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Orton, Peter Z.
Peter Orton Collection of Screenplays and Television Scripts
Manuscripts Division
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Consists of a collection of screenplays and television scripts spanning a period of sixty-four years of film and television production, collected by the writer Peter Orton.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of thirty screenplays, five made-for-TV film scripts, and three television series scripts--typewritten or photocopied--collected by Peter Orton. The earliest screenplays are Sullivan's Travels, written by Sullivan Sturges and released in December 1941, and Casablanca, written by Julius and Philip Epstein and Howard Koch and released in 1942. The most recent film script is High, Wide and Handsome!, later known as Talladega Nights, written by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay in 2005. There are two copies each of Robin Hood: Men In Tights, Our Sons, and Leap Of Faith, four drafts of 3 O'Clock High (or After School), and one of A World Apart. Other screenplays include The Godfather by Mario Puzo and Francis Ford Coppola, Chocolat by Robert Nelson Jacobs, and Chinatown by Robert Towne. All but these three scripts were produced: "Sacred Cow" written by Joe Eszterhas, "The Universal Baseball Association" by Robert Coover, and "Godzilla vs. Cleveland" by Dana Olson. Television scripts include an episode of Seinfeld ("The Pez Dispenser") written by Larry David dated 1991, the pilot episode for Quantum Leap by Donald P. Bellisario, and the made-for-TV film Who Will Love My Children written by Michael Bortman.


The collection is organized into one series with the scripts arranged in alphabetical order and, within that, in chronological order:

Collection Creator Biography:

Orton, Peter Z.

Peter Orton, having worked fifteen years for IBM Corporation, designs leadership development web sites, videos, and online simulators. Previously, he was a screenplay writer for Hollywood. Orton lives in North Carolina with his family.

Collection History


Gift of Peter Z. Orton, Princeton Class of 1970, in November 2007 .


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Dina Britain on November 14, 2007. Finding aid written by Dina Britain on November 15, 2007.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. To cite or publish quotations that fall within Fair Use, as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission is required. For instances beyond Fair Use, it is the responsibility of the researcher to determine whether any permissions related to copyright, privacy, publicity, or any other rights are necessary for their intended use of the Library's materials, and to obtain all required permissions from any existing rights holders, if they have not already done so. Princeton University Library's Special Collections does not charge any permission or use fees for the publication of images of materials from our collections, nor does it require researchers to obtain its permission for said use. The department does request that its collections be properly cited and images credited. More detailed information can be found on the Copyright, Credit and Citations Guidelines page on our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us through the Ask Us! form.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

Peter Orton Collection of Screenplays and Television Scripts; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Storage Note:
  • ReCAP (scarcpxm): Box 1-9