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Western filmscript collection

Call Number: WA MSS S-1610
Scope and Contents

The Western Filmscript Collection consists of over two thousand filmscripts dating from 1918 to 2013, for motion pictures set in the trans-Mississippi West. The collection includes continuity, cutting, dialogue, and shooting scripts in a range of drafts from initial to final, and in some cases revised versions of the same draft. Photographs accompany a small number of scripts. Scripts for produced, as well as unproduced films, are represented. Highlights include: fifteen Tom Mix silent scenarios from 1919 through 1927; four scripts by Zane Grey, including Riders of the Purple Sage (1931); eleven scripts directed by John Ford, including My Darling Clementine (1946), Stagecoach (1938), and Fort Apache (1947); five films featuring Gary Cooper, including The Virginian (1929), High Noon (1952), and Springfield Rifle (1952); eleven featuring Clint Eastwood, including For a Few Dollars More (1966), Dirty Harry (1970), and Pale Rider (1985). Scripts set in the twentieth-century West include American Graffiti (1972), Beverly Hills Cop (1984), The Buddy Holly Story (1978), Heaven's Gate (1979), The Long Goodbye (1972), and Terms of Endearment (1981).In addition to scripts written for theatrical release, there are teleplays for episodes of television series including Rawhide, Death Valley Days, Dallas, and others.

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Western Filmscript Collection is the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from various sources since 1982. For more information consult the appropriate curator.


Organized in thirty-two groupings: Western Filmscripts Acquired Before July 1996; Western Filmscripts Acquired After July 1996; July 1995 Acquisition; July 2007 Acquisition; July 2013 Acquisitions; September 2013 Acquisition; October 2013 Acquisition; November 2013 Acquisition; December 2013 Acquisitions; February 2014 Acquisitions; March 2014 Acquisition; July 2015 Acquisitions; November 2015 Acquisition; January 2016 Acuisitions; September 2016 Acquisition; October 2016 Acquisitions; February 2017 Acquisition; July 2017 Acquisitions; October 2017 Acquisition; January 2018 Acquisition; July 2018 Acquisition; December 2018 Acquisition; July 2019 Acquisition [1 of 3]; July 2019 Acquisition [2 of 3]; July 2019 Acquisition [3 of 3]; November 2019 Acquisition; January 2020 Acquisition; July 2020 Acquisition; February 2021 Acquisition [1 of 2]; February 2021 Acquisition [2 of 2]; July 2021 Acquisition; April 2022 Acquisition; and June 2022 Acquisition.

172.26 Linear Feet (212 boxes)
Language of Materials