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Welles mss. II, 1931-2001

Summary Information

Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
Lilly Library
Indiana University
1200 E. Seventh St.
Bloomington, IN 47405-5500
Phone: 812-855-2452
Fax: 812-855-3143

Welles, Orson, 1915-1985

Welles mss. II, 1931-2001

Collection No.
LMC 2010

31 items

Materials are in English

The Welles mss. II, ca. 1931-2001, consist of individual items about or relating to Orson Welles (b. May 6, 1915-d. October 10, 1985).

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Biographical Note

George Orson Welles, named for his parents' friend George Ade, was born on May 6, 1915, in Kenosha, Wisconsin. A child prodigy aided and encouraged by guardian Maurice Bernstein and teacher Roger Hill, Welles had considerable writing and acting experience before the age of twenty. Through the years this multi-talented artist has acted and directed on the stage, in radio, film and television; has made several recordings; has authored plays, film scripts, and a newspaper column; and, as a political activist, contributed considerable energy to the 1944 presidential campaign in support of Franklin Roosevelt.


The collection is arranged by the following series: I. Manuscripts; II. Audio-Visual.

Scope and Content Note

Manuscript materials include an unproduced screenplay of The Dreamers (1979), to have been directed by Orson Welles; a stage play by Richard France titled Obediently Yours, Orson Welles; a photocopy of The ‘Bravades’ for Rebecca: A Portfolio of Pictures Made for Rebecca Welles by her Father; two printed issues of Cahiers du Cinema, featuring articles on Welles (in French); a collection of tributes to Welles following his death; and a 1974 screenplay for Welles’s film The Other Side of the Wind. Audio-Visual materials include audiocassette recordings of The Mercury Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar and Twelfth Night, and a VHS videotape of It’s All True: Based on an Unfinished Film by Orson Welles (1992).

Related Material

Welles mss; also located at the Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information
Acquired: 1993, 1994, 2000, 2011
Usage Restrictions
Prior arrangements are not necessary before coming to the Library, however, patrons from out of town are encouraged to communicate with the Library in advance of their visits to ascertain availability of materials.

Photocopying permitted only with permission of the Curator of Manuscripts, Lilly Library.

Preferred Citation
[Item], Welles mss. II, Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.
Processing Information
Processed by Staff.

Completed in 2013.

Series: Manuscripts

Box 1 Report card and honor card from Todd School for Boys for Welles, Jan. 30, 1931.

Portions of an autobiography of Roger Hill.


Contains only those pages which pertain to Orson Welles. Photocopy.

The 'Bravades' for Rebecca, A Portfolio of Pictures Made for Rebecca Welles by her Father, Christmas 1956. 


Photocopy. Includes two postcards illustrated with photographs of Orson Welles.

"It's Not Quite All True," by Richard Wilson. Spring 1970.

(2 copies)

Undated photocopy of an article which appeared in Sight and Sound in response to the article: "It's All True," by Charles Higham, which appeared in the same magazine.

"Tributes to Orson Welles"


Two issues of Cahiers du Cinema: a. No. 375, September 1985.

Contains article "It's All True d'Orson Welles"

Box 2 Correspondence. Welles, Orson to Leonard Lyons. March 11, 1953

[Pulled from Badge of Evil, by Whit Masterson. PS3563.A835 B33 1956]

His Honor, the Mayor. Transcript of radio broadcast. [1941]

The Dreamers, a film by Orson Welles. 1979.


Mimeograph script.

Obediently Yours, Orson Welles. A Play in Two Acts, by Richard France [2001?]

The Other Side of the Wind. Screenplay, [1974]

Box 3 Theatre News. American Theatre Association. Vol. 17, No. 8. November/December 1985. 

Articles on Welles: “The Citizen’s Reign”; “The Inspiration of Orson Welles”; and “The Citizen’s Reign: Welles’ Career Detailed in Lilly Library Manuscripts.”

Series: Audio-Visual

Orson Welles starring in Norman Corwin's "14 August" and excerpts from William Shakespeare's tragedy King Lear with Orson Welles & Agnes Moorehead. 1980.

A George Garabedian Production. 33 1/3 LP.

Citizen Kane. The Criterion Collection case. (No laserdiscs enclosed.)

Box 4 It's All True: Based on an Unfinished Film by Orson Welles. 1994.

Paramount Pictures. VHS videotape.

Orson Welles: What Went Wrong? November 10, 1992.

Robert Guenette Productions, Inc. VHS videotape.

"Remembering Orson," recorded at The Director's Guild Theater, November 2, 1985.

VHS videotape [2 copies]

Welles memorial tribute. November 2, 1985.

[3 audiotape cassettes]

The Mercury Shakespeare: Twelfth Night, June 1938.

Audio cassette taped from LPs in The Mercury Shakespeare textbook series.

May not be reproduced.

The Mercury Shakespeare: Julius Caesar, July 1939.

Audio cassette taped from LPs in The Mercury Shakespeare textbook series.

May not be reproduced.

Rehearsal for commercial. undated.

4:00 on one audiotape cassette. Includes other taped segments unrelated to Welles. Welles commercial begins approximately 2:45 into Side A.

Box 5 Orson Welles Tribute--November 2, 1985.

8 reels on three broadcast videotape cassettes.

Raw footage used for "Remembering Orson." Property of Frank Beacham, Television Matrix.


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