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Projects: 1960s

The Countdown series (.25 linear feet) consists of materials from the 1968 film directed by Robert Altman.  The screenplay was written by Loring Mandel and based on the novel The Pilgrim Project by Hank Searls. The actors in the film include James Caan, Robert Duvall, Barbara Baxley and Michael Murphy.

The photograph sub-series include contact sheets, color photographs and negatives from an apparent trip to Cape Canaveral for the Gemini II launch. Additional materials include transparencies of a space capsule in orbit.

The articles and reviews include reviews from both the original theatrical release and the television broadcast in January of 1978.

The MASH series (.5 linear feet and 1 oversized box) consists of materials from the 1970 film directed by Robert Altman from a screenplay by Ring Lardner Jr., based on the novel by Richard Hooker. The actors in the film include Donald Sutherland, Elliot Gould, Tom Skerrit, Sally Kellerman, Robert Duvall, Joann Pflug, Rene Auberjonois, John Shuck, Michael Murphy, and Bud Cort.

The legal materials contain a lawsuit filed in 1973 by Andrew Sidaris against 20th Century-Fox for breach of contract.

The correspondence sub-series include letters from producer Richard Zanuck, actors John Considine, and from Dennis Hopper and Norman Taurang, who were members of the Directors Guild of America at the time, honoring Altman for his work on MASH, from 1970.

The music sub-series includes Mike Altman’s original lyric sheets and hand-written notations for the song, "Song from MASH (Suicide is Painless).” Also included is the sheet music for the recorded version of the song. The photographs include pictures of a trip to the Cannes Film Festival, where the film was honored that year.  One photo contains an inscription to Altman by playwright Irwin Shaw. The slides include images of both Kellerman and Pflug relaxing in a hotel room while at Cannes.

The articles and reviews include articles detailing the ban of the film by the U.S. Army and Air Force (later rescinded), and by the Israeli Censorship Board, in 1970. The awards, events and festivals include a guest list, correspondence and schedule of events from the American Film Institute’s 25th anniversary screening, in 1995. The Fox Movie Channel 30th anniversary event materials include guest lists, correspondence and related materials, and correspondence regarding the Fox television special, Altman on His Own Terms.  An original cartoon by Paul Conrad is also included in the collection.

That Cold Day in the Park series (.5 linear feet and 1 oversized box) consists of materials from the 1969 film directed by Robert Altman, written by Gillian Freeman, and based on the novel by Peter Miles. The actors in the film include Sandy Dennis, Michael Burns, Susanne Benton, David Garfield, and Michael Murphy.

The legal materials include the papers of Jerome Walsh, legal counsel to Robert Altman, correspondence and a copyright report. Additional legal material includes a joint-venture agreement between Altman and Donald Factor, Altman's agreements with the screenwriter for his services, and with the author allowing Altman a six-month option to purchase the story rights for filming.

Additional materials include a foreign press booklet, and an essay composed by Altman, published in 1969, on directing Sandy Dennis. The series also includes an untitled poem praising the producers, actors, Altman and others involved with the production of the film.