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Franklin J. Schaffner Collection

Identifier: MS 001


This collection consists of screenplays, scripts, films, film trailers, photographs, set designs, publicity packets, and other television and motion picture memorabilia related to the work of the Hollywood director Franklin J. Schaffner (1920-1989), a 1942 Franklin and Marshall graduate.


  • 1938-1989,
  • Majority of material found within 1947-1987


Restrictions on Access

Access unrestricted.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Photocopying and publication restricted by copyright. except by permission of copyright holder..

Biographical / Historical

Franklin J. Schaffner was born in 1920. After graduating from McCaskey High School, Lancaster, in 1938 he attended Franklin and Marshall College where he acted in several Green Room Club plays and graduated in 1942. In the late 1940s Schaffner began his career as a television director, moving into motion pictures in the early 1960s. Schaffner directed several notable films including: Planet of the Apes (1968), Patton (1970) for which he won the Academy Award for best director, Papillon (1973) and Boys from Brazil (1977). He died in 1989. For a videography and filmography of his work, see the Franklin J. Schaffner Collection Research Guide.


51 Linear feet (103 boxes)

5 Linear feet (5 linear ft. audio-visual materials)

17 Objects (17 items of memorabilia)

1.16 Linear feet (7 flat drawers)

Language of Materials



Collection: Organized into series corresponding to television and film career.

Ownership and Custodial History

Between 1971 and 2004, periodic deposits of scripts, screenplays, films, film trailers, photographs, publicity packets, etc. have been received from Franklin J. Schaffner , Jean Schaffner and/or the affiliated production studios, processed, and placed in the Franklin J. Schaffner Collection. Prior to being transferred to the Library’s Archives and Special Collections Dept. between 1983 and 1989, all material had been held in the “Franklin J. Schaffner Film Library” (located in Fackenthal Library) and was curated by F&M Government professor and film-buff Sidney Wise. Additional material consisting of television scripts, Emmy award statuettes, and award plaques were received in 2019 from Franklin J. Schaffner’s daughter Kate Schaffner. This additional material had been in the possession of Jean Schaffner and Jenny Schaffner prior to Kate’s acquisition and donation.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source of acquisition--Franklin J. Schaffner. Address--Santa Monica, CA. Method of acquisition--Gift; Date of acquisition--1971-1989..

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source of acquisition--Mrs. Jean Schaffner. Address--Santa Monica, CA. Method of acquisition--Gift; Date of acquisition--1989-2004..

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source of acquisition--Kate Schaffner. Address--Sebastopol, CA. Method of acquisition--Gift; Date of acquisition--2019..

Related Archival Materials

Records of Franklin and Marshall College (RG 1- RG 15): Custodian--Archives and Special Collections: Address--Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, PA, Country--USA..

Publications About Described Materials

Kim, Erwin. "Franklin J. Schaffner" Filmmakers, No. 9 (series) Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow Press, 1985.

Processing Information

Processing completed 1995.

Description rules
Language of description
Script of description
Code for undetermined script

Repository Details

Part of the Franklin and Marshall College Special Collections Repository

PO Box 3003
Lancaster PA 17604 United States