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Mort Thaw Collection
WGF-MS-059  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biography/Administrative History
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Mort Thaw Collection
    Dates: 1956-1982
    Collection Number: WGF-MS-059
    Creator/Collector: Thaw, Mort, 1921-2009
    Extent: 2 linear feet
    Repository: Writers Guild Foundation Archive
    Los Angeles, California 90048
    Abstract: The Mort Thaw Collection, 1956-1982, consists of numerous television scripts, as well as two versions of the feature screenplay Harrad Summer.
    Language of Material: English

    Access

    Available by appointment only.

    Publication Rights

    The responsibility to secure copyright and publication permission rests with the researcher.

    Preferred Citation

    Mort Thaw Collection. Writers Guild Foundation Archive

    Acquisition Information

    Donated by Mort Thaw, April 1, 2003

    Biography/Administrative History

    Mort Thaw (1921-2009) was a prolific television writer whose credits included Bonanza, The Detectives, Route 66, and The Untouchables. He also wrote the screenplay for the 1974 film Harrad Summer. Thaw was a longtime member of the Writers Guild of America, where he worked on calling attention to the issue of age discrimination.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The Mort Thaw Collection, 1956-1982, consists of numerous television scripts, as well as two versions of the feature screenplay Harrad Summer. Most of the scripts have been catalogued individually and added to the library collection. Particularly notable are Thaw's teleplays for two daytime series: the courtroom drama Day in Court and the short-lived soap opera Full Circle. Other teleplays in the collection include episodes of Bonanza, The Detectives, Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theatre, Emergency, Matinee Theatre, Route 66, The United States Steel Hour, and The Untouchables. The collection also includes information about the Writers Guild Playhouse, a proposed television program that the Guild was hoping to launch in 1959. Thaw wrote one of 39 scripts that were selected for the show, and the collection includes his teleplay, as well as clippings and correspondence about the show, which was never produced. The collection also includes numerous issues of the Writers Guild of America, West, Newsletter for the years 1975-1982, which have been transferred to the library's periodicals holdings.