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Finding Aid for the Gene Kearney Papers, 1932-1979 (Collection PASC.207)
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  • Title: Gene Kearney papers
    Collection number: PASC.207
    Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 7.5 linear ft. (15 boxes.)
    Date (inclusive): 1932-1979
    Abstract: Gene Kearney was a writer, director, producer, and actor in various television programs and motion pictures. Collection consists of scripts, production information and clippings related to his 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: Kearney, Gene R

    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.
    Portions of this collection are restricted. Consult finding aid for additional 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], Gene Kearney papers (Collection Number PASC 207). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Gift, 1980.


    Gene Raser Kearney, a native of New York City, graduated from Harvard where he worked for the newspaper, The Harvard Crimson. He began his career working for radio and doing documentary and commercial film work before moving to CA in the early 1960s. He worked primarily as a writer, but also as a director, producer, and actor in various television programs and motion pictures. His career was highlighted by a long association with Universal Studios where he wrote one of the first made-for-television movies, How I Spent My Summer Vacation, and several theatrical features. Kearney was also involved in the production of various television series including Kojak, Night Gallery, and Switch. Kearney died at the age of 49 in Los Angeles on November 4, 1979.

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of material related to the career of writer, producer, and director Gene Kearney. Contains scripts and production information for television productions such as Kojak (1974-78), Switch (1975-76), Night Gallery (1971-72), and the television movie How I Spent My Summer Vacation (1963-66). Production material may include memos, cast sheets, shooting schedules, network program practices clearances, etc. Also includes scripts for theatrical releases, among them Tornado and The Mummy (1932 and 1979). Additionally there are clippings, outlines and drafts of ideas for various television and motion picture projects and other writings spanning Kearney's career (1963-79), as well as a small amount of correspondence and clippings from earlier years (1941-54).

    Organization and Arrangement

    Arranged in the following series:
    1. Biographical Material
    2. Printed Material
    3. Motion Picture Projects
    4. Television Projects
    5. Unidentified Projects

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Kearney, Gene R. -- Archives.
    Motion picture writers -- Archival resources.
    Television producers and directors -- Archival resources.
    Television scripts.
    Television writers -- Archival resources.