>The papers of Orson Welles are housed in the Lilly Library of Indiana
>University, Bloomington, IN 47405-3301. Tel: (812) 855-2452.
Curator of Welles Collection: Rebecca Campbell Cape. They're tremendously
cooperative and helpful.
>With the exception of WAR OF THE WORLDS researchers will have difficulty
>with Welles's scripts (aside from the problem of whether the Lilly library
>will make copies). This is because Welles churned out most of his stuff
>within a very short period of time, and was constantly revising up until
>airtime. I have even heard that on occasion, east coast and west coast
>versions of the same show were different (the production would be repeated
>to compensate for the time zone difference). The scripts I have studied
>have many pages torn, stapled, taped, and contain numerous emendations
And they often weren't even broadcast according to the final script.
>It's a treasure trove for the scholar - but a little tough if all you
>want to do is try to perform the stuff.
>I would enjoy dicussing radio and radio drama. It's part of my
>dissertation-in-progress, tentatively titled "The Radio Music of Bernard
Michael Ogden in Tallahassee is THE authority on Welles and radio.
Voyager (800 446 2001) digitally remastered perhaps 20 of the Mercury
broadcasts a few years ago and released them as a package on a single laser
audio disc called something like Theatre of the Imagination; also on
Christopher Usted at the Herrmann archive at Santa Barbara has always been
generously forthcoming with me on Herrmann information and material.
Good luck. RLC
>Student, PhD Program in Music Librarian
>Graduate Center Music Division
>City University of New York The New York Public Library
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