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Open Archive: “War of the Worlds” Fan (and Hate) Mail

October 23, 2018, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Join specialists Vincent Longo and Philip Hallman  from the University of Michigan Special Collections Research Center to experience firsthand archival material related to the “War of the Worlds” broadcast. This event will feature access to original letters sent from Princeton and across New Jersey in response to the “War of the Worlds” broadcast in 1938 as well as digital access to additional letters sent from across the country. Visitors are encouraged to make observations, ask questions, and be the historian themselves. Historians from the University of Michigan will be on hand to speak about the material and answer questions.

Vincent Longo is a Doctoral Candidate in the Department of Film, Television, and Media at the University of Michigan. He has used his research in the international Welles archives as the basis for publications and conference presentations on Welles’s multimedia theater, and his drawings, paintings, and doodles.

Philip Hallman is the Film Studies Field Librarian for the Hatcher Graduate Library at the University of Michigan, the Head of the Dept. of Film, Television and Media’s Donald Hall Collection and the Curator for the U-M LIbrary’s Screen Arts Mavericks & Makers Collections, which includes the archival papers of noted film directors including Orson Welles, Robert Altman, Alan Rudolph, Nancy Savoca, John Sayles and exhibitor Ira Deutchman.

Co-sponsored by the library and the University of Michigan Special Collections Library.

The War of the Worlds series includes multiple programs marking the 80th anniversary of the broadcast. Additional events include:

10/4 Film Screening: “War of the Worlds”

10/10 Raconteur Radio: “War of the Worlds”

10/18 Author Talk: “Broadcast Hysteria: Orson Welles’s ‘War of the Worlds’ and the Art of Fake News”

10/23 Open Archive: “War of the Worlds” Fan (and Hate) Mail

10/28 Concert: War of the Worlds.80

Presented with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this programming do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.



October 23, 2018
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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