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Terrence O'Flaherty papers
PASC 26  
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  • Restrictions on Access
  • Restrictions on Use and Reproduction
  • Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements
  • Provenance/Source of Acquisition
  • UCLA Catalog Record ID
  • Preferred Citation
  • Biography/History
  • Scope and Content
  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Related Material

  • Title: Terrence O'Flathery papers
    Collection number: PASC 26
    Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 135.0 linear ft. (332 boxes)
    Date (inclusive): ca. 1940s-ca.1990
    Abstract: Terrence O'Flaherty worked as television critic for the San Francisco Chronicle from 1952-1986. The bulk of the collection consists of television stills and promotional material collected by O'Flaherty during the course of his 37-year journalistic career. Additionally included are scrapbooks documenting his newspaper columns, subject files containing research materials, and a small amount of correspondence and other writings by O'Flaherty.
    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: O'Flaherty, Terrence

    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.

    Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

    COLLECTION CONTAINS AUDIOVISUAL MATERIALS: Audiovisual materials in this collection will require assessment and possible digitization for safe access. To review these audiovisual materials, you must notify the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk in advance of your visit.

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Terrence O'Flahery, 1986; additions from Lynn O'Flaherty, 2007.

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 2551071 

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Terrence O'Flahery Papers (Collection PASC 26). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.


    Terrence O'Flaherty was born in Iowa in 1917, and raised in Los Angeles. He graduated with a BA from the University of California, Berkeley, and went on to work as a fact checker at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. He served as a communications officer in the US Navy during World War II. His first newspaper position was with the Santa Monica Independent, in 1949, and in 1950, he began working for the San Francisco Chronicle, where he would remain until his retirement in 1986.
    O'Flaherty was one of the first commentators to write seriously about the then-emerging medium of television. In addition to writing his widely read television column for the San Francisco Chronicle, O'Flaherty was involved with a number of other television-related activities. From 1952 to 1984, he was a member of the board of the Peabody Awards; and in 1961 and 1962, he hosted PM West, a nightly news show, broadcast from San Francisco.
    In 1974, O'Flaherty was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, and in 1988, was presented with an Emmy Award. In 1995, he published the book Masterpiece Theatre, a retrospective look at the PBS series of the same name. Terrence O'Flaherty died of pancreatic cancer in 2001, at the age of 83.

    Scope and Content

    The collection consists of material related to television critic and newspaper columnist, Terrence O'Flaherty. The bulk of the collection is television stills and promotional material that O'Flaherty collected over the course of his 37-year career. The stills date from approximately 1952-1990, and document television programs from all of the major networks. The promotional material includes press kits from television programs and networks, as well as print advertisements, invitations, and other promotional items sent to O'Flaherty. Also included are scrapbooks of his many newspaper columns.
    Also included in the collection is a small amount of cards, notes, and column reader letters; subject files which appear to have been assembled by O'Flaherty on a range of television-related themes; television scripts and recordings sent to O'Flaherty to promote television programing; and a small quantity of O'Flaherty's writings. Additionally, there publications covering the history, development, economics, sociology and technology of television. Some of the book publications are signed or contain personal notes to O’Flaherty and may contain additional news release or promotional material in the item.

    Organization and Arrangement

    Arranged in the following series:
    1. Scrapbooks
    2. Subject files
    3. Writings
    4. Oral history
    5. Correspondence
    6. Stills
    7. Promotional material
    8. Publications
    9. Sound recordings

    Related Material

    Morrie Gelman Papers (Collection 292).  Available at Library Special Collections, Young Research Library, UCLA.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    O'Flaherty, Terrence. -- Archives