An Inventory of Her Papers at the Harry Ransom Center
Sarah Rollitts was literary and playwright agent for Columbia Artists, Inc. from 1939 until 1946, when she went independent as the New York office of the Salkow Agency (Los Angeles).
The Sarah Rollitts Papers, 1902-1978 (bulk 1942-1975), contain the literary agent’s letters received from her clients, prospects, publishers, film and television studios. Among the correspondents represented in the papers are Tallulah Bankhead, Vicki Baum, Ingmar Bergman, Marlon Brando, Abe Burrows, Lenore Coffee, Joan Crawford, Lester Cohen, Bette Davis, William and Charlotte Dieterle, Norman Felton, Janet Flanner, Errol Flynn, Ruth Gordon, Tyrone Guthrie, Lillian Hellman, Katherine Hepburn, Walter Huston, Garson Kanin, George S. Kaufman, Elia Kazan, Gene Kelly, Ernest Lehman, Sinclair Lewis, Anita Loos, Christopher Morley, Clifford Odets, Laurence Olivier, Mary Pickford, Otto Preminger, Halsey Raines, Nancy Wilson Ross, Bertrand Russell, Dore Schary, Peter Sellers, Beatrice Straight, Booth Tarkington, Kurt Weill, Orson Welles, Cornel Wilde, and Thornton Wilder.
Also present are contracts and agreements, memoranda, notes, newspaper and magazine clippings, press releases, programs, book jackets; and copies of ink, wash, and crayon sketches by Angna Entero.
The Sarah Rollitts collection was originally cataloged with a numeric classification system that corresponds to categories within the Theater Biography Collection in the Theater Arts card catalog. The classification codes are referenced in the folder list of this inventory, and may be used in conjunction with the card catalog to identify and request specific items from the collection. Contact performing arts staff for assistance.
W. H. Crain purchased the collection and placed it on loan at the University of Texas at Austin, where it became a gift upon Crain’s death in 1998. Rollitts kept the material in her files of "autograph" interest and shredded many of her own personal letters before selling the collection.
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Purchases, 1978-1980, and subsequent gift, 1998
Joan Sibley, 2001; Helen Baer, 2012; Daniela Lozano, 2017