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Finding Aid for the John Mantley scripts and production information, 1975-1981.
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography
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  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: John Mantley scripts and production information,
    Date (inclusive): 1975-1981.
    Collection number: 311
    Creator: Mantley, John, 1920-2003.
    Extent: 17 boxes (8.5 linear ft.)
    Abstract: John Mantley was a television producer and writer. The collection consists of script files and a small amount of production material related to Mantley's involvement on the television shows Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, Gunsmoke, and How The West Was Won.
    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.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], John Mantley scripts and production information (Collection 311). Performing Arts Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.


    There is little biographical information available about John Mantley. He was born in Toronto, Canada to actor parents. He attended St Catherine's Institute of Vocational School where he was active in sports and the drama society. He was later president of the Victoria Colledge Dramatic Society, which won several international competitions. He was trained as a fighter pilot during WWII and while on leave also produced shows for the British Armed Forces in the Far East. After the war, and following his goal to become and actor, he studied at the Pasadena Playhouse, and earned a master's degree. Although he planned to work for his cousin, Mary Pickford, circumstances brought him back to Canada where he started working in radio and where he earned provincial and national awards for acting and directing with the New Play Society. His credits include executive producer of the television series Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, Gunsmoke, How The West Was Won, and MacGyver.

    Scope and Content

    The collection consists of scripts and production materials related to the career of television writer and producer, John Mantley. The collection includes files from Mantley's involvement with television productions of How the West Was Won (1976-1979) and Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (1979-1981). The files may contain a combination of scripts and/or production information including production related correspondence, shooting schedules, cast sheets, credits, and other production related information. Additionally, there is one file containing a small amount of publicity stills, crew information and correspondence related to the television series Gunsmoke in which Mantley was the producer.

    Organization and Arrangement

    Arranged alphabetically by project title.

    Indexing Terms

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


    Mantley, John, 1920-2003 -- Archives.
    Television producers and directors -- United States -- Archival resources.

    Genres and Forms of Material

    Television scripts.