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Finding Aid for the Todd Hunter papers, 1909-1961
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  • Restrictions on Access
  • Restrictions on Use and Reproduction
  • Provenance/Source of Acquisition
  • Processing Note
  • Preferred Citation
  • UCLA Catalog Record ID
  • Biography/History
  • Scope and Content
  • Organization and Arrangement

  • Title: Todd Hunter papers
    Collection number: 746
    Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 1.5 linear ft. (3 boxes)
    Date (inclusive): 1909-1961
    Abstract: Todd Hunter was a CBS radio and television figure in Hollywood in the mid-twentieth century. The collection includes a number of television play scripts and related materials (script sides, cue sheets, songs, notes). Though it is unclear whether Hunter authored any of the scripts, he was presumably involved in bringing them to television.
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
    Creator: Hunter, Todd

    Restrictions on Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library 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 Todd Hunter, October 1961.

    Processing Note

    Processed by Whitney Braun in the Center for Primary Research and Training (CFPRT), with assistance from Kelley Wolfe Bachli, 2009.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Todd Hunter papers (Collection 746). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 4233184 


    Todd Hunter was a radio and television figure in Hollywood in the mid-twentieth century. He worked at CBS Radio and is presumably the same Todd Hunter who hosted the CBS "News and Rhythm" program with the Carl Hohengarten orchestra (and Tommy Bartlett as the announcer) in 1939. A 1942 issue of Billboard Magazine and a 1953 bulletin of the Association of American Colleges mention Todd Hunter as the host of a Chicago news show in the 1940s and a CBS newscast in the 1950s.

    Scope and Content

    The collection consists mainly of television play scripts and related materials (script sides, cue sheets, songs, notes). Frank Kelton, Nelson Compston, John Emerson, and Anita Loos authored some of the scripts, but most scripts in the collection do not indicate an author or authors. It is unclear precisely how Hunter was involved with the scripts; he may have worked to bring them to television. Some of the plays ("The Love Nest," "Six Cylinder Love," "Under Two Flags," "The Whole Town's Talking," "The Girl in the Case") were also films in the 1910s through 1950s.

    Organization and Arrangement

    Scripts and related materials are grouped together according to the production. Non-script-related documents are in the first folder in the first box.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Hunter, Todd--Archives.
    Radio plays.
    Radio writers--California--Los Angeles--Archival resources.
    Television plays.
    Television writers--California--Los Angeles--Archival resources.