University of Michigan boasts largest Orson Welles archive

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) – The University of Michigan now has the largest comprehensive archive for fans and scholars of renowned filmmaker Orson Welles after the acquisition of never-before-seen work given by his daughter.

More than 70 TV, film and stage scripts have now been added to the University of Michigan Library’s Screen Arts Mavericks & Makers collection, an archive highlighting visionaries in the independent film genre.

Collection curator Philip Hallman says the majority of items given by 61-year-old Beatrice Welles are unpublished work from mostly the 1950s and 1960s.

Orson Welles, who died in 1985, is remembered for his radio and film work, including his 1938 broadcast of H.G. Wells’ “The War of the Worlds” and 1941 film “Citizen Kane.”

Hallman says it will take several months to process the materials before they become publicly available.

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