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Finding Aid for the Stephen Kandel papers, 1958-1987
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Stephen Kandel papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1958-1987
    Collection number: 118
    Creator: Kandel, Stephen
    Extent: 44 boxes (19.0 linear ft.)
    Abstract: Stephen Kandel is a prolific television writer whose credits include television and motion pictures. The collection consists of television and motion picture scripts including television programs such as Sea Hunt; television movies such as Broken Promises; and motion pictures such as Battle of the Coral Sea.
    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 of Stephen Kandel, 1992.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Stephen Kandel papers (Collection 118). Performing Arts Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.


    Stephen Kandel was born in New York City on Apr. 30, 1927 and received his BA from Darthmouth College in 1950. From the 1960s on Kandel has participated in many aspects of the entertainment industry including producing and writing for both film and television. A few of his most notable credits include creating the ABC-TV Iron Horse television series, serving as president of Dagonet Productions, Inc. as well as producing the Mike Hammer and MacGyver television series. His numerous author credits include television, TV movies, and motion pictures including the pilot episode of Star Trek, Daktari, Broken Promises, and Chamber of Horrors. He is the recipient of many awards including the Mystery Writers of America Edgar Alan Poe award and the Writers Guild of America Humanities award.

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of television and motion picture scripts related to the career of writer producer Stephen Kandel. Scripts include various drafts and versions. Collection includes television programs such as Iron Horse, MacGyver, Mannix, and Sea Hunt; television movies such as Broken Promises and Son Rise : A Miracle of Love and motion pictures such as Battle of the Coral Sea, Cannon for Cordoba, and Magnificent Roughnecks.

    Organization and Arrangement

    Arranged in the following series:
    1. Motion Picture Projects
    2. Television Series
    3. TV Movies
    4. Unproduced Projects

    Indexing Terms

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


    Kandel, Stephen -- Archives.
    Television writers -- Archival resources.
    Television producers and directors -- Archival resources.

    Genres and Forms of Material

    Scripts (documents)