Finding Aid for the Mel Swope papers, 1970-1983, (bulk 1976-1983)

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UCLA Library Special Collections
Performing Arts Special Collections
Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
Box 951575
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
spec-coll@library.ucla.edu
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Descriptive Summary

Title: Mel Swope papers,
Date (inclusive): 1970-1983,
Date (bulk): (bulk 1976-1983)
Collection number: 346
Creator: Swope, Mel
Extent: 14 boxes (7 linear feet)
Abstract: Throughout his career Swope produced and directed prime time programs for all major American television networks. The collection consists of scripts, notes, credits, cast and crew lists, shooting schedules, budgets, and memos for various television projects, including the Emmy nominated series Fame and Police Story.
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

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Mel Swope papers (Collection 346). Performing Arts Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

Biography

There is little biographical information available about Mel Swope. Swope served as vice president of production at Wilshire Court Productions and was named senior vice president of Production of MGM/UA Worldwide Television, a unit of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. Throughout his career Swope produced and directed prime time programs for all major American television networks. Among his numerous credits are Fame, Miami Vice, and Police Story. He received Emmy Award nominations for his work on Fame, Police Story and was the recipient of two Golden Globe awards.

Scope and Content

The collection consists of material related to the career television producer and director Mel Swope. Included among the files is one or more of the following documents: scripts, notes, credits, cast and crew lists, shooting schedules, budgets, and memos. The bulk of the collection contains material for the Emmy-nominated television series Fame and Police Story. Other projects include The Partridge Family and Pleasure Cove, among others. The files were originally housed in binders, which have been removed for preservation purposes.

Organization and Arrangement

Files are arranged alphabetically by project title.

Indexing Terms

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

Subjects

Swope, Mel -- Archives
Television producers and directors -- Archival resources


Container List

 

Everything Money Can't Buy

Box 1

Mr. Right 1974 Feb 15

 

Fame

Box 3

Alone in a Crowd 1981 Oct

Box 9

Beginnings 1982 Aug-Sep

Box 4

Blood, Sweat & Circuits 1983 Jan

Box 7

Break in the Clouds (A) (Folder 1 of 2) 1982 Sep-Oct

Note

Appears to have been produced as Winners.
Box 7

Break in the Clouds (A) (Folder 2 of 2) 1982 Sep-Oct

Note

Appears to have been produced as Winners. Contains script.
Box 2

But Seriously Folks (Folder 1 of 2) 1981 Oct-Dec

Box 2

But Seriously Folks (Folder 2 of 2) 1981 Oct-Dec

Note

Contains script.
Box 9

Childhood's End 1982 June-July

Box 7

Choices 1982 March

Box 8

Class Act 1982 July

Box 6

Come One, Come All (Folder 1 of 2) 1982 Jan-Feb

Box 7

Come One, Come All (Folder 2 of 2) 1982 Jan-Feb

Note

Contains script.
Box 8

Couple of Swells (A) 1982 Feb

Note

Appears to have been produced as A Big Finish.
Box 7

Crazies (The) (Folder 1 of 2) 1982 Jan-Feb

Box 8

Crazies (The) (Folder 2 of 2) 1982 Jan-Feb

Note

Contains script.
Box 5

Ending on a High Note (Folder 1 of 2) 1983 Feb

Box 6

Ending on a High Note (Folder 2 of 2) 1983 Feb

Note

Contains script.
Box 6

Expose 1982 Jan

Box 9

Feelings 1982 July-Aug

Box 5

Friendship Day 1982 Dec-Jan 1983

Box 4

Help From My Friends 1983 Jan-Feb

Box 10

Homecoming (Folder 1 of 2) 1982 Nov

Box 10

Homecoming (Folder 2 of 2) 1982 Nov

Note

Contains script.
Box 10

Kids from Fame (The) (Folder 1 of 2) 1983 Feb

Box 11

Kids from Fame (The) (Folder 2 of 2) 1983 Feb

Note

Contains script.
Box 5

Love is the Question (Folder 1 of 2) 1982 Dec

Box 5

Love is the Question (Folder 2 of 2) 1982 Dec

Note

Contains script.
Box 11

Metamorphosis 1981 Sep-Oct

Box 8

Musical (The) 1982 July-Aug

Note

Alternate titles appear to be A Star is Borne and And the Winner Is.
Box 2

Musical Bridge (A) 1981 Oct

Box 11

Not In Kansas Anymore 1983 Jan-Feb

Box 3

Passing Grade 1981 Oct

Box 4

Relationships 1982 Nov

Box 8

Reunions 1982 March

Box 3

Sell-Out (The) (Folder 1 of 2) 1981 Dec

Box 3

Sell-Out (The) (Folder 2 of 2) 1981 Dec

Note

Contains script.
Box 5

Solo Song 1982 Sep

Box 6

Some Kind of Harmony (Folder 1 of 2) 1983 Feb

Box 6

Some Kind of Harmony (Folder 2 of 2) 1983 Feb

Note

Contains script.
Box 10

Star Quality (Folder 1 of 2) 1982 Nov

Box 10

Star Quality (Folder 2 of 2) 1982 Nov

Note

Contains script.
Box 2

Strike (The) 1981 Nov

Box 10

Sunshine Again (Folder 1 of 2) 1982 Dec

Note

Alternate title appears to be A Promise Kept.
Box 10

Sunshine Again (Folder 2 of 2) 1982 Dec

Note

Contains script.
Box 7

Teachers (Folder 1 of 2) 1982 Aug

Box 7

Teachers (Folder 2 of 2) 1982 Aug

Note

Contains script.
Box 3

To Soar and Never Falter 1981 Nov

Box 4

Tomorrow's Farewell 1981 Sep

Box 9

Tough Act to Follow (A) (Folder 1 of 2) 1982 Oct

Box 9

Tough Act to Follow (A) (Folder 2 of 2) 1982 Oct

Note

Contains script.
Box 4

Words (Folder 1 of 2) 1982 Oct

Box 5

Words (Folder 2 of 2) 1982 Oct

Note

Contains script.
Box 2

Working Girls 1981 Sep-Dec

Box 6

Your Own Song 1982 Aug

 

Girl with Something Extra (The)

Box 1

Sally on My Mind 1972 Nov 29

 

Heaven Help Us

Box 1

Coffee, Tea or Gloria? 1975 June 30

 

High School Undercover

Box 11

LAUSD Report on Narcotics Usage and research 1973-1977

 

Man Undercover

Box 1

Death is a Close Friend Too 1978 Dec 14

 

Partridge Family (The)

Box 11

All's War, In Love and Fairs 1971 Nov 8

Box 11

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Partridge 1971 July 15

Box 11

Not With My Sister, You Don't 1970 Dec 23

 

Pleasure Cove

Box 1

Production file (Folder 1 of 2) 1978 June 22

Box 1

Production file (Folder 2 of 2) 1978 June 22

Note

Contains script.
 

Police Story

Box 12

American Me (Folder 1 of 2) 1977 Aug-Sep

Box 12

American Me (Folder 2 of 2) 1977 Aug-Sep

Box 14

Bad Flowers (The) 1976 Oct-Nov

Box 14

Ice Man (Folder 1 of 2) 1976 Dec-Feb 1977

Box 14

Ice Man (Folder 2 of 2) 1976 Dec-Feb 1977

Note

Contains script.
Box 13

Jar, Part I (The) (Folder 1 of 2) 1976 Sep-Oct

Box 13

Jar, Part I (The) (Folder 2 of 2) 1976 Sep-Oct

Note

Contains script.
Box 14

Jar, Part II (The) 1976 Sep-Oct

Box 1

Monster Manor 1977 Dec 29

Note

Appears to be Policy Story episode.
Box 13

Monster Manor (Folder 1 of 2) 1976 Aug

Box 13

Monster Manor (Folder 2 of 2) 1976 Aug

Note

Contains script.
Box 12

Narc (Folder 1 of 2) 1977 Oct

Box 12

Narc (Folder 2 of 2) 1977 Oct

Note

Contains script.
Box 14

One of our Cops is Crazy 1976 Dec-Jan 1977

Box 11

Research and Interviews 1977

Box 12

Thanksgiving (Folder 1 of 2) 1976 June-July

Box 13

Thanksgiving (Folder 2 of 2) 1976 June-July

Note

Contains script.
Box 13

Trial Board 1976 Sep-Nov