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The Finding Aid of the Donald G. (Don) Ingalls Collection of Scripts 0126
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  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Preferred Citation
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition
  • Biographical note
  • Scope and Content
  • Related Archival Materials
  • Arrangement
  • Processing Information note

  • Title: Donald G. (Don) Ingalls Collection of Scripts
    Identifier/Call Number: 0126
    Contributing Institution: Pepperdine University. Special Collections and University Archives.
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 5.42 linear feet (5 boxes)
    Date (inclusive): 1957-1992
    Abstract: The collection includes television scripts for such shows as Bonanza, The Big Valley, Fantasy Island, Gunsmoke, Have Gun-Will Travel, Marcus Welby M.D., Police Story, Star Trek, and The Virginian, among others. Ingalls wrote or produced for each one. The scripts range in date from 1957 to 1992.
    Creator: Ingalls, Don, 1918-

    Conditions Governing Access

    Advance notice required for access.

    Conditions Governing Use

    Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.

    Preferred Citation

    [Box/folder# or item name], Donald G. (Don) Ingalls Collection of Scripts, Collection no. 0126, Special Collections and University Archives, University Libraries, Pepperdine University.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    The collection was donated to Pepperdine University by Mary Ingalls, wife of Donald Ingalls, on May 9, 2014.

    Biographical note

    Donald G. "Don" Ingalls was born on July 29, 1918, in Humbolt, Nebraska, to Park and Luella Ingalls. He spent most of his childhood in Stafford, Kansas, but moved to Los Angeles in the 1930s and attended North Hollywood High School. Upon graduation, he joined the U.S. Army Air Corps and served as a bomber pilot during World War II. He then joined the Los Angeles Police Department.
    Since childhood, Ingalls dabbled in writing and he wrote for Desert Magazine and served as a columnist for The Valley Times in Hollywood and an editor of LAPD’s The Beat magazine. Ingalls transitioned his talents as a writer to the new field of television where he spent over 35 years as a prolific film and television writer and producer. He wrote for many television shows including Bonanza, The Big Valley, Fantasy Island, Gunsmoke, Have Gun-Will Travel, Marcus Welby M.D., Police Story, Star Trek, and The Virginian.
    Ingalls retired in 1987, and moved with his wife Mary, to Olympia, Washington. He then wrote a novel called The Watchers on the Mountain. Ingllas was a man of strong faith and would often use his talents for the church. He also would mentor and encourage young writers. Ingalls passed away on March 10, 2014, in Olympia, Washington, after a long illness.

    Scope and Content

    The collection contains television scripts from fifty-eight shows including Bonanza, The Big Valley, Fantasy Island, Gunsmoke, Have Gun-Will Travel, Marcus Welby M.D., Police Story, Star Trek, and The Virginian. These shows, and many more were written or produced by Ingalls. The scripts range in date from 1957 to 1992. While the western genre is most prevalent in this collection, crime dramas, sci-fi, and comedies are also included. In addition to final scripts, first drafts and working drafts are included. Memos, budget sheets, cast lists, and other production materials can be found with the Fantasy Island and Have Gun-Will Travel files.

    Related Archival Materials

    Other collections at Pepperdine that relate to film and television include:
    Ivan Goff Collection of Television Scripts 0004, Special Collections and University Archives, University Libraries, Pepperdine University.
    Stanley M. Kallis Scripts 0043, Special Collections and University Archives, University Libraries, Pepperdine University.
    Gavin Macleod Collection of Scripts 0113, Special Collections and University Archives, University Libraries, Pepperdine University.
    Michael D. (Micky) Moore Papers 0117, Special Collections and University Archives, University Libraries, Pepperdine University.
    Alan Reed Papers 0119, Special Collections and University Archives, University Libraries, Pepperdine University.
    Chuck Waters Papers, 0122, Special Collections and University Archives, University Libraries, Pepperdine University.
    Jerry Weintraub Collection of Motion Picture and Television Program Reels 0111, Special Collections and University Archives, University Libraries, Pepperdine University.

    Arrangement

    The collection is arranged alphabetically by television show title. Within each show, episodes are organized by air date. Unaired shows are then arranged by draft dates. If neither an air date nor draft date is available, they are sorted alphabetically.

    Processing Information note

    The collection was arranged and described by Tanner Potts, Pepperdine Special Collections and University Archives Intern, under the supervision of Katie Richardson in May, 2014.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Ingalls, Don, 1918-
    Screenplays
    Screenwriters--United States
    Television programs
    Television scripts