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Eugene Rodney papers, 1949-ca.1963
PASC 163  
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  • Restrictions on Access
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  • Preferred Citation
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Organization and Arrangement
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  • Title: Eugene Rodney papers
    Collection number: PASC 163
    Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 19.0 linear ft. (45 boxes)
    Date (inclusive): 1949-ca. 1963
    Abstract: Eugene Rodney was best known as producer of the television program, Father Knows Best. The bulk of the collection includes scripts and production information for the radio and television series Father Knows Best, and the short lived television series Window on Main Street, all featuring Robert Young.
    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: Rodney, Eugene

    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.

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Mrs. Dorthea Rodney, 1986.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Eugene Rodney papers (Collection PASC 163). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.


    Eugene B. Rodney was originally a publicist for East Coast theater owners and stage producers. He moved west when a theater chain he was managing was sold. In Hollywood he became an associate producer at Reliance Pictures and was involved in the filming of The Last of the Mohicans, The Count of Monte Cristo and Red Salute with Robert Young. Rodney went on to become the Vice-President of Production for Robert Young's production company, Cavalier Productions, Inc., and helped conceptualize and then produce the television version of Father Knows Best. Rodney died in November, 1985.

    Scope and Content

    The collection consists of materials related to the career of television producer and director Eugene Rodney. The bulk of the collection comprises files for the radio and television versions of Father Knows Best and short lived television series, Window On Main Street. Father Knows Best radio scripts represent 1949-1954; the television files represent ca. 1955-ca. 1960 and include scripts and production material. Window on Main Street scripts and production information represent thirty-plus episodes. Additionally, there is a very small amount of Rodney's personal business files, a small number of photographs of Father Knows Best cast members, and a small number of screenplays for projects in which Rodney was involved in some capacity.

    Organization and Arrangement

    Arranged in the following series:
    1. Radio Projects
    2. Telelvision Projects
    3. Personal Business Papers
    4. Unidentified Projects

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 2723137 

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Father knows best (Radio program) Father knows best (Television program)
    Television producers and directors-Archival resources