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Finding Aid for the Stirling Silliphant Papers, 1950-ca. 1985
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography
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  • Scope and Content
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Stirling Silliphant Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1950-ca. 1985
    Collection number: 134
    Origination: Silliphant, Stirling
    Extent: 65 boxes (27 linear ft.)
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Performing Arts Special Collections
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Shelf location: Held at SRLF. Please contact the Performing Arts Special Collections for paging information.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Access

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

    Restrictions on Use

    Copyright has not been assigned to the Performing Arts Special Collections, UCLA. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Arts Special Collections Librarian. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Arts Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

    Preferred Citation

    Stirling Silliphant Papers, 1950-ca. 1985. (Collection 134). Arts Library Special Collections, Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.


    Silliphant was born on Jan. 16, 1918 in Detroit, MI; graduated magna cum laude from Univ. of So. CA, 1938; worked in advertising and promotion for Walt Disney and 20th Century Fox until 1952; produced a few films in the 1950s before becoming a screenwriter for both feature films and television; his successful television series include "Naked City" and "Route 66"; films include "The Joe Louis Story" (1953), "In The Heat Of The Night" (1967), "Charly" (1968), "Marlowe" (1969), "The Poseidon Adventure" (1972), and "The Towering Inferno" (1974); won an Academy Award for "In The Heat Of The Night" in 1967; was a prolific novelist who published more than 50 books; moved to Thailand in the late 1980s, where he was active in developing the region's film industry; died in Bangkok on Apr. 26, 1996.


    Arranged in the following series:
    1. Novels/books
    2. Motion pictures
    3. Projects
    4. Script submissions
    5. Television
    6. General files including personal material.

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of materials related to the career of screenwriter Stirling Silliphant. Includes film and television scripts, transcripts, treatments, clippings, correspondence, and production material. Includes materials for numerous projects including "Dirty Harry" (1971), "Towering Inferno" (1974), "Fly Away Home" (television), "Mussolini" (Miniseries, 1985), "Pearl" {Harbor} (television), "Route 66" (television), and "Welcome To Paradise" (television). General files contain personal material such as correspondence.

    Access Points

    Silliphant, Stirling,--1918---Archives.
    Screenwriters--Archival resources.