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  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use
  • Preferred Citation
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition
  • Processing Information
  • UCLA Catalog Record ID
  • Biographical History
  • Scope and Content
  • Arrangement

  • Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
    Title: Ronald Jacobs papers
    Creator: Jacobs, Ronald
    Identifier/Call Number: PASC.0355
    Physical Description: 22 Linear Feet (45 boxes)
    Date (inclusive): 1961-1971
    Abstract: Ronald (Ronnie) Jacobs was involved in many television series, such as 1960s shows The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Andy Griffith Show, That Girl, and The Mod Squad. The collection consists of related to Jacobs' career.
    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: 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.

    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.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Ronald Jacobs papers (Collection PASC 355). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Ronald Jacobs, 2011 and 2012.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Allison Park with assistance from Julie Graham, 2002.

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 6770198 

    Biographical History

    Ronald Nicholas Jacobs (Ronnie) was born November 3, 1934 in Toledo, OH. He moved to Los Angeles, CA to attend UCLA where he received a BA in 1956. He first worked as a production assistant for producers Louis F. Edelman and Sheldon Leonard. Over his career he worked as an associate producer, production supervisor, production executive, director, producer, and executive producer. He was associated with companies such as Daisy Productions, Calvada Productions, Mayberry Productions, Mirisch/Rich Productions, Thomas/Spelling Productions, T & L Productions, and Independent Creative Artists Pictures. He also served as Executive in Charge of Production, for the Danny Thomas and Sheldon Leonard companies.
    Jacobs was involved with numerous popular television productions including The Andy Griffith Show, The Danny Thomas Show, The Dick Van Dyke Show, Gomer Pyle U.S.M.C., I Spy, The Mod Squad, and That Girl. Jacobs also produced a number of feature films, including On the Right Track (1981), Jimmy the Kid (1982), Land of the Free (1998), and Running Red (1999).
    Jacobs is a member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and the Directors Guild of America, and has been a judge for the Emmy Awards, Ace Cable Awards, and the Nicholl Fellowship Screenwriting Awards.

    Scope and Content

    The collection consists of material related to the career of producer Ronnie Jacobs. The bulk of the collection are script files representing 1960s television series including The Andy Griffith Show (1963-1969), The Bill Dana Show (1963-1964), The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961-1963, 1966), Gomer Pyle U.S.M.C. (1964-1967, 1969), The Joey Bishop Show (1962-1964), I Spy (1964-1967), The Mod Squad (1968-1971), That Girl (1966-1970), and others. Also included are a small number of scripts documenting Danny Thomas specials and Thomas/Spelling Productions made-for-TV movies. The television scripts document the careers of many entertainment writers, including Carl Reiner, Garry Marshall, Iz Elinson, and Ruth Brooks Flippen. Additionally, there is small amount of production information, correspondence, photographs and clippings.


    The collection is arranged alphabetically by project title.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Television producers and directors -- Archives.
    Jacobs, Ronald--Archives.