Widely considered one of America's greatest living playwrights, Sam Shepard is also an accomplished actor, director, screenwriter, and musician. Shepard has received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and has been nominated for an Academy Award for his acting. He was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letter in 1986. In 1992, he received the Gold Medal for Drama from the Academy and in 1994 he was inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame. His impact on modern theater can be gauged by the numerous scholarly books and articles devoted to his work, as well as the hundreds of productions of his plays, both in the U.S. and abroad.
The Sam Shepard Papers document the middle years of Sam Shepard's literary and acting career, from 1980 to 1999. The collection is comprised of the following series: Plays, Novels, Short Stories, Films, Literary Criticism, Notebooks, Correspondence, Clippings, Awards, Interviews, Readings, Published Compilations, Works by Others, and Framed Posters. Extent: 27 boxes, 13 linear feet.
The Sam Shepard and Johnny Dark Collection spans 1972-2011 and documents the men's forty-plus years of friendship. The collection is arranged in five series: Correspondence, Dialogues, Photographs, Audio Material, and Video Material. Extent: 8 boxes, 3.5 linear feet.