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Finding Aid for the Collection of scripts for Expedition!, [ca. 1960-ca. 1962]
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  • Administrative Information
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  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Collection of scripts for Expedition! ,
    Date (inclusive): [ca. 1960-ca. 1962]
    Collection number: 242
    Extent: 2 boxes (1 linear ft.)
    Abstract: The documentary television series Expedition! made its debut on ABC-TV in September, 1960. The collection consists mostly of scripts and a very small amount of teacher guide literature.
    Language: Finding aid is written in English.
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Performing Arts Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library, Performing Arts Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Access

    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.

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    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.

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Gift, 1987>.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Collection of scripts for Expedition! (Collection 242). Performing Arts Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.


    Expedition!, the documentary television series, made its debut on ABC-TV in September 1960 and was sponsored by the Ralston Purina Company. The program documented journeys to the various remote regions of the world and was known for presenting exciting and sometimes controversial places around the globe. The series run from 1960-1963. It received a Thomas Alva Edison award, Ohio State award, and Peabody award for television excellence.

    Scope and Content

    The collection consists of loose bound notebooks of script materials for the documentary television series Expedition!. The notebooks were originally compiled by V. Fae Thomas, but it not clear if Thomas was related to the production of the program or not. In addition to the 40-plus scripts there is very small amount of teachers' guide material.
    The materials have been removed from their original notebooks for preservation purposes, but are physically housed in the original order in which they were filed by season and show number. The notebook titles are included in the notes field.

    Organization and Arrangement

    The collection is arranged alphabetically by script title. Teacher's Guide material is listed first.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.


    Expedition! (Television program).
    Documentary television programs -- Archival resources.

    Genres and Forms of Material

    television scripts