The Leslie Waller collection includes manuscripts, correspondence, printed material, audio material, and photographs.
Manuscripts in the collection include novels, short stories, and screenplays. Drafts of Waller’s novels are numerous and often include holograph corrections, notes, or unused chapters. Titles include Show Me the Way (1947), The Bed She Made (1951), The Witching Night (1951), Lie Like a Lady (1955), Phoenix Island (1958), The Banker (1963), Will the Real Toulouse-Lautrec Please Stand Up? (1965), The Family (1968), New Sound (1968), Change in the Wind (1970), The American (1971), Number One (1973), The Vacancy (1973), Dog Day Afternoon (1974), Coast of Fear (1975), The Swiss Account (1976), Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), Hide in Plain Sight (1978), Trocadero (1978), The Brave and the Free (1979), Blood and Dreams (1980), Steal Big (1981), Gameplan (1983), Falcon Crest (1984), and Manhattan Transfer (1994). Dog Day Afternoon, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and Hide in Plain Sight are novelizations of the films. Screenplays include drafts, outlines, and proposals for television shows. Among these is a script for a 1953 episode of Lux Video Theatre, “A Man in the Kitchen,” which was written by Waller. There is also material from Waller’s younger years. This includes college papers and short stories, as well as a story he wrote at age seven titled “A Trip to the North Pole.”
Correspondence in the collection dates from 1944 to 1998 and is mostly professional. Notable correspondents include Doris Duenewald Garn, Jay Garon, Philip Slomovitz, and Steven Spielberg.
Printed material in the collection includes newspapers, magazines, and booklets. Newspaper and magazine clippings are reviews of Waller’s work. Magazines such as Banking and Scope contain articles by Waller between 1957 and 1969. Also included is a booklet for a writing class taught by Waller at the Renaissance Academy in 2003.
Audio material in the collection includes tape recordings of radio interviews with Waller between 1963 and 1969. Photographs in the collection include prints of Waller as a child, as a teenager, and with friends and colleagues.