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Finding Aid for the Collection of Scripts for Death Valley Days, 1960-1969
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Collection of Scripts for Death Valley Days,
    Date (inclusive): 1960-1969
    Collection number: 250
    Extent: 6 boxes (3 linear ft.)
    Abstract: Death Valley Days was one of a few western anthology series as well as the longest-running series on television (1952-1970 and 1975). The collection consists of scripts for 130-plus episodes, spanning 1960-1969.
    Language: Finding aid is written in English.
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. 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, UCLA Library 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, UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library, UCLA Library 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.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Collection of Scripts for Death Valley Days (PASC Collection number 250). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

    Biography

    Death Valley Days was one of a few western anthology series as well as the longest-running series on television (1952-1970 and 1975). It started on radio in the 1930s and was created by Ruth Woodman, a New York advertising script writer, as a way to promote the products of sponsor 20 Mule Team Borax. Woodman wrote scripts for the program from its inception and into the transition to television. The only regular character on the series was the host, named The Old Ranger, who introduced each episode.
    In the 1950s, when the show made the transition to television, Stanley Andrews took the role of the Old Ranger, a position he held through the early 1960s. Other hosts that followed over the years included Ronald Reagan and Robert Taylor, who both also acted in some of the episodes, Dale Robertson, and country singer Merle Haggard. Many of the nearly 600 episodes were filmed on location in Death Valley, CA and were based on factual western events and western legends. The story lines were often human-interest tales that ranged from serious drama to comedy. There were a number of well-known actors and actresses who appeared on program, among them Angie Dickinson, James Coburn, Clint Eastwood, Fess Parker, June Lockhart, Tom Skerritt and James Caan.
    Re-runs of the program have appeared under other titles, featuring various hosts, including Call of the West (hosted by John Payne), Frontier Adventure (hosted by Dale Robertson), The Pioneers (hosted by Will Rogers, Jr.), Trails West (hosted by Ray Milland), and Western Star Theatre (hosted by Rory Calhoun).

    Scope and Content

    The collection consists of scripts for the television series, Death Valley Days. Included are scripts for 130-plus episodes from the series, spanning 1960-1969. Among the scripts are writings by Stephen Lord, Harold E. Noble, Willard Davis, Jr., and Herb Purdum among many others. Additionally there are story synopses for several of the episodes in the collection and list of color episodes.

    Organization and Arrangement

    The scripts are arranged alphabetically by script title.

    Indexing Terms

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

    Subjects

    Death Valley Days (Television program)
    Television production and direction -- Archival resources.

    Genres and Forms of Material

    television scripts