Finding Aid for the Mason Adams scripts, 1978-1995

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UCLA Library, Performing Arts Special Collections
University of California, Los Angeles, Library
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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

Container List


Biographical Information


Box 6, Folder 6

Clipping and rough draft resume no date


Motion Picture Projects


Box 4, Folder 14

Appearances - script 3/05/1990

Box 3, Folder 1

Fantastic World Of D.C. Collins (The) - second draft script 5/2/83

Box 4, Folder 4

Lame Duck (The) - script 12/23/1987

Box 1, Folder 9

Nine to Five - final draft script 12/12/1979

Box 1, Folder 8

Perfect Circle (A) - script It's My Turn Nov 1979

Box 5, Folder 7

Son in Law (The) - annotated script 11/04/1992

Box 5, Folder 5

Son in Law (The) - scene revisions 11/12/1992 - 12/15/1992

Box 5, Folder 4

Son in Law (The) - script 11/04/1992

Box 5, Folder 6

Son in Law (The) - shooting schedule 11/12/1992 and 1/6/1993

Box 3, Folder 4

Sum Of Us (The) - Script 1986

Box 5, Folder 9

untitled script 11/10/1994


Television Projects



Box 3, Folder 2

Shooting script 5/17/1983


American Teacher Awards

Box 5, Folder 3

One minute profiles 12/1/1992



Box 2, Folder 10

O Mystery of Love - revised script 2/23/83


CBS Children Special

Box 2, Folder 7

Secret Agent Boy - second draft script 9/13/82


Civil Wars

Box 5, Folder 1

Chute First, Ask Questions Later -Script 1/17/92


Cocaine: Another Man's Poison

Box 2, Folder 6

Third revised final draft script 8/27/82



Box 6, Folder 2

Pilot Episode - script 1/12/95


Every Wednesday

Box 1, Folder 1

Script no date


Exit Elves (The)

Box 6, Folder 1

Intermission - second draft script 1/05/95


Family Matters

Box 4, Folder 17

Citizen's Court - shooting script 8/21/91



Box 2, Folder 3

Revised script 2/9/81


Goodnite Beantown

Box 2, Folder 8

First Episode - second draft script 12/10/82


Great Defender (The)

Box 5, Folder 8

First draft script 12/03/93


Knight & Daye

Box 4, Folder 12

Good-bye Mr. Scrimshaw - shooting draft script 5/17/89

Box 4, Folder 7

Last Honest Man In America (The) - shooting draft script 4/05/89

Box 4, Folder 9

New York! New York? - shooting draft script 4/19/89

Box 4, Folder 11

Stalk Radio - shooting draft script 5/10/89

Box 4, Folder 10

Still Motile After All These Years - shooting draft script 5/03/89

Box 4, Folder 8

Sugar Mama - shooting draft script 4/12/89


Life & Death

Box 4, Folder 16

Annotated script 4/10/90


Lou Grant

Box 2, Folder 4

Execution - first draft script with inscribed cover 9/15/81,



Box 4, Folder 5

Heiress (The) - first draft script, 2/24/88


Metropolitan Hospital

Box 5, Folder 10

Pilot Episode - first draft script 2/11/94



Box 3, Folder 6

A Rose For Alice - Revised final draft script 2/4/8


Murder Can Kill You!

Box 2, Folder 1

Final shooting script 2/27/80


Rage of Angels: The Story Continues

Box 3, Folder 5

Script February 1986


Raising Caines

Box 6, Folder 3

Pilot Episode - third draft script 1/03/95


Rise and Shine

Box 5, Folder 2

Pilot Episode - revised second draft script 3/03/92



Box 4, Folder 13

Second draft script 11/27/89


There Goes The Neighborhood

Box 2, Folder 5

Final draft script and background information 3/16/83


This Is The Life

Box 2, Folder 11

In Search of Morgan Avery 4/4/83


West Wing (The)

Box 6, Folder 4

Episodes 7 - 11 - revised script and shooting schedule 10/27/99


When In Rome

Box 4, Folder 6

Revised second draft script 2/10/88


Where are My Children

Box 5, Folder 11

Revised script 3/08/94


Whip Valentine

Box 4, Folder 15

Revised second draft script 3/07/90


Who Is Julia

Box 3, Folder 7

Final draft script 5/19/86

Box 3, Folder 8

Final draft script with additions and annotations 5/19/86


Television Projects


Box 3, Folder 3

Quicksilver: Slay It Again, Sam - revised teleplay 10/29/84


Theater Projects


Are You Sure?

Box 2, Folder 9

Revised script - second draft script 1/12/83


Baby On Board

Box 4, Folder 3

Script 3/16/87



Box 2, Folder 2

Script 1981


Downside (The)

Box 1, Folder 6

Script no date



Box 1, Folder 5

Script and letter no date


No Title

Box 1, Folder 3

Script for multi act play' missing title page no date



Box 1, Folder 2

Script no date


Pete and Jenny

Box 1, Folder 4

Script no date


Time Steps

Box 1, Folder 7

Script and letter. 1978




Box 6, Folder 5

Columbus Monthly December 1978

Box 4, Folder 2

Manhattan, Inc. Nov 1987

Box 4, Folder 1

The Voice Of America - magazine article (2 copies) Nov 1987