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Guide to the Chicago Stage and Screen Collection 1941-1973

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Descriptive Summary


Chicago Stage and Screen. Collection




0.25 linear feet (1 box)


Hanna Holborn Gray Special Collections Research Center
University of Chicago Library
1100 East 57th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60637 U.S.A.


The Chicago Stage and Screen Collection contains stage and screen materials related to the city of Chicago, including the 1941 screenplay of Roxie Hart, the 1960 screenplay of King of Kings, the 1963 screenplay of Robin and the Seven Hoods, and a 1973 draft of the script of Chicago.

Information on Use


The collection is open for research.


When quoting material from this collection, the preferred citation is: Chicago Stage and Screen. Collection, [Box #, Folder #], Hanna Holborn Gray Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library

Scope Note

The Chicago Stage and Screen Collection consists of four scripts for stage and screen produced between 1941 and 1973 and related correspondence and publicity materials. The collection is organized chronologically.

Folder 1 contains the final script of the film Roxie Hart (1942), written by Nunnally Johnson and dated September 10, 1941. Also included is an April 19, 1951 letter from Johnson to Elston J. Melton, expressing thanks upon receiving an autographed copy of his book Towboat Pilot (1948).

Folder 2 contains the estimating script for the film King of Kings (1961), written by Philip Yordan and dated April 2, 1960. Folder 3 contains promotional materials for the film: four photographic prints and a hard-cover book with photographs and narration about the making of the film.

Folder 4 contains the final screenplay for the film Robin and the Seven Hoods (1964), written by David Schwartz and dated October 15, 1963.

Folder 5 contains a first draft script for the musical Chicago (1975), dated August 3, 1973. Dated almost two years before Chicago debuted on Broadway, the script contains songs and characters that were later cut from the production.

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Subject Headings


Box 1   Folder 1

Roxie Hart, screenplay and correspondence, 1941-1951

Box 1   Folder 2

King of Kings, script, 1960

Box 1   Folder 3

King of Kings, publicity materials, 1961

Box 1   Folder 4

Robin and the Seven Hoods, screenplay, 1963

Box 1   Folder 5

Chicago, script, 1973