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Finding aid for the Wayne Warga papers

Finding aid prepared by Rebecca Hirsch and Rachel Jordan, 2011 October

Summary Information

Repository
USC Libraries Special Collections
Creator
Warga, Wayne
Title
Wayne Warga papers
Collection no.
0188
Date
circa 1965-1994
Extent
8.0 Linear feet, 9 boxes
Language
English
Abstract
Collection contains the papers of Wayne Warga (1937-1994), an entertainment reporter and ghostwriter. His papers include correspondence, research files, novel galleys and typescripts, and taped interviews. He wrote about John Wayne, Natalie Wood, Aaron Spelling and Charles Rosendahl, along with a variety of other figures in the entertainment world.

Preferred Citation

[Box/folder# or item name], Wayne Warga Papers, Collection no. 0188, Special Collections, USC Libraries, University of Southern California

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Biographical note

Wayne Warga was an author and entertainment journalist who wrote freelance articles for a number of publications, including Life and Cosmopolitan. He also was on the staff of the Los Angeles Times in the 1960s and 1970s and was a writer for the television show Entertainment Tonight in the 1980s. He was born in 1938 in California, and passed away in 1994.

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Scope and Content

Chronological files of Wayne Warga's research, notes and drafts for articles he wrote for the Los Angeles Times, Cosmo, Westways and People. Collection also includes notes, interviews, and research he collected while ghostwriting autobiographies for Aaron Spelling and John Wayne; research and drafts for a prospective novel about the airship captain Charles Rosendahl; drafts, publicity materials, and reviews for his mystery novel Hardcover; and research he collected while writing a book about the movie industry in the 1960s and 1970s, titled Shooting Stars.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

USC Libraries Special Collections
2011 October
Doheny Memorial Library 206
3550 Trousdale Parkway
Los Angeles, California, 90089-0189
213-740-5900
specol@usc.edu

Conditions Governing Access

COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE. Advance notice required for access.

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Manuscripts Librarian. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

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Controlled Access Headings

Genre(s)

  • Audiocassettes
  • Correspondence
  • Interviews (Sound recordings)
  • Notes
  • Transcripts

Geographic Name(s)

  • Los Angeles (Calif.)--Journalists

Personal Name(s)

  • Rosendahl, Charles E., (Charles Emery), 1892-1977 -- Archives
  • Spelling, Aaron -- Archives
  • Warga, Wayne -- Archives
  • Wayne, John, 1907-1979 -- Archives

Subject(s)

  • Autobiography--Archival Resources
  • Ghostwriters--California--Los Angeles--Archival Resources
  • Ghostwriting--California--Los Angeles--Archival Resources
  • Interviews--United States--20th century--Archival resources
  • Journalists--California--Los Angeles--Biography

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Collection Inventory

Series 1:  Chronological File 

Scope and Content

Series contains Warga's chronological files of clippings, articles and research files. Most of the clippings are for articles he wrote for the Los Angeles Times, although there are also drafts and notes for freelance articles he wrote for  Cosmo,  Westways and  People as well.

Box Folder

 Times Clips 1968 

1 1-2

 Times Clips 1969 January-June 

1 3

 Times Clips 1969 July-December 

1 4

 Times Clips 1970 January-June 

1 5

 Times Clips 1970 July-December 

1 6

 Notes from a Bottle Script 1970 

1 7

 Times Clips 1971 January-June 

1 8

 Times Clips 1971 July-December 

1 9

 Times Clips 1972 January-June 

1 10

 Times Clips 1972 July-December 

1 11

 Times Clips 1973 

1 12

 Miscellaneous Publications 1973 

1 13-15

 Times Clips 1974 

1 16

 Times Clips 1975 

1 17

 Freelance - Swifty Lazar 1975 

1 18

 Action 1974-1975 

1 19

 Sons & Daughters Idea File 1975 

1 20

 Brando, Marlon 1975 

1 21

 Times Clips 1976 

1 22

 Rudolph Valentino 1976 

1 23

 Editor/Publisher Correspondence 1976-1977 

1 24

 Times Clips 1977 

1 25

 Freelance 1977 

1 26

 Times Clips 1978 

1 27

 Herb Solow - NBC 1978 

1 28-30

 Times Clips 1979 

2 1

 Freelance 1980 

2 2

 Freelance 1979 

2 3

 Oric Bovar Story/ Joanna 1979 

2 4

 Larceny and Old Lace/Joanna 1979 

2 5

 Cosmo Clips 1979-1982 

2 6

 Outlines - Receipts/Joanna Miles 1979-1982 

2 7

 Letters (General) 1980-1985 

2 8-9

 Times Clips 1980 

2 10

 Author! Author! 1980 

2 11

 San Fernando 1980 

2 12

 Stephanie Powers/Journal 1980 

2 13

 Faye Dunaway 1981 

2 14

 Times Clips 1981 

2 15

 Author! Author! 1981 

2 16

 Freelance 1981 

2 17

 Author! Author! 1982 January-June 

2 18

 Rachel Ward - Cosmo 1982 

2 19

 Westways 1982 

2 20

 Wambaugh, Joe - Writer's Digest 1982 

2 21

 Reagan, Maureen 1982 

2 22

 TV Guide Clips 1982 

2 23

 "Ex" Jud Taylor 1982 

2 24

 Life in the Fast Lane - Joanna Miles 1982 

2 25

 Singapore ( Cosmo) 1982 

2 26

 Westways 1983 

2 27

 Dreams, Inc. Hill House 1983 

2 28

 Martin Derek Pilot 1983 

2 29

 Feitshans Project 1983 

2 30

 George Sidney 1983 

2 31

 Barbara Streisand McCall's 1984 January 

2 32-33

 Westways 1984 

2 34

 Westways 1985 January-1986 January 

2 35

 Architecture Digest Clips 

2 36

 Beverly Hills Housewife/Joanna 

2 37

 California Novel: Part I First Draft 

2 38

 California Novel: Part I Second Draft 

3 1-2

 California Novel: Part II First Draft 

3 3-4

 Film Critics 

3 5

 General Pieces Worth Saving 

3 6

 Nightshade's Million - Screenplay 

3 7

 Return to Earth - Screenplay 

3 8

 Return to Earth - Miscellaneous 

3 9

 Speeches 

3 10

 Keogh Fund 1973-1976 

6 1-2

 Don't Play with Kenny - Notes and Research 1976 

6 3

 Natalie - Galley (C.1) 1983 

6 4

 Natalie - Galley (C.2) 1983 

6 5

 Liza Minelli - For People Magazine 1984 

6 6-9
Box

 VHS -- WE 179: Liza 1985 February 22 

5
Box Folder

 California Novel: Part I Research Sources 

6 10

 California Novel: Research Notes - Sources 

6 11

 Return to Earth - Galley 

6 12-13
Box

 Interview Tapes - Charles Bronson and Jill Ireland (2 items) 

9

 Interview Tapes - Gloria and Jimmy Stewart (3 items) 

9

 Interview Tapes - Barbara [Streisand?] (2 items) 

9

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Series 2:  Aaron Spelling 

Scope and Content

Series contains the files Warga kept while ghostwriting an autobiography of Aaron Spelling, including correspondence, outlines, his contract and expenses and transcripts of his interviews with Spelling. Series also includes audiocassette tapes of the interviews.

Box Folder

 Contract 

4 10

 Expenses 

4 11

 Tape Notes 

4 12

 Outline 

4 13

 Interviews 

4 14

 Research 

4 15

 Typescript 

4 16

 Notes 

4 17

 Publicity 

4 18

 Correspondence 

4 19

 Typescript 

4 20

 Typescript w/ notes 

4 21

 Tape Transcripts 1-4 

4 22

 Tape Transcripts 5-8 

4 23

 Tape Transcripts 9-13 

4 24

 Tape Transcripts 14-18 

4 25

 Transcript Notes 

4 26

 Tape Index 

4 27

 Guest Stars & Credits 

4 28

 The Museum of Broadcasting Tribute 1988 

4 29

 Press & Notes 

4 30

 Tape Transcripts Rearranged in Chronological Order 

4 31-32

 Tape Transcripts Rearranged in Chronological Order 

5 1-3
Box

 Interview Tapes (18 tapes) 

9

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Series 3:  Charles Rosendahl 

Scope and Content

Series contains the files Warga kept while researching a novel he wanted to write about the airship captain Charles Rosendahl. These files include drafts of the novel, research notes and materials, and a screenplay for the 1974 movie The Hindenberg.

Box Folder

 Screenplay - The Hindenburg 1974 July 31 

3 11

 Typescript- Novel about Charles Rosendahl 

3 12-13

 The Rosendahl Story 

3 14

 Rosendahl Story 

3 15

 Correspondence - Re Rosendahl 

3 16-17

 "The Rosendahl Story" - A Synopsis (2 Copies) 

3 18

 Typescript 

3 19-20

 Miscellaneous 

3 21

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Series 4:  Hardcover 

Scope and Content

Series contains the files Warga kept while writing the mystery novel Hardcover. These files include the novel's original manuscript and other drafts, correspondence, reviews of the novel, publicity materials and two galleys.

Box Folder

 Re-write 

3 22

 Arbor House Contract 

3 23

 Correspondence 

3 24

 Paperback Correspondence, etc. 

3 25

 Reviews 

3 26-27

 Original Manuscript 

3 28

 Original Manuscript 

4 1-2

 Typed Manuscript 

4 3-5

 Revised Manuscript 

4 6-8

 Publicity 

4 9

 Notes - Research 

6 14

 Galley (Original) 

6 15

 Galley (copy) 

6 16

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Series 5:  Shooting Stars 

Scope and Content

Series contains the files Warga kept while writing the book Shooting Stars, which was to be about the movie industry in the 1960s and 1970s. These files include research clippings and transcriptions of interviews with celebrities.

Box Folder

 Interviews A-M 

6 17

 Interviews N-Z 

6 18

 Research Clippings 

7 1

 UCLA 

7 2

 Outline 

5 4

 USC 

5 5-6

 Miscellaneous 

5 7

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Series 6:  John Wayne 

Scope and Content

Series contains the files Warga kept while ghostwriting an autobiography of John Wayne, including research notes and other materials, correspondence, a VHS recording of the HBO documentary John Wayne: The Legend, photographs and transcriptions of interviews.

Box Folder

 Press Clips 

7 3

 Miscellaneous Research 

7 4-5

 Brat Notes 

7 6

 Correspondence Re: John Wayne 

7 7

 Notes 

5 8

 Cue Questions 

5 9

 Notes to Transcribe 

5 10

 The Cowboys 

5 11

 Source Clippings 

5 12

 Carbon Set - Final Which Way? Draft & Barbarian Chapter 

5 13

 Earlier Which Way? Drafts 

5 14-16

 Dennis Hopper 

5 17

 Mary St. John 

5 18

 Release Forms 

5 19

 Tax Receipts 

5 20

 Expense Reports 

5 21

 Howard Hawks 

5 22

 Yakima Canutt 

5 23

 Notes from Durango 1969 March 

5 24

 Photographs 

5 25

 Tape Transcriptions - 1st Draft 

5 26-27

 Text & Catalog Copy for John Wayne's America, Why I Love Her 

5 28

 John Ford 

5 29

 Master - Which Way? & Barbarian Chapter 

5 30

 Rooster Cogburn - Screenplay 26 August 1974 

5 31

 Rooster Cogburn - Forward 

5 32

 "Barkis is Willing" - Outline 

5 33

 Miscellaneous 

5 34

 Excerpted Sources 

8 1-2

 Contracts with John Wayne 

8 3
Box

 VHS -- John Wayne: The Legend (HBO) 

5

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