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Frank La Tourette papers, 1930s-1980s, bulk dates ca. 1960s-1970s
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  • Title: Frank La Tourette papers
    Collection number: 1927
    Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 1.5 linear ft. (3 boxes)
    Date (bulk): Bulk, 1960-1979
    Date (inclusive): 1930s-1980s, (bulk 1960s-1970s)
    Abstract: Frank D. La Tourette was a television writer, producer, director, and professor at the University of California, Los Angeles whose career spanned the 1940s to the 1980s. The collection consists of printed materials such as clippings and publications, correspondence, and writings by La Tourette.
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.
    Creator: La Tourette, Frank

    Restrictions on Access

    Open for research. STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UC Regents. 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], Frank La Tourette papers (Collection 1927). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 6982538 


    Frank D. La Tourette was born in 1914. He studied philosophy and language at St. Thomas Seminary in Denver, Colorado, and received an A.B. in 1936; he then attended Gregorian University in Rome, Italy for two years, where he studied theology and languages. After changing career paths, he returned to Denver focusing on journalism at Register College of Journalism where he received a B. Jour. and M. Litt. in 1941. He started his journalism career as a reporter and columnist for the National Register System of Newspaper and then relocated to San Francisco to work as a reporter for the International News Service. In 1944 he became managing director of ABC News, West Coast Division and for the next 22 years he served in various roles as a writer, director, producer and consultant for television studios ABC, NBC, CBS, and 20th Century Fox Television. He was associated with television programs such as the first transcontinental telecast of the Medic, Land of the Giants, President Nixon's return to private life in San Clemente, and segments for network news broadcasts among other credits. He was the recipient of two major awards, the Sylvania Award for Creative Technique in Television in 1954 and an Emmy Award in 1967 for the documentary Vietnam: The Village War. In 1966 he became a member of the University of California, Los Angeles faculty, teaching courses in broadcast news and documentary, television production, and motion picture and television writing. He also served as vice chair of the Motion Picture/Television Division. Frank La Tourette died in March of 1985 in Los Angeles, California.

    Scope and Content

    The collection consists of material related to the career of Frank D. La Tourette, who was a television writer, director, producer, UCLA professor and journalist. Included in the collection are printed materials such as clippings and publications, correspondence, and writings by La Tourette. The bulk of the printed material contains clippings about television technology. Correspondence is a mixture of business and/or personal letters and notes, some of which is related to his work at the University of California, Los Angeles in the Department of Theater Arts. Writings by La Tourette include published newspaper articles written by La Tourette for a Catholic publication titled The Register and a small number of typed manuscripts. Additionally there are a number of items that represent his association working in television.

    Organization and Arrangement

    Arranged in the following series:
    1. Series 1. Biographical and Personal>
    2. Series 2. Writings by La Tourette
    3. Series 3. Correspondence
    4. Series 4. Television Projects
    5. Series 5. Printed Material
    6. Series 6. Photographs
    7. Series 7. Unidentified Projects

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    La Tourette, Frank
    University of California, Los Angeles. Dept. of Theater Arts -- Faculty -- Archival Resources.
    Broadcast journalism -- Archival resources.
    Television broadcasting.--Archival resources.