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Prix Italia Scripts Collection

Identifier: MSS 006

Scope and Contents

The Prix Italia Scripts Collection is a collection of submissions of various media programs for the Prix Italia, one of the most prestigious International media awards, between the years of 1956 to 1972, with a few entries of unknown dates. These submissions come in the form of scripts and/or pamphlets describing the work that is being submitted.

The Prix Italia is an International competition, founded in 1948 on the island of Capri, Italy by the RAI, originally for radio programs. It was expanded to include television programs in 1957, and today has branched out to web programs. Prizes are awarded in the categories of drama, documentaries, performing arts, and music.

Most of the scripts and pamphlets in the collection are in multiple languages, the most common ones being English, French, and German, and include biographical information on the work's main authors or creators. Some scripts also contain synopsis notes, and a few entries were submitted with photographs.

The collection also holds several of the winning entries, including all of the winning entries from 1966.

Winning Entries Found in the Prix Italia Scripts Collection:

1965 Ballard for Time the Trout Fisherman

1960 Soldier, Soldier

1965 A French Lesson

1965 Past Intruding

1965 Paethon

1966 In the Head of Fire

1966 Labirinto: A Homange to Dante

1966 Crisis Center

1966 The View of Delft

1966 Death of an Elephant

1966 Comet Ikeya

1966 Stage Five: Three Premieres

1966 Two are too few…three are too many

1966 The Master

1966 What Happened Up There?

1966 The Beginning of Life

1967 Love and Hate

1967 Passion and Death of Our Lord Jesus Christ According to Saint Luc

1967 A Hard Day's Night

1967 Tantadrui

1967 Johann Sebastian

1968 The True Story of the Chior Gallery of Luca Della-Robbia

1968 The Prize-Ring

1968 Dies Irae

1968 Cathy, Come Home

1968 Hiroshima: Once Upon a Summer

1968 Our Inhumane House

1969 The Separation

1970 Jane Seymour

1970 Rotmor

1970 At Their Own Risk

1971 The first, the sixth

1971 The Tribe the Hides from Man

1972 Crueland

1972 Recit

1972 The Mystery of the Passion of Jesus Christ in Kalwaria Zebrzydowska

1972 A Week in the Life of Martin Cluxton

1972 We Was All One

1972 Rondo

Also included are various lists by category of works submitted for the Prix Italia, viewing schedules of the works, and other schedules pertaining to the Prix Italia festival.


  • 1956 - 1972

Language of Materials

The collection contains records in Afrikaans, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Romanian, and Spanish.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to researchers.

Conditions Governing Use

Some materials may be subject to copyright. No part of the materials protected by copyright may be reproduced or utilized in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, without written permission from the copyright holder. Researchers are required to seek permission from the copyright holder to reproduce and/or publish materials under copyright.


9.5 linear feet


The collection is organized into two series:

Series 1: Prix Italia Script Entries

Subseries A: 1956

Subseries B: 1960

Subseries C: 1962

Subseries D: 1963

Subseries E: 1964

Subseries F: 1965

Subseries G: 1966

Subseries H: 1967

Subseries I: 1968

Subseries J: 1969

Subseries K: 1970

Subseries L: 1971

Subseries M: 1972

Subseries N: Miscellaneous

Series 2: Entry Lists and Schedules

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was donated to the library by Mr. Seymour Siegel of the Broadcasting Foundation of America.

Processing Information

Finding Aid prepared by Elizabeth Knuth, last revised April 23, 2009.

AtoM record created by Samantha Quinon.

Prix Italia Scripts Collection
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Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Emerson College Archives and Special Collections Repository

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