Horton Foote (1916-2009) was born this day, March 14. He grew up in Wharton, Texas and wrote about his childhood home in prose, plays, and productions for television and film. He is mostly known for his Oscar-winning screenplays for To Kill a Mockingbird and Tender Mercies, and his Pulitzer Prize-winning play A Young Man in Atlanta.
Foote wrote almost every day, and his extensive personal papers in DeGolyer Library include six decades of published and unpublished works. Highlights of the collection include correspondence with actors and writers, playbills, and audiovisual materials. The Horton Foote digital collection includes selected photographs and one streaming kinescope.
Many of his films are available to check out in Fondren Library, and more are available to view in the reading room of DeGolyer Library.