Q&A: Movie Scripts


Is there a way I can find old movie/film scripts?


For older movie scripts:

  • The Delmer Daves Collection within Special Collections here at Green has scripts up to 1965.
  • Other collections within Special Collections may have scripts as well (film and theatre). You can get a list of these by doing an advanced search in Searchworks. In the keyword search box, type "scripts," and then search the catalog.
  • This bibliography may help you find scripts before 1975: Howard Poteet, Published Radio, Television and Film Scripts. 1975 (Z7223.s3.P68 in Green Stacks).

For movies made any time:

For movies made in the 1990's and beyond:

  • The Contemporary American screenplay collection in Special Collections (PN1997 .A1 C66 1990). The finding aid has details of each script title.