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Violet Atkins Klein Papers, 1935-1967

Collection Overview

Title: Violet Atkins Klein Papers, 1935-1967

ID: SC/VAK

Creator: Klein, Violet Atkins

Extent: 6.13 Linear Feet

Arrangement:

Series I: Stories, Film Ideas, Scripts, 1938-1967

Series II: Television Works, 1961-1963

Series III: Legal Documents and Contracts, 1944-1947

Series IV: Treasury Star Parade Scripts, 1942

Series V: Camel Caravan

Series VI: Camel Hour

Series VII: Lost Mail Bag, 1935-1961

Date Acquired: 01/14/1999

Languages: English [eng]

Abstract

Violet Atkins Klein wrote novels, short fiction, and scripts for radio and television. The collection documents the writing process, including research materials and drafts. The legal materials document Klein's interaction with the publishing industry, and her efforts to have script ideas produced.

Biographical Note

Violet Atkins Klein wrote novels and short fiction, as well as scripts for radio and television.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Violet Atkins Klein Papers document Klein's creative process in writing novels, short fiction, and scripts. The material in this collection documents the writing process, including research materials and drafts. It includes finished scripts, un-produced manuscripts, legal documents, correspondence, and research materials. Various drafts of a given work are often included, illustrating the author's writing process. The collection is divided into seven series: Stories, Film Ideas, Scripts (1938-1967), Television Works (1961-1963), Legal Documents and Contracts (1944-1947), Treasury Start Parade Scripts (1942), Camel Caravan, Camel Hour, and Lost Mail Bag (1935-1961).

Series I, Stories, Film Ideas, Scripts, contains various complete and fragmented manuscripts for works of fiction and scripts arranged alphabetically by title. Also included are Klein's notes on ideas and editing for these manuscripts. Some folders contain newspaper and magazine clippings used as research material in preparing the stories. The portfolio material for Samuel Klein contains assorted papers and clippings for works written under that name.

Series II, Television Works, includes scripts written expressly for, or adapted to television. The scripts are arranged alphabetically by title, and often include several versions of one story.

Series III, Legal Documents and Contracts, consists of various records and correspondence pertaining to the legal aspects of Ms. Klein's career. Included are copies of contracts and receipts of scripts registered with the Screen Writers Guild. There is also a series of correspondence between Ms. Klein and her agent documenting some of the difficulties she experienced in her attempts to sell her work to the studios. These folders in this series are arranged alphabetically by title.

Series IV, Treasury Star Parade Scripts, includes scripts that were aired as part of the Treasury Star Parade radio program. The scripts are arranged alphabetically by episode title. In some instances there are original and revised versions of the script as well as the shooting script. The scripts are marked with the broadcast date and include the cast credits for the episode. Some of the scripts in this section are signed by one or more of the actors and include handwritten notes in the margins.

Series V, Camel Caravan, consists of scripts for the radio program Camel Caravan. It is organized alphabetically by episode title, and the scripts also include the broadcast date of the performance.

Series VI, Camel Hour, includes scripts from another radio program, the Camel Hour. These scripts are arranged alphabetically by episode title, and include the broadcast date of the show. There are various drafts of some of the titles as well as the shooting scripts.

Series VII, Lost Mail Bag, is comprised of material related to a proposed television series that Atkins tentatively titled The Lost Mailbag. The folders are arranged alphabetically, and include various proposed story lines for episodes of the show. The series was never actually produced, but the concept was sold and two pilots were aired on ABC in 1973. Both pilots were in the form of television movies, with the first titled, The Letters, and the second titled, Letters from Three Loves.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions: The collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions: Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection has been transferred to California State University, Northridge. Copyright status for other materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Acquisition Source: Jill Block

Preferred Citation: For information about citing items in this collection consult the appropriate style manual, or see the Citing Archival Materials guide.

Processing Information: Tony Gardner, Kathryn Cannarozzi

Finding Aid Revision History:

Special Collections staff, 1999

Special Collections and Archives staff, 2012


Box and Folder Listing

Series I: Stories, Film Ideas, Scripts, 1938-1967Save to your list.
Box 1Save to your list.
Folder 1: Battle Cry, ca. 1942Save to your list.
Folder 2: Battle CrySave to your list.
Folder 3: Battle CrySave to your list.
Folder 4: Beautiful Thing to Know, 1945, 1967Save to your list.
Folder 5: A Case for Counsel, 1948, 1958, 1963Save to your list.
Folder 6: A Case for CounselSave to your list.
Folder 7: Dr. Gudane: material character, 1950-1953Save to your list.
Folder 8: A Gentlewoman of Athens, 1952 October 9Save to your list.
Folder 9: I Pledge, 1942-1943Save to your list.
Folder 10: I Pledge, 1943Save to your list.
Folder 11: It's a Small World, 1944Save to your list.
Folder 12: It's a Small World, 1944Save to your list.
Folder 13: Jennifer, 1951-1952Save to your list.
Folder 14: JenniferSave to your list.
Folder 15: JenniferSave to your list.
Folder 16: JenniferSave to your list.
Box 2Save to your list.
Folder 1: Klein, Samuel: portfolio, 1952, 1958-1961Save to your list.
Folder 2: Letter from a Dead Man, 1954 May 11Save to your list.
Folder 3: Lust: correspondence, 1937, 1943Save to your list.
Folder 4: Lust: manuscriptSave to your list.
Folder 5: Lust: manuscriptSave to your list.
Folder 6: Lust: manuscript duplicateSave to your list.
Folder 7: Lust: manuscript duplicateSave to your list.
Folder 8: Lust: original treatmentSave to your list.
Folder 9: Night Before the Wedding, 1951Save to your list.
Folder 10: Now Gram Wears PantsSave to your list.
Folder 11: One Life at a Time: manuscript, draft #1Save to your list.
Folder 12: One Life at a Time: manuscript, draft #2Save to your list.
Folder 13: One Life at a Time: manuscript, draft #3Save to your list.
Folder 14: One Life at a Time: manuscript, draft #3Save to your list.
Folder 15: One Life at a Time: manuscript fragmentsSave to your list.
Folder 16: One Life at a Time: notes and correspondence, 1944, 1947Save to your list.
Box 3Save to your list.
Folder 1: One Strange and Lovely Day, 1951Save to your list.
Folder 2: Over Here, 1942 November 28Save to your list.
Folder 3: The PhotographSave to your list.
Folder 4: The Photograph, 1950, 1953Save to your list.
Folder 5: The Photograph, March 1953Save to your list.
Folder 6: Prelude to Life, 1937, 1945, 1967Save to your list.
Folder 7: Queens Road: correspondence, 1957-1961Save to your list.
Folder 8: Queens Road: manuscript fragmentsSave to your list.
Folder 9: Queens Road: manuscript fragmentsSave to your list.
Folder 10: Queens Road: manuscript fragmentsSave to your list.
Folder 11: Queens Road: manuscript fragmentsSave to your list.
Folder 12: Queens Road: manuscript fragmentsSave to your list.
Folder 13: Queens Road: manuscript fragmentsSave to your list.
Folder 14: Queens Road: manuscript fragmentsSave to your list.
Folder 15: Queens Road: notes, ca. 1940-1949Save to your list.
Folder 16: Queens Road: research material, 1938-1939, 1946-1948Save to your list.
Folder 17: Queens Road: research material, 1948-1950, 1952Save to your list.
Box 4Save to your list.
Folder 1: Queens Road: research material, 1956, 1959-1961, 1967Save to your list.
Folder 2: Queens Road: research materialSave to your list.
Folder 3: Roots in the EarthSave to your list.
Folder 4: Self-PortraitSave to your list.
Folder 5: A Time to RememberSave to your list.
Folder 6: Touch of Elegance, November 1960Save to your list.
Folder 7: Untitled fragmentsSave to your list.
Folder 8: White Hell, January 1952Save to your list.
Box 9Save to your list.
Folder 1: JenniferSave to your list.
Folder 2: Klein, Samuel: portfolioSave to your list.
Folder 3: Queens Road: research materialSave to your list.
Folder 4: Touch of EleganceSave to your list.
Folder 6: A Case for CounselSave to your list.
Series II: Television Works, 1961-1963Save to your list.
Box 4Save to your list.
Folder 9: The Belly Laugh of M'sieur Antoine , July 1954Save to your list.
Folder 10: Boy in a Cage, 1957Save to your list.
Folder 11: Bright Land, 1967 February 28Save to your list.
Folder 12: Five Minutes to Freedom, 1945 August 31Save to your list.
Folder 13: A Husband for Esperanza, or The Six-Months' VisaSave to your list.
Folder 14: Miracle at ChristmasSave to your list.
Folder 15: Miss Kitty: correspondence, 1963-1964Save to your list.
Folder 16: Miss Kitty: manuscripts, ca. 1963Save to your list.
Folder 17: Miss Kitty: research material, 1961-1962Save to your list.
Folder 18: Miss Kitty: research material, October 1962Save to your list.
Folder 19: Miss Kitty: research material, November-December 1962Save to your list.
Folder 20: Miss Kitty: research material, 1963Save to your list.
Folder 21: Pyok-Tong Diary: commentsSave to your list.
Folder 22: Pyok-Tong Diary: manuscripts, 1961 April 13Save to your list.
Folder 23: Pyok-Tong Diary: manuscripts, ca. 1961Save to your list.
Folder 24: Pyok-Tong Diary: manuscripts, ca. 1961Save to your list.
Folder 25: Pyok-Tong Diary: scriptSave to your list.
Box 5Save to your list.
Folder 1: Return to Eden, ca. 1953Save to your list.
Folder 2: Return to Eden, ca. 1953Save to your list.
Folder 3: Roamin Holiday, 1943, 1945Save to your list.
Folder 4: Savonarola, 1955Save to your list.
Folder 5: The Tender Age: first endingSave to your list.
Folder 6: The Tender Age: second endingSave to your list.
Folder 7: The Twister: manuscripts, 1957Save to your list.
Folder 8: The Twister: manuscriptsSave to your list.
Folder 9: The Twister: research material, 1957, 1960Save to your list.
Folder 10: You Are There, 1955-1956, 1960-1961Save to your list.
Box 9Save to your list.
Folder 5: Miss Kitty: research materialSave to your list.
Folder 7: The Twister: research materialSave to your list.
Series III: Legal Documents and Contracts, 1944-1947Save to your list.
Box 5Save to your list.
Folder 11: Agreement between Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation and Violet Atkins, 1945 August 15Save to your list.
Folder 12: Correspondence and Records, 1945-1946, 1956-1957Save to your list.
Folder 13: Screen Writers Guild Receipts, 1944-1945, 1947Save to your list.
Folder 14: Writers Television Agreements, 1955Save to your list.
Series IV: The Treasury Star ParadeSave to your list.
Box 5Save to your list.
Folder 15: All God's Children, 1942 April 14Save to your list.
Folder 16: Balcony Empire, 1942 December 15Save to your list.
Folder 17: The Bell of Tarchova, 1942 December 22Save to your list.
Folder 18: The Chetniks, 1942 September 8Save to your list.
Folder 19: Children, Tomorrow Is Yours!, 1942 December 15Save to your list.
Folder 20: Diary of a Red Army Woman: original, 1942 September 22Save to your list.
Folder 21: Diary of a Red Army Woman: revised, 1942 September 22Save to your list.
Folder 22: Education for Death, 1942 April 7Save to your list.
Folder 23: Education for Life: original, 1942 April 21Save to your list.
Folder 24: Education for Life: revised, 1942 April 21Save to your list.
Folder 25: Education for Victory: original, 1942 July 28Save to your list.
Folder 26: Education for Victory: revised, 1942 July 28Save to your list.
Box 6Save to your list.
Folder 1: Everybody Has to Win This War, 1942 October 27Save to your list.
Folder 2: I Escaped from Hong Kong, 1942 October 20Save to your list.
Folder 3: I Got Wings, 1942Save to your list.
Folder 4: I Saw the Lights Go Out in Europe, 1942 May 12Save to your list.
Folder 5: I Speak for the Women of America: originalSave to your list.
Folder 6: I Speak for the Women of America: revised, 1942 March 31Save to your list.
Folder 7: I Speak for the Women of America: revised, 1942 November 22Save to your list.
Folder 8: I Speak for the Women of America: submitted scriptSave to your list.
Folder 9: Lyudmila Pavlichenko Leaves a Letter to the FutureSave to your list.
Folder 10: Military ObjectiveSave to your list.
Folder 11: Molly Pitcher SoldierSave to your list.
Folder 12: The Murder of Lidice: draftsSave to your list.
Folder 13: The Murder of Lidice: originalSave to your list.
Folder 14: Neighbors of YoursSave to your list.
Folder 15: No Victory Without Sacrifice: original, 1942Save to your list.
Folder 16: No Victory Without Sacrifice: revisedSave to your list.
Folder 17: Only the Stars are Neutral, 1942 November 17Save to your list.
Folder 18: The Pied Piper, 1942 May 12Save to your list.
Folder 19: The Raft, 1942 November 10Save to your list.
Folder 20: Record of Work and Salary, 1942Save to your list.
Folder 21: Return to Berchtesgaden, 1942 June 21Save to your list.
Folder 22: Shostakovitch, 1942 December 26, 1945 August 31Save to your list.
Folder 23: Silent Woman, 1942 May 19Save to your list.
Folder 24: Sound of an American: original, 1942 October 6Save to your list.
Folder 25: Sound of an American: working script, 1942 October 6Save to your list.
Folder 26: There's a Nation, 1942 October 27Save to your list.
Folder 27: V for Victory, 1942 July 21Save to your list.
Box 9Save to your list.
Folder 8: No Victory without SacrificeSave to your list.
Folder 9: The Murder of LidiceSave to your list.
Series V: Camel CaravanSave to your list.
Box 6Save to your list.
Folder 28: Afternoon WeddingSave to your list.
Folder 29: Sunday Morning in Our TownSave to your list.
Series VI: The Camel HourSave to your list.
Box 7Save to your list.
Folder 1: Boys I Knew, 1942 July 10Save to your list.
Folder 2: Girl You Can't Forget, 1942 September 11Save to your list.
Folder 3: Girls I Knew, 1942 July 17Save to your list.
Folder 4: I Saw a Parade TodaySave to your list.
Folder 5: Tonight...Save to your list.
Series VII: The Lost Mail Bag, 1935-1961Save to your list.
Box 7Save to your list.
Folder 6: An Act of FaithSave to your list.
Folder 7: Beyond TearsSave to your list.
Folder 8: Correspondence with Frank M. Atkins, 1954Save to your list.
Folder 9: The DiarySave to your list.
Folder 10: Format, ca. 1961Save to your list.
Folder 11: FormatSave to your list.
Folder 12: Hand on His ShoulderSave to your list.
Folder 13: The House that Jack Built, 1951Save to your list.
Folder 14: Legal Papers and Contracts: Charles H. Rogers Productions, 1952-1954Save to your list.
Folder 15: Legal Papers and Contracts: Charles H. Rogers Productions, 1954-1956Save to your list.
Folder 16: Letter from a Dead Man: old version, 1967 February 28Save to your list.
Folder 17: Letter from a Dead Man: pilot, 1953Save to your list.
Folder 18: Letter from a Dead Man: scriptsSave to your list.
Folder 19: Letter from a Dead Man: scriptsSave to your list.
Folder 20: Letter from a Dead Man: second version, 1953Save to your list.
Folder 21: Letter from a Dead Man: star versionSave to your list.
Folder 22: Letter from a Dead Man: star versionSave to your list.
Folder 23: Letter from a Dead Man: synopsisSave to your list.
Folder 24: Letter from a Dead Man: teleplay with narratorSave to your list.
Box 8Save to your list.
Folder 1: Name on a MarqueeSave to your list.
Folder 2: One Life at a TimeSave to your list.
Folder 3: Research material, 1935, 1938-1940Save to your list.
Folder 4: Research material, 1940Save to your list.
Folder 5: Research material, 1942, 1944-1948Save to your list.
Folder 6: Research material, ca. 1940-1949, 1950-1952Save to your list.
Folder 7: Research material, 1953-1954, 1960-1961Save to your list.
Folder 8: Second LoveSave to your list.
Folder 9: Second LoveSave to your list.
Folder 10: Story linesSave to your list.
Folder 11: Story linesSave to your list.
Folder 12: Waiting for MartySave to your list.
Folder 13: Weekend in New YorkSave to your list.
Box 9Save to your list.
Folder 10: Research materialSave to your list.