||The Edward Chodorov Papers contain materials relating to his long career writing for
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;
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
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
materials related to his early productions.
||The correspondence in Series II. is primarily business related, although there are
personal letters. It is organized chronologically, with some folders also grouped
subject. There are several folders of notebooks, listing outgoing correspondence kept
Chodorov's wife, Rosemary. These record all of the mail, both business and personal,
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
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.
diaries were kept by Rosemary Chodorov, beginning several years before she met Edward,
continuing after his death. The bulk of the diaries chronicle their daily activities
appointments, both personal and business. There are several folders of address books
covering time they spent in England, Europe, and New York.
||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,
several versions of a play by Rosemary entitled "Harry's Whore."
||Audio and video cassettes received with this collection were transferred to appropriate
departments within the Ransom Center.