Box 182
Folder 4
Films of Merit by Robert Snyder,
1965
(2 Folders)
Box 182
Folder 5 to 6
Letters to Pare Lorentz Commenting on Snyder Dissertation,
1968

Box 183
Folder 1
The Early Productions of Pare Lorentz by Robert Snyder,
1965
Box 183
Folder 2
An Analysis of the Visual Portion of the U.S. Documentary Film The River by William Fleming,
1966
Box 183
Folder 3
The Contextual and Stylistic Relations in the River: A Pare Lorentz Film by Ferne Liverance Galantai,
1979
Box 183
Folder 4
A Critical Study of The River by Sister Paula Reiten,
1970
Box 183
Folder 5
Lest We Forget by Bess Lorentz Wade,
1968

Box 184
Folder 1
Conversations with Pare Lorentz,
1976
Box 184
Folder 2
West Virginia Hillbilly,
1979

Box 17
Folder 1

Subseries 5. The Days of F.D.R., 1942-1978

. This subseries contains notes and accounting records related to a proposed project to trace Franklin Roosevelt’s daily movements over the course of his presidency.

FDR Day By Day, 1942-1943

Box 184
Folder 3
Cost Information Concerning The Days of Franklin D. Roosevelt: A Chronicle, 1948-1978
(2 Folders)
Box 184
Folder 4 to 5
Accounting Information, 1947-1978
(2 Folders)
Box 184
Folder 6 to 7
Audit,
1978

Box 185
Folder 1
Roosevelt Book, 1977-1978
Box 185
Folder 2

Subseries 6. General, 1941-1974

These records include a screenplay for the film, Citizen Kane.

Screenplay for Citizen Kane,
1941
Box 185
Folder 3
Paul Strand,
1974
Box 185
Folder 4

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