Scope and arrangement
The collection is separated into two unequal sections: the material in the smaller section concerns Haywards writing of the book Haywire. The bulk of the collection consists of Haywards mother, Margaret Sullavan's papers.
The Haywire material consists of correspondence, edited draft manuscripts, transcripts of taped interviews, and galley proofs. There is almost no personal material from or about Brooke Hayward in this collection. What little personal material there is, is from her childhood and was part of the scrapbooks that her mother, Margaret Sullavan, created.
The Sullavan material contains correspondence, photographs, and scrapbooks. Sullavan herself meticulously created the scrapbooks. Where possible photographs have been labeled. The material is divided into Sullavans theatre work, motion picture work, and home and personal life.
The Brooke Hayward papers are arranged in five series:
- 1860 - 19761 Box
This series consists of correspondence to Brooke Hayward. Most of this correspondence is concerning the publication of her book Haywire, including interview notes, rejects, and a first chapter. Also included is a copy of a chapter about Leland Hayward used for research.
- 1928 - 19551 Box
This series contains material that Margaret Sullavan saved and put into scrapbooks. Because of the fragile state of some of the material the scrapbooks were separated and photocopies were made onto archival paper. Photographs were separated into their own series. Correspondence was separated into their own series also.
- 1920s - 19602 Boxes
Movies, theatre, and personal photographs. The photos have been removed from scrapbook pages. For the most part there is no identification on or about the photos. When the photo was labeled in the scrapbook, it was transferred to the photo, when it was removed from the scrapbook.
- undated3 Boxes
This series contains two copies of edited drafts of the book Haywire. Also included are transcripts of interviews that Hayward conducted with colleagues of both her mother and father (Fredric March, Joseph Cotton), friends of the family (Josh Logan, Tom Mankieweicz), and family members (ex-husband Henry Fonda, ex-wife Nancy Slim Hawks, brother Bill Hayward). The transcripts are not dated. Audiotapes of the interviews are part of the Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound
- 1938 - 19763 Boxes
Draft proofs and galley proofs of Haywire. Also included are enlarged and mounted photographs, copies of magazines and artwork.