Guide to the Richard Collins Papers
1932-1967

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Collins, Richard, 1914-
Title: Richard Collins papers
Dates: 1932-1967 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 9.0 linear feet (6 containers)
Collection Number: Ax 691
Summary: Collection comprises papers of American screenwriter and producer Richard Collins and includes motion picture scripts, scenarios, screen plays, outlines and treatments by Collins and others; television scripts, including scripts for the Breaking point and Chrysler theatre series; and professional correspondence. Major correspondents are Marjorie Cantor, Frank Dorsey, Arnaud d'Usseau and Ned Russell.
Repository: Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene, Oregon, 97403-1299
(541) 346-3068
spcarref@uoregon.edu

Languages: Collection materials are in English. 
Sponsor: Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Historical Note

Richard J. Collins is a writer and producer born in New York City on July 20, 1914. He attended Stanford University and became a junior writer at 20th Century Fox during the years 1936 and 1937. He was a one of the producers of Bonanza at the National Broadcasting Company in the 1960s.

Content Description

The collection consists of motion picture and television scripts by both Collins and others. In addition, there is correspondence, contracts, production material and notes on script ideas.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

Collection is open to the public.

Collection must be used in Special Collections & University Archives Reading Room.

Restrictions on Use :  

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Preferred Citation :  

[Identification of item], Richard Collins Papers, Ax 691, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Collection is organized into the following series:

  • Motion picture scripts, scenarios, screenplays, outlines, treatments by Richard Collins
  • Motion picture scripts, and screenplays by others
  • Television scripts and related materials

Processing Note :  

Collection processed by processing staff.

This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Motion picture scripts, scenarios, screenplays, outlines, treatments by Richard Collins
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
1 1 The Adventures of Hajji Baba, scenario and shooting schedule 1953
1 2 The Badlanders, screen treatment, script and revised script 1957
1 3 The Bob Mattias Story, screenplay and shooting schedule 1954
1 4 The Bucking String (with Silvia Richards), screen story 1950
1 5 City That Never Sleeps, screen treatment 1952
1 6 The Comedian, original script, first shooting script 1954
1 7 Cult of the Cobra (with Cecil Maiden), final screenplay 1954
1 8 The Dancing Bucket, screenplay (by Marion Hargrove), revised final draft screenplay, second revised final draft screenplay, final screenplay 1959
1 9 The Dark Wood, screenplay 1946
1 10 Deborah, outline and original script with corrections 1947
1 11 Deborah, script 1947
1 12 Don’t be a Sucker (originally “Quit Shoving”), original script, script (US Signal Corps training film project 6107) 1945
1 13 Every Now and Then (with Arnaud d’Usseau), script (adapted from Evelyn Waugh, Vile Bodies) 1935
1 14 Flamenca (originally “Spanish Affair”), first preliminary script and final script 1956
1 15 Flamenca (originally “Spanish Affair”), correspondence and production schedule 1956
1 16 Freckles (with Arnaud d’Usseau), story outline 1940
1 17 Hudson’s Bay Company (with Michael Jacoby), revised screen treatment, notes (produced in 1941 as “Hudson’s Bay” by 20th Century Fox) 1937
1 18 In Place of Splendor, story outline and notes 1946
2 1 In Place of Splendor, screenplay 1946
2 2 Lady Scarface (originally “An Untitled Story”; with Arnaud d’Usseau), story outline, estimating script and final script (produced in 1941 by RKO Pictures, Inc.) 1941
2 3 The Man from Snake River, screen treatments 1955
2 4 The Man from Snake River, first screenplay 1955
2 5 The Man from Snake River, second screenplay 1955
2 6 The Mexican Story, story outline and screen treatment
2 7 Miss Susie Slagle’s, story outline (produced by Paramount Pictures, Inc., 1946) 1939
2 8 99 Women, first draft screenplay 1960
2 9 Once Around the Clock (with Arnaud d’Usseau), estimating script 1940
2 10 Operation 16-Z, first estimating draft script 1952
2 11 Pay or Die, script 1959
2 12 Return to Love (with Arnaud d’Usseau), estimating script 1940
2 13 Riot in Cell Block 11 (originally “Riot”), first draft screenplay, revised screenplay, final shooting script, shooting schedule, memos from Walter Wanger on script 1953
2 14 Rose and the Flame, screenplay 1954
2 15 Ruler of the Seas, outline and script 1938
2 16 Ruler of the Seas, script and log of the steamship, Savannah, 1819 1938
3 1 The Sage of Onion Valley, story outline
3 2 See What I Mean?, original and revised screenplays
3 3 Song of Russia (originally “Russia”)(with Paul Jarrico), script 1942
3 4 Song of Russia (originally “Russia”)(with Paul Jarrico), notes and reviews 1942
3 5 Suffragette (with Paul Jarrico), story outline 1937
3 6 Until They Sail, screen treatment, step outline and research material 1955
3 7 Will o’ the Wisp, synopsis by Katherine Anne Porter, outline, original screenplay 1948, 1950
3 8 Will o’ the Wisp, screenplay 1948, 1950

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Motion picture scripts, and screenplays by others
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
3 9 Mainwaring, Daniel G. The Body Snatchers: script 1955
3 10 Mankiewicz, Herman J. The Pride of the Yankees: shooting script (produced by Samuel Goldwyn, 1942) 1942
3 11 Trotti, Lamar, and Sonya Levien. Chicago: temporary script (original story by R. Collins) 1937

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Television scripts and related materials
Container(s)
Description
Dates
“Breaking Point” series; Bing Crosby Productions
Box
Folder
3 12 Bellack, George. A Land More Cruel: shooting script production schedule, cast sheet, and call sheets December 1963
3 13 Blankfort, Michael. A Pelican in the Wilderness: shooting script and production schedule June 1963
3 14 Boretz, Alvin. Millions of Faces: shooting script, production schedule, cast sheet and call sheets September 1963
3 15 Boretz, Alvin. So Many Pretty Girls…: shooting script, production schedule, cast sheet, call sheets and production reports December 1963
3 16 Davidson, David. Whatsoever Things I Hear: shooting script, production schedule, cast sheet and call sheet July 1963
3 17 Dratler, Jay. Who is Mimi, What is She?: shooting script, production schedule and cast sheet July 1963
4 1 Fine, Mort. Better Than a Dead Lion: shooting script, production schedule, cast sheet, call sheets and production reports November 1963
4 2 Gerard, Mervin. The Summer House: shooting script, production schedule, cast sheet and call sheets February 1964
4 3 Gothers, Stephen. Heart of Marble, Body of Stone: shooting script, production schedule, cast sheet and call sheets August 1963
4 4 Gordon, William D. I, The Dancer: shooting script, production schedule, cast sheet and call sheets March 1964
4 5 Hammil, Joel. My Hands Are Clean: final draft script February 1964
4 6 Hayes, Raphael. A Little Anger is a Good Thing: shooting script, production schedule, cast sheet, call sheets and production reports January 1964
4 7 Holloway, Jean. In the Dark All Cats Are Gray: shooting script, production schedule, cast sheet, call sheets and production reports January 1964
4 8 Holloway, Jean. Tides of Darkness: final draft script December 1963
4 9 Kinnoy, Ernest. The Bull Roarer: shooting script, production schedule, cast sheet, and call sheets October 1963
4 10 Lefferts, George. Don’t Cry, Baby, Don’t Cry: shooting script, production schedule, cast sheet, and call sheets October 1963
4 11 Lefferts, George. The Healers: final draft script December 1963
4 12 Merlin, Barbara and Milton. Glass Flowers: shooting script, production schedule, cast sheet, and call sheets November 1963
4 13 Merlin, Barbara and Milton. The GNU, now almost extinct: shooting script, production schedule, cast sheet, call sheets, and production reports October 1963
4 14 Merlin, Barbara and Milton. No Squares in my Family Circle: shooting script, production schedule, cast sheet, call sheets, and production reports January 1964
4 15 Morgan, Scott. Confusing her Astronomers: final draft script January 1964
4 16 Rodgers, Mark. There are the Hip and there are the Square: final draft script, and revised final draft script May 1963
4 17 Ross, Jerome. Last Summer We Didn’t Go Away: shooting script, production schedule, cast sheet, and call sheets June 1963
4 18 Rubin, Mann. Fire and Ice: shooting script, production schedule, cast sheet, and call sheets July 1963
4 19 Sanford, Gerald. Child of the Center Ring: shooting script, production schedule, cast sheet, and call sheets December 1963
4 20 Semple, Lorenzo, Jr. Never Trouble, Trouble…: shooting script, production schedule, cast sheet, call sheets, and production reports February 1964
4 21 Sloane, Allen. And James Was A Very Small Snail: shooting script, production schedule, cast sheet, and call sheets September 1963
4 22 Sloane, Allen. Crack in an Image: shooting script, production schedule, cast sheet, and call sheets September 1963
4 23 Yaffe, James. Bird and Snake: shooting script, and production schedule June 1963
4 24 Devil on Two Sticks: shooting script, production reports, and cast sheets November 1963
5 1 Memos, schedules, and writers
5 2 Story ideas, and script notes
5 3 Still pictures
Chrysler Theater series scripts
Box
Folder
5 4 Anhalt, Edward. A Time for Killing: shooting script, production schedule, and cast sheet February 1965
5 5 Apstein, Theodore. Perilous Times: shooting script, production schedule, and cast sheet February 1965
5 6 Cassavetes, John. In Pursuit of Excellence: shooting script, production schedule, and cast sheet February 1966
5 7 Fielder, Richard. The Loving Cup: shooting script, production schedule, and cast sheet December 1964
5 8 Furia, John. The Turncoat: shooting script, production schedule, and cast sheet July 1964
5 9 Kinroy, Ernest. Wind Fever: shooting script, production schedule, and cast sheet August 1965
5 10 Krumholz, Chester. Marian: shooting script, production schedule, and cast sheet July 1965
5 11 Lakin, Rita. The Shattered Glass: shooting script, production schedule, and cast sheet September 1964
5 12 Moll, Elick. Clash of Cymbals: shooting script, and music schedule September 1964
5 13 Pogostin, S. Lee. Crazier than Cotton: revised shooting script March 1966
5 14 Reisner, Dean. Escape into Jeopardy: shooting script, and production schedule May 1965
5 15 Silliphant, Sterling. The Cloud Busters: note on submission, final script, and notes by Collins December 1965
5 16 Silliphant, Sterling. The Highest Fall of All: shooting script, production schedule, and cast sheet September 1965
5 17 Wood, William. Parties to the Crime: shooting script, and production schedule October 1964
Television series scripts by Richard Collins
Box
Folder
5 18 Bat Masterson. Appointment in Mobeetie: outline June 1950
5 19 Bat Masterson. 90-B: script September 1960
5 20 Combat. Celeste: story outline, first draft script, and second draft script May 1962
5 21 Daniel Boone. Beaumarchais: original script, corrected, and final script May 1967
5 22 87th Precinct. Empty Hours: script with notes and corrections June 1961
5 23 87th Precinct. The Heckler: revised draft, script with corrections August 1961
5 24 87th Precinct. Killer’s Choice: revised script January 1962
5 25 87th Precinct. The Cover: script March 1962
5 26 General Electric Theatre. Clown: script, and revised script January 1955
5 27 General Electric Theatre. Prosper’s Old Mother. (W. Bowers): revised script, and rewrite pages by Collins June 1955
5 28 Grand Jury. Magazine Scandal: script January 1960
5 29 Jane Wyman Fireside Theatre. The Sound of Thunder: script, and revised script March 1956
5 30 Jane Wyman Fireside Theatre. The Sound of Thunder: script, and revised script March 1956
5 31 Joaquin Murietta. A Life for a Life: story idea by Marvin Albert, and script September 1967
5 32 Joaquin Murietta. Shanghai Chicken Story: story outline, shooting script, cast list, set list, and revises August 1967
6 1 Maverick. Duel at Sundown: revised draft script December 1958
6 2 Maya. Twilight of Empire: final script November 1966
6 3 Not for Hire. Careless Love: final draft script August 1959
6 4 Not for Hire. Shark Bait: final draft script July 1959
6 5 Not for Hire: Sheep’s Clothing: final draft script, and revised final draft script November 1959
6 6 The Roaring Twenties. Royal Tour: estimating script, and revised draft script April 1961
6 7 Robert Taylor’s Detectives. Masquerade: script June 1959
6 8 Route 66. The Hungry I: revised first draft script October 1960
6 9 The Untouchables. Human Contraband: story outline January 1961
6 10 The Untouchables. The seventh vote: final draft script March 1961
6 11 Wagon Train. The Emily Rossiter Story: script August 1957
Television non-series scripts by Richard Collins
Box
Folder
6 12 Non-Series 1. The Boy with the Beautiful Mother 1955
6 12 Non-Series 1. The Blue Ribbon 1955
6 12 Non-Series 1. Code of Honor 1952
6 12 Non-Series 1. Faith 1953
6 12 Non-Series 1. The Girl Who Wasn’t Wanted 1955
6 12 Non-Series 1-2. The Golden Flower 1954
6 13 Non-Series 1-2. The Golden Flower 1954
6 13 Non-Series 2. The Indian Captive
6 13 Non-Series 2. The Intercessors 1953
6 14 Non-Series 3. A Light in the Desert 1956
6 14 Non-Series 3. The Magic Mirror 1956
6 14 Non-Series 3. Miss Darkness
6 14 Non-Series 3. Mr. Donald Takes A Risk 1954
6 15 Non-Series 4. Night Fright 1957
6 15 Non-Series 4. The Psychophonic Nurse
6 15 Non-Series 4. The Secret Place 1955
6 15 Non-Series 4. Shadow on the Heart 1955
6 15 Non-Series 4. Theater on the Mind 1949
6 15 Non-Series 4. The Tin Bridge
6 15 Non-Series 4. The William Norton Story
6 15 Non-Series 4. Within the Law 1957
Correspondence
Box
Folder
6 16 Correspondence, professional 1964-1965
6 17 Letters Received. General
6 18 Letters Received. d’Usseau, Arnaud 1932-1948
6 19 Letters Received. Russell, Ned 1930-1939
6 20 Letters Received. Cantor, Marjorie 1930-1939
6 21 Letters Received. Collins, Harry and Mrs. Harry 1932-1934
6 22 Letters Received. Dorsey, Frank 1930-1939
6 23 Letters Received. Vincent Van Gogh 1936-1937
Miscellaneous
Box
Folder
6 24 Contracts 1 1936-1962
6 25 Contracts 2 1936-1962
6 26 Screen Writers Guild Show: script and program 1961
6 27 Production Material
6 28 Fathom: TV idea

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Subjects

  • Personal Names :
  • Collins, Richard, 1914-
  • Collins, Richard, 1914---Correspondence
  • Subject Terms :
  • Authors, American--20th century
  • Screenwriters--United States
  • Television writers--United States
    • Form or Genre Terms :
    • Screenplays
    • Television scripts

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