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Joan Goodman Archive

Identifier: MS174

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Scope and Contents

The main series in this collection is an extensive number of Recorded Interviews, most of them well-known individuals in the performing arts. Goodman used audiocassettes to record each interview she conducted, as tools for writing the resulting articles.  These taped interviews form the core of the archive.  Most are with Hollywood ‘A’ list stars, as well as with many ‘cult’ figures in American culture, such as Robert Altman, Mel Brooks, Charles Bukowski, Bob Dylan, Terry Gilliam, Paul McCartney, and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Not all interviewees have been identified in this series, and in some cases Goodman’s original cassette labels have been transcribed but the contents are not able to be verified.

Another sizeable portion of the collection is made up of Goodman’s Research files and manuscripts.  These materials were compiled by Goodman in the process of writing for various publications.  Often these files contain only newspaper clippings, though some include her notes or drafts of articles.

Photographic materials in the Goodman archive primarily come from press kits she received from motion picture companies advertising upcoming releases.  This series reflects materials which have been removed from their press kits by Goodman herself, whereas the majority of press kits (which have been cataloged separately) retain their photographic materials.

The Miscellaneous documentation series consists of a few draft articles and manuscripts, along with two reel-to-reel tapes and a selection of 20th Century Fox calendars.

Included in the archive is a small collection of Playbills from mostly Broadway shows attended by Goodman, along with some videocassette Trailers for feature films and approximately a dozen Posters for films including Scream, Lion King, Secondhand Lions, and The World According to Garp.


  • 1963-1999
  • Other: Date acquired: 01/01/2009


Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on use of the materials in the department for research; all patrons must comply with federal copyright regulations.


49.00 Boxes

Language of Materials



Joan Goodman worked for more than 35 years working as a journalist in Hollywood, focusing on celebrity profiles. Goodman wrote primarily for British newspapers, but also wrote for the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, New York Magazine, American Film, and many other publications. The main series in this collection is an extensive number of Recorded Interviews, most of them well-known individuals in the performing arts.

Arrangement Note

The Recorded Interviews series has been left in original order, and item numbers here correspond to file names of the digitized audiocassettes. Specific interviews can be found by searching within the finding aid. To listen to an interview, contact the McCormick Library of Special Collections and refer to the item number. Advance notice is recommended when requesting listening copies of interviews.

Source of Acquisition

Donation from Andrew Goodman, 2009.

Separated Materials

Press kits and screenplays have been cataloged separately using call numbers “Goodman Press Kits” and “Goodman Screenplays,” and can be searched via the library’s online catalog. Posters in this collection are oversize.

Processing Information

Benn P. Joseph, 2015.

Guide to the Joan Goodman Archive
Benn Joseph
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
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Library Details

Part of the Charles Deering McCormick Library of Special Collections Repository

Deering Library, Level 3
1970 Campus Drive
Evanston IL 60208-2300 US