The Edward Chodorov Papers contain
materials relating to his long career writing for film and stage. The
collection is arranged in four series: I. Works & Related Files, ca.
1941-1993; II. Correspondence 1947-1997; III. Career-Related & Personal,
1936-1995; and IV. Works by Others.
Series I. Works & Related Files includes produced plays and
movies, as well as notes, proposals, and scripts for many unrealized
productions. Two of the works represented are
Kind Lady and
Oh Men! Oh Women, both produced on stage
and in film. The bulk of the series contains typescript drafts of the works.
Chodorov did not keep materials related to his early productions.
correspondence in Series II. is primarily business related, although there are
some personal letters. It is organized chronologically, with some folders also
grouped by subject. There are several folders of notebooks, listing outgoing
correspondence kept by Chodorov's wife, Rosemary. These record all of the mail,
both business and personal, that the couple sent for the years 1970-1980. Of
special interest in this series are folders relating to the Hollywood blacklist
of the 1950s. Chodorov was blacklisted in 1954 and spent the rest of his life
trying to reclaim his position and benefits. Throughout the series there are
numerous letters to the artist Al Hirschfeld and the journalist Abe Rosenthal,
both personal friends of the Chodorovs.
Series III. Career-Related &
Personal includes reference files of clippings and notes collected by Chodorov,
personal photographs and official travel documents, and diaries. The diaries
were kept by Rosemary Chodorov, beginning several years before she met Edward,
and continuing after his death. The bulk of the diaries chronicle their daily
activities and appointments, both personal and business. There are several
folders of address books covering time they spent in England, Europe, and New
The works by others in Series IV. consist of a short story by
Chodorov's brother Jerome (also a playwright), a television documentary
proposal by his sister Isabelle Chase, and several versions of a play by
Audio and video
cassettes received with this collection were transferred to appropriate
departments within the Ransom Center.