The Alfred Hitchcock papers span the years 1821-1979 (bulk 1943-1979) and encompass approximately 66 linear feet. The collection consists of production material, television material, subject files, books and periodicals, scrapbooks and oversize material. The production material contains script material and/or production files for 31 of Hitchcock's films, including all of the features released after 1940 except "Stage Fright" (1950). The script material consists primarily of the original source material, story notes, synopses, screenplay drafts, shooting scripts, dialogue continuities, and in some instances, trailer scripts. The production files consist of correspondence, memos, casting records, call sheets, financial and legal records, location information, research material, music notes, editing notes, publicity, and reviews. In general, the most extensive coverage is for the years 1957-1976, ranging from "The Wrong Man" (1957) to "Family Plot" (1976), with the films made at Universal receiving the most representation. Coverage in the 1950s varies from almost no material for "Dial M for Murder" (1954) to fairly complete files for "The Man Who Knew Too Much" (1956). There is a small amount of information on his films from the 1940s and almost nothing on his British films, except scrapbooks of reviews and clippings for his films from the 1920s and scripts for "The 39 Steps" (1935) and "The Lady Vanishes" (1938).
The collection features a large amount of material on unproduced projects. The most extensive coverage is for "No Bail for the Judge" (1958-1959), "Frenzy" (1967-1968), and "The Short Night" (1968-1979), the last project having extensive coverage. Among other noteworthy projects, there is only one script for "Mary Rose" and nothing for "R R R R R" except for mentions in scattered correspondence. The television material consists primarily of scripts for the lead-ins done by Hitchcock for "Alfred Hitchcock Presents," two teleplays for episodes of "The Alfred Hitchcock Hour," and three teleplays for episodes of "Alfred Hitchcock Presents." The files also contain some correspondence and a list of episodes for each series. Little production information is included on individual shows.
The subject files contain information on organizations, Hitchcock's public life, business correspondence, and a small amount of personal correspondence. Of special interest is correspondence regarding the dismissal of Henri Langlois from the Cinémathèque Française, transcripts of interviews with Hitchcock conducted by Peter Bogdanovich and François Truffaut, and copies of the many speeches given by Hitchcock. The books are primarily copies of anthologies that went out under Hitchcock's name, though also included are critical studies of his films and books that might have served as research for various projects. The periodicals consist almost entirely of copies of "Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine." It is not a complete set of issues, however.
The scrapbooks cover the early British films directed by Hitchcock up through "Juno and the Paycock" (1930), two of the later British films ("The Lady Vanishes" and "Jamaica Inn" (1939)), and most of his early U.S. films through "Lifeboat" (1944). The oversize material contains a small amount of production material, including sketches of hairstyles for "Vertigo" (1958) and "Marnie" (1964).
Gift of Patricia Hitchcock O'Connell, 1984.