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John Howard Lawson papers

Overview

Scope and Contents

Biographical Note

Adminstrative Information

Detailed Description

Correspondence

Blacklist and Black Market

Theatre

Film

History and the Arts

Manuscripts

Biographical Material

Printed Material

Audio Recordings

Packages

Phonograph Records

Standing Volumes

Financial Records


John Howard Lawson papers, 1905-1977 | Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center

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Collection Overview

Title: John Howard Lawson papers, 1905-1977Add to your cart.

ID: 1/5/MSS 016

Primary Creator: Lawson, John Howard

Extent: 36.0 Boxes

Arrangement: Arranged in sixteen series: (1) Correspondence, (2) Blacklist and Black Market, (3) Theatre, (4) Film, (5) History and the Arts, (6) Manuscripts, (7) Biographical material, (8) Printed material, (9) Audio recordings, (10) Packages, (11) Phonograph records, (12) Standing volumes, (13) Symposium and conference proceedings, (14) Translations, John Howard Lawson writings, (15) Williams College publications, (16) Financial records

Date Acquired: 00/00/1967

Subjects: Cry The Beloved Country., Lawson, John Howard, 1894-1977., Screen Writers Guild., United States. Congress. House. Committee on Un-American Activities

Forms of Material: Audiocassettes, Chaplin, Charlie, 1889-1977. - Correspondence, Clippings (information artifacts), Correspondence., Diaries., Lawson, John Howard, 1894-1977. - Correspondence, Lawson, John Howard, 1894-1977. - Photographs, Manuscripts for publication., Millay, Edna St.Vincent, 1892-1950 - Correspondence, Photographs, Scrapbooks, Sound recordings

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection consists of over 100 boxes of correspondence and manuscripts, scrapbooks, photographs, tapes, audio recordings, and 46 books. In addition to incoming and outgoing letters, the correspondence files include notes, clippings, other types of printed material, some photographs, and a few early diaries. These materials relate to Lawson's time in prison, his film career, and personal relationships. The following are of particular interest and significance: correspondence from Edna St.Vincent Millay and Charles Chaplin, material concerning the Screenwriter's Guild and the blacklist, a folder on Cry, the Beloved Country, and audio recordings of some of his lectures, a Kathrine Hepburn address on behalf of the Hollywood Ten, and Lawson's appearance before the House Un-American Activities Committee in Washington, D.C., in 1947.

Biographical Note

John Howard Lawson (1894-1977) was a writer, and head of the Hollywood division of the American Communist Party.  Lawson was born in New York City, New York in 1894. After studying at Williams College, he became a successful playwright. In 1928, Lawson moved to Hollywood where he wrote scripts for films such as The Ship for Shanghai, Bachelor Apartment, and Goodbye Love. In 1933, Lawson joined with Lester Cole and Samuel Ornitz to establish the Screen Writers Guild and was the organization's first president. Lawson, who joined the American Communist Party in 1934, made several films that were political, including Blockade (1938), for which he received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Story. After World War II, the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) began an investigation into the Hollywood Motion Picture Industry. Lawson appeared before the HUAC on October 29, 1947 but he refused to answer any questions and along with the rest of  the Hollywood Ten, he was found guilty of contempt of Congress. Lawson was sentenced to twelve months in Ashland Prison and fined $1,000. Blacklisted by the Hollywood studios, Lawson moved to Mexico where he began writing Marxist interpretations of drama and film-making such as The Hidden Heritage (1950), Film in the Battle of Ideas (1953) and Film: The Creative Process (1964). He also wrote one of the first anti-apartheid movies, Cry, The Beloved Country (1951) under a pseudonym John Howard Lawson died in San Francisco on 14th August, 1977.

Subject/Index Terms

Cry The Beloved Country.
Lawson, John Howard, 1894-1977.
Screen Writers Guild.
United States. Congress. House. Committee on Un-American Activities

Administrative Information

Repository: Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center

Access Restrictions: Unrestricted access.

Use Restrictions: To quote in print, or otherwise reproduce in whole or in part in any publication, including on the World Wide Web, any material from this collection, the researcher must obtain permission from (1) the owner of the physical property and (2) the holder of the copyright. Persons wishing to quote from this collection should consult Special Collections Research Center to determine copyright holders for information in this collection. Reproduction of any item must contain the complete citation to the original.

Acquisition Source: Purchased

Preferred Citation: [Item], John Howard Lawson papers, Special Collections Research Center, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.


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Series 4: FilmAdd to your cart.
Correspondence concerning Lawson's books on filmwriting technique and notes on film projects for the black market.
Box 10Add to your cart.
Folder 1: "Cry, the Beloved Country"Add to your cart.
Written anonymously for Zoltan Korda, produced in 1950 while Lawson was in prison, clippings and correspondence
Folder 2: Correspondence, 1943-1959Add to your cart.
And notes concerning a new edition of "Theory and Technique of Playwriting"
Folder 3: Correspondence, 1953Add to your cart.
And notes, typescript of lecture, and clippings concerning "Film in the Battle of Ideas"
Folder 4: Script, 1954-1955Add to your cart.
And clippings and reviews of Herbert Biberman's "Salt of the Earth"
Folder 5: Hollywood Council of Arts, Sciences and Professions, 1952-1955Add to your cart.
Publications
Folder 6: Academy Awards, 1939-1951Add to your cart.
Lists, 1946 and 1950 missing
Folder 7: Film publications, 1950sAdd to your cart.
And announcements and clippings
Folder 8: Notes, 1951-1960Add to your cart.
For film projects
Folder 9: NotesAdd to your cart.
For film projects, "Life of Frederick Douglas," and a story based on Eskimo life, probably "Sun at Midnight"
Folder 10: Notes, 1955Add to your cart.
For film projects
Folder 11: Notes, 1953-1960Add to your cart.
For film lecture
Folder 12: Notes, 1959Add to your cart.
And programs concerning lectures in Portland, Oregon at Reed College and at Library Extension Center
Folder 13: NotesAdd to your cart.
And clippings for an article on "T.V. As An Art Form," for "Alpha Rho Journal"
Folder 14: Correspondence, 1958-1959Add to your cart.
With Hill and Wang concerning a plan to publish a volume of screenplays
Folder 15: Notes, 1961-1963Add to your cart.
For "Film: the Creative Process," in Soviet Union
Folder 16: Correspondence, 1960-1966Add to your cart.
With Akira Iwasaki concerning translation and publication of "Film: the Creative Process" in Japanese
Folder 17: Correspondence, 1963-1964Add to your cart.
With publishers Hill and Wang concerning "Film: the Creative Process"
Folder 18: Correspondence, 1965-1967Add to your cart.
With publishers Hill and Wang concerning "Film: the Creative Process"
Folder 19: "Film: the Creative Process"Add to your cart.
New pages and corrections before publication
Folder 20: "Film: the Creative Process"Add to your cart.
Notes on galleys, index and bibliography
Folder 21: "Film: the Creative Process"Add to your cart.
Reviews and comments
Folder 22: Correspondence, 1963-1967Add to your cart.
With film colleagues and scholars concerning "Film: the Creative Process"
Folder 23: Correspondence, 1964-1965Add to your cart.
Concerning translations and publication in other countries of "Film: the Creative Process"
Folder 24: Film catalogs and reviewsAdd to your cart.
Folder 25: Correspondence, 1958-1967Add to your cart.
Concerning film-making
Folder 26: Society of Cinematologists, 1965Add to your cart.
Minutes of meetings, newsletter, and letters concerning Lawson's membership
Folder 27: Society of CinematologistsAdd to your cart.
Correspondence with Robert Steele concerning membership
Folder 28: Correspondence, 1963-1967Add to your cart.
With Jay Leyda, who wrote the introduction to the paperback edition of "Film: the Creative Process"
Folder 29: NotesAdd to your cart.
On Charlie Chaplin and his autobiography
Folder 30: CorrespondenceAdd to your cart.
With Hill and Wang concerning possible translation and publication of two books about film, originally published in France
Folder 31: Research materialAdd to your cart.
Clippings, publications and programs to be used for lectures
Folder 32: Notes, 1960-1967Add to your cart.
For film lectures
Folder 33: Notes, 1967Add to your cart.
For lecture to screenwriting class, University of Southern California
Box 11Add to your cart.
Folder 1: NotesAdd to your cart.
And rough drafts of introduction to paperback edition of "Film: the Creative Process," including a critical essay on Marshall McLuhan, not published as part of introduction
Folder 2: Correspondence, 1967Add to your cart.
With Hill and Wang and Akira Iwasaki concerning introduction to a paperback edition of "Film: the Creative Process"
Box 27Add to your cart.
Folder 16: The Society of Cinema StudiesAdd to your cart.
Folder 17: Notes and Materials for Loyola Fim LecturesAdd to your cart.
Folder 18: Reviews on "Film: the Creative Process"Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Foosevelt and the Rough Riders, Notes, 1969Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Comparitive Review of Bonnie and Clyde and The Grapes of WrathAdd to your cart.
Folder 21: Magazines on Film With Marked Passages of NoteAdd to your cart.
Folder 22: Articles on FilmAdd to your cart.
Folder 23: Notes on FilmAdd to your cart.
Folder 24: Documants from American Documentary Inc.Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Materials for "Film: The Creative Process"Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Notes on Film StoryAdd to your cart.
Folder 27: "Tell Him I'm Gone" by Leo Malek Analysis and SuggestionsAdd to your cart.
Folder 28: Correspondence with Larry Menkin on "Space Time Continuum Memo"Add to your cart.
Folder 29: Notes by JHL on "Blue Bird" and a Note by Sue LawsonAdd to your cart.
Folder 30: Notes of Film, 1973Add to your cart.
Folder 31: Correspondence with Hill & Wang Publishers, 1969-1971Add to your cart.
Folder 32: Correspondence on "Film: The Creative Process"Add to your cart.
Folder 33: Correspondence on Society for Cinema StudiesAdd to your cart.
Folder 44: Cinema JournalsAdd to your cart.
Box 29Add to your cart.
Folder 39: Vision is my Dwelling PlaceAdd to your cart.
Box 30Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Code of Fair Competition for the Motion Picture Industry Approved By President RooseveltAdd to your cart.

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