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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 3183

William Friedkin autograph manuscript, audio recordings, and research materials for the memoir The Friedkin Connection


William Friedkin autograph manuscript, audio recordings, and research materials for his memoir.


  • circa 2009-2013

Language of Materials

In English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.

A portion of this collection is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. Retrieval requires advance notice. Readers should check with Houghton Public Services staff to determine what material is offsite and retrieval policies and times.


2.5 linear feet (3 boxes)
8.5 Gigabytes

Manuscript for the memoir in 13 notebooks which was then read and recorded on microcassettes and sent to his editor at Harper Collins.

Also includes autograph manuscript notes and drawings for three operas Friedkin directed and for the motion picture BUG.

Biographical / Historical

William Friedkin is an American film and television director, producer, and screenwriter. Friedkin began his career in the 1960's with documentaries. However he is best known for the Exorcist (1973) and the French Connection (1971).


Collection is open to research. Materials are loosely arranged into four series: Audiovisual Materials and Digital Media; Book Research Materials; Drafts of the Friedkin Connection; and Drawings.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Special equipment or surrogate required; consult Houghton staff.

Physical Location

pf, Harvard Depository

Immediate Source of Acquisition

2013M-107. Gift of William Friedkin in 2014 June.

Separated Materials

Born-digital material has been separated: Am3138BD

General note

Includes audiovisual and/or digital media: microcassettes and DVD-R.

Processing Information

Accessioned by Melanie Wisner, 2014.

Processed by Magdaline Lawhorn, 2018.

Friedkin, William. William Friedkin autograph manuscript, audio recordings, and research materials for the memoir The Friedkin Connection, circa 2009-2013 (MS Am 3183): Guide
Houghton Library, Harvard University.
2018 June 6
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Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

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