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Finding Aid for the Charles Isaacs papers, 1941-1973
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  • Administrative Information
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  • Organization and Arrangement
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Charles Isaacs papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1941-1973
    Collection number: 80
    Creator: Isaacs, Charles, 1914-2002
    Extent: 26 boxes (11.0 linear ft.)
    Abstract: Charlie Isaacs's numerous radio and television writing credits include Kraft Music Hall, The Martin and Lewis Show, and The Johnny Carson Show among others. The collection consists primarily of television and radio series scripts and a small amount of photographs and correspondence.
    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 Charles Isaacs, 1972, 1985, 1989.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Charles Isaacs papers(Collection 80). Performing Arts Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.


    Charles Isaacs was born in Winnipeg, Canada on Sept. 17, 1914. After attending the University of Minnesota School of Journalism in the early 1930's, he became a correspondent for Radio Guide magazine. He moved to Hollywood, CA in 1937 and served in the Coast Guard Seventh Amphibious Force from 1942-1945 before being transferred to Armed Forces Radio. Isaacs wrote for numerous television and radio shows including Kraft Music Hall, The Martin & Lewis Radio Show, The Chase and Sanborn Hour, The Texaco Star Theater and The Milton Berle Show. He also worked as the head writer for multiple series including The Jimmy Durante Hours, The Johnny Carson Show , The Colgate Comedy Hour, The Dinah Shore Hour, The Real McCoys, and The Red Skelton Show. In addition to writing, Isaacs worked as a script consultant for the series The Thin Man and as the executive story editor for the series Alice . Throughout his career, he wrote for some of the most famous actors and comedians of the day including Jack Benny, John Barrymore, Edgar Bergan, Rudy Vallee, Al Jolson, Jimmy Durante, Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, and Johnny Carson. Isaacs died of cancer December 13 2002 in Santa Monica, CA.

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists primarily of television and radio series scripts from the career of writer Charles Isaacs. The collection also includes photographs, correspondence, and ephemera. Television script materials include such titles as The Jimmy Durante television show (1950-54), The Johnny Carson show (1955-56), and The Dean Martin show (1971). Radio script materials include such titles as Kraft music hall (1947-49), The Bob Burns show (1946-47), The Rudy Vallee show (1941), and The Martin and Lewis show (1949-50). Includes some bound volumes. The correspondence comprises notes from creative talents such as Fred Allen, Johnny Carson, Betty Davis, Bob Hope, Jack Lemon and Frank Sinatra, among others.

    Organization and Arrangement

    Arranged in the following series:
    1. Correspondence
    2. Ephemera
    3. Photographs
    4. Radio script materials
    5. Television script materials

    Indexing Terms

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


    Isaacs, Charles, 1914-2002 -- Archives.
    Radio writers -- California -- Los Angeles -- Archival resources.
    Television writers -- California -- Los Angeles -- Archival resources.

    Genres and Forms of Material

    Television scripts
    Radio scripts