Guide to the Papers of John D. Hess, 1935 - 1995Manuscript ML-103

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Title:

Guide to the Papers of John D. Hess, 1935 - 1995

Call Number:

Manuscript ML-103

Collection Dates:

1935 - 1995

Size of Collection:

42 boxes (67.75 linear ft.)

Abstract:

John David Hess (1918-2004), screenwriter. Dartmouth College Class of 1939. Consist of scripts, screenplays, correspondence, and personal memorabilia documenting his career a writer for radio, television, magazines, screen, and stage. Academic papers and plays, written while at Dartmouth, as well as personal papers are also included.

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Introduction to the Collection

The Papers of John David Hess consist of scripts, screenplays, correspondence, personal memorabilia, real estate information, and various other items relating to his life and occupation. The papers document Hess' career as a radio and television program writer, television producer, magazine and movie writer, and playwright, as well as his personal interests in local and national groups and organizations near his home. The papers also contain academic papers by Hess during his time at Dartmouth, several copies of The Dartmouth, as well as copies of his plays written while at Dartmouth and the Yale School of Drama. Items of particular interest found within Hess' papers include: numerous copies of television scripts written by Hess for shows such as "Love of Life," "Lew Loyal," "The Streets of San Francisco," "The Grey-Eyed People," and "The Young Marrieds." Material relating to the television program "M*A*S*H" is also contained in the collection. Personal items, such as postcards and the birth certificate and passports of Jane (Vosper) Hess, his first wife, are also found within the Hess' papers. In addition, correspondence and documents relating to his involvement in organizations such as the Natural Lands Trust, the Aquetong Valley Association, the Solebury Farm Subdivision, the New Hope Historical Society, and Willow Specialty Shops, Inc., are contained within the papers.

Biography

John David Hess was born in Chicago on April 17, 1918. He graduated from the University of Chicago Laboratory School and attended Dartmouth College. While at Dartmouth, he twice won the prize of Best Original Play, graduating with distinction in 1939. After studying for a year at Yale University's School of Drama, Hess worked as a writer for WGN radio in Chicago. Hess served as a tank officer in World War II and wrote "Move Out, Verify- The Combat Story of the 743rd Tank Battalion." Hess became Bucks County Playhouse playwright in residence in New Hope, PA in 1954, where his plays "The Facts of Life," "The Better Mousetrap," and "A Perfect Frenzy" had their first performances. Hess originated and wrote for one of the earliest television soap operas, "Love of Life" (which aired until 1980), as well as "Search for Tomorrow" for CBS Television in 1951. Hess also wrote scripts for television shows, such as "M*A*S*H," "Alice," "One Day at a Time," "The Streets of San Francisco," "The Rockford Files," and "Ben Casey." Hess wrote a Broadway play, "The Grey-Eyed People," which opened in December 1951. His movie "A Matter of Morals" was produced in Sweden in 1961, but the Catholic Church limited its distribution because of the content. Hess' first wife, Jane (Vosper), died In 1996 . John David Hess died of lung cancer on April 5, 2004, at the age of eighty-five.

Box & Folder List

Box: 1

Academic papers and screenplays written by Hess as a student at Dartmouth: Dartmouth-related papers on: the administration; the theatre building for Bentley; various biographies for Wilson; other papers for advanced courses Several copies of "The Dartmouth"; Tickets and programs from performances and plays at Dartmouth; Production book for "Lilliom"by Franz Molnar and compiled by John D. Hess; A copy of "Sharla", formerly "Beggars and Choosers" by John D. Hess and Agnes Nixon; Ode to Chicago", notes for "A Funzy of Peace & Quiet"; Copies of the play "The Grey-Eyed People", third version; Information regarding a Wall St. musical; Correspondence regarding screenplays; Additional copies of screenplays and short stories

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Box: 2

Copies of plays written by Hess, including: "Sunday Hour" "Wings for America" "Summertime Revue"; Photographs of Yale Drama School; Academic notes from Dartmouth on evolution, zoology, geology, German, chemistry, psychology, sociology, English, history, political science, and art classes; Numerous scripts for radio programs and Chicago Theater of the Arts operettas

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Box: 3, Dates: 1937-1958

WGN radio scripts of "Lew Loyal", Episodes 1-10, 1940-1941; Radio shows broadcast from Camp Polk, LA, 1941: "The Roseate Spoonbill," 1942: "The Third Armored Triangle" ("Triangle Show" - an army show for soldiers and civilians); "Love of Life" soap opera: scripts, 1956; "The Dartmouth," 1937-1939, in which Hess wrote articles; WGN - The Chicago Tribune Theater of the Air: scripts, 1940; The "Gift of the Magi": adaptation and scripts, 1958

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Box: 4, Dates: 1956-1978

"Love of Life" soap opera: scripts, 1956-1958; "Larceny and Old Lace": first and second drafts, 1964; 1978 scripts: "The Runaways" "The Streets of San Francisco"; 1972 scripts: "Halloween" (a musical)

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Box: 5, Dates: 1953-1981

"Halloween": scripts, 1971-1972; Scripts written by Hess: "A Perfect Frenzy" "The Man in the White Suit" "Power Play" scripts, 1981; "The Grey-Eyed People", 1953; "The Better Mousetrap"; 1983 correspondence about scripts, Credit invoices, 1960 (from Stockholm); Daily work and lab reports, 1959-60 (from Stockholm); "A Matter of Morals": report from Twentieth Century-Fox about, 1967

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Box: 6, Dates: circa 1959-1960

Scripts written by Hess: "The Grey-Eyed People" "Love With A Difference" "A Frenzy of Peace and Quiet; "A Perfect Frenzy": reviews and a photo of the set; Pay receipts, 1959-1960; Fortress Productions S.A., for "A Matter of Morals"; Expense ledger, 1959; Two Wharton financial structure memos, 1959 Two preliminary budgets, 1959; "A Matter of Morals": screenplay, 1959 Fortress Productions, S.A.

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Box: 7

Materials relating to Stephen Hopkins - John Hess Swedish film: film treatments prospectus, story Analysis, profit Projections, shooting Schedules, correspondence with Donald Gillin at Fortress Productions, S.A.; press investors; correspondence with John Cromwell, investor; banks and accountants legal bills in U.S.; agreement with Fortress Productions, S.A.; "A Matter of Morals": screenplay; Photographs: head shots and production stills

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Box: 8, Dates: circa 1964-1976

"A Perfect Frenzy": scripts and reviews, 1964- Ashley Famous Agency, Inc.; "Daphne!": scripts; "M*A*S*H": materials relating to, circa 1976: medical notes, research, an episode script; "Family": scripts and notes/suggestions from producers, 1976, 20th Century-Fox Studios; "Birthday!": materials relating to, 1967- continuity write-ups; "Bright Promise": scripts, circa 1970; "Business Espionage": scripts; "TV Discotheque": proposals; "The Waiting Sands": script, 1973

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Box: 9, Dates: circa 1966-1979

Narratives, story lines, and concepts for various television shows, including "Rockford Files" and "Planet of the Apes", 1974-1976; "Planet of the Apes": scripts, 1974; "Birthday!": scripts, 1966-1967; Teleplay scripts: "I Am Joe's Lung", 1973; and, "I am Joe's Eye", 1974; WGA teleplay "Family": scripts; "The Legend of Ramsay Barnwell": novel - typed manuscript; "Shooting Star": script, 1979 Adams, Ray & Rosenberg, Inc.; "Power Play": scripts

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Box: 10, Dates: 1967-1980

"Famous Jury Trials": notes, correspondence, 1970-1971- Twentieth Century Fox, International Famous Agency Inc. Scripts for: "Frame" "Moment of Truth" "The Good Times and the Bad"; "M*A*S*H": notes, scripts for episode "A Full Rich Day", 1974; "Around the World in 80 Days with S. J. Perelman": correspondence, notes, scripts; "The Landlady," "Roz," "Dinah Shore in Washington," "The Two Timers," proposals; Writers Guild of America (WGA) - Hess pension plan, arbitration papers, 1980; American European Association correspondence - S. G. Warburg Project X, 1967-1973; name changed to A.E.A. Investors, Inc.

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Box: 11, Dates: circa 1964-1976

"Larceny and Old Lace": script, 1964; "Man in the White Suit": script, 1966; "M*A*S*H": materials and scripts, 1974-1976; Famous Jury Trials: "Paternity": scripts, "Adoption": scripts, "Theft": scripts, "Incompetence": scripts, "Shoplifting": scripts, "Breaking and Entering": scripts, "Hit and Run": scripts, "Corruption": scripts; "Halloween": script and materials, 1973; "Karen": scripts, 1974-1975, 20th Century-Fox Television; "Call of the Wild": prospectus for one-hour television movie; "The Streets of San Francisco": scripts, 1975; "M*A*S*H": research and 4th season episode synopses; Story outlines and ideas for various television shows, 1960's

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Box: 12, Dates: 1967-1968

"Power Play": scripts, notes, drafts; "The Man in the White Suit": script, January 1967; "A Perfect Frenzy": scripts; "The Secret Storm": scripts, March-July 1968

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Box: 13, Dates: 1954-1968

"The Secret Storm": scripts, January-February 1968 Also: notes, correspondence, proposals, plot projection; "Love of Life": scripts, November 1954-July 1955

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Box: 14, Dates: circa 1954-1960

"Love of Life": scripts, 1954-1955; "The Wicked Scheme of Jebel Deeks": materials for and drafts of, circa 1960; "Frenzy": script, 1956

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Box: 15, Dates: 1965-1967

"The Secret Storm": scripts, July 1967-January 1968; "The Young Marrieds": scripts, February-April 1965

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Box: 16, Dates: 1965-1978

"The Young Marrieds: scripts, January-February 1965; "Sharla": scripts, March and August 1978; "Beggars and Choosers": scripts, notes, December-May 1977; "The House of Belmar": script; The "Bible" for "Sow not in Anger": scripts, notes, CBS Memorandum, January 1977

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Box: 17, Dates: 1953-1978

Personal financial statements, bills, correspondence; EMI Television Programs - "Sharla" research items: newspaper articles, other periodicals; "Sharla": first draft for EMI Television, July 1978; "Love of Life": script for CBS, February-April 1953

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Box: 18, Dates: 1952-1953

"Love of Life": scripts for CBS, August 1952-April 1953

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Box: 19, Dates: 1952-1958

"Love of Life": scripts for CBS, June-August 1952, December 1957-May 1958

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Box: 20, Dates: 1946-1958

"Love of Life: scripts for CBS, May-July 1958; "A Matter of Morals": Hess screenplay; "To What Extent are Newspaper Columnists Read? A statistical analysis of 1435 columns from 102 newspapers" Columbia University, March 1947; Ambassador Publishing Company anticipated budgetary income and budgetary cost, May 1947; "Column": questions & answers concerning;" Column" magazine November 26, 1946

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Box: 21, Dates: 1938-1955

"The Legend of Ramsay Barnwell": carbon manuscript; "As Real As Real": screenplay written at Dartmouth, 1939; Scripts and notes from plays and one-acts plays, many written at Dartmouth and Yale, including Hess' first play, "The Wise Apple", 1938-1940; "Disputed Town": scripts; "The Better Mousetrap": scripts, miscellaneous material, and casting ideas, circa 1955

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Box: 22, Dates: 1961-1965

"The Young Marrieds": television scripts, 1965; Play scripts: "The Facts of Life"- includes notes; "The Amazing Adele,""Idiot's Delight", 1961; "A Perfect Frenzy" "The Grey-Eyed People"- including producer's script, director's script; "A Touch of Evil"- includes notes; "Mercutio"- notes, sections, clips

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Box: 23, Dates: 1952-1965

"The Young Marrieds": television scripts, 1965; "The Secret Storm", Roy Winsor Productions: television scripts, 1967; Correspondence with Brasco Manufacturing Co., Harvey, Illinois, 1952-1963

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Box: 24, Dates: 1949-1991

Brasco Manufacturing Company: correspondence, 1959-1964; reports and financial statements, 1953-1954; Correspondence with Sidley & Austin, 1977-1978; Radio, 1949-1950: "The Column Show" "Aunt Jenny's Real Life Stories" "Peace of Mind": audition script "Rosemary": scripts; Correspondence with June Scott & Associates (realtor) and Peter A. Gelles regarding a Beverly Hills home, 1983-1985; Correspondence and contracts relating to property (Jacobson), 1990-1991; Other materials relating to real estate; Correspondence with The Biow Company (advertising), 1951-1955

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Box: 25, Dates: 1950-1989

University of Chicago Library: correspondence; Hess Daily Planner books, 1950-1989; Hand crafted stationery; Hess personal address/phone books; Multiple US postal stamps; Greenhill Apartment & Chicago trip, 1976 files

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Box: 26, Dates: circa 1951-1995

Daily Planner books, 1971-1995; Desk diary, 1955-1967; Business card wallet with business cards; Photograph of babies; Index cards of addresses and phone numbers; Box of birth certificate and US Passports of Jane Hess, key to safet deposit box, postcards of various locations; "Love of Life": scripts 1-5; "Love of Life": scripts for CBS, September-November 1951

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Box: 27, Dates: 1951-1952

"Love of Life": scripts, December 1951- May 1952

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Box: 28, Dates: 1952-1967

"Love of Life": scripts, May-June 1952; " The Secret Storm", Roy Winsor Productions, Inc.: television scripts, March-April, June-November 1967

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Box: 29, Dates: 1967-1994

"The Secret Storm", Roy Winsor Productions, Inc.: television scripts, May-June, August-November 1967, February-March 1968; Aquetong Valley Association (AVA): materials including site maps, documents, and correspondence relating to real estate, 1987-1994

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Box: 30, Dates: circa 1988

Kats (?) lands in Solebury Township, PA: concept plans by Natural Lands Trust, 1988; Correspondence regarding Aquetong Valley Association & Natural Lands Trust (Jane Hess); Preliminary & subsequent site plans for Solebury Farm subdivision; National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination Form for Upper Aquetong Valley Historic District; Solebury Farm concept proposal, September 1988 ; American Land Forum portfolio, Summer 1985; Correspondence, drawings regarding construction of the bathroom; Family pictures, postcards; Bucks County Community College Foundation: correspondence; "The Homeowners Guide to Life in Historic Caversville"; Drawings/cards to Jane & John Hess from their familyGreenhill Research Foundation: correspondence, information

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Box: 31, Dates: 1956-1983

"Love of Life": scripts for CBS, October 1956-January 1958; Zoning/legal correspondence/legislation; New Hope Historical Society (NHHS): correspondence; NHHS: 1983 Roster (officers, directors, committees); NHHS Ferry: information, newspaper articles; Limestone, Solebury, Lamberk (Pennsylvania) zoning maps;

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Box: 32, Dates: 1957

"Love of Life: scripts for CBS, January-September 1957

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Box: 33

"The Young Marrieds": scripts, May-June 1965 ; "Love of Life": scripts for CBS, June 1955-January 1956

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Box: 34, Dates: 1956

"The Young Marrieds": scripts, correspondence, story line projections, April-September 1965

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Box: 35, Dates: 1950-1969

"The Young Marrieds": scripts, June-October 1965; "The Secret Storm": scripts for CBS-TV, December 1967, June-July 1969; "Rosemary": script written by Elaine Carrington, March-April 1950

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Box: 36, Dates: 1937-1977

"In Chicago Tonight": scripts, July 1940-April 1941; Dartmouth class notes: Sociology I & Warner Bentley's Theater course, 1937-1938; "Sow Not in Anger", Alan Sacks Productions, Inc. & Warner Brothers Television: script ; "Beggars and Choosers": story projection, scripts, April-May 1977; "Sharla": scripts for EMI Television Programs, Inc., March-August 1978; "Column" magazine": pilot issue, June 1948; The "Bible" for "Sow Not in Anger", Alan Sacks Productions, Inc. & Warner Brothers Television, January 1977, "Lew Loyal": radio scripts for WGN, 1940-1941; "Rosemary": story outlines, scripts, April-May 1950; "Lew Loyal": original first radio script of John Hess, June 1940; "The Center of the Night", short story by John Hess

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Box: 37, Dates: 1941-1971

Willow Specialty Shops, Inc.: share ledger & transfer book, certificates of shares, official seal stamp, corporate records; Willow Specialty Shops, Inc.: lease for suburban property agreement, February 8, 1971; WGN: The Human Adventure: "Fall of the Roman Empire": script, March 1946; "Herman Melville": script, May 1946; "O.W. Holmes", January 1946; "Origins of the American Revolution", March 1946; "Machiavelli", March 1946; "Satires of Lucian", April 1946 "Tourists to America", February 1946; "Whispering Smith"; script, February-May 1941; List of "Human Adventure" programs [WGN?]; University of Chicago FM Station Report, Round Table miscellaneous items; "You Don't Have to Shout to Be Heard"- article on University of Chicago Round Table, Summer 1946; "Human Adventure": recording idea submitted to George Probst, May 1946; University of Chicago Great Books: pamphlet; "Lew Loyal": scripts for WGN, 1941

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Box: 38, Dates: 1969-1981

"Power Play" script, revised 7-28-1981; Finished "Power Play" scripts (11 copies; undated); "The Better Mousetrap" script MCA Artists Ltd. Story Department; "Shooting Star" script, first draft, June 12, 1979, Adams, Ray & Rosenberg, Inc.; "The Secret Storm" television scripts, Roy Winsor Productions, Inc., March - April 1969, May - June 1969

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Box: 39, Dates: 1968-1969

"The Secret Storm" television scripts, Roy Winsor Productions, Inc. October 1968, November 1968, December 1968 - January 1969, January - February 1969, February - March 1969, April - May 1969

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Box: 40, Dates: 1968-1969

"The Secret Storm" television scripts, Roy Winsor Productions, Inc. December 1968; "The Secret Storm" daily breakdowns, February 1968 - 1969 character sketches, genealogy

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Box: 41, Dates: 1953-1954

"Love of Life" soap opera scripts, May - November 1953, February 1954

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Box: 42, Dates: circa 1953

"The Grey-Eyed People - A Play in Three Acts," by John D. Hess (unpulished)

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