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Richard Hoffman Woody Allen collection

Identifier: MSS 0551

Scope and Contents

The Richard Hoffman Woody Allen Collection, spanning the dates 1966-1995 and comprised of 1.3 linear feet of autograph, printed, and audio material, reflects Richard Hoffman’s interest in the work of American playwright and film maker Woody Allen.

The collection is organized into five series. Series I. Material related to plays or screenplays written by Woody Allen, features posters, lobby cards, photograph stills and press kits for numerous films written and/or directed by Woody Allen, as well as several films in which he starred. Highlights include the pressbook and poster for What’s Up, Tiger Lily?, Allen’s directorial debut; photograph stills for films such as Interiors, Manhattan, and Annie Hall; and three versions of the poster for Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex But Were Afraid to Ask, several of which are signed by Allen. A number of other posters, lobby cards and photographs are also signed by Woody Allen.

Allen’s work in the theater is represented by photograph stills, a poster and a playscript for the Lincoln Center Theatre Company production of The Floating Light Bulb. The stills include images of Allen, Bea Arthur, Danny Aiello and others. A photograph still for the Broadhurst Theatre production of Play It Again, Sam and Playbill programs for productions of Central Park West and Don’t Drink the Water complete the theatrical material.

Series II. consists of two letters written by Woody Allen to James-Daniel Rediches in 1998. In his letters Allen graciously declined Rediches’s request to photograph Allen. Series III includes three phonograph recordings of performances of Woody Allen as a standup comedian in the 1960s. Series IV. is comprised of four photographs of Woody Allen, one of which also features Diane Keaton. Other photographs of Allen in films or plays are available in the first series.

Printed material containing articles by or about Woody Allen is the final series (V.). One highlight among the program, magazines, and journals is a 1969 issue of Life featuring Woody Allen’s “How Bogart Made Me the Superb Lover I Am Today.”


  • Creation: 1966-1995


Language of Materials

Materials entirely in English.

Access Information

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Use of materials from this collection beyond the exceptions provided for in the Fair Use and Educational Use clauses of the U.S. Copyright Law may violate federal law. Permission to publish or reproduce is required from the copyright holder. Please contact Special Collections Department, University of Delaware Library,

Richard Hoffman

Richard Lee Hoffman, the Brooklyn-based theater collector and bookdealer, built a number of literary collections around American and British playwrights over a period of many years.

Hoffman has said that he entered the United States Army in the 1950s as an actor and left as a writer. His military experience led to an assignment to create a television program titled “Your Army in View,” which consisted of interviews and live drama. After his discharge from the service in 1955, Hoffman taught in the drama department of The City University of New York. During this period he was awarded a Eugene O'Neill fellowship for playwriting. He also seriously began to collect rare books and first editions of contemporary American dramatists, notably the playwrights Eugene O'Neill, Arthur Miller, and Neil Simon. Richard Hoffman’s interest in collecting first editions led to his career as an antiquarian bookdealer.

"Richard Hoffman." Literature Resource Center. http:/ (accessed February 2009).

Woody Allen

Award-winning American film writer and director Woody Allen, born Allan Stewart Konigsberg on December 1, 1935 in New York City, has starred in many of the films he has written. Allen began writing gags for the agent David O. Albers in high school. By age nineteen, he was writing scripts for television shows, such as The Ed Sullivan Show, The Tonight Show, and Caesar’s Hour. He was also writing plays and short stories, several of which appeared in The New Yorker. In 1960 he launched a career as a stand-up comedian and began writing for television’s Candid Camera.

Allen’s first movie production, for which he wrote the initial screenplay and in which he made his acting debut, was What’s New, Pussycat? (1965). The production of Annie Hall (1977) marked the beginning a period of critically acclaimed and financially successful films for Allen, including Interiors (1978), Manhattan (1979), The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985), and Hannah and Her Sisters (1986).

Woody Allen is the winner of numerous awards including the O. Henry Award, a Golden Globe for best screenplay, and several Academy awards.

Literature Research Center Biographies. (retrieved February 1, 2007).Contemporary Authors Online, Gale, 2007. Reproduced in Biography Resource Center. Farmington Hills, Mich.: Thomson Gale. 2007. (retrieved February 13, 2007).


1.3 linear foot (5 boxes)


The Richard Hoffman Woody Allen collection spans the dates 1966-1995 and comprises autograph, printed, and audio material from the American playwright and film maker Woody Allen.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchase, December 2006

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Shelving Summary

Boxes 1-2: Shelved in SPEC MSS manuscript boxes

Box 3: Shelved in SPEC MSS oversize boxes (17 inches)

Box 4: Shelved in SPEC MSS oversize boxes (18 inches)

Box 5: Shelved in SPEC MSS oversize boxes (20 inches)

Removals: Shelved in SPEC MSS oversize mapcases

Processing Information

Processed by Anita A. Wellner, January 2007. Encoded by Jaime Margalotti, June 2021.

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2021 June 15
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Part of the University of Delaware Library Special Collections Repository

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