Scope and arrangement
The Israel Horovitz papers date from 1962 to 1989 (bulk: 1968 to 1975) and contain manuscript and revised versions of scripts, essays, and other writing, as well as clippings, reviews, programs, posters, and correspondence. The collection, which mostly documents the first two decades of Horovitz's career, is primarily composed of scripts for plays with handwritten changes and annotations; the date and revision number are generally noted on the title page. Correspondence, when present, is attached to covers or title pages, and most letters are from Horovitz or his agent. The evolution of Horowitz's early successful works of the late 1960s and 1970s are well represented in the collection, including Line, The Indian Wants the Bronx, It's Called the Sugar Plum, The Honest-to-God Schnozzola, and Acrobats. Horovitz's Wakefield Plays-which include Arthur the Great, Our Father's Failing, and Arthur Dies-constitute a large portion of the collection, with multiple revisions of scenes and whole acts as well as forewords, plot sketches, and notes for staging. In addition to Horovitz's well-known works, many scripts in the collection are unpublished.
The collection also contains drafts and revisions of screenplays (notably The Strawberry Statement and Author! Author!), television scripts, poems, and Horovitz's novel Capella. A small amount of clippings, programs, posters, and fliers related to productions of Horovitz's plays are included. Notes and outlines feature notes and draft plot sketches for unidentified television pilots and plays. Files for essays, articles, and lectures hold Horovitz's papers and correspondence with professors during his residency at the City University of New York, as well as draft essays and articles, some of which were later published in the New York Times. These essays provide Horovitz's perspective on the dramatic artform and the work of other writers, particularly Samuel Beckett.
The collection is arranged alphabetically by document type, with scripts further organized alphabetically by title. Scripts that form part of a larger series are arranged together under series title (such as Quannapowitt Quartet and The Wakefield Plays), and variant titles of the same work are also arranged together.