Mamet mss., 1985-1986

Papers of David Mamet, 1985-1986, at the Lilly Library, Indiana University

Finding aid created by Alyssa Mertka

Creator: Mamet, David
Creator: Linson, Art.
Title: Mamet mss.
Collection No.: LMC 2123
Dates: 1985-1986

Quantity: 1 Box

Quantity: 1 standard

Abstract: The Mamet mss., 1985-1986, consists of scripts and research materials relating to David Mamet's original screenplay for the 1987 film The Untouchables , starring Kevin Costner and Sean Connery, and directed by Brian De Palma.
Location: Lilly - Stacks
Language: Materials are in English
Repository: Lilly Library
1200 E. Seventh St.
Bloomington, Indiana 47405-5500
Business Number: 812-855-2452

Biographical Note

David Mamet, 1947- , is an American playwright, poet, novelist, screenwriter, and director. He was born on November 20, 1947 in Chicago. He began his writing career during his studies at Goddard College in Vermont, and has been a prolific author, publishing more than fifty works since 1977. He has written screenplays for over two dozen films, including Wag the Dog , The Edge , Hoffa , and the movie adaptation of his Pulitzer Prize winning play Glengarry Glen Ross . He also is the director of House of Games , The Spanish Prisoner , The Winslow Boy , and State and Main .

Scope and Content Note

The collection illustrates the creative process of writing The Untouchables , from the preliminary research stage to the revised final draft of 1986. Included are photocopied news clippings concerning Eliot Ness and Al Capone, handwritten notes, scene sketches that reveal Mamet's ideas for dialogue and character traits, and outlines and drafts, all of which reveal the evolution of the work. A brief note from Art Linson, producer of the film, is included.


This collection is arranged following original order.


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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Item], Mamet mss., Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.

Acquisition Information

Acquired: 2002

Processing Information

Processed by Craig Simpson.

Completed in 2012

Collection Inventory

Box 1


Box 1
Newspaper clippings (photocopies), circa. , 1930-1970
Box 1
Unordered notes , undated
Box 1
Preliminary scene sketches and dialogue notes, with handwritten annotations , undated
Box 1
Preliminary scene sketches, dialogue notes, and manila folder with handwritten annotations , undated
Box 1
Outline , July 1985
Box 1
Outline, with index cards , August 12, 1985
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First draft, handwritten , undated
Box 1
Typescript draft , September 1985
Box 1
Revised typescript draft , April 1986
Box 1
Congratulatory note from producer Art Linson , undated