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Writer-Director Robert Benton, right, with Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep

The Wittliff's film and television archives highlight the creative, technical, and marketing processes used by outstanding filmmakers and in successful films and television programs.


Robert Benton Papers 

Academy Award-winning writer/director of Bonnie and Clyde,Kramer vs. Kramer, Nobody's Fool, Places in the Heart, and others.


Lonesome Dove Production Archive 

Complete production archive for the classic television miniseries adapted from Larry McMurtry's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by screenwriter, Bill Wittliff.  


William Broyles, Jr. Papers 

Screenwriter of such films as Apollo 13, Cast Away, Jar Head, Polar Express, and creator of the popular television series, China Beach.  


King of the Hill Archive: Emmy Award-winning FOX animated television series co-created by Mike Judge. Collection gifted to the Wittliff through the efforts of writer/producer, Jim Dauterive.


Cormac McCarthy Papers

Pulitzer Prize-winning author whose novels All the Pretty Horses, No Country for Old Men, and The Road have adapted to film. The archive also includes McCarthy's PBS teleplay, The Gardner's Son, and his own unproduced screenplays for Cities of the Plain, No Country for Old Men, and "Whales and Men."


Sam Shepard Papers

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, actor, and screenwriter of such films as Don't come Knocking, Fool for Love, In America, Paris, Texas, and True West.  


Severo Perez Papers

Award-winning filmmaker best known for …and the earth did not swallow him (based on Tomás Rivera’s novel …y no se lo tragó la tierra.) Featured online exhibit: The Making of Severo Perez's …and the earth did not swallow him


Screenplay Collection

The Wittliff is the repository for over 600 film and television screenplays. Cataloged screenplays can be accessed through the Albert B. Alkek Library's on-line catalog. (Type in "scripts" at the subject prompt for a listing of titles.)

Jane Sumner Papers

Award-winning film writer whose career parallels the rise of a Texas film industry (ca 1973-2015.) Papers include taped interviews with subjects such as Bill Wittliff, Richard Linklater, Robert Duvall, Sissy Spacek, etc.)

Bill Wittliff Papers

Screenwriter of such films as Legends of the Fall, The Perfect Storm, Country, Raggedy Man, Red-Headed Stranger, and the CBS miniseries, Lonesome Dove.