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Finding Aid for the Kenneth Peach papers, 1951-1982 (Collection PASC.256)
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  • Restrictions on Access
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  • Title: Kenneth Peach papers
    Collection number: PASC.256
    Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 1.25 linear ft. (3 boxes.)
    Date (inclusive): 1951-1982
    Abstract: Kenneth Peach, Sr. was a special effects artists and set photographer. The collection consists primarily of television scripts related to the Peach's career.
    Language of Materials: Materials are in English.
    Physical Location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
    Creator: Peach, Kenneth

    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.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Kenneth Peach papers (Collection number PASC 256). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Gift, 2003.


    Kenneth D. Peach (Ken) was born in EL Reno, OK on March 6, 1903. He began his career in motion pictures at about the age of 20 and became a director of photography in 1926. He worked with composite processes, miniatures, montages and matte shots for Tiffany Pictures for two years, then joined Fred Jackman's technical effects department at Warner Brothers- First National for almost three years. He was a process cinematographer for various independent companies for two years and was with Columbia for a year. In 1931 he joined the RKO Radio camera effects department, where he worked on such notable films as The Most Dangerous Game and King Kong. In 1933 Peach began what would become a long association with Hal Roach Studio, where he was director of photography of many of the Laurel and Hardy comedies, including Sons of the Desert and Dirty Work. After serving in the US Navy, he did the special effects and process photography on several independent pictures eventually going to RKO until 1950. Around this time, he became director of photography for the Cisco Kid features and 26 episodes of the Cisco Kid television series, among other projects. During the 1950s we was associated with numerous television series including Boston Blackie, Texaco Star Theatre, and Lassie among others. He also photographed several television features. Into the 1960s Peach continued to work on both theatrical features and television projects until his retirement in 1984. Peach died February 27, 1988 after a long illness.

    Scope and Content

    The collection primarily of television scripts related to the career of special effects artists and set photographer, Kenneth Peach, Sr. Also included in the collection is a small number of crew sheets and group photographs. Notably absent from the collection is material related to the number of motion picture projects in which he was involved.

    Organization and Arrangement

    The collection is arranged by project titles.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Peach, Kenneth -- Archives.
    Cinematographers -- Archival resources.
    Television scripts.