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Finding Aid for the Sterling Silliphant Papers, 1957-1985
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms
  • Related Material

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Sterling Silliphant Papers
    Date (inclusive): 1957-1985
    Collection number: 1079
    Creator: Silliphant, Stirling, 1918-
    Extent: 120 boxes (61 linear ft.)1 oversize box.
    Abstract: Collection consists of film and television scripts by Silliphant. Also includes correspondence, clippings, and production notes.
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of 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, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Advance notice required for access.

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Copyright of portions of this collection has been assigned to the Department of Special Collections, UCLA. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Manuscripts Librarian. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Department of Special Collections.

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Stirling Silliphant, 1969-85.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Sterling Silliphant Papers (Collection 1079). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 2976906 


    Silliphant was born on Jan. 16, 1918 in Detroit, MI; graduated magna cum laude from Univ. of So. Calif., 1938; worked in advertising and promotion for Walt Disney and 20th Century Fox until 1952; produced a few films in the 1950s before becoming a screenwriter for both feature films and television; his successful television series include Naked city and Route 66; films include The Joe Louis story (1953), In the heat of the night (1967), Charly (1968), Marlowe (1969), The Poseidon adventure (1972), The towering inferno (1974); won an Academy Award for In the heat of the night in 1967; was a prolific novelist who published more than 50 books; moved to Thailand in late 1980s, where he was active in developing the region's film industry; died in Bangkok on Apr. 26, 1996.

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of film and television scripts by Silliphant. Also includes correspondence, clippings, and production notes.

    Organization and Arrangement

    Collection arranged by title.

    Indexing Terms

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


    Silliphant, Stirling, 1918---Archives.
    Screenwriters---California---Los Angeles---Archival resources.

    Genres and Forms of Material

    Film scripts.
    Television plays.

    Related Material

    Stirling Silliphant Collection.   Available at Arts Library Special Collections, UCLA.