#MICHIGANCONNECTION: ‘Godfather’ papers donated to Dartmouth

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50 banker boxes of papers including notes exchanged between Mario Puzo and the “The Godfather” director Francis Ford Coppola have been donated to the Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner’s alma mater, Dartmouth College.

This includes a 1965 Underwood typewriter on which Puzo is believed to have written “The Godfather” book,  the original Godfather trilogy manuscripts, and Puzo’s program from the Academy Awards ceremony at which “The Godfather” won best picture.

‘The Godfather’ which revolutionized movie-making in the gangster genre and cemented Francis Ford Coppola’s directorial prominence, earned praise from both critics and the public before winning three Academy Awards—including Coppola’s second Oscar (Best Adapted Screenplay, with Mario Puzo), Best Picture, and his first nomination for Best Director.

The papers will be housed at Rauner Special Collections Library (named by a gift from the Rauners that created a permanent home for Dartmouth’s special collections).

The Puzo papers are a good fit for the library, which owns several film history collections, including the papers of screenwriter John Hess ’39; a collection of 2,200 Hollywood scripts from the 1920s, ’30s, and ’40s, which producer Walter Wanger, Class of 1915, arranged to be collected at Dartmouth; and the papers of On the Waterfront screenwriter Budd Schulberg ’36.

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Selections from the papers will be on display from April 5 to June 30 in the Berry Main Street lobby of Baker-Berry Library. And in celebration of the gift, the Hopkins Center for the Arts will be screening The Godfather at 4 p.m. Saturday, May 12, in Loew Auditorium at the Black Family Visual Arts Center, introduced by Graziella Parati, the Paul D. Paganucci Professor of Italian Literature and Language and director of the Leslie Center for the Humanities. Tickets for the film are $8/$5 with a Dartmouth ID.

For more on this collection.

For more on the Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner and his donation .

 

Selections from the papers will be on display from April 5 to June 30 in the Berry Main Street lobby of Baker-Berry Library. And in celebration of the gift, the Hopkins Center for the Arts will be screening The Godfather at 4 p.m. Saturday, May 12, in Loew Auditorium at the Black Family Visual Arts Center, introduced by Graziella Parati, the Paul D. Paganucci Professor of Italian Literature and Language and director of the Leslie Center for the Humanities. Tickets for the film are $8/$5 with a Dartmouth ID.


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