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Finding Aid for the Mason Adams scripts, 1978-1995
PASC 215  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Mason Adams scripts,
    Date (inclusive): 1978-1995
    Collection number: PASC 215
    Creator: Adams, Mason
    Extent: 6 boxes (2.75 linear ft.)
    Abstract: Mason Adams was a character actor whose career spanned film, radio, television, and theater. The collection consists of 40-plus scripts related to Adams acting career.
    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 Mason Adams, 2000.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Mason Adams papers (Collection PASC 215). Performing Arts Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 4435863 


    Mason Adams was born in Brooklyn on February 26, 1919. He received his master's degree from the University of Wisconsin in the early 1940s before returning to New York, where he taught speech for several years at the Neighborhood Playhouse on East 54th Street. It was in the 1940s that he also started his acting career.
    He appeared on many major radio programs including Inner Sanctum, Theatre Guild of the Air, as Atom Man on Superman and the title role of Pepper Young in Pepper Young's Family. He has numerous stage credits including his Broadway debut as Joe Rigga in Get Away Old Man (1943) and his last play, The Man Who Had All the Luck (2002). Among his film credits are Mr. Bell (1947), The Happy Hooker (1975), and Son-In-Law (1993).
    Adams made the transition to television and was featured or appeared in a number of projects including television movies, miniseries, specials, and episodic series. Among his credits are Love of Life (1951), Another World (1976-1977), Adam (1983), appearances on Family Ties, Matlock, and Murder, She Wrote (all during the 1980s), Knight and Daye (1989) From the Earth to the Moon (1998), and the West Wing (1999). Of his television work he may be best remembered for his Emmy-nominated role as Charlie Hume on the television series Lou Grant (1977-1982).
    He also lent his voice to documentaries and commercials. His distinctive voice became synonymous with the J.M. Smucker Company, which featured him in its jam and jelly commercials for more than 30 years. Adams died on April 28, 2005, in New York City

    Scope and Content

    The collection consists of film, television, and stage scripts related to the career of character actor Mason Adams. Included among the motion picture and theater projects are the film Sons-In-Law and the stage production of The Downside and Time Steps. Among the television projects are scripts for Family Matters, Knight & Daye, Lou Grant, Matlock, and the West Wing. Generally there is one script per each television project. The collection is small sample representing Adam's work. Notably missing from the collection are scripts representing his work in radio; Lou Grant scripts; most of his motion picture work; and work pre-1980s. Additionally, there are a small number of articles by or about Adams.

    Organization and Arrangement

    Arranged in the following series:
    1. Biographical Information
    2. Motion Picture Projects
    3. Television Projects
    4. Theater Projects
    5. Writings

    Indexing Terms

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


    Adams, Mason --Archives.
    Actors --Archival resources.

    Genres and Forms of Material

    television scripts
    Film scripts