The Lauren Bacall collection consists of manuscripts, scrapbooks, printed material, photographs, and legal material.
Manuscripts in the collection include several leather-bound screenplays, many annotated with Bacall’s handwritten notes. Each script has a number of production photographs tipped in. The scripts include the screenplay for Women's World (1954); the screenplay for The Cobweb (1954-1955); the screenplay for The Gift of Love (1957); the screenplay for Shock Treatment (1963); the screenplay for Harper (under the title The Moving Target, 1965); the teleplay “Lions, Tigers, Monkeys and Dogs,” for an episode of The Rockford Files (1979); the screenplay for Appointment with Death (1987); the teleplay for The Tree of Hands, based on Ruth Rendell’s novel of the same name, released as a television film under the title Innocent Victim (1989); the teleplay for A Little Piece of Sunshine, a television film (1990); the teleplay for Dinner at Eight, a television film version of George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber’s stage play (1989); the screenplay for A Star for Two, co-starring Anthony Quinn (1993); the screenplay for Misery, based on Stephen King’s novel (1990); the screenplay for All I Want for Christmas (1991); the screenplay for Pret-A-Porter, directed by Robert Altman (1994); the screenplay for Le Jour et La Nuit, co-starring Alain Delon (1997); the teleplays for two episodes Chicago Hope (1998); the teleplay for Too Rich: The Secret Life of Doris Duke (1998); the screenplay for Diamonds, co-starring Bacall, Kirk Douglas, Dan Ackroyd (1999); the screenplay for Presence of Mind, based on Henry James’ “The Turn of the Screw,” co-starring Harvey Keitel and Jude Law (1999); the screenplay for Birth (2003), co-starring Nicole Kidman; and the screenplay for The Limit (2004); and a script for a project titled "The Venice Project."
Scrapbooks in the collection consist of four albums. Two of the albums are labeled "Lauren Bacall, September 16, 1924-1959, Vols. I and II." These include a combination of photographs, correspondence, juvenilia, and printed material. Notable items include photos from Bacall's childhood and with friends and family; Bacall's marriage certificate from her marriage to Humphrey Bogart; photographs of Harry S. Truman, Cole Porter (signed), Dwight D. Eisenhower, Adlai E. Stevenson, Lionel Barrymore, Vivien Leigh, Ethel Merman, Leonard Bernstein, Richard Burton, Laurence Olivier, Humphrey Bogart, Lyndon B. Johnson, and Katherine Hepburn; and letters from George S. Kaufman, Cole Porter, John Steinbeck, Adlai Stevenson, and Robert Benchley. The other two scrapbooks were compiled by Natalie Bacall, the mother of Lauren Bacall. These albums together cover the years 1942 to 1953, and include correspondence, printed material, and a contract from 1942.
Printed material in the collection primarily consists of magazines and newspaper clippings. Magazines in the collection include "The Look," a booklet published by the Official Lauren Bacall Fan Club. Newspaper clippings include items regarding film advertisements, magazine covers, Humphrey Bogart, and other topics. Also present is sheet music for the song "The Gift of Love" (1957).
Photographs in the collection primarily consist of images from or about various films and some plays. Some are film stills, others are photos taken on set, others are promotional images, still others are candid photos. Titles represented include Across the Pacific; Action in the North Atlantic; After All; Archie Mayo; A Most Immortal Lady; Beat the Devil; Big Shot; The Big Sleep; Black Legion; Casablanca; Bullets or Ballots; Cradle Snatchers (play); Dark Passage; Dead Reckoning; Harder They Fall; Hell's Bells; High Sierra; In a Lonely Place; Invitation to a Murder (play); It's a Wise Child (play); Key Largo; Knock on Any Door; Marked Woman; The Mask and the Face (play); Nerves; Our Wife (play); Passage to Marseilles; the Petrified Forest (play and film); Roaring Twenties; Sahara; Saturday's Children (play); Sirocco; Swifty (play); The Two Mrs. Carrolls; Treasure of the Sierra Madre; To Have and Have Not; Tokyo Joe; and others. These photos include images of numerous notable actors and directors. Also present are photographs of Humphrey Bogart with Lauren Bacall; on Broadway; as a child; with his children; sailing; on stage; on a USO tour; and other images.
Legal material in the collection consists of material regarding contracts for Humphrey Bogart, including his contract with Warner Brothers Pictures for The Petrified Forest (1935).
|1. Bacall, Lauren, 1924-2014|
|1. Women's Studies Collections -- Drama, Film, and Television Subject Guide|
|2. Theatre and Film Subject Guide|
|3. Helen Deutsch Research Section|