6.8 cubic feet (15 archives boxes and 2 flat boxes); plus
additions of 0.4 cubic feet
RESTRICTED: Box 17 contains fragile original letters and is restricted. Access copies of letters are in Box 2.
Papers of Frances Goodrich (1890-1984) and Albert Hackett (1900-1995), a husband-wife writing team who collaborated on many stage and motion picture productions. Included are scripts and drafts, clippings, correspondence, explanatory notes, and memorabilia. Especially well documented is The Diary of Anne Frank (1955), for which the Hacketts wrote both the Pulitzer Prize-winning play and the motion picture (20th Century-Fox, 1959). These files contain letters on the writing, translation, and production of both versions, variant drafts and scripts, financial records, publicity, and papers relating to the awards won by the play. Many letters exchanged between 1953 and 1961 by the Hacketts and Otto Frank, the father of Anne, offer insights into the couple's research and composition techniques.
Other noteworthy screen credits which are represented in the collection are Ah, Wilderness (MGM, 1935), Easter Parade (MGM, 1948), Father of the Bride (MGM, 1950), Father's Little Dividend (MGM, 1951), Naughty Marietta (MGM, 1935), Rose Marie (MGM, 1936), Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (MGM, 1954), several from the Thin Man series (MGM, 1935), and Watch on the Rhine (Warner Bros., 1943).
Presented by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett, Los Angeles, California, 1962.