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Finding Aid for the Stuart Heisler Papers, 1913-1967
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography
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  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Stuart Heisler Papers
    Date (inclusive): 1913-1967
    Collection number: 1149
    Creator: Heisler, Stuart, 1894-1979.
    Extent: 15 boxes (7.5 linear ft.) 1 oversize box.
    Abstract: Stuart Heisler began his career in the film industry in 1913. He became a film editor and later a director of motion pictures. In the late 1950s and throughout the 60s, Heisler also did a substantial amount of television work. Boxes 1-7 contain television scripts; boxes 7-15 are motion picture scripts. Much of the material is in the notebooks, maintaining Heisler's own arrangements.
    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: Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library, Department of 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.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Stuart Heisler Papers (Collection 1149). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 1720427 


    Heisler was born in 1894 in Los Angeles, CA; quit school in the eighth grade to work in the motion picture industry; entered films in 1913 as a propman; began work with Mack Sennett in 1914, and eventually worked for many of the film studios, including Samuel Goldwyn, Warner Brothers, and Universal; directed more than 25 feature films, including The Glass Key (1942), The Negro Soldier (1944), Along Came Jones (1945), Blue Skies (1946), Tokyo Joe (1949), Journey Into Light (1951), I Died A Thousand Times (1955), and The Burning Hills (1956); directed television films in the 1960s; died in Aug. 1979 in Oceanside, CA.

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of scripts, photographs, scrapbooks, and memorabilia spanning Stuart Heisler's career as a motion picture and television director. Also contains correspondence, legal documents, clippings, and musical scores. Includes television scripts for The Lawman, Rawhide, 77 Sunset Strip, Gunsmoke, and The Virginian. Film scripts include The Lives of a Bengal Lancer, The Biscuit Eater, The Glass Key, and The Negro Soldier.

    Organization and Arrangement

    Arranged in the following series:
    1. Heisler's credits and crew lists, oral history, miscellaneous contracts, photographs, and ephemera (box 1)
    2. Television scripts (boxes 1-7)
    3. Motion picture scripts (boxes 7-14)
    4. Miscellaneous scripts (box 15)
    5. Scrapbooks (oversize box).

    Indexing Terms

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


    Heisler, Stuart, 1894-1979 --Archives.
    Motion picture producers and directors --California, Southern --Archival resources.

    Genres and Forms of Material

    Television scripts.