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Gibney Papers, 1920-1992 (Bulk: 1922-1985)
2 records storage boxes, 2 archives boxes, 1 half archives box (3.25 linear ft.)

Abstract:
The bulk of the Papers consists of play scripts and dramatic treatments written by Gibney for stage and television, 1925-1980; personal and professional correspondence, 1920-1962; the manuscript of an unpublished novel, Flatbush Man, ca. 1979-1985; and various papers related to his undergraduate years at Amherst College and his receipt of an honorary degree in 1939.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

There is no restriction on access to the Sheridan Gibney Papers for research use. Particularly fragile items are restricted for preservation purposes.

Restrictions on use:

Requests for permission to publish material from the Papers should be directed to the Archives and Special Collections. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

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Biographical Note

Sheridan de Raismes Gibney (AC 1925), a popular theatrical writer and producer known for such movies as Once Upon a Honeymoon (1942), The Story of Louis Pasteur (1936) and Anthony Adverse (1936). He was born in New York City on June 11, 1903. He attended Phillips Exeter Academy before entering Amherst College. After Amherst and from 1926 to 1929 he worked as an instructor at Hobart College, Geneva, N.Y. In the 1920s Gibney wrote several plays, including Sunshine, Penelope's Web, Letter to a Lover, Calico Wedding, Encore, Merry Madness, and The Wiser They Are. In the 1930s as a chief contract writer with Warner Brothers, he got his first movie credits with I Am A Fugitive From A Chain Gang. He collaborated on the House on West 56th Street and, with Marc Connelly, Green Pastures. His screenplay for Anthony Adverse resulted in a big hit in 1936. In that same year he won two Oscars for the original story and screenplay for The Story of Louis Pasteur. Amherst College awarded him an honorary M.A. in 1939.

With the arrival of television, Gibney wrote episodes or stories for "Bachelor Father," "Thriller," "Fair Exchange," "The Man From U.N.C.L.E.," "The Six Million Dollar Man" and "Police Woman." He was a charter member of the Screen Writers Guild and served as its president from 1939-1941 and 1947-1948.

In 1931 Gibney married Mildred McCoy; he was married again in 1952 to Katrin Janecke in Hollywood, California. Sheridan Gibney died on April 12, 1988.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The bulk of the Papers consists of play scripts and dramatic treatments written by Gibney for stage and television, 1925-1980; personal and professional correspondence, 1920-1962; the manuscript of an unpublished novel, Flatbush Man, ca. 1979-1985; and various papers related to his undergraduate years at Amherst College and his receipt of an honorary degree in 1939.


Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

There is no restriction on access to the Sheridan Gibney Papers for research use. Particularly fragile items are restricted for preservation purposes.

Restrictions on use:

Requests for permission to publish material from the Papers should be directed to the Archives and Special Collections. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

Preferred Citation

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection:

[Identification of item], in Sheridan Gibney (AC 1925) Papers [Box #, folder #], Amherst College Archives and Special Collections, Amherst College Library

History of the Collection

Processing Information
Processed:1991
Finding Aid:Revised November 2001


Additional Information
Contact Information
Amherst College Archives and Special Collections
Robert Frost Library
PO Box 5000
Amherst, MA 01002-5000

Phone: (413) 542-2299
Fax: (413) 542-2692

Email Reference Form: http://www.amherst.edu/library/archives/askus
URL: http://www.amherst.edu/library/archives
Language
English.
Sponsor
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Contents List
Series 1: Produced Plays,
1929-1979


"Merry Madness," telegrams
1929

Box 1: folder 1
"Sunshine"
1961

Box 1: folder 2
"Unser Sonnenschein" ("Sunshine" in German)
1961

Box 1: folder 3
"Sunshine" - correspondence from Producers
1955-1956

Box 1: folder 4
"Sunshine" - critics reviews from Germany
1961

Box 1: folder 5
"Anything to Please"
1960

Box 1: folder 6
"Calico Wedding"
1931

Box 1: folder 7
"Calico Wedding"
1931 Feb

Box 1: folder 8
"The Chinese Paper Knife" (formerly "Letter to a Lover")
1976

Box 1: folder 9
"The Chinese Paper Knife" (formerly "Letter to a Lover")
1976

Box 1: folder 10
"The Chinese Paper Knife" correspondence
1952-1957

Box 1: folder 11
"The Chinese Paper Knife" correspondence with Agent
1976-1979

Box 1: folder 12
"Encore"
n.d.

Box 1: folder 13
"The Islanders"
1943

Box 1: folder 14
"Nine Bells at Sea"
[1930?]

Box 1: folder 15
"Penelope's Web"
n.d.

Box 1: folder 16
"Penelope's Web" correspondence
1957-58

Box 1: folder 17
"Scotty Brown's Bridge"
1955

Box 1: folder 18
"Scotty Brown's Bridge" correspondence
1955

Box 1: folder 19
"The Wiser They Are"
n.d.

Box 1: folder 20
Series 2: Unproduced Plays,
1925-1937


"Dona Volga"
1925

Box 1: folder 21
"A Game of Billiards"
n.d.

Box 1: folder 22
"The Harvest Moon"
1925

Box 1: folder 23
"The Immortal Sinner"
1930

Box 1: folder 24
"The Immortal Sinner" correspondence
1930

Box 1: folder 25
"Judgment Day"
n.d.

Box 1: folder 26
"My Name is Claire"
n.d.

Box 1: folder 27
Oh, Happy Love
n.d.

Box 1: folder 28
"A Penny's Worth of Love"
1928

Box 1: folder 29
"The President's Daughter"
1932

Box 1: folder 30
"The Race of Life and Death"
n.d.

Box 1: folder 31
"The Rainbow"
1927

Box 1: folder 32
"The Sentence"
1926

Box 1: folder 33
The Price of Beans," and "Contemplated Revisions
1937

Box 1: folder 34
Series 3: Produced Screenplays,
1935-1946


"Anthony Adverse"
1935

Box 2: folder 35
"Cheers for Miss Bishop"
1940

Box 2: folder 36
"Dynasty of Death"
1940

Box 2: folder 37
"I am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang"
n.d.

Box 2: folder 38
"Enemy of Man" (The Story of Louis Pasteur)
1935

Box 2: folder 39
"What Nancy Wanted"
1946

Box 2: folder 40
Series 4: Unproduced Screenplays,
1936-1980


"Danton" (Part I)
1936

Box 2: folder 41
"Flowers of Evil"
n.d.

Box 2: folder 42
"Hey Diddle Diddle"
n.d.

Box 2: folder 43
"Life Begins"
1950

Box 2: folder 44
"Other Voices"
n.d.

Box 2: folder 45
"Other Voices" correspondence
1974-1980

Box 2: folder 46
"Possession"
n.d.

Box 2: folder 47
Series 5: Treatments,
1934, n.d.


"The Bridal Claim"
n.d.

Box 2: folder 48
"The Gentleman from Kimberly"
n.d.

Box 2: folder 49
"The High Cost of Living"
n.d.

Box 2: folder 50
"Lady in the Straw"
n.d.

Box 2: folder 51
"The Love Specialist"
n.d.

Box 2: folder 52
"Moscow Romance"
1934

Box 2: folder 53
"Too Much Happiness"
n.d.

Box 2: folder 54
Series 6: Novels and Poems,
1979-1985, n.d.


Flatbush Man correspondence
1979-1985

Box 3: folder 55
Flatbush Man manuscript
n.d.

Box 3: folder 56
Notebook of poems
n.d.

Box 3: folder 57
Folder of poems
n.d.

Box 3: folder 58
Early poems, legal sheets
n.d.

Box 3: folder 59
Selected poems
n.d.

Box 3: folder 60
Series 7: Amherst College Papers,
1922-1938


Correspondence to his mother
1922-26

Box 3: folder 61
Gibney's poetry in "Amherst Writing"
1922-24

Box 3: folder 62
Student papers and handwritten bluebooks
1924-25

Box 3: folder 63
"The Theater Today," acceptance speech at Amherst College for honorary degree
1938

Box 3: folder 64
Series 8: Biographical Materials,
1992, n.d.


Gibney's resume
ca. 1985

Box 3: folder 65
A Profile of Sheridan Gibney, compiled by Katrin Janecke Gibney
1992

Box 3: folder 66
Extra copy of Moon Songs: Selected Letters, 1920-1929, and Selected Poems from Various Periods of his Life / by Sheridan Gibney; edited by Katrin Janecke Gibney
1993

Box 8: folder 4
Series 9: Correspondence,
1920-1962


Originals:



Correspondence and contracts
1936-1950

Box 3: folder 67
Correspondence, playbill, clipping, news release
1956-1962

Box 3: folder 68
Phillips Exeter Academy: 13 postcards, 5 letters
1920

Box 4: folder 1
Erskine, John: 2 letters to Mrs. E. W. Freeman
1924

Box 4: folder 2
1 letter
n.d.

Box 4: folder 3
Amherst College: 24 letters

[SEE ALSO SERIES 7]

1923-1925

Box 4: folder 4
Europe (mostly France): 26 letters
1924-1925

Box 4: folder 5
Mostly Boothbay Harbor: 7 letters
[1925?]-1929

Box 4: folder 6
Hobart College (Geneva, N.Y.): 17 letters
1926-1929

Box 4: folder 7
Photocopies:



Phillips Exeter Academy: 13 postcards, 5 letters
1920

Box 5: folder 1
Erskine, John: 2 letters to Mrs. E. W. Freeman
1924

Box 5: folder 2
Amherst College: 24 letters

[SEE ALSO SERIES 7]

1923-1925

Box 5: folder 3
Europe (mostly France): 26 letters
1924-1925

Box 5: folder 4
Mostly Boothbay Harbor: 7 letters
[1925?]-1929

Box 5: folder 5
Hobart College (Geneva, N.Y.): 17 letters
1926-1929

Box 5: folder 6
Incoming Correspondence [#2014.034)



Erskine, John
1923-1927

Box 4: folder 8
Meiklejohn, Alexander
1923-1928

Box 4: folder 9
Professional, miscellaneous
1953-1958

Box 4: folder 10
Personal (re: chiropractic)
1959-1960

Box 4: folder 11

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Subjects
  • Dramatists, American--20th century.
  • Gibney, Sheridan.
  • Screenwriters--United States.

Contributors
  • Amherst College. Class of 1925. Gibney.

Genre terms
  • Examinations--Amherst College.
  • Lecture notes--Amherst College.
  • Letters--Amherst College.


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