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Finding Aid for the Edward Stephenson Collection of Set Design Drawings for Television Shows, 1956-1986
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography
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  • Scope and Content
  • Access Points

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Edward Stephenson Collection of Set Design Drawings for Television Shows,
    Date (inclusive): 1956-1986
    Collection number: 143
    Origination: Stephenson, Edward
    Extent: 61 map folders
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. 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

    Scripts may not be photocopied without permission of copyright holder.
    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

    Edward Stephenson Collection of Set Design Drawings for Television Shows, 1956-1986. (Collection 143). Performing Arts Special Collections, Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.


    Edward Sheffield Stephenson was educated at the Pasadena Playhouse College of the Theatre, CA (1935-37); one of the founders and organizers of the Theatre of the Fifteen, Inc. (1939), he served as director, art director, or producer for various playhouses and theaters in the US (1937-43); entered the Army Air Corp in 1943 and went on to be producer-director for the Far East Network (1946-52), the American Theatre, Far East (1948-), and Special Services Road Shows (1949-52); in 1948, he was appointed Director of Entertainment and Music for the entire Far East Command; he is the recipient of four Emmy Awards; his numerous credits include "The Andy Williams Show," "Benson," "Carter Country," "The Danny Kaye Show," "Sanford and Son," and "The Golden Girls."


    Arranged alphabetically by production title

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of original working drawings designed and drawn by Edward Stephenson for the planning, direction, construction, and use in avariety of television productions. Includes set designs, some production material, and occasional blueprints. Contains drawings for 59 shows originating on ABC, NBC, and CBS, including "The Danny Kaye Show" (644 items), "Sanford and Son" (171 items), "The Andy Williams Show" (374 items), "Soap" (202 items), "Benson" (147 items), "Tennessee Ernie Ford Show" (168 items), "Maude," "Good Times," and "What's Happening."

    Access Points

    Stephenson, Edward--Archives
    Television--Stage-setting and scenery--Archival resources
    Television--Art direction--Archival resources
    Television producers and directors--Archival resources