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Screenwriter and director Paul Schrader donates collection to Harry Ransom Center

By Alicia Dietrich

Undated photo of Paul Schrader. Unknown photographer.
Undated photo of Paul Schrader. Unknown photographer.
Screenwriter and director Paul Schrader has donated his collection to the Harry Ransom Center. Schrader wrote screenplays for such iconic films as Taxi Driver (1976), Blue Collar (1978), Raging Bull (1980), American Gigolo (1980), The Mosquito Coast (1986), and Affliction (1997).

Schrader had previously donated Robert De Niro’s costume from Taxi Driver after De Niro donated his archive to the Ransom Center in 2006. The costume is now on display in the Ransom Center’s exhibition Making Movies, which runs through Aug. 1.

The Schrader collection consists of more than 300 boxes and includes outlines and drafts of scripts and screenplays, correspondence, production materials, videos, audio tapes, press clippings, photographs, and juvenilia.

The collection will be made accessible once it is processed and cataloged. A small case of materials from the collection will be on display in the Ransom Center lobby through March 21.


Marianne Dryden

Nothing relevant to Natasha Richardson?

Alicia Dietrich

In response to Marianne Dryden’s comment: The Paul Schrader collection hasn’t yet been processed, so we don’t yet have a full inventory of everything that’s in the collection. However, Schrader worked with Natasha Richardson on “Patty Hearst” (1988) and “The Comfort of Strangers” (1990), and both of these films are represented in the collection. There is also correspondence from Richardson in the collection.

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