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Finding Aid for the Irwin Allen Papers, 1964-1975
PASC 18  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography
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  • Scope and Content
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Irwin Allen Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1964-1975
    Collection number: PASC 18
    Origination: Allen, Irwin
    Extent: 133 boxes (47 linear ft.)
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. UCLA Library Special Collections
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Shelf location: Held at SRLF. Please contact the Performing UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Access

    Advance notice required for access.

    Restrictions on Use

    Copyright has not been assigned to the Performing UCLA Library Special Collections, UCLA. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the UCLA Library Special Collections Librarian. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the UCLA Library Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

    Preferred Citation

    Irwin Allen Papers, 1964-1975. (Collection number PASC 18). UCLA Library Special Collections, Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.


    Irwin was born June 12, 1916 in NY City; educated Columbia Univ., CCNY; editor, Key Magazine, Hollywood; radio director and producer for 11 years; radio and literary director of his own advertising agency before turning to film production in the early 50s; creator and producer of numerous television programs including, "Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea," "Lost In Space," "Land Of The Giant," "The Time Tunnel," and "Swiss Family Robinson"; produced "The Poseidon Adventure" and "The Towering Inferno," ca. 1970s; died 1991.


    Arranged in the following series:
    1. Animal world
    2. Land of the Giants
    3. Lost in Space
    4. Swiss Family Robinson
    5. The Time Tunnel
    6. Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
    7. X-series unidentified

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of scripts and production material related to various television series produced by Irwin Allen. Each episode includes such documents as story idea, script supervisor's annotated script, various versions of the script, cast and set lists, shooting schedules, call sheets, daily production reports, budgets, director's and writer's agreements, correspondence, and original sketches. Series include "Animal World" (1956), "Land Of The Giants" (1967-70), "Lost In Space" (1965-68), "Swiss Family Robinson" (1975), "The Time Tunnel" (1966-67), and "Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea" (1964-68).

    Access Points

    Allen, Irwin, 1916---Archives
    Television producers and directors --California --Los Angeles --Archival resources.