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Finding Aid for the Sidney Carroll papers, 1957-1981
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms
  • Related Material

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Sidney Carroll collection of television and motion picture scripts,
    Date (inclusive): 1957-1981
    Collection number: 94
    Creator: Carroll, Sidney
    Extent: 27 boxes (13.5 linear ft.)
    Abstract: The collection consists of materials related to the career of film and television writer Sidney Carroll. Included are script drafts and research notes for motion picture, stage, and television projects and a small amount of correspondence.
    Language: Finding aid is written in English.
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Performing Arts Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library, Performing Arts Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact the UCLA Library, Performing Arts Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library, Performing Arts Special Collections. 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.

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Mrs. Sidney Carroll, 1989.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Sidney Carroll papers (Collection 94). Performing Arts Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.


    Sidney Carroll graduated from Harvard University in 1934. In 1940, he married singer June Carroll to whom he would remain married for the remainder of his life. He began his career writing for motion pictures and television in 1949. In addition to writing for such television shows as Omnibus and The Du Pont Show of the Week, Carroll was known for his dramatic television specials including The Louvre, The Forbidden City, Eisenhower, Kennedy and Truman at Potsdam and the Beacon Hill pilot. Carroll's film credits include A Big Hand for the Little Lady, Gambit and The Hustler. Carrol's work was well received by the industry. His writing for The Du Pont Show of the Week was nominated for an Emmy Award in 1963 and both The Louvre and The Forbidden City documentaries received Emmy Awards in Outstanding Program Achievement. His work on Omnibus garnered him an Edgar Award in 1957 and he was nominated for an Academy Award for his work on the film The Hustler in 1961. Carroll died in Los Angeles, CA on November 3, 1988.

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of various drafts of scripts, research notes, and a small amount of correspondence related to the career of writer Sidney Carroll. The collection contains material for stage, television, motion picture, and unidentified projects, some of which may not have been produced. The bulk of the collection documents Carroll's television and motion picture work. Television projects include the series Beacon Hill, Hallmark Hall of Fame, Steve Canyon, and U.S. Steel Hour as well as the television mini-series George Washington and Shogun. Also included are items from the television documentary The Louvre and the teleplays for The Count of Monte Cristo and The Man Without a Country, among others. The motion pictures projects include A Big Hand for the Little Lady and Gambit among others. Noticably absent from the collection are materials related to The Hustler.

    Organization and Arrangement

    Arranged in the following series:
    1. Correspondence
    2. Motion Picture Projects
    3. Stage Projects
    4. Television Projects
    5. Unidentified Projects

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.


    Carroll, Sidney -- Archives.
    Television writers -- United States -- Archival resources.
    Screenwriters -- United States -- Archival resources.

    Genres and Forms of Material

    Television scripts
    Film scripts