ENMU Library holds film history

CMI staff

A few dedicated sci-fi fans are in on the secret about Eastern New Mexico University Golden Library’s gem in the Special Collections section.

Upon request, there are original movie scripts and screenplays available for public viewing from Leigh Brackett, an author and screenwriter who was good friends with ENMU legend and science fiction pioneer Jack Williamson.

Christina Calloway: Portales News-Tribune Eastern New Mexico University Golden Library’s Special Collections Librarian Gene Bundy said Star Wars Creator George Lucas provided his hand-written shooting script for the “Empire Strikes Back,” to accompany the original script written by Leigh Brackett.

Christina Calloway: Portales News-Tribune
Eastern New Mexico University Golden Library’s Special Collections Librarian Gene Bundy said Star Wars Creator George Lucas provided his hand-written shooting script for the “Empire Strikes Back,” to accompany the original script written by Leigh Brackett.

They were donated to the library after her death in March 1978, according to the section’s reference librarian Gene Bundy.

In addition to writing scripts for famous westerns such as “Rio Bravo,” Brackett was hired by George Lucas to write the script for “The Empire Strikes Back.”

She died about six weeks after the first draft was complete. The movie was released in 1980, and though the script had changed after several drafts from Brackett’s original, she was still given credit.

Bundy said the library is also in possession of her original notes from meetings Brackett had with Lucas and Lucas’ hand-written shooting script for the movie.

3 Questions With:

Gene Bundy
ENMU Special Collections librarian

What benefit do you think aspiring screenwriters and actors on campus receive from having access to these scripts?
Just the fact that in ENMU, you can see something that’s had a big impact on not just the film industry but on culture.

Of the Star Wars franchise, which film do you think is the best?
The “Empire Strikes Back.” It’s all about the writing. The actors were all the same but the writing was better.

Christina Calloway: Portales News-Tribune Eastern New Mexico University Golden Library’s Special Collection is in possession of the original script of the “Empire Strikes Back” written by Leigh Brackett. Brackett was a friend of former ENMU professor and science fiction pioneer Jack Williamson.

Christina Calloway: Portales News-Tribune
Eastern New Mexico University Golden Library’s Special Collection is in possession of the original script of the “Empire Strikes Back” written by Leigh Brackett. Brackett was a friend of former ENMU professor and science fiction pioneer Jack Williamson.


Anything else we’d get, we’d probably have to buy.

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