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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Content Note

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Detailed Description of the Collection

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A Guide to the Sterling VanWagenen Papers, 1984-1985, n.d.



Descriptive Summary

Creator: VanWagenen, Sterling.
Title: Sterling VanWagenen Papers
Dates: 1984-1985, n.d.
Abstract: Five folders of works, financial papers, photographs, promotional kits, and clippings, 1982-1986 contain materials from the 1985 film "The Trip to Bountiful."
Identification: Collection 015
Extent: 5 folders
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Southwestern Writers Collection, Special Collections, Alkek Library, Texas State University-San Marcos

Biographical Sketch

Sterling VanWagenen produced “The Trip to Bountiful” with screenwriter Horton Foote. VanWagenen was a co-founder of the United States Film Festival and the Sundance Institute, and served as the executive director of the latter organization for five years. He is also known as a director of stage and screen, and he has produced both films and documentaries. He currently heads the Leucadia Film Corporation in Salt Lake City, Utah.

“The Trip to Bountiful” was first written in 1953 by Horton Foote for the "Philco/Goodyear Television Playhouse," and starred Lillian Gish. A longer version opened eight months later on Broadway to critical acclaim. Thirty years later, Peter Masterson, an award-winning actor and director, approached his cousin Horton Foote about making “The Trip to Bountiful” into a movie. Masterson then contacted VanWagenen, who agreed to produce the film. Filming began in the summer of 1985 on location in Texas, and was completed in five weeks. The film starred Geraldine Page (in an Oscar-winning performance), John Heard, Carlyn Glynn, Richard Bradford, and Rebecca De Mornay.

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Scope and Content Note

Five folders of works, financial papers, photographs, promotional kits, and clippings, 1982-1986 contain materials from the 1985 film "The Trip to Bountiful." The collection highlights the filming of the movie and includes the screenplay and stage-play (both signed by writer Horton Foote), a copy of the budget, the main titles, photographs taken during the filming, press kits, a long press book giving background on the film, and clippings pertaining to the movie.

See also accessions 89-018, 89-084, 92-017, and 94-030 for other screenplays by Horton Foote. See R91-023 for photographs of Foote. See 93-158 for an article on Foote. Books by and about Foote have been cataloged separately.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Open for research.

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Index Terms

VanWagenen, Sterling.
Trip to Bountiful.
Foote, Horton.
Moviemaking.
Texas Literature.
Scripts.
Financial records.
Photographs.
VanWagenen, Sterling --donor
Foote, Horton.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Sterling VanWagenen Papers, Southwestern Writers Collection/Texas State University-San Marcos.

Acquisition Information

Donation from Sterling VanWagenen in 1987.

Processing Information

Processed by Jennifer B. Patterson, June 1994; Inventory revised by Brandy Harris, 2005.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

The inventory for this collection is currently unavailable. Please contact the Southwestern Writers Collection, Special Collections, Alkek Library, Texas State University-San Marcos for more information regarding this collection.

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