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Johns Hopkins University Robert Pirosh collection

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0747
Robert Pirosh (1910-1989) was an American film and television screenwriter, director, and producer. The holding contains materials relating to, owned, or created by Robert Pirosh. The collection is composed of primarily leather bound typewritten screenplays, which were Pirosh's presentation volumes of his scripts from movie productions he was involved in. The rest of the collection includes film stills, candid photographs, photographic negatives, and a press book relating to his films. The holding ranges in date from 1937 to 1967.

Dates

  • 1937 - 1967

Creator

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English, excluding for one French-language script.

Physical Description

There are certain preservation and handling concerns regarding a few items. See the appropriate item descriptions for more information. For any leather bound volumes, please place them back in their folders with the spines facing up.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is housed off-site and requires 48-hours' notice for retrieval. Please contact Special Collections for more information.

Collection is open for use.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. Researchers are responsible for determining any copyright questions. It is not necessary to seek our permission as the owner of the physical work to publish or otherwise use public domain materials that we have made available for use, unless Johns Hopkins University holds the copyright.

Extent

1.64 Cubic Feet (3 full letter size document boxes, 1 oversize flat box (21 x 1.5 x 17), 1 small flat box (12.5 x 3 x 9))

Biographical / Historical

Robert Pirosh (1910-1989) was an American film and television screenwriter, director, and producer. Pirosh was born in Baltimore, Maryland and graduated from the Baltimore City College high school in 1928, completing his college studies at the Sorbonne in France and the University of Berlin in Germany. He was known for his war dramas and comedies. Pirosh's most critical success was Battleground (1949), a movie influenced by his World War II experiences as a Master Sergeant, earning him the Academy Award for Best Screenplay. As for comedic works, he co-wrote the screenplay for A Day at the Races (1937), performed by The Marx Brothers. His last major career contribution was screenwriting for the long-running The Waltons TV show in the 1980s. Towards the end of his career he taught writing at the University of Southern California. He passed away in December 1989.

Source: http://www.hollywood.com/celebrities/robert-pirosh-57293695/ Source: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0685265/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm

Scope and Contents

This is an artifically assembled collection, with materials chosen by the curators of Special Collections. The holding contains materials relating to, owned, or created by Robert Pirosh. The collection is composed of primarily leather bound typewritten screenplays, which were Pirosh's presentation volumes of his scripts from movie productions he was involved in. The holding also has related scripts not owned by Pirosh. The rest of the collection includes film stills, candid photographs, photographic negatives, and a press book relating to his films. Some images include Rock Hudson, Kurt Douglas, and Harpo Marx. The holding ranges in date from 1937 to 1967.

Arrangement

The collection is organized by the film titles in alphabetical order and then by date.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The materials in this collection were purchased by Special Collections from 2013 to 2017, from Royal Books, Inc. and Clouds Hill Books. Some items were purchased by Special Collections with support by J. Murray Logan, in 2013 in memory of Helen Mildred Logan. Other items were also purchased with support from the Lidz Family Endowment Fund in 2013.

Accruals

Accession: 2013-14.MS.025, 2015-16.MS.047, 2016-17.MS.041

Physical Description

There are certain preservation and handling concerns regarding a few items. See the appropriate item descriptions for more information. For any leather bound volumes, please place them back in their folders with the spines facing up.

Processing Information

This collection was processed in February 2016 by Annie Tang. Descriptions were influenced by the vendor's dealer descriptions.

Creator

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

Contact:
The Sheridan Libraries
Special Collections
3400 N Charles St
Baltimore MD 21218 USA