Finding Aid for the Wolper Productions Records, 1960-1963

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UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections
Manuscripts Division
Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
Box 951575
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
Email: spec-coll@library.ucla.edu
URL: http://www.library.ucla.edu/libraries/special/scweb/
© 2003
The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

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Finding Aid for the Wolper Productions Records, 1960-1963

Collection number: 1032

UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections

Manuscripts Division



Los Angeles, CA

Contact Information

  • Manuscripts Division
  • UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections
  • Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
  • Box 951575
  • Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
  • Telephone: 310/825-4988 (10:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m., Pacific Time)
  • Email: spec-coll@library.ucla.edu
  • URL: http://www.library.ucla.edu/libraries/special/scweb/
Processed by:
Julia Jones, December 1968
Encoded by:
Alight Tsai
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Caroline Cubé
Text converted and initial container list EAD tagging by:
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Online finding aid edited by:
Josh Fiala, May 2003
© 2003 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Wolper Productions Records,
Date (inclusive): 1960-1963
Collection number: 1032
Creator: Wolper Productions
Extent: 14 boxes (7.0 linear ft.)
Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
Abstract: David L. Wolper (1928- ) helped form Flamingo Films, which merged with a distributing company, Motion Pictures for Television before he formed Wolper Productions (1958), which became known for developing a new market for independently-produced documentary films. Wolper Productions was absorbed by Metromedia Producers Corporation (MPC) in 1968, shortly after it ventured into feature films. The collection consists of television scripts and research materials for the biography series of documentary television films produced by Wolper for Wolper Productions.
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.
Language: English.

Administrative Information

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Restrictions on Access

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  • UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections
  • Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
  • Box 951575
  • Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
  • Telephone: 310/825-4988 (10:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m., Pacific Time)
  • Email: spec-coll@library.ucla.edu

Provenance/Source of Acquisition

Gift of Wolper Productions, Incorporated, 1968.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Wolper Productions Records (Collection 1032). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

Biography

Wolper was born on January 11, 1928 in New York City; attended Drake University and the University of Southern California; helped form Flamingo Films, which merged with a distributing company, Motion Pictures for Television; formed Wolper Productions in 1958, which became known for developing a new market for independently-produced documentary films; it was absorbed by Metromedia Producers Corporation (MPC) in 1968, shortly after it ventured into feature films.

Scope and Content

Collection consists of television scripts and research materials for the biography series of documentary television films produced by David L. Wolper for Wolper Productions. Biographical subject names include Konrad Adenauer, Fidel Castro, Henry Ford, John Glenn, Helen Keller, John L. Lewis, Pope Pius XII, Jackie Robinson, George Bernard Shaw, and Wernher Von Braun.

Organization and Arrangement

Arranged in the following series:
  1. Collection is arranged alphabetically by name of biographical subjects.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Wolper, David L.--Archives.
Wolper Productions--Archives.
Television producers and directors--California--Los Angeles--Archival resources.
Television plays.


Container List

Box 1

Adenauer, Konrad, 1876- .

Box 1

Barrymore, John, 1882-1942.

Box 1

Ben-Gurion, David, 1887- .

Box 1

Byrd, Richard Evelyn, 1888-1957.

Box 1

Castro, Fidel, 1927- .

Box 1

Chiang, Kai-Shek, Mme..

Note

See: Chiang, Mme. Mei-ling (Sung), 1897- .
Box 1

Chiang, Mme. Mei-ling (Sung), 1897- .

Box 2

Churchill, Sir Winston Leonard Spencer, 1874- .

Box 2

Clemens, Samuel Langhorne, 1835-1910.

Box 2

Darrow, Clarence Seward, 1857-1938.

Box 2

De Gaulle, Charles.

Note

See: Gaulle, Charles de, 1890- .
Box 2

De Valera, Eamonn, 1882- .

Box 2

Dewey, Thomas Edmund, 1902- .

Box 2

Earhart, Amelia, 1898-1937.

Box 2

Edison, Thomas Alva, 1847-1931.

Box 3

Edward VIII, King of Great Britain, 1894- .

Box 3

Eisenhower, Dwighr David, President U.S., 1890- .

Box 3

Elizabeth II, Queen of Great Britain, 1926- .

Box 3

Ford, Henry, 1863-1947.

Box 3

Franco Bahamonde, Francisco, 1892- .

Box 3

Gandhi, Mahatma.

Note

See: Gandhi, Mohandas Karamchand, 1869-1948.
Box 3

Gandhi, Mohandas Karamchand, 1869-1948.

Box 4

Gaulle, Charles de, 1890- .

Box 4

Glenn, John Herschel, 1921- .

Box 4

Goebbels, Joseph, 1897-1945.

Box 4

Grace Particia, consort of Rainier III, prince of Monaco.

Box 4

Halsey, William Frederick, 1882-1959.

Box 4

Hammarskjöld, Dag, 1905-1961.

Box 4

Hirohito, Emperor of Japan, 1901- .

Box 5

Hitler, Adolf, 1889- .

Box 5

Hoover, Herbert Clark, President U.S., 1874- .

Box 5

Keller, Helen Adams, 1880- .

Box 5

Kelly, Grace.

Note

See: Grace Patricia, consort of Rainier III, prince of Monaco.
Box 5

Khrushchev, Nikita Sergeivich, 1894- .

Box 5

La Guardia, Fiorello Henry, 1882-1947.

Box 5

Lewis, John Llewellyn, 1880- .

Box 5

Lindbergh, Charles Augustus, 1902- .

Box 5

Long, Huey Pierce, 1893-1935.

Box 5

MacArthur, Douglas, 1880- .

Box 6

McCarthy, Joseph Raymond, 1909-1957.

Box 6

Mao, Tsê-tung, 1893- .

Box 6

Mao, Tsze-dun.

Note

See: Mao, Tsê-tung, 1893- .
Box 6

Margaret, Princess of Great Britain, 1930- .

Box 6

Marshall, George Catlett, 1880- .

Box 6

Mitchell, William, 1879-1936.

Box 6

Mussolini, Benito, 1883-1945.

Box 7

Nimitz, Chester William, 1885- .

Box 7

Patton, George Smith, 1885-1945.

Box 7

Perón, Eva (Duarte), 1919-1952.

Box 7

Pershing, John Joseph, 1860-1948.

Box 7

Pius XII, pope, 1876- .

Box 7

Robinson, Jackie.

Note

See: Robinson, John Roosevelt.
Box 7

Robinson, John Roosevelt, 1919- .

Box 8

Rockne, Knute Kenneth, 1888-1931.

Box 8

Rogers, Will, 1879-1935.

Box 8

Rommel, Erwin, 1891-1944.

Box 8

Roosevelt, Eleanor (Roosevelt), 1884-1962.

Box 8

Roosevelt, Franklin Delano, President U.S., 1882-1945.

Box 8

Roosevelt, Theodore, President U.S., 1858-1919.

Box 9

Ruth, Babe.

Note

See: Ruth, George Herman, 1894- .
Box 9

Ruth, George Herman, 1894- .

Box 9

Shaw, George Bernard, 1856-1950.

Box 9

Stalin, Iosif, 1879-1953.

Box 9

Taft, Robert Alphonso, 1889-1953.

Box 10

Truman, Harry S., President U.S., 1884- .

Box 10

Twain, Mark, pseudonym.

Note

See: Clemens, Samuel Langhorne, 1835-1910.
Box 10

Von Braun, Wernher, 1912- .

Box 10

Wilkie, Wendell Lewis, 1892-1944.

Box 10

Wilson, Thomas Woodrow, President U.S., 1856-1924.

Box 10

Windsor, Edward Albert, duke of.

Note

See: Edward VIII, King of Great Britain, 1894- .
 

[Additions, 2003]

 

Scripts

Box 11

Mathnet, 1987-1988

Box 11, Folder 1

no.1) The Case of the Map with a Gap, 1987 November 9.

Box 11, Folder 2

no.2) The Case of the Missing Heir, 1987 November 18.

Scope and Content Note

With production material.
Box 11, Folder 3

no.4) The View from the Rear Terrace, 1988 January 4.

Scope and Content Note

With production material.
Box 11, Folder 4

no.5) The Case of the Great Car Robbery, 1988 January 11.

Scope and Content Note

With production material.
Box 11, Folder 5

no.6) The Case of the Deceptive Data, 1988 January 29.

Scope and Content Note

With production material.
Box 11

Moviola, 1979 and n.d.

Box 11, Folder 6

no.1) This Year's Blonde, n.d.

Scope and Content Note

Second draft.
Box 11, Folder 7

no.2) The Scarlett O'Hara War, n.d.

Scope and Content Note

Second draft.
Box 11, Folder 8

no.3) The Silent Lovers, 1979 December 5.

Box 11, Folder 9

Pied Piper, 1989 June 9.

Scope and Content Note

Third draft.
Box 11, Folder 10

Bunny's Tale (A), 1984 September 10.

Scope and Content Note

Second revision.
Box 12, Folder 1

I Will Fight No More Forever, 1974 October 1.

Scope and Content Note

First draft.
Box 12, Folder 2

Murder Is Easy, 1981.

Scope and Content Note

Second draft.
Box 12

Out On A Limb, 1986 January 20

Box 12, Folder 3

Part 1, 1986 January 20.

Note

Signed by Shirley Maclaine.

Scope and Content Note

First draft.
Box 12, Folder 4

Part 2, 1986 January 10.

Note

Signed by Shirley Maclaine.

Scope and Content Note

First draft.
Box 12, Folder 5

Sara Lee Franchise (The), 1979 August 23.

Scope and Content Note

First draft.
Box 12

Thorn Birds (The), 1982

Box 12, Folder 6

Show 2, 1982 May 18.

Scope and Content Note

Second revised draft.
Box 12, Folder 7

Show 3, 1982 March 24 & 29.

Scope and Content Note

Second revised draft.
Box 12, Folder 8

Show 4, 1982 March 26.

Scope and Content Note

Second revised draft.
Box 13

Roots, 1975 and 1978

Box 13, Folder 1

History, 1978 January 17.

Scope and Content Note

Transcript of interview with Stan Margulies.
Box 13, Folder 2

Part 1, 1975 April 18.

Scope and Content Note

First draft.
Box 13, Folder 4

Episode no.2, 1975 May 9.

Scope and Content Note

Progression.
Box 13, Folder 7

The Slave, 1975 July 23.

Scope and Content Note

Screenplay no.3.
First draft.
Box 13, Folder 8

Uprooted, 1975 July 1.

Scope and Content Note

Treatment / outline no.4.
First draft.
Box 14, Folder 1

The Night Riders, 1975 July 22.

Scope and Content Note

Treatment / outline no.5.
Boxes 13-14

Roots - The Next Generations, 1978

Box 13, Folder 3

Show no.1, 1978 April 10.

Scope and Content Note

Final draft.
Box 13, Folder 5

Show no.2, 1978 May 2.

Scope and Content Note

Shooting draft.
Box 13, Folder 6

Show no.3, 1978 May 8.

Scope and Content Note

First draft.
Box 13, Folder 9

Show no.4, 1978 July 10.

Scope and Content Note

Second draft.
Box 13, Folder 10

Show no.4, 1978 July 25.

Scope and Content Note

Shooting draft.
Box 14, Folder 2

Show no.5, 1978 August 7.

Scope and Content Note

Revised second draft.
Box 14, Folder 3

Show no.6, 1978 August 14.

Scope and Content Note

Revised second draft.
Box 14, Folder 4

Show no.7, final engraved on granite, 1978 October 27.

 

Play

Box 14, Folder 5

Greek by Steven Berkoff, 1980.