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Larry Williams papers
PASC 155  
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  • Restrictions on Access
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  • Preferred Citation
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Organization and Arrangement
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  • Title: Larry Williams papers
    Collection number: PASC 155
    Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 6.7 linear ft. (16 boxes)
    Date (inclusive): 1952-1969
    Abstract: Larry Williams was a producer of medical documentaries and TV programs, including the first live televised open-heart surgery. The collection consists of scripts, production materials, and photographs related to Williams' career writing and producing medical and health-related television productions.
    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.
    Creator: Williams, Larry

    Restrictions on Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact the 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 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.
    Scripts may not be photocopied without permission of copyright holder.

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Lawrence A. Williams, President of Lawren Productions, 1981.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Larry Williams Papers (Collection PASC 155). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.


    Lawrence (Larry) A. Williams was a native of Ottawa, Ill. and a student at the University of Arizona. He moved to San Francisco in 1944 where he wrote radio scripts for First Nighter, Skippy Hollywood Theater, and Dink Templeton. During this time, Williams also worked for Drury Co. advertising agency. In 1950, he became a writer-producer for the award winning series, Science in Action, produced by the California Academy of Sciences and wrote and produced Dr. Harvey Whites first television appearances. His additional credits include, A Life in Your Hands (Oct. 1953-Mar. 1954), The Wall Outside (1955), House Call (1956-58), Doctors News Conference (1956), Medicine of the 1960s and Vital Signs. His programs won awards from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the American Cancer Society and the American and California heart associations. In 1959, Williams, along with his wife, Mary, incorporated Lawren Productions. Williams, who had a lifelong battle with osteomyelitis, died in May 1996.

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of materials related to the career of Larry Williams. Included are scripts, production materials, and photographs for television programs centered around medical and health issues. Programs written by Larry Williams and produced by Lawren Productions, Inc. Programs represented include Doctors at Work, House Calls, Medicine of the 60s, A Life in Your Hands, Lifespan, Your Child and the Expert, and Science in Action. Also includes a crime and crime prevention program, The Wall Outside. Programs were aired on KRON-TV, KPIX-TV, and KTVU-TV.

    Organization and Arrangement

    The collection is arranged alphabetically by production titles.

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 3649242 

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Williams, Larry -- Archives.
    Health promotion.
    Television writers--Archives.