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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

30 items

Materials are in English

The Welles mss. II, ca. 1931-2001, consist of individual items about or relating to Orson Welles.

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.

Scope and Content Note

Items in the collection include an unproduced screenplay of The Dreamers (1979), to have been directed by Orson Welles; a play by Richard France titled Obediently Yours, Orson Welles; "The 'Bravades' for Rebecca, A Portfolio of Pictures Made for Rebecca Welles by her Father"; articles pertaining to It's All True; and audiocassette recordings of The Mercury Shakespeare's Julius Caesar and Twelfth Night.

Related Material

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

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information
Acquired: 1993, 1994, 2000
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

Welles mss. II

Box 1 Report 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.

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

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

"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.

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.

"Tributes to Orson Welles"


The Dreamers, a film by Orson Welles. 1979.


Mimeograph script.

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

Box 2 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 3 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.