Scope and arrangement
The papers of Montgomery Clift contain correspondence, scripts, photographs, notes, and scrapbooks. The collection is divided into eight series correspondence, writings, four series of scripts, personal papers, and scrapbooks.
The strength of the collection is the scripts. Some of the scripts, especially the produced scripts, range from early drafts to final drafts and most contain annotations by Montgomery Clift providing the researcher insight into Clift's involvement with the roles he created. Another aspect of the collection reveals Montgomery Clift's ambition to do his own writings. The collection contains original manuscripts of the screenplay You Touched Me! from the play by Tennessee Williams. The screenplay, written by Montgomery Clift and his long time friend Kevin McCarthy, was never produced.
The Montgomery Clift papers are arranged in seven series:
- 1937-1966.21 linear feet (1 box)
This series contains correspondence from Montgomery Clift's family, relatives, friends, and colleagues. Also included are Montgomery Clift's letters to his mother Sunny Clift. The correspondence is arranged in alphabetical order.
- 1945-1950.63 linear feet (2 boxes)
This series contains original manuscripts by Montgomery Clift and Kevin McCarthy for their film adaptation of the play You Touched Me! an original story by Tennessee Williams. The materials include notes and a rough draft of the unproduced screenplay.
This series consists of scripts for plays, films, television and sound recordings which were done by Montgomery Clift. Most of these materials are annotated by him.
This series consists of scripts for plays and films which were considered by Montgomery Clift but not contracted or produced.
- 2.25 linear feet (2 boxes)
This series contains personal items that belonged to Montgomery Clift. Included are blue prints of his apartment in New York City, photographs of his family, relatives, friends, and colleagues, and unidentified notes and memos.
- 1937-1950.21 linear feet (1 box)
This series contains scrapbooks compiled by Barbara Jane Burch. The scrapbooks contain newspaper and magazine clippings, pictures, and articles about Montgomery Clift and his career from 1937 to 1950.
- 1935-19571 box
Clippings about Clift's performances in plays and films.
Clippings documenting Montgomery Clift's career from 1935 to 1957. The clippings are not inclusive and there are many gaps.