The papers of American playwright Lee Blessing consist primarily of
typescripts of plays, teleplays, and screenplays covering his entire career
from his college years in the early 1970s to date. Blessing organized his
materials by title, with corresponding publicity, reviews, and associated
material, prior to delivery to the Ransom Center. The small amount of
correspondence in the collection pertains mostly to collaboration and
The collection is organized into two series: Works and Personal.
Blessing's scripts, usually a series of dated drafts, are arranged
alphabetically, followed by programs and reviews. His critically acclaimed play
"A Walk in the Woods" is particularly
well-represented. Numerous screenplays, often in collaboration with his wife
Jeanne Blake and others, are also present as are teleplays and episodes for
television series such as
"Nothing Sacred." Posters of performances of
Blessing's plays, as well as other's works, are included in the collection, as
are slides from performances of several of his plays.
Series II contains material from his high school and college years in
the 1960s and 1970s, mostly programs of plays with which we was associated.
Blessing's participation in National Playwrights Conferences for nearly twenty
years, as well as articles and interviews by him are also present.
Awards, books, serials, and videotapes of performances received with the
collection have been transferred to the appropriate custodial units within the