Scope and arrangement
The Patricia Bosworth Papers consist of manuscripts, galleys, interview notes, research materials, clippings, correspondence, and photographs mostly relating to her 1978 critically-acclaimed and best selling biography of actor Montgomery Clift: Montgomery Clift: A Biography (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1978), but also covering some of Bosworth’s other writing projects and professional activities.
The papers contain a number of manuscript drafts of the Clift biography, although they are mostly undated and do not specify the version. There are also a number of materials surrounding its publication, such as a contract with Bosworth’s original publisher, Arbor House, a few financial items, and the memo outlining the idea for the book. A number of the photographs in the collection are those used in the book.
Manuscripts, notes, and research materials may be found in the papers for a number of Bosworth’s other writing projects on the arts, including many articles, mostly written during the 1970s for leading magazines and The New York Times. There is also a small folder of material for Bosworth’s second biography, Diane Arbus: A Biography, published in 1984 by Knopf. A program for Choices, a theatrical work conceived by Bosworth, Lily Lodge, and Caymichael Patten, presented by The Women’s Project in 1978 can also be found in the papers.
A few personal papers, including notes from Bosworth’s mother and material from Sarah Lawrence College, are also included.
The Patricia Bosworth papers are arranged in two series:
- 1949 - 197812 boxes 5 linear feet
This series consists of Bosworth’s papers, particularly manuscripts, but also correspondence, extensive research files, photographs, negatives, clippings, publicity material, and other items documenting her 1978 biography of the actor Montogomery Clift, published by Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, and then in paperback by Bantam in 1979.
- 1937 - 1984 and Undated4 boxes 2 linear feet
This series contains mostly manuscripts, notes, and clippings primarily for Bosworth’s profiles of performing arts notables and groups published in The New York Times and such magazines as The New Yorker, McCall’s, Saturday Review, Holiday, and Publishers Weekly. Profile subjects include playwrights Robert Anderson, Charles Gordone, and Harold Pinter, director Michelangelo Antonioni, and others such as Lee J. Cobb, James Coco, Miriam Colon, Ruby Dee, Arlo Guthrie, Stacy Keach, National Theater of the Deaf, Joseph Papp, Vanessa Redgrave, Herbert Ross, Robert Ryan, Paul Sorvino, and Ellen Stewart. There are also manuscripts for articles for which no publication information can be found, as well as several subject files. A small number of personal papers can be found at the end of this series. These include a few pieces of correspondence, several notes from Bosworth’s mother, Bosworth’s handwritten notes and lists, and several items from Sarah Lawrence College.