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Finding Aid for the Carol Burnett Papers, 1961-1982
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms
  • Related Material

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Carol Burnett Collection
    Date (inclusive): 1961-1982
    Collection number: 66
    Creator: Burnett, Carol
    Extent: 9 boxes (3.5 linear ft.)
    Abstract: Comedienne Carol Burnett has entertained audiences since the 1950s. Her career includes work on stage, television and motion pictures. The collection consists of material related to her career, which includes souvenir programs, clippings, photographs, scrapbooks, scripts, awards, and artwork.
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Arts Library 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, Arts Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Advance notice required for access.

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library, Arts 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.

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Gift, 1985.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Carol Burnett Collection (Collection 66). Performing Arts Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.


    Carol Burnett was born in San Antonio, Texas on April 26, 1933. During the 1950s, Burnett gained popularity as a regular on The Garry Moore Television Show. She made her Broadway debut in the musical Once Upon a Mattress (1959) and appeared in several television specials in the 1960s before moving on to her own weekly television program The Carol Burnett Show. Burnett's screen credits include Pete 'n' Tillie (1972), The Four Seasons (1981), and Annie (1982). Burnett is the recepient of number awards and was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame in 1985.

    Scope and Content

    The collection includes scripts for television projects; scrapbooks for television, motion picture, and live stage projects; printed ephemera, clippings, assorted photographs, and awards. The bulk of the collection is comprised of scripts from television projects including The Carol Burnett Show (dating 1976-77), and Carol and Company, along with a small number of other Carol Burnett specials. There is also a small amount of photographs and printed ephemera for television work. Motion picture materials are comprised of photographs and scrapbooks from a small number of projects, including Annie and The Wedding. There is also a small amount of printed ephemera and photographs from stage and live appearances. Additionally there is a small number of clippings, artwork, and awards and certificates related to various events in Burnett's career.

    Organization and Arrangement

    Arranged in the following series:
    • Series 1. Motion Picture Projects
    • Series 2. Stage and Live Performance Projects
    • Series 3. Television Projects
    • Series 4. Artwork
    • Series 5. Awards and Certificates (boxes 7-8)
    • Series 6. Photographs (box 9)
    • Series 7. Press Clippings (boxes 2, 8)
    • Series 8. Scrapbooks (box 6)

    Indexing Terms

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


    Burnett, Carol--Archives.
    Actresses--United States--Archival resources.

    Genres and Forms of Material


    • Nat Faber Collection of Television Show Music Arrangements (Collection 33). Available at Music Library Special Collections, UCLA.
    • Arnold Rosen Collection of Carol Burnett Show Script Materials (Collection 67). Available at Arts Library Special Collections, UCLA.
    • Carol Burnett Collection (Collection 165). Available at Music Library Special Collections, UCLA.