Scope and arrangement
The bulk of the collection is manuscripts by Kirkland including many drafts written in longhand. Includes scripts and story ideas for works that were ultimately produced and others that never were. The single box of personal and other papers includes everything else: a small amount of non-script material relating to productions, correspondence, legal papers and personal material including autobiographical writing.
The Jack Kirkland papers are arranged in two series:
- 1928-1969 and n.d.8 boxes
Contains handwritten manuscripts and typescripts of plays and screenplays by Kirkland from first drafts and heavily revised versions to clean copies and publications. Includes various drafts of produced plays such as Frankie and Johnnie, Man with the Golden Arm, Mandingo,Suds in Your Eyeand Tobacco Road, but also story ideas and manuscripts that may never have been produced.
- 1932-19691 box
Contains an autobiographical manuscript (chapter 1), legal papers pertaining to Kirkland's suit against the city of Chicago for closing down Tobacco Road, a small amount of correspondence, various papers pertaining to productions such as telegrams, contracts, financial papers, programs and clippings, a Kirkland obituary, pilot log, and a transcript of his memorial service.