Screen Arts Mavericks and Makers
The Screen Arts Mavericks and Makers collection documents every aspect of the film production process through the papers of notable independent filmmakers including Orson Welles, Robert Altman, Alan Rudolph, Nancy Savoca, John Sayles, and Jonathan Demme, as well as distributors Ira Deutchman and Robert Shaye.
Materials consists primarily of:
In some collections, there are sketches, drawings, personal letters, notebooks, scrapbooks, diaries, and family photographs. Some collections include props, costumes, one-sheets, and awards. There is a limited amount of moving image material, which is not a collecting focus. 
We aim to collect papers of those who work primarily outside of the Hollywood film studio system. This growing collection is housed in the Special Collections Research Center, which is becoming a major destination for research on maverick American filmmakers. 
History of the collection
The collection began in 2005 with the acquisition of a rich and extensive body of primary source material documenting the personal life and creative activities of Orson Welles.
Robert Altman Papers
Massive array of scripts, photos, props, costumes, and more from Altman’s career directing television and film.
Jonathan Demme Papers
Vast assortment of scripts, costumes, research, audiovisual materials, and more, reflecting Demme’s varied career.
Alan Rudolph Papers
Production notes, script drafts and revisions, and on-set photos.
Nancy Savoca Papers
Materials representing nearly three decades of genuine indie filmmaking, including notes, photos, and script drafts, as well scripts for unproduced work.
John Sayles Papers
Scripts, production documents, storyboards, personal writings, and more, including manuscripts of novels, short stories, and plays.
Orson Welles Papers
Extensive archival materials covering all areas of Welles’s creative output, plus a substantial amount of personal material.
Ira Deutchman Papers
Festival catalogs, one-sheets, and distribution materials, plus correspondence providing a unique insider perspective on the filmmaking industry.
Robert Shaye Papers
Personal and business papers from the early years of New Line Cinema, plus articles, clippings, and select production materials.
Additional finding aids
Orson Welles on the set of Citizen Kane.
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