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Finding Aid for the Herbert Baker Papers, 1939-1978
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Indexing Terms
  • Related Material

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Herbert Baker Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1939-1978
    Collection number: 108
    Creator: Baker, Herbert
    Extent: 116 boxes (49.0 linear ft.)
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Performing Arts Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Abstract: Herbert Baker was a comedy writer for radio, television, stage and motion pictures. The collection consists primarily of material related to his career. Additional materials include a small collection related to Baker's mother, vaudeville singer Belle Baker.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Copyright has not been assigned to the Performing Arts Special Collections, UCLA. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Arts Special Collections Librarian. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Performing Arts Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

    Restrictions on Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Advance notice required for access.

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition


    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Herbert Baker Papers (Collection 108). Performing Arts Special Collections, University of California, Los Angeles.


    Herbert Baker

    Herbert Baker, son of Belle Baker, was born on December 25, 1920. He was a comedy writer for television, motion pictures, and stage and wrote the lyrics for the Broadway comic opera Helen Goes to Troy, which was produced by Max Reinhardt. Baker was head writer for The Flip Wilson Show, The Perry Como Show, The Danny Kaye Show, and The Mac Davis Show. His numerous credits include An Evening With Fred Astaire, Norman Rockwell's America, Dream Wife, and the song I Love to Love (written for Danny Kaye and Lena Horne). Baker served as board member for the Writers Guild of America, West and was the recipient of several awards including two Emmys. He died on June 30, 1983.

    Belle Baker

    Vaudeville singer, Belle Baker started her performing career in Jacob Adler's drama The Homeless. By 1926 she was the star of Betsy, a Rodgers and Hart musical produced by Florenz Ziegfeld. She introduced many songs including All of Me and Irving Berlin's International Rag. Belle was featured in the motion picture Song of Love (1929). She died April 1957.

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists primarily of script materials and files related to the career of comedy writer, Herbert Baker. Includes material from radio, stage, and television productions including Perry Como programs, The Danny Kaye Show, The Flip Wilson Show, The John Davidson Show, The Dean Martin Show, and The Eddie Fisher Show. The collection also includes photographs, music scores, and personal memorabilia related to the career of vaudeville singer Belle Baker.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Baker, Herbert -- Archives.
    Baker, Belle -- Archives.
    Television comedy writers -- United States -- Archival resources.
    Screenwriters -- United States -- Archival resources.
    Composers -- United States -- Archival resources.
    Scripts (documents).

    Related Material

    Bob Henry Scripts and Production Material for Television Series (Collection 165). Available at Performing Arts Special Collections, UCLA.