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Finding Aid for the Gerald Drayson Adams Scripts, ca.1949-ca. 1960s
PASC 221  
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  • Administrative Information
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Gerald Drayson Adams scripts,
    Date (inclusive): ca.1949-ca. 1960s
    Collection number: PASC 221
    Creator: Adams, Gerald Drayson
    Extent: 6 boxes (3 linear ft)
    Abstract: Gerald Drayson Adams was a film and television writer. Among his credits are the films Dead Reckoning and Kissin Cousins and the television series Maverick. The collection consists of screenplays, teleplays, treatments, and other writings for what appear to be movie and television projects related to Adam's career.
    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], Gerald Drayson Adams scripts (Collection PASC 221). Performing Arts Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 4658945 


    There is very little biographical information available about Gerald Drayson Adams. It appears that he began his film and television writing career in the 1940s. He has numerous motion picture and television writing credits including the films Dead Reckoning with Humphrey Bogart and Haram Scarum and Kissin Cousins featuring Elvis Presley. His television work includes episodes of Bronco, Cheyenne, Maverick, and Northwest Passage.

    Scope and Content

    The collection consists of screenplays, teleplays, treatments and other writings related to the career of writer Gerald Drayson Adams. Included in the collection are writings for a number projects such as the films Blood Brothers (released as Gun Brothers), Son of Cochise (released as Taza: Son of Chocise), Chief Red Sleeves (released as War Drums) and the television series Broken Arrow, Maverick and Northwest Passage. Additionally, there are two works, Galvanized Yankee and Music in the Night, which may have been created as novels. Notably missing from the collection are writings for Dead Reckoning, Haram Scarum, and Kissin Cousins.

    Organization and Arrangement

    The files in the collection are arranged alphabetically by project titles.

    Indexing Terms

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


    Adams, Gerald Drayson -- Archives.
    Motion picture writers -- Archival resources.
    Television writers -- Archival resources.

    Genres and Forms of Material

    television scripts
    Film scripts