Finding Aid for the Carol Burnett Papers, 1961-1982

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Carol Burnett Collection
Date (inclusive): 1961-1982
Collection number: 66
Creator: Burnett, Carol
Extent: 9 boxes (3.5 linear ft.)
Abstract: Comedienne Carol Burnett has entertained audiences since the 1950s. Her career includes work on stage, television and motion pictures. The collection consists of material related to her career, which includes souvenir programs, clippings, photographs, scrapbooks, scripts, awards, and artwork.
Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Arts Library 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, Arts Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

Administrative Information

Restrictions on Access

COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Advance notice required for access.

Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

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Provenance/Source of Acquisition

Gift, 1985.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Carol Burnett Collection (Collection 66). Performing Arts Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

Biography

Carol Burnett was born in San Antonio, Texas on April 26, 1933. During the 1950s, Burnett gained popularity as a regular on The Garry Moore Television Show. She made her Broadway debut in the musical Once Upon a Mattress (1959) and appeared in several television specials in the 1960s before moving on to her own weekly television program The Carol Burnett Show. Burnett's screen credits include Pete 'n' Tillie (1972), The Four Seasons (1981), and Annie (1982). Burnett is the recepient of number awards and was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame in 1985.

Scope and Content

The collection includes scripts for television projects; scrapbooks for television, motion picture, and live stage projects; printed ephemera, clippings, assorted photographs, and awards. The bulk of the collection is comprised of scripts from television projects including The Carol Burnett Show (dating 1976-77), and Carol and Company, along with a small number of other Carol Burnett specials. There is also a small amount of photographs and printed ephemera for television work. Motion picture materials are comprised of photographs and scrapbooks from a small number of projects, including Annie and The Wedding. There is also a small amount of printed ephemera and photographs from stage and live appearances. Additionally there is a small number of clippings, artwork, and awards and certificates related to various events in Burnett's career.

Organization and Arrangement

Arranged in the following series:
  • Series 1. Motion Picture Projects
  • Series 2. Stage and Live Performance Projects
  • Series 3. Television Projects
  • Series 4. Artwork
  • Series 5. Awards and Certificates (boxes 7-8)
  • Series 6. Photographs (box 9)
  • Series 7. Press Clippings (boxes 2, 8)
  • Series 8. Scrapbooks (box 6)

Indexing Terms

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

Subjects

Burnett, Carol--Archives.
Actresses--United States--Archival resources.

Genres and Forms of Material

Scrapbooks.
Photographs.

  • Nat Faber Collection of Television Show Music Arrangements (Collection 33). Available at Music Library Special Collections, UCLA.
  • Arnold Rosen Collection of Carol Burnett Show Script Materials (Collection 67). Available at Arts Library Special Collections, UCLA.
  • Carol Burnett Collection (Collection 165). Available at Music Library Special Collections, UCLA.

Container List

 

Series 1.  Motion Picture Projects

Physical Description: (boxes 1,2,4,5,9)

Scope and Content Note

The series consists mostly of photographs and scrapbooks related to motion picture projects in which Carol Burnett was involved. The series is arranged alphabetically into sub-series by project title. The bulk of the series includes photographs and scrapbooks from Annie. Additionally, there is a small number of items for The Four Seasons, Health, Pete 'n' Tillie, Plaza Suite, and The Wedding. Notably missing from the series are scripts. The files within each series are arranged alphabetically by file titles which reflect the content of the folders.
 

Annie

Box 9, Folder 1

Annie - photographs (10 items) no date

Box 9, Folder 3

Annie - photographs (7 items) no date

Box 9, Folder 2

Annie - photographs duplicates (7 items) no date

Box 9, Folder 4

Annie - photographs group shots (7 items) no date

Box 4

Annie - scrapbooks [ca. 1980's]

Note

Black album - clippings, press releases and publicity.
Box 4

Annie - scrapbooks [ca. 1980's]

Note

Black album - photos for publicity release.
Box 4

Annie - scrapbooks [ca. 1980's]

Note

Brown album - clippings and news releases.
 

Four Seasons (The)

Box 9, Folder 5

Four Seasons (The) - photograph group shot (1 item) no date

 

Health

Box 5

Health - scrapbook of photographs [ca. 1970's]

Note

Brown leather album.
 

Pete 'n' Tillie

Box 9, Folder 6

Pete 'n' Tillie - photographs (2 items) no date

 

Plaza Suite

Box 1, Folder 1

Plaza Suite by Neil Simon - script no date

 

Wedding (The)

Box 9, Folder 7

Wedding (The) - photograph (1 item) no date

Box 2, Folder 1

Wedding (The) - production/publicity notebook with character information no date

Box 5

Wedding (The) - scrapbook of photographs [ca. 1970's]

Note

White album.
 

Series 2.  Stage and Live Performance Projects

Physical Description: (boxes 2, 4, 9)

Scope and Content Note

The Stage and Live Performance Projects series consists of memorabilia, printed ephemera and photographs from live performances and/or appearances featuring Carol Burnett. The series is arranged alphabetically by project title. Included are photographs with Carol Lawrence, a program and photographs from a White House appearance, a souvenir book from I DO! I Do!, a scrapbook of photographs from Once Upon a Mattress, and a souvenir book from Same Time Next Year. Notably missing from the series are scripts.
 

Box 9, Folder 12

C.B. with others - photographs (6 items) no date

Box 9, Folder 13

Photograph with Carol Lawrence; photograph of circus act (10 items) no date

 

I DO ! I DO!

Box 2, Folder 3-4

I DO ! I DO! - program and souvenir book for musical performance at Huntington Hartford Theatre with C.B. and Rock Hudson. no date

 

Once Upon A Mattress

Box 4

Once Upon A Mattress - scrapbook of photographs no date

Note

Blue album.
 

Same Time, Next Year

Box 2, Folder 5

Same Time, Next Year - souvenir book 1975

Note

New York Brooks Atkinson Theatre with C.B. and Dick Van Dyke.
 

White House Appearance

Box 2, Folder 6

White House appearance programs 1976 Jan 27

Note

In honor of the Prime Minister Rabin of Israel with C.B. and Helen Reddy.
Box 9, Folder 11

White House Performance - photographs (5 items) [ca. 1976]

 

Series 3.  Television Projects

Physical Description: (boxes 1-3; 9-14)

Scope and Content Note

The Television Projests series consists mainly of scripts for the television programs, Carol and Company (1990) and The Carol Burnett Show (1976-1978). Additionally, there is one script each from the Carol Burnett specials, the Carol Burnett Show: A Reunion and Carol Burnett: The Special Years; a scrapbook and script for the program Eunice; and a scrapbook for Friendly Fire. The series is arranged alphabetically into sub-series by television program title. The files within each subseries are arranged alphabetically by file titles which reflect the content of the folders.
 

Carol and Company

Box 10

Battle of the Exes - script 1990 Mar 22

Box 10

Bump In The Night - script 1990 Feb 16

Box 10

Headcheese - second draft script 1989 Oct 18

Box 10

Home Shopping - second draft script 1989 Aug 25

Box 10

In-Laws Should Be Outlawed - script 1990 Apr 26

Box 10

Jewel of Denial - script 1990 Apr 10

Box 10

Kruber Alert - script 1990 Mar 19

Box 10

Make Room For Dottie - first mimeo draft 1990 Feb 19

Box 10

Mother From Hell - script 1990 Apr 13

Box 10

Myna and the Messenger - second draft script no date

Box 10

Noah's Place - first mimeo draft 1990 Apr 2

Box 10

Noah's Place - script 1990 Apr 27

Box 10

Piano Bar - first mimeo draft 1989 Dec 4

Box 10

Reunion - script 1990 Apr 9

Box 10

Soap Gets In Your Eyes - script 1990 mar 22

Box 10

Spudnik - script 1990 Apr 13

Box 10

The Fabulous Bicker Girls - script 1990 Apr 12

 

Carol Burnett Show (The)

Box 2, Folder 2

Carol Burnett Show (The) - special souvenir program no date

Note

For C.B.Show done in Australia for the opening of the Sydney Opera House.
Box 11

Final draft script 1977 Mar 21

Box 13

Final draft script 1978 Jan 25

Box 11

Final revision script 1976 Dec 1

Box 11

Final revision script 1977 Feb 9

Box 11

Final revision script 1977 Jan 19

Box 11

Final revision script 1977 Jan 12

Box 11

Final revision script 1977 Jan 5

Box 11

Final revision script 1976 Dec 8

Box 11

Final revision script 1977 Feb 17

Box 11

Final revision script 1976 Dec 15

Box 11

Final revision script 1977 Feb 2

Box 11

Final revision script 1977 Mar 2

Box 12

Final revision script 1977 Nov 9

Box 12

Final revision script 1977 Nov 16

Box 12

Final revision script 1977 Nov 2

Box 12

Final revision script 1977 Oct 19

Box 12

Final revision script 1977 Oct 12

Box 12

Final revision script 1977 Sept 28

Box 12

Final revision script 1977 Sept 14

Box 12

Final revision script 1977 Sept 7

Box 12

Final revision script 1977 Aug 31

Box 12

Final revision script 1977 Aug 24

Box 12

Final revision script 1977 Oct 5

Box 13

Final revision script 1977 Dec 7

Box 13

Final revision script 1978 Feb 1

Box 13

Final revision script 1978 Jan 18

Box 13

Final revision script 1978 Mar 8

Box 13

Final revision script 1978 Jan 11

Box 13

Final revision script 1978 Jan 4

Box 13

Final revision script 1978 Feb 22

Box 13

Final revision script 1977 Dec 14

Box 13

Final revision script 1977 Nov 30

Box 13

Final revision script 1978 Feb 15

Box 13

Final revision script 1978 Mar 1

Box 14

Final revision script 1976 Nov 3

Box 14

Final revision script 1976 Nov 17

Box 14

Final revision script 1976 Nov 10

Box 9, Folder 8-10

Photographs (16 items) 1967 - 1979

Box 13

Special Evening with Carol Burnett (A) - final revision script 1978 Mar 15

 

Carol Burnett Show: A Reunion (The)

Box 10

Final draft script 1992 Oct 12

 

Carol Burnett: The Special Years

Box 10

First draft script 1994 Apr 18

 

Eunice

Box 3

Eunice - scrapbook of photographs from skit rehearsal [1981]

Note

Red album.
Box 1, Folder 2

Eunice - script 1981 May 23 - tape date

Note

Two hour special including regular cast members from The Carol Burnett Show.
 

Friendly Fire

Box 3

Friendly Fire - scrapbooks 1979

Note

Two brown albums - one of clippings and one of photographs.
 

Series 4.  Artwork

Physical Description: (box 6)

Scope and Content Note

The Artwork series is comprised of a small number of drawings of Burnett which includes: ink and pencil drawings; caricature autographed and signed by cast and crew (from an unidentified project); and a charcoal portrait. The series is not arranged in a specific order.
 

Box 6, Folder 2

Caricature drawing of C.B. pregnant - autographed and signed by cast and crew. no date

Box 6, Folder 3

Charcoal portrait of C.B. by Jim Nelson 1980

Box 6, Folder 1

Ink and pencil drawings by Robert Dolce 1961, 1962

Note

C.B. with Eileen (1961); C.B. with Julie (1962)
 

Series 5.  Awards and Certificates

Physical Description: (boxes 7-8)

Scope and Content Note

The series consists of various awards and certificates honoring Carol Burnett. The bulk of the series consists of awards from The People's Choice honoring Carol Burnett as Favorite Female Entertainer of the Year (1976-81). The series is arranged alphabetically by award or honor title.
 

Box 8, Folder 2

Assorted certificates 1968, 1977

Note

Montana Chapter of American Women in Radio and Television appreciation (Dec 1968); Kentucky Colonel cert. (Dec 1977).
Box 7, Folder 3

People's Choice Award - Favorite All-Around Female Entertainer 1977 Feb 10

Box 8, Folder 1

People's Choice Award - Favorite All-Around Female Entertainer 1979 March 8

Box 8, Folder 2

People's Choice Award - Favorite All-Around Female Entertainer 1980 Jan 24

Box 8, Folder 4

People's Choice Award - Favorite All-Around Female Entertainer 1981 March 5

Box 7, Folder 1

People's Choice Award - Favorite Female Entertainer of the Year 1976 Feb 19

Box 7, Folder 2

People's Choice Award - Favorite Female Television Performer 1976 Feb 19

Box 7, Folder 4

People's Choice Award - Favorite Female Television Performer 1978 Feb 20

Box 7, Folder 5

People's Choice Award - Favorite Female Television Performer 1979 March 8

Box 8, Folder 3

People's Choice Award - Favorite Female Television Performer 1980 Jan 24

Box 8, Folder 5

People's Choice Award - Favorite Female Television Performer 1981 March 5

 

Series 6.  Photographs

Physical Description: (box 9)

Scope and Content Note

This series consist of four photographs that include Burnett, but are not identified with a specific project. Additionally, there is an oversized framed image of Burnett as Grand Marshall of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses. The series is not arranged in a specific order.
 

Box 9, Folder 14

Portraits of C.B. (4 items) no date

Box 9, Folder 15

Unidentified social event (2 items) no date

 

Series 7.  Press Clippings

Physical Description: (boxes 2, 8)

Scope and Content Note

This series is a small number of press clippings about Burnett and assorted projects.
 

Box 8, Folder 1

Assorted clippings 1970, 1976, 1980

Note

C.B. speech at Emerson College 100th commencement (June 1980); Los Angeles Magazine (Jan 1976); Todo (Dec 1970).
Box 2, Folder 7

Clippings for Annie, Carol Burnett Show and Pete 'n' Tillie. no date

 

Series 8.  Scrapbooks

Physical Description: (box 6)

Scope and Content Note

This series is comprised of a 1981 scrapbook documenting the Carol Burnett Fund for Responsible Journalism at University of Hawaii.
 

Box 6

Carol Burnett Fund for Responsible Journalism at U of Hawaii - scrapbook 1981

Note

Blue scrapbook.