Finding Aid for the Burt Metcalfe Collection of M*A*S*H Scripts PASC.0017

Finding aid prepared by Jasmine Larkin, 2020.
UCLA Library Special Collections
Online finding aid last updated 2020 December 7.
Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
Box 951575
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575

Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
Title: Burt Metcalfe collection of M*A*S*H scripts
Creator: Metcalfe, Burt
source: Metcalfe, Burt
Identifier/Call Number: PASC.0017
Physical Description: 32.0 Linear Feet (77 boxes)
Date (inclusive): 1972-1982
Physical Location: Stored off-site. All requests to access special collections material must be made in advance using the request button located on this page.
Language of Material: Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Open for research. All requests to access special collections materials must be made in advance using the request button located on this page.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Burt Metcalfe, 1985.

Biographical / Historical

M*A*S*H, based on Robert Altman's 1970 film (which in turn was based on Richard Hooker's novel), premiered Sept. 17, 1972; it was set at the 4077th M*A*S*H (Mobile Army Surgical Hospital) Unit located a few miles from the front line in wartime Korea; it did not receive high ratings in the first season's Sunday time slot but was moved to Saturday night in the second season (1973-74) where it zoomed to fourth place and remained a top ten show for all but one of the next nine seasons; in it's eleven seasons and 251 episodes, the series depicted the horror and futility of war; Larry Gelbart and Gene Reynolds produced the show during its first few seasons (1972-76), Burt Metcalfe produced the show during the latter seasons; regular cast members included Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers, McLean Stevenson, Loretta Swit, Larry Linville, Gary Burghoff, William Christopher, Jamie Farr, Harry Morgan, David Ogden Stiers, and Mike Farrell; the series ended in 1983 while it was still popular.

UCLA Catalog Record ID

UCLA Catalog Record ID: 2221450 

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Burt Metcalfe collection of M*A*S*H television series scripts (Collection 17). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

Scope and Contents

Collection consists of script materials related to the television series M*A*S*H. Includes outlines, story lines and various draft versions of scripts.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

Property rights to the physical objects belong to UCLA Library Special Collections. All other 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.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Metcalfe, Burt