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Finding Aid for the Ernie Kovacs Papers, 1940-1962
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Ernie Kovacs Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1940-1962
    Collection number: 1105
    Creator: Kovacs, Ernie, 1919-1962
    Extent: 71 boxes (35.5 linear ft.) 33 oversize boxes
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Abstract: Ernie Kovacs (1919-1962) was one of the leading innovators of comedy in television. He also published a novel and acted in movies. The collection consists of Profuselies cartoons, scripts, recordings of Kovacs' television shows, manuscripts of his novel, Zoomar, as well as personal papers, contracts, financial papers, and scrapbooks.
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Copyright has not been assigned to the Department of Special Collections, UCLA. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Manuscripts Librarian. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Department of Special Collections as the owner of the physica1 items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.
    Papers cannot be copied except with the permission of Edie Adams.

    Restrictions on Access

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

    Additional Physical Form Available

    A copy of the original version of this online finding aid is available at the UCLA Department of Special Collections for in-house consultation and may be obtained for a fee. Please contact:
    • Public Services Division
    • UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections
    • Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
    • Box 951575
    • Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
    • Telephone: 310/825-4988 (10:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m., Pacific Time)
    • Email: spec-coll@library.ucla.edu

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Edie Adams, 1968-92.

    Preferred Citation

    Identification of item], Ernie Kovacs Papers (Collection 1105). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 1973024 


    Kovacs was born in Trenton, New Jersey, on January 23, 1919; acted in stock companies and wrote for The Trentonian; was a disc jockey and special-events announcer for Trenton's radio station WTTM; began his television career at Philadelphia's WPTZ in 1950 and was one of the leading innovators of comedy in the new medium; his first network television program was It's Time for Ernie (1951); continued to work on radio while doing television; wrote all of his own material; married singer Edie Adams in 1954, and she frequently starred in his television shows; won 3 Emmy awards during 1956-1957 season; published a novel, Zoomar, in 1957; began his film career with Operation Mad Ball (1957); during 1961-1962, he concentrated most of his efforts on his monthly television specials; died in an auto accident in Beverly Hills, California, in 1962.

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of Profuselies cartoons, scripts, and recordings of Kovacs' television shows. Also includes manuscripts of his novel, Zoomar, as well as personal papers, contracts, financial papers, and scrapbooks.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Kovacs, Ernie, 1919-1962--Archives.
    Comedians--United States--Archival resources.
    Television actors and actresses--United States--Archival resources.