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Finding Aid to the John Dunkel Scripts and Papers MSA.37
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Box 14, 27

Administrative papers, 1953-1988

Scope and contents

This series includes folders of general correspondence, correspondence with the National Endowment for the Humanities regarding the Origin of the Crown Dance script, correspondence with the UCLA Radio Archives, and correspondence regarding Gunsmoke. This series also includes a folder of correspondence and contracts with agents Candida Donadio and the firm Adams, Ray & Rosenberg. This series also contains financial records and writing credits on file with the Writers Guild of America.
Box 14, 27

Correspondence, 1953-1988

Box 27

Finances, 1969-1985

Box 27

Writing credits, 1986

Box 1-18, 24-40

Manuscripts, 1955-1985

Scope and contents

The Manuscripts series of the John Dunkel Scripts and Papers makes up the bulk of the materials in this archive. It includes television scripts for shows such as Broken Arrow, Gunsmoke, The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp, Rawhide, The Rifleman, The Virginian, Western Marshall, and many others. The television script folders may include a script or story idea, notes, correspondence relating to the script, and a finished draft, when possible. The Manuscript series also includes scripts for pilots and other television projects, screenplay and story ideas, short stories, drafts and notes for a Navajo book project, book reviews, an article “Radio and television, Westerns on” for the Readers Encyclopedia of the American West, a symposium talk, poems, and research files for scripts, stories, pitches, and a documentary film idea.
Box 1-18, 24-40

Screenplays, 1945-1983

Box 14, 16-18, 25-28

Literature, 1938-1983

Box 17-18, 25-27

Other manuscripts, 1956-1981

Box 27-28, 40-43, Oversize Folder and roll

Memorabilia, 1945-1979

Scope and contents

The Memorabilia series includes artwork, reel-to-reel audio tapes, magazine and newspaper clippings, photographs, plaques, and a poster. The reel-to-reel tapes include a radio program entitled “The Story of Gunsmoke” originally broadcast on WAMU-FM, Washington, D.C., April 25, 1976. The plaques were awarded to John Dunkel by the Writers Guild of America for the 1956 “Ghost Face” episode of Broken Arrow, the 1959 “Incident of the Dry Drive” episode of Rawhide, the 1959 “Day of the Hunter” episode of The Rifleman, and the 1961 “Incident of the Buffalo Soldier” episode of Rawhide.
Oversize Folder and roll

Artwork, 1960-1974

Box 41

Audio tapes, 1956-1976

Box 27, 40, 42

Clippings, 1945-1979

Box 28, 40, 42

Photographs, undated

Box 42-43

Plaques, 1956-1961