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Finding Aid for the Sidney Reznick Papers 1958-1961
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biographical Note
  • Scope and Content
  • Organization and Arrangement

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Sidney Reznick Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1958-1961
    Collection number: 297
    Creator: Reznick, Sidney
    Extent: 9 boxes (4 linear feet); 1 microfilm box
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Performing Arts Special Collections
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Abstract: Sidney Reznick worked as comedy writer in radio and television. The collection consists of scripts related to his career, mostly for the Garry Moore television show (1958-61).


    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact the UCLA Library, Performing Arts Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
    RESTRICTED ACCESS: Use of audio material requires production of listening copies.
    RESTRICTED ACCESS: Use of microfilm requires production of viewing copy

    Publication Rights

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library, Performing Arts Special Collections. 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.

    Preferred Citation

    Sidney Reznick Papers (Collection 297). Performing Arts Special Collections, University of California, Los Angeles.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Mr. Sidney Reznick.

    Biographical Note

    At the time this finding aid was created there was little biographical information available about Sidney Reznick. He was born in Manhattan, July 29, 1919. He started writing comedy in high school. He attended the CCNY School of Business and graduated in 1941.

    Scope and Content

    The collection consists of material related to the career of comedy writer Sidney Reznick. The bulk of the collection includes complete scripts and a small number of partial scripts from the Garry Moore Show television program. A small number of the scripts are annotated and/or may include production information. Also included is a small amount of microfilm negatives containing unidentified scripts from the Alan Young show, Meet Your Match, and the Jackie Gleason Show. Additionally, there is a published copy of Reznick's book, How to Write Jokes (c. 1954) and what appears to be commercially produced sound recordings featuring Burns and Allen, Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy, Fiber McGee and Molly, and Ed "Archie" Gardner, and musical performer Gertrude Lawrence.

    Organization and Arrangement

    Arranged in the following series:
    • Series 1. Printed Materials
    • Series 2. Scripts
    • Series 3. Sound Recordings