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Guide to the BCA Television, Film and Radio Scripts Collection
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  • Conditions Governing Access
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  • Acquisition
  • Processing Information
  • Arrangement
  • Content Description

  • Title: BCA Television, Film and Radio Scripts Collection
    Source: San Francisco State University. Department of Broadcast Communication Arts
    Collection number: asc.1981.01
    Accession number: 1981/01
    Contributing Institution: Special Collections and Archives, J. Paul Leonard Library
    J. Paul Leonard Library, Room 460
    San Francisco State University
    1630 Holloway Ave
    San Francisco, CA 94132-1722
    (415) 338-1856
    Extent: 57.4 Cubic Feet (105 boxes and 5 cartons)
    Date (inclusive): 1928-1976
    Abstract: The BCA Television, Film and Radio Scripts Collection features a selection of television, film and radio scripts dating from 1928 to 1976.
    Physical Location: Collection is available onsite.
    Condition Description: Scripts are in good condition.
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English.

    Conditions Governing Access

    Collection is open for research.

    Conditions Governing Use

    Some materials are in the public domain; transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. In addition, the reproduction of some materials may be restricted by terms of gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions, privacy and publicity rights, licensing and trademarks. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owner. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], BCA Television, Film and Radio Scripts Collection, Accession # 1981.01, San Francisco State University, J. Paul Leonard Library, Special Collections and Archives.

    Acquisition

    The BCA Television, Film and Radio Scripts Collection (accession #1981.01) was gifted from San Francisco State University Department of Broadcast Communication Arts (BCA) to San Francisco State University J. Paul Leonard Library and transferred to Special Collections & Archives. The bulk of the collection is said to have come from professor Stuart Hyde, with contributions by professor Benjamin Draper and other BCA faculty.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Luca Facchin, 2021.

    Arrangement

    The BCA Television, Film and Radio Scripts Collection is arranged into three series: Series 1: Television Scripts, Series 2: Film Scripts, and Series 3: Radio Scripts and Miscellaneous.

    Content Description

    The BCA Television, Film and Radio Scripts Collection features a selection of scripts and screenplays dating from 1928 to 1976. Some well-known and among the oldest American television production companies and film studios are represented in the collection. Some scripts were written by San Francisco State University faculty Benjamin Draper.
    The Television Scripts series contains instances of scripts of television plays and anthology series featuring made-for-tv-movies, many of which ran for more than one seasons and achieved considerable popular success. Several genres are represented in this series of the collection, including, but not limited to, western, drama, mystery, adventure, dramatized real-life contemporary events, documentary/news, fantasy, suspense and horror. Among some of the most noticeable series featured are: The ABC Movie of the Week (1969-1975), Armstrong's Circle Theatre (1950-1957), Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955-1965), CBS Reports (1959-1990s), Have Gun - Will Travel (1957-1963), I Spy (1965-1968), That Girl (1966-1971), The Twilight Zone (1959-1964), Rawhide (1959-1965) and others.
    The Film Scripts series contains instances of screenplays of films, including "Gone With the Wind", the 1939 film produced by David O. Selznick, adapted from the 1936 novel by Margaret Mitchell, that became the highest-earning film made up to that point.
    The Radio Scripts and Miscellaneous series features instances of radio scripts including "Camille" by Matilda Heron, "Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde" by Robert L. Stevenson and the Sophocle's "Antigone". This series also contains treatments, finding aids, magazine articles, correspondence and other documents. The series includes 4 cartons of unsorted radio scripts and 1 carton of unsorted correspondence. Some materials in this collection portray minorities in a derogatory manner, especially in the western shows and in the Gone with the Wind scripts. If you have questions or comments about these portrayals, please contact the J. Paul Leonard Library Special Collections and Archives.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Screenplays
    Radio scripts
    Television plays
    San Francisco State University. Department of Broadcast Communication Arts