May 20, 2022

Video: University of Michigan Library Discovers Unpublished Memoir Within New Orson Welles Acquisition

From a Text Report:

Though he is considered by many as one of the world’s greatest filmmakers, Orson Welles was an actor, producer, writer and radio broadcaster. He was also notorious for leaving many of his projects unfinished.

Perhaps that is what makes the Welles collections at the University of Michigan so intriguing.

“Not a week goes by that somebody from somewhere in the world doesn’t inquire about something in these archives,” said Philip Hallman, curator of U-M’s Screen Arts Mavericks and Makers collection. “The reality is, there’s a lot yet to be discovered, which is why we’re excited to be adding more to our already extensive Welles holdings.”

Archivists at the U-M special collections library have started to process eight boxes of materials shipped from Oja Kodar’s home in Croatia that arrived this month. Kodar—who will be present at the upcoming Orson Welles symposium at U-M—is a Croatian actress, screenwriter and director who was Welles’s partner during the final 24 years of his life.


Kathleen Dow, head archivist at the special collections library, anticipates that the recent acquisition will take nearly five months to process before it is available to the public.

More About the Memoir and Orson Welles Research at U. of Michigan

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