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Finding Aid for the Richard Alan Wilson Papers, ca. 1945-1967
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Richard Alan Wilson Papers,
    Date (inclusive): ca. 1945-1967
    Collection number: 1154
    Creator: Wilson, Richard Alan, 1915-
    Extent: 25 boxes (12.5 linear ft.)
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Abstract: Richard Alan Wilson (1915- ) was a actor, stage manager, and assistant producer at the Mercury Theatre under Orson Welles. Wilson worked on all Welles' films and radio shows until 1948 when he began work as an associate producer on Lady from Shanghai and Macbeth. He later became a producer at Universal-International and directed movies including Man with the gun (1955), Night in Havana (1957), Al Capone (1959), Invitation to a gunfighter (1964), and Three in the attic (1968). The collection consists of general correspondence, miscellanea, U.S. government and United Nations publications, and production files for film, radio, and stage productions. The production files contain correspondence, photographs, press clippings, screenplays, shooting scripts, material on research, budget and publicity, and interviews, articles and addresses by Wilson. There is also material relating to Orson Welles and the Mercury Theater production of Macbeth.
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

    Restrictions on Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Advance notice required for access.

    Additional Physical Form Available

    A copy of the original version of this online finding aid is available at the UCLA Department of Special Collections for in-house consultation and may be obtained for a fee. Please contact:
    • Public Services Division
    • UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections
    • Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
    • Box 951575
    • Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
    • Telephone: 310/825-4988 (10:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m., Pacific Time)
    • Email: spec-coll@library.ucla.edu

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Richard Wilson, 1969-82.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Richard Alan Wilson Papers (Collection 1154). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

    Biography

    Wilson was born in 1915 in McKeesport, Pennsylvania; attended Denver University; became an announcer and actor for radio in Denver and New York; in 1937, became an actor, stage manager, and assistant producer for Orson Welles at the Mercury Theatre; worked on all Welles' films and radio shows to 1948; was associate producer on Lady from Shanghai (in collaboration with William Castle), and Macbeth; became associate producer, then producer at Universal-International; directed the following films: Man with the gun (1955), Trouble-shooter (1955), The big boodle (1957), Night in Havana (1957), Raw wind in Eden (1958), Al Capone (1959), Pay or die (1960), Wall of noise (1963), Invitation to a gunfighter (1964), and Three in the attic (1968).

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of production files, general correspondence, miscellanea, and U.S. government and United Nations publications. Includes Wilson's production files for film, radio, and stage productions, containing correspondence, photographs, press clippings, screenplays, shooting scripts, material on research, budget and publicity, and interviews, articles and addresses by Wilson. Also includes material relating to Orson Welles and the Mercury Theater production of Macbeth.

    Organization and Arrangement

    Arranged in the following series:
    1. Correspondence (Box 1).
    2. Miscellaneous (Box 2).
    3. Production files (Boxes 3-23).
    4. United Nations materials and U.S. government publication on atomic energy (Box 24).
    5. Material relating to Orson Welles (Box 25).

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Wilson, Richard Alan, 1915- --Archives.
    Motion picture producers and directors--United States--Archival resources.
    Radio producers and directors--United States--Archival resources.
    Film scripts.