TABLE OF CONTENTS


Collection Summary

Biographical History

Scope and Content of the Collection

Administrative Information

Restrictions

Subject and Genre Headings

Arrangement of the Collection

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Scripts

Series 2: Educational Credits

Series 3: Academic Class Papers

Series 4: Programs

Series 5: Correspondence

Series 6: Notes

Series 7: Paperback Plays and Books

Series 8: Miscellaneous

Adelphi Libraries

The Louis R. Ormont Literary Collection



Collection Summary

Repository: Adelphi University
Creator: Ormont, Louis R.
Title: The Louis R. Ormont Literary Collection
Inclusive Dates: 1941-1953, undated
Quantity: 4 linear feet (9 boxes)
Abstract: The Louis R. Ormont Literary Collection focuses on Dr. Ormont’s literary pursuits including the work he produced during his time at Yale University’s School of Drama. The collection also highlights Dr. Ormont’s copious scripts for theatre, film and television. The collection centers on his vast assortment of manuscripts, but also includes academic papers, play programs, and paperback playbooks. In 1974, Dr. Ormont joined the faculty at Adelphi University’s Gordon Derner Institution of Advanced Psychological Studies.
Language: Collection materials are in English.

Biographical History

Dr. Louis R. Ormont was born and raised in Philadelphia in 1918. After receiving a BA from Temple University, he went on to study playwriting at the Yale School of Drama and later Columbia University’s clinical psychology program. Although most noted as a psychoanalysis and pioneer for group psychotherapy, Dr. Ormont was also a prolific playwright and wrote over 50 manuscripts for theatre, television, and film. Although it may be assumed the majority of these scripts were never published, Ormont’s script for I’ve Met You Before was performed by Yale University’s School of Drama in 1949. A student of the theater, Ormont developed a teaching method combining scholastic and experimental learning which made his public presentations sought after events. His writing is characterized by prose that simplifies complex theories and highlights the role of the therapist in the group process. This prompted him to establish the Ormont Method; which recognizes the group experience as an “agent of change."

Ormont played a pivotal role in establishing two very prominent centers for psychotherapy. In 1970 he helped establish The Center for Modern Psychoanalysis Studies in New York along with his wife, Joan Ormont and numerous other colleagues and The Center for Group Studies in 1989. He has dedicated over five decades to the study of group therapy, leading over 20,000 group sessions and publishing more than 30 professional articles on group therapy. He has also authored numerous books including the acclaimed, The Group Therapy Experiment and The Technique of Group Treatment. In 1974, Dr. Ormont joined the faculty at Adelphi University’s Gordon Derner Institution of Advanced Psychological Studies and has also held faculty positions at Washington School of Psychiatry, New York University Medical School, Columbia University, Manhattan Center for Advanced Psychological Studies, Boston Center for Psychoanalytic Studies, and The Philadelphia School for Psychoanalysis. In 1998 Dr. Ormont was named “Group Psychologist of the Year” by the American Psychological Association and in 2000 he was made a Distinguished Fellow of the American Group Psychotherapy Association.

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Scope and Content of the Collection

The Louis R. Ormont Literary Collection contains materials from his literary career as a playwright. The collection largely consists of typed manuscripts from several of Ormont's literary endeavors including his time at Yale University. The collection also includes academic papers, play programs, correspondence relating to Ormont’s scripts, notecards on theatre, and several paperback plays and books.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Louis R. Ormont Literary Collection; Box and folder number; Adelphi University Archives and Special Collections, Garden City, NY.

Processing Information

This collection was processed in early 2012 by Vanessa Nastro under the supervision of Professor Jessica Wagner.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

The Louis R. Ormont Literary collection is open to research. Photocopies of fragile materials are provided for researchers in lieu of the originals.

Use Restrictions

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. Permission to publish materials from the collection must be requested from Adelphi University Archives and Special Collections. Researchers are responsible for copyright compliance.

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Subject and Genre Headings

Persons:

Ormont, Louis R.

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Arrangement of the Collection

The 4 linear feet of processed material is arranged to the folder level in 9 document boxes and consists of 8 series:

Series 1: Scripts
Series 2: Education Credits
Series 3: Academic Class papers
Series 4: Programs
Series 5: Correspondence
Series 6: Notes
Series 7: Paperback Plays and Books
Series 8: Miscellaneous

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Detailed Description of the Collection

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

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Series 1: Scripts
Includes manuscripts from various stages of Louis R. Ormont’s literary career.
Box Folder
1 1-15 Scripts (various), undated
Box Folder
2 1-12 Scripts (various), undated
Box Folder
3 1-9 Scripts (various), undated
Box Folder
4 1-3 Yale Scripts, undated
4-14 Summer Camp Scripts, undated
Box Folder
5 1-5 800th Signal Training Regiment Scripts, 1944-1945
6-7 Temple University Scripts, undated
Box Folder
6 1-13 Script ideas and development, undated

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Series 2: Educational Credits
Includes transcripts from Yale University, undergraduate and graduate educational credits, and a diploma.
Arranged chronologically.
Box Folder
7 1 Educational Credits, 1946-1949

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Series 3: Academic Class Papers
Includes papers written by Ormont while attending Temple University and Yale. All works are undated.
Box Folder
7 2 "An Experiment in Visual Education" 
3 "The Emergence of the Director" 
4 "Thomas Hardy and the Greek Tragedy" 
5 "A Comparison of Chaucer's Troylus and Creseyde with Shakespeare's Troilus and Cressida" 
6 "Symbols and Symbolism in Ibsen and Maeterlinck" 
7 "Dramatic Satire During teh Restoration and the Eighteenth Century" 
8 "Influence of Seneca on Renaissance Drama" 
9 "Medieval Traces in Marlowe's Dr. Faust" 

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Series 4: Programs
Includes several play bills produced and/or directed by Ormont for Yale University and other productions.
Arranged chronologically when dates are available.
Box Folder
5 8 Wheat In the Fields, 1947
8 The Television Writers Group, 1950
8 Three Sheets to the Wind, 1950
8 Festival of the Red Rose, 1951
8 I've Met You Before, undated
8 Score and Five, undated

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Series 5: Correspondence
Correspondence regarding Ormont’s teaching appointments, plays and script ideas.
Box Folder
6 11 Correspondence regarding "Forgotten Mystery Series", 1951
11 Correspondence with Kudner Agency, 1951
11 Correspondence regarding the Festival of the Red Rose, 1951
11 Agreement letter for "Candide", 1952
11 Correspondence regarding "The Fix", 1952
11 Rejection letter from Louis G. Cowan, Inc., 1952
11 Letter from Dick regarding story ideas, 1952
11 Correspondence regarding classes for The City College, 1952
11 Correspondence regarding a film for the General Electric Company, 1953

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Series 6: Notes
Ormont’s personal notes on theatre, art criticisms, and the writings of Wit and Housman.
Box Folder
8 n/a Notes 

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Series 7: Paperback Plays and Books
Includes several paperback plays (not written by Ormont) as well as paperback books relating to theatre.
Box Folder
9 n/a Paperback Plays and Books, 1920s and 1930s

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Series 8: Miscellaneous
Several typed and handwritten items pertaining either to Ormont’s scripts and education at Yale University, as well as letters pertaining to television productions and advertising, and a hand drawn map.
Box Folder
6 12  

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