Scope and arrangement
Collection contains correspondence, scripts, scenarios and notes documenting Balderston's work on plays and screenplays. Includes letters from co-authors, George Moore and Jack Squire; correspondence concerning Berkeley Square and Dracula; various scenarios for The Brook Kerith; a draft of Clown of Stratford; memos and notes regarding Frankenstein, Gone with the Wind, Red Planet and projects on Andrew Johnson and August Strindberg; and an incomplete autobiographical sketch.
The John L. Balderston papers are arranged in two series:
- 1915-19496 folders
This series of professional correspondence includes both incoming and outgoing letters and has two folders arranged by play title: Berkeley Square and Dracula, rather than by author. Includes one letter each from David O. Selznick and Jack Squire and many letters from George Moore. Letters by Balderston are on the state of the world as World War II approaches as well as on his playwriting.
- ca. 1916-195013 folders
This series contains multiple varying typescripts of The Brook Kerith, about the life of Jesus, written with George Moore; a typescript and manuscript draft of Clown of Stratford, the Bacon-Shakespeare play he wrote with Jack Squire; various notes, memos, scenarios and partial scripts, mostly by Balderston, on Frankenstein, Gone with the Wind, Red Planet, Murder in the Church, She-Who-Must-Be-Obeyed, and other projects, perhaps never produced, on Andrew Johnson and August Strindberg. Also contains a partial autobiographical sketch, typescript with manuscript revisions.