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Allen, Woody, 1935-
Woody Allen Papers
Manuscripts Division
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56 boxes, 10 items, and 26.8 linear feet
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Boxes 1-50; 52-57


This collection contains writings by filmmaker and author Woody Allen. It includes copies of short stories, essays, articles, and the majority of Allen's films, along with original and various drafts of his prose work, plays and screenplays, some of which are either unpublished or unproduced.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

This collection contains copies of Allen's articles, essays, and short stories which appeared in The New Yorker, The New Republic, Kenyon Review, and Playboy, and elsewhere. There are also mimeographed screenplays by Allen for Bananas, Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex..., Don't Drink the Water, Play It Again, Sam, Stardust Memories, and The Front by Walter Bernstein, as well as the original drafts, revised with holograph corrections, for Take the Money and Run and Play It Again, Sam. In addition, there is printed material from newspapers and periodicals about Allen.

An addition to the papers includes original working drafts, typescripts with holograph corrections, rough drafts and notes for a number of Allen's prose writings, as well as original scripts for many of his popular screenplays, including Annie Hall, Hannah and her Sisters, Manhattan, The Purple Rose of Cairo, Radio Days, Sleeper, and Zelig. Also present is an original, unproduced script of "They Laughed at Fulton," written in 1955 when Allen was twenty.

A further addition consists of various typescript revisions, some with autograph corrections, of scripts for two motion pictures, Deconstructing Harry(1997) and Celebrity (1998) and scripts for two versions of a one-act play entitled "Central Park West" (1995). Also present is the original script (1998) for Sweet and Lowdown, a film released in 1999.

An addition in 2007 consists of fourteen archival boxes containing several autograph or original typed manuscripts for screenplays, books, and essays, including the movies Match Point (2005), Cassandra's Dream (2007), and Midnight in Barcelona, retitled Vicky Cristina Barcelona when it was released in 2008. Also included is one archival box of correspondence with publishers, copyright agreements and permissions for Allen's work, off-prints, and one archival box of printed material.

A later addition in late 2007 / early 2008 includes eight archival boxes of film and theater scripts along with two archival boxes containing an assortment of video cassette tapes and two long play vinyl records.

An addition to the papers in April 2008 consists of two archival boxes containing galley proofs of Allen's 2007 books, Mere Anarchy and The Insanity Defense, with a few autograph corrections by the author.

An addition to the papers in May 2012 consists of three archival boxes of drafts of screenplays for Midnight in Paris (2011), You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (2010), Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008) and To Rome with Love (2012). Also includes articles and short stories which appeared in The New Yorker and Zoetrope: All-Story from 2008-2012, and one stage play entitled Honeymoon Motel.

An addition in March 2014 includes drafts and fragments, including scripts for Blue Jasmine, Magic in the Moonlight, Irrational Man, and others.

An addition in September 2014 includes international press clippings and publicity materials regarding Allen's films and related events from 1995 to 2005. Included are a variety of printed and recorded interviews with Allen and several actors in his films, as well as some materials related to Allen's jazz band tours.


Organized into ten series by accession. There is no Box 51.

Collection Creator Biography:

Allen, Woody, 1935-

Woody Allen is an American comedian, director, actor, and writer for television, theater, and film, as well as an author of several books and a musician. He was born Allen Stewart Konigsberg on December 1, 1935, in Brooklyn, New York. Early in his career, Allen was a stand-up comedian and comedy writer for television. He is perhaps best known for writing, directing and acting in many of his own films, and has won three Academy Awards: two in 1978 for Annie Hall for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay (co-written with Marshall Brickman) and Best Original Screenplay in 1987 for Hannah and Her Sisters. In addition, Allen also has received multiple awards and nominations for films such as Manhattan, The Purple Rose of Cairo, Crimes and Misdemeanors, and Match Point. In addition, he has contributed stories to magazines such as The New Yorker, written plays for Broadway including Don't Drink the Water and Play It Again, Sam, and performed around the world as a jazz clarinetist.

Collection History


Gift of the author in 1980-2014 (TH1994-09, 1999-02, 2000-02, AM2007-112, 2008-49, 2008-98, 2012-93, 2014-80). Additional publicity materials were received via Lucy Darwin of Darwin Films in 2014 (2015-28).


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Barbara Volz and Dina Britain, followed by Sylvia Yu in 2009 and Valerie Addonizio in 2012. Collection inventory compiled by Barbara Volz in 1994. Finding aid written by Barbara Volz in 2000, with updates by Dina Britain, Sylvia Yu in February 2010, and Valerie Addonizio in May 2012. Folder inventory for September 2014 accession added by Nicholas Williams '15 in 2014.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The majority of this collection is open for research.

The photocopies contained in Boxes 3 and 4 are copies of the original manuscripts and typescripts contained in Boxes 1 and 2, respectively. Readers must use the photocopied materials from Boxes 3 and 4 for their research. They may not use the original drafts.

Conditions Governing Use

Materials in the collection may not be photocopied. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright. 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:

Woody Allen Papers; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Boxes 1-50; 52-57

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The Manuscripts Division also holds the Jessica Lanier Collection of Woody Allen Set Photographs, which contains set photographs for Sweet and Lowdown, Small Time Crooks, and The Curse of the Jade Scorpion.

Subject Terms:
Humorists, American -- 20th century -- Manuscripts.
Motion picture plays.
Screenwriters -- United States -- Manuscripts.
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