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

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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 

Biography

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.

Container List

 

Series 1. Biographical and Personal. ca. 1933-1934, 1978.

Physical Description: Boxes 1-2

Scope and Content Note

Contains copies of La Tourettes resume, what appears to be samples college coursework, and a University Bulletin publication with mention of his promotion to full professor.
Box 1, Folder 13

La Tourette resumes. no date.

Box 1, Folder 14

La Tourette college coursework. 1933-1934.

General note

Appears to be related to college coursework.
Box 2, Folder 10

University Bulletin. 1978.

General note

With mention of La Tourette's promotion to full professor.
 

Series 2. Writings by La Tourette. 1966.

Physical Description: Boxes 1-3

Scope and Content Note

The bulk of the series are typed manuscript and published articles for the publication The Register. Also there are script pages for a project titled Winter's Dream, and two typed manuscripts, one titled Live By Satellite: the Story of Satellite Television, and the other untitled.
Box 1, Folder 15

Live By Satellite - typed manuscript. no date.

Box 1, Folder 17

Special to The Register - typed manuscript articles by La Tourette. no date.

General note

Some may correspond with published articles in The Register.
Box 2, Folder 5

Live By Satellite - typed manuscript. no date.

General note

Includes handwritten notes.
Box 2, Folder 11

Typed manuscript by La Tourette (untitled). no date.

Box 3, Folder 3

Winter's Dream script pages. no date.

General note

Script material with feedback.
Box 3, Folder 5

Published articles in The Register by La Tourette. 1966.

General note

Some may correspond to typed manuscript articles by La Tourette.
 

Series 3. Correspondence. ca. 1960s-1970s.

Physical Description: Boxes 1-2

Scope and Content Note

Includes business correspondence, notes and letters that appear to be from family, friends, and students, and a very small amount outgoing correspondence.
Box 1, Folder 5

Business correspondence. 1960s-1970s.

General note

Appears to be business correspondance. With Film, TV, Theater News (June 10, 1976) and flyer for Lets talk to Each Other (October 27, 1976).
Box 1, Folder 6

Student correspondence. 1972, 1975-1976.

General note

Notes that appear to be from students.
Box 1, Folder 18

Outgoing correspondence. no date.

Box 2, Folder 7

Personal correspondance. 1963, 1966.

General note

Appears to be from family and friends.
 

Series 4. Television Projects. 1955, 1966-1967, 1970-1975.

Physical Description: Boxes 1-3

Scope and Content Note

The series contains material related to television projects in which La Tourette was involved in some capacity. Included is a script for Land of the Giants, documents related to Election 72: 18 and Over, a very small number of notes and letters representing the filming of his documentary Vietnam: The Village War, and a nomination certificate for Best Producer from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
Box 1, Folder 1

1974 election coverage memos. 1974.

Box 1, Folder 2

ABC West Coast day logs. 1972-1975.

Box 1, Folder 7

Elections 1970. 1970.

Box 1, Folder 8

Election '72: 18 and Over. no date.

Box 2, Folder 4

Land of the Giants. 1967.

General note

The Crash - script.
Box 3, Folder 1

Vietnam notes, receipts, letter. 1966.

Box 3, Folder 2

VSTV 58 pamphlet. no date.

Box 3, Folder 17

Academy of Television Arts and Sciences certificate of nomination for Best Producer for Medic film series. 1955.

General note

Mounted on wood.
 

Series 5. Printed Material. 1930s-1980s.

Physical Description: Boxes 1-3

Scope and Content Note

The Printed Material is clippings and photocopied articles reflecting LaTourettes interests such as news journalism, satellite technology, documentary film-making, UCLA TV programming, and the UCLA Television Internship Program. Also included are magazine publications and other ephemera.
Box 1, Folder 3

Clippings about politics. 1975-1976.

Box 1, Folder 4

Clippings mentioning La Tourette. 1976, 1978.

Box 1, Folder 9

Assorted clippings. 1963-1966.

Box 1, Folder 10

Golden Mike Awards program. 1971.

Box 1, Folder 11

Hollywood Radio and Television Society. 1968-1970, 1973-1974.

General note

Five issues of Spike the Society's newsletter and other information related to the Society's activities.
Box 1, Folder 12

Clippings about KNXT. 1976.

Box 1, Folder 16

Clippings about UCLA Television Internship Program. 1979-1981.

General note

Related to Theatre Arts 192.
Box 2, Folder 1

Clippings about television. 1970s.

Box 2, Folder 2

Documentary: A Colloqium (The), folder 1 of 2. 1939, 1940s-1960s.

General note

Photocopied journal and magazine articles.
Box 2, Folder 3

Documentary: A Colloqium (The), folder 2 of 2. no date.

General note

Photocopied journal and magazine articles.
Box 2, Folder 6

Clippings about news journalism. 1960s-1972.

Box 2, Folder 8

Clippings about Vietnam: The Village War. 1966.

Box 2, Folder 9

Clippings about UCLA TV. 1971, 1977-1978.

Box 3, Folder 6

Molniya. 1965-1967.

General note

Photocopied clippings and articles.
Box 3, Folder 7

Molniya 1-A. 1965.

General note

Photocopied clippings and articles.
Box 3, Folder 8

Molniya 1-B. 1965.

General note

Photocopied and articles and notes.
Box 3, Folder 9

Molniya 1-C. 1966.

General note

Photocopied and articles and notes.
Box 3, Folder 10

Molniya 1-D. 1966.

General note

Photocopied clippings, articles, and notes.
Box 3, Folder 11

Domestic Satellites - CATV. mid-1960s-1976.

General note

Clippings memos and photocopied articles.
Box 3, Folder 12

Domestic Satellites - The Future. 1962, 1970, 1973.

General note

Clippings and photocopied articles.
Box 3, Folder 13

Domestic Satellites - Effect on U.S. Communications. no date.

General note

Clippings from Wall Street Journal.
Box 3, Folder 14

Intelsat III. 1966-1967.

General note

Clippings and photocopied articles.
Box 3, Folder 15

International systems and satellites. 1964 - 1967.

General note

Photocopied clippings and articles.
Box 3, Folder 16

Satellite broadcasting. 1952-1953, 1960s-1973.

General note

Clippings and photocopied articles.
 

Series 6. Photographs. No dates.

Physical Description: Box 1

Scope and Content Note

Contains one contact sheet and four snapshots from unknown event.
Box 1, Folder 19

Contact sheet and snapshots (4 items). no date.

 

Series 7. Unidentified Projects. No dates.

Physical Description: Boxes 2-3

Scope and Content Note

Two untitled typed manuscripts (authors unknown), and television program ideas by Vincent Dempsey.
Box 1, Folder 20

Prodigal Son (The) - typed manuscript. no date.

Box 2, Folder 12

Typed manuscript (untitled). no date.

Box 2, Folder 13

Typed manuscript (untitled). no date.

Box 3, Folder 4

Television program ideas by Vincent Dempsey. no date.