Papers of Morrie Ryskind (1895-1985), a playwright, lyricist, and conservative newspaper columnist for the Los Angeles Times and Washington Star syndicates. The collection primarily illustrates Ryskind's journalistic career; few theater-related materials are present. Also included are correspondence with friends, readers, and prominent politicians; and some of his newspaper columns.
Correspondence includes general correspondence, 1960-1978, with friends and admiring readers of Ryskind's daily column. During this time many incidents, issues, and Ryskind's very conservative political views drew a voluminous response from readers. Ryskind's correspondence with "Very Important Persons" contains letters and telegrams from William F. Buckley, Barry Goldwater, Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, and others. Among the personal letters from Nixon is one announcing his intention to run for Governor of California in 1962.
The theater files contain miscellaneous materials, including contracts and royalty statements, and a photocopied script of "A Night at the Opera," written by Ryskind and George S. Kaufman in 1935 for the Marx Brothers.
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