The George McFadden Costume and Set Design Clippings Collection consists of clippings; magazine covers; newspapers; postcards; photographs and other materials which served as inspirations for his design career. Much of the collection dates from his time as a theater set and costume designer in the 1930s and 1940s. The collection also contains material from his work as a store window display designer.
The Phil Leslie Script Collection consists of unbound scripts written by Phil Leslie, the bulk of which are from the radio show Fibber McGee and Molly that aired from 1935-1956 on WMAQ/Chicago and then on the NBC Monitor until 1959. There are also some bound scripts from the earlier show Smackout, which also featured Jim and Marian Jordan. It also consists of unbound scripts of the television show Dennis the Menace. This show ran on CBS from 1959 until 1963. There are unbound scripts from other shows that Phil Leslie wrote for, including thirteen radio programs and twenty-five television series, as well as unbound scripts for unproduced episodes and/or unsold pilots. Included are ideas for sketches and jokes, proposed storylines, series and episode outlines as well as rough, revised and final drafts of scripts.
The Prix Italia Scripts Collection consists of over four hundred radio and television scripts and program notes which were submitted for the Prix Italia, one of the most prestigious International media awards, along with submission lists and Prix Italia festival schedules.
Writer, comedian, producer Bill Dana donated his papers to Emerson College in 2005. This collection consists chiefly of annotated working scripts for "The Bill Dana Show" which Dana produced, wrote and starred in, and working scripts and related production materials for "The Steve Allen Show" in which Dana appeared with Steve Allen, Louis Nye, Pat Harrington, Tom Poston, and Don Knotts, and for which Dana was head writer and performer. Also includes letters, photographs, newspaper clippings spanning his career, and manuscripts spanning 1940s-2000s. There are also scrapbooks, and an LP collection of much of his recorded work.
The Larry Mintz collection is a collection of materials related to the history, development and science of comedy. Collection includes newspaper and journal articles, books, audiocassettes, and videotapes. Most of these materials are in relation to the classes he taught at the University of Maryland.
The Helen Shea collection contains photographs, costumes, musical scores, original writings, correspondence, biographical and genealogical information, clippings, and other materials related to the life and stage career of Helen Shea, a dancer in the Ziegfeld Follies in the 1920s and 30s. Much of the material relates to Shea's original one-act dance, Leda and the Swan, and her attempts to maintain her rights as the copyright holder for Leda and the Swan and other pieces.
The Warren Debenham Comedy Sound Collection documents American comedy from the early 1930s through 2006 and consists of long playing albums and compact discs of live performances, spoken word recordings, musical theater, and film soundtracks. In addition to recordings of individual comics, the collection also contains compilations of various comedians as well as compilations of radio series that were broadcasted during the early 1930s through the mid 1950s. Among the comics whose work is included in the collection are Abbott and Costello, Red Skelton, Lenny Bruce, George Carlin, Steve Martin, Adam Sandler, Gilda Radner, Pauly Shore, and Richard Pryor. The comedy of Belle Barth, LaWanda Page, Spike Jones, Steve Allen, Sandra Bernhard, and Redd Foxx is also included. Subjects cover such topics as politics, relationships, religion, parenting, adolescence, current events, and celebrity and popular culture. Genres include adult entertainment, satire, political, comedy songs and humorous ... Read More
The Norman Lear Script Collection contains scripts written by various authors, most of them related to Norman Lear's production companies, Tandem and T.A.T. Productions. The Bulk of the Collection consists of 205 scripts from the show Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, which aired between January 1976 and May 1977. As well as 61 scripts from the show America 2-Night which aired in 1978. Most scripts are final edits, and also included are alternate scripts for the some episodes and a press kit for Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman.
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