Scope and arrangement
The Dale Wasserman papers document his entire writing career. They contain production materials on the film, theatre and television projects he worked on. These materials include scripts, correspondence, notes, programs, contracts and negotiations, legal disputes, clippings, reviews, posters, research materials and photographs.
Wasserman's two most successful works, Man of La Mancha and One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest are covered in the most detail, with multiple script drafts and materials on various regional productions. Both plays have been translated into and performed in dozens of languages. These foreign language productions are represented here with scripts, programs and other production materials.
There are also script drafts, correspondence, notes and research materials for later projects which were never produced, or produced outside of New York. Also included are materials documenting other aspects of Wasserman's career, including files on the Katherine Dunham Dance Company, research Wasserman conducted on an unknown project about Japan and research, drafts and correspondence pertaining to a non-fiction article Wasserman wrote on hobo culture.
This collection does not include personal material.
The Wasserman papers have been arranged from five separate accessions into order by production title. Original folders have been maintained where they existed. Loose materials have been foldered.