Scope and arrangement
The additions to the Montgomery Clift Papers include production files, correspondence, photographs and personal ephemera.
Correspondence consists mainly of personal correspondence, from the 1930s through the 1960s, with Clift's family and such friends as Phyllis Bamberger, Louis Humphries, Estes Kefauver, Myrna Loy, Roddy McDowall, Robert C. McGinnis, Burt Padeel, Ben Piazza, E.W. Smith, Ninetta "Nan" Sunderland and Nancy Walker. The family correspondence includes many letters written from Clift to his father during his childhood and adolescence as well as condolence letters written to the family after Clift's death. There is also professional correspondence with Clift's doctors and many interesting letters from his agents and publicists, such as Robert Lantz and Irwin Franklyn, often discussing movie projects offered to Clift.
Production files contain photographs and programs from plays Clift appeared in such as Eye of the Sparrow and Fly Away Home. Production files from Clift's films include candid on-set photographs from Red River and The Heiress; call sheets from Suddenly Last Summer and A Place in the Sun; publicity shots from From Here to Eternity and A Place in the Sun; Clift's contract from The Search; a shooting schedule from Judgment at Nuremberg; and publicity files, agreements, photographs, scripts, production notes and programs from Freud.
The personal photographs include candid and professional shots of Clift as a child, teenager and adult with various friends and relatives. There is a group of shots of Clift and his crew on his yacht. Also included are autographed photographs of 1930s actors signed for the teenage Clift. As a teenager, Clift was an accomplished and published photographer and many of his own photographs are included. There are many photographs of Clift in Europe, possibly when shooting Freud.
Personal files includes Clift's childhood schoolwork, drawings and a newsletter he wrote for his father when he was staying with other relations. There is a copy of Clift's Actors' Equity card; the certificate for his first Academy Award nomination for The Search; and listings of eligible performances for the Academy Awards and the Donaldson Awards. The appointment book is a valuable document of Clift's social life in the last year of his life. Financial files consist of tax forms and pay stubs. There a few interviews which Clift gave during the filming of The Misfits and Freud. Clift's memorial service is documented with the funeral register and Mass card.
This collection is organized into four groupings: Correspondence, Production Files, Photographs, and Personal Files.