Corwin, Norman (1910-2011)
Scope:
The Norman Corwin collection consists of manuscripts, printed material, correspondence, and audio recordings.

Manuscripts by Corwin include the radio script They Fly Through the Air with the Greatest of Ease, as well as a screenplay version (1939-1959); a teleplay for the TV series Passport for Adam (1944); a pair of radio plays written by Corwin in collaboration with Ray Bradbury, Forever and the Earth and The Great Configuration Up at the Place; multiple early drafts of Cousins play The Rivalry, with the title Tonight Lincoln vs. Douglas (1956), along with a playbill from the Bijou Theater (1959) and pieces of publicity; a draft of the screenplay The Story of Ruth, produced by Twentieth Century Fox in 1959; notes and research material for the book Overkill and Megalove (1963), with a script  fragment and production notes for the stage version (1964); a number of commencement addresses as well as keynote and conference addresses; a number of unpublished or unproduced radio plays, screenplays and theatrical plays; multiple drafts of Untitled and Other Radio Dramas (1947); a screenplay for the film Storm Over Tibet (successfully released in Europe in 1952, but never released in the United States); program outlines, drafts of scripts, research notes, and partial transcripts of film interviews with stars for Inside the Movie Kingdom, a TV documentary for NBC (1964), with correspondence related to various aspects of the production; and a score from the South African production of The Odyssey of Runion Jones, with an audio tape of a production given at C.W. Post College (1966) and a galley proof retitled The Dog in the Sky (1952).  There are manuscripts related to an event sponsored by the American Israel Cultural Foundation honoring Teddy Kollek, Mayor of Jerusalem, with a tribute to Jerusalem written by Corwin (1968), a program from the occasion, a guest list for the banquet, and correspondence following the event; an unpublished script, Memorandum to Jeremiah, written to commemorate the thirteenth anniversary of the founding of the State of Israel (1961); and material related to an unpublished cantata, The Golden Door (1955), commemorating the 300th anniversary of the arrival of the first Jews in America.  There is a large amount of material related to Corwin’s production of The World of Carl Sandburg: manuscript material submitted by Sandburg to Corwin for possible inclusion in the stage version of The World of Carl Sandburg, which featured Bette Davis and Gary Merrill (1959-1960); a publisher's draft of the acting edition, along with publicity, reviews, programs, and a photograph of Davis and Merrill; the first draft of Corwin's adaptation of the piece for television (1966), which featured Uta Hagen and Fritz Weaver, along with reviews from the New York Times; photographs from the television version featuring Sandburg, Hagen, Weaver, and the musicians; a student syllabus related to the program; a Soviet periodical, Questions of Literature (1969), containing quoted material from The World of Carl Sandburg, inscribed to Corwin by the Russian translator; an incomplete galley proof of The World of Carl Sandburg (1961) and an actor's edition published by Samuel French (1961).  Also present is the Winthrop High School Echo yearbook of 1926, the class in which Corwin graduated, along with feature stories by Corwin for the Springfield Massachusetts Republican (1930-1935), his first professional job.

There are printed pieces that range from researched articles to poems; opinion pieces to technological explanations appearing in a range of periodicals including: Theater Arts; Mademoiselle; Collier's; Holiday; U.S. Camera; and Common Ground.  There are magazine clippings of articles about Corwin from Click magazine (July 1942); The Saturday Review of Literature (1942); Liberty (1945); and Coronet (December 1945).

There is general correspondence (1941-1965) dealing with requests, making comments on various programs, and regarding the Scholarship Committee of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (1969-1972).  There is notable correspondence from Jack Valenti, President of the Motion Picture Association of America, concerning the National Student Film Festival (2/9/68); and correspondence from Dr. Frank Stanton, President of CBS, related to Corwin’s production of a tribute to Carl Sandburg on the occasion of the poet’s eightieth birthday to be held at UCLA (1958-1960).

Audio material in the collection includes a number of long-playing record albums: the original recording of The Odyssey of Runion Jones, broadcast over CBS radio (1941); Columbia Presents Corwin (1944) issued to its CBS network stations, featuring Orson Welles, Charles Laughton, and Robert Young making statements about Corwin and his work; actual recordings of sounds of war for use in Corwin’s English-based (BBC and CBS) American in England series (1942), the discs include: a night raid in London; bombs exploding; patrolling wardens; debris falling; ant-aircraft firing; etc.; a reading by Laurence Olivier at Carnegie Hall (1949);  a presentation copy of Flight to the Moon with astronaut Walter M. Shirra, Jr. reading narration written by Corwin released within eight days after the return of Armstrong, Aldrin, and Collin from the moon landing; and On A Note of Triumph, a broadcast commemorating V-E Day (1945)  There is a mounted color print of a production of Corwin's play The Hyphen, produced by the Pioneer Memorial Theater at the University of Utah (1962).  Corwin wrote and directed the play, starring William Shatner, on commission from the university.
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Notable Figures
1. Corwin, Norman Lewis, 1910-2011
Associated Subjects
1. Theatre and Film Subject Guide
2. Radio Subject Guide
3. Mass Communications Subject Guide