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Ernie Kovacs papers, 1940-1962
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  • Title: Ernie Kovacs papers
    Collection number: 1105
    Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 35.5 linear ft. (71 boxes and 33 oversize boxes)
    Date: 1940-1962
    Abstract: Ernie Kovacs (1919-1962) was one of the leading innovators of comedy in television. He also published a novel and acted in movies. The collection consists of Profuselies cartoons, scripts, recordings of Kovacs' television shows, manuscripts of his novel, Zoomar, as well as personal papers, contracts, financial papers, and scrapbooks.
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
    Creator: Kovacs, Ernie, 1919-1962

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UC Regents. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.
    Papers cannot be copied except with the permission of Edie Adams.

    Restrictions on Access

    Open for research. STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Edie Adams, 1968-92.

    Preferred Citation

    Identification of item], Ernie Kovacs Papers (Collection 1105). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

    Biography

    Kovacs was born in Trenton, New Jersey, on January 23, 1919; acted in stock companies and wrote for The Trentonian; was a disc jockey and special-events announcer for Trenton's radio station WTTM; began his television career at Philadelphia's WPTZ in 1950 and was one of the leading innovators of comedy in the new medium; his first network television program was It's Time for Ernie (1951); continued to work on radio while doing television; wrote all of his own material; married singer Edie Adams in 1954, and she frequently starred in his television shows; won 3 Emmy awards during 1956-1957 season; published a novel, Zoomar, in 1957; began his film career with Operation Mad Ball (1957); during 1961-1962, he concentrated most of his efforts on his monthly television specials; died in an auto accident in Beverly Hills, California, in 1962.

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of Profuselies cartoons, scripts, and recordings of Kovacs' television shows. Also includes manuscripts of his novel, Zoomar, as well as personal papers, contracts, financial papers, and scrapbooks.

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 1973024 

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Kovacs, Ernie, 1919-1962--Archives.
    Cartoons (Humorous images).
    Comedians--United States--Archives.
    Television actors and actresses--United States--Archives.