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Arthur Laurents collection

Identifier: 11-MWalB02691

Scope and Contents

The Arthur Laurents collection consists primarily of typescripts of several plays and screenplays; it also includes some correspondence and clippings relating to Laurents's productions. Of particular note is a collection of letters documenting the development of West Side Story and of I Can Get it for You Wholesale, which includes correspondence from Irving Berlin, Jerome Robbins, and Harold Rome. The typescripts are arranged alphabetically, and the correspondence is grouped by correspondent and then arranged chronologically. The material in the collection was created between 1942 and 1964.


  • 1939-1964, undated
  • Majority of material found in 1942-1964


Conditions Governing Access

Access to the collection is in accordance with the policies of the Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections Department, Brandeis University.  Please contact the department for more information.

Conditions Governing Use

Requests to reproduce or publish material from the collection should be directed to the Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections Department, Brandeis University.


6.00 Linear Feet

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Source of Acquisition

Donated by Arthur Laurents.

Other Descriptive Information

Addenda to this collection may not be listed in the finding aid, but may be available for research use. Please contact us for more information.

Katie Hargrave
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Repository Details

Part of the Brandeis University Repository

415 South St.
Waltham MA

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The Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections Department at Brandeis University consists of two collecting units, the University Archives and Special Collections. University Archives documents the history and development of Brandeis University and its faculty, staff, students, and alumni. Special Collections features a broad array of unique primary source materials across a wide range of disciplines that support research, teaching and learning at Brandeis. Learn more about our collections