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Finding Aid for the Rod Serling papers, 1945-1969
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Rod Serling papers
    Date (inclusive): 1945-1969
    Collection number: 1035
    Creator: Serling, Rod, 1924-
    Extent: 23 boxes (11.5 linear ft.)
    Abstract: Rodman Edward Serling (1924-1975) wrote teleplays, screenplays, and many of the scripts for The Twilight Zone (1959-65). He also won 6 Emmy awards. The collection consists of scripts for films and television, including scripts for Serling's television program, The Twilight Zone. Also includes correspondence and business records primarily from 1966-1968.
    Language: Finding aid is written in English.
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of 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, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Portions of this collection are restricted and require donor permission for access.
    Papers cannot be photocopied except with donor permission.
    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library, Department of 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 of Rod Serling, 1968, 1969.
    Gift of Carol Serling, 2009.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Rod Serling papers (Collection Number 1035). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

    Biography

    Rodman Edward Serling was born December 25, 1924 in Syracuse, New York; served as paratrooper in 11th Airborne Division during World War II; discharged as a result of a shrapnel wound, 1946; attended Antioch College and began writing, directing, and acting in local radio plays; sold first television script in 1949; married wife Carol in 1948 and had two daughters; moved to Hollywood to write teleplays in mid-1950s; won 6 Emmy awards with scripts for Patterns, Requiem for a Heavyweight, and The Comedian, among others; was the first writer to be president of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences; wrote many of the scripts for The Twilight Zone (1959-65), and served as its on-air host; wrote several screenplays, including Planet of the Apes and Seven Days in May; died June 28, 1975, after undergoing open-heart surgery.

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of scripts for films and television as well as scripts and publications relating to Serling's television program, The Twilight Zone. Also includes correspondence and business records primarily from 1966-1968.

    Organization and Arrangement

    Arranged in the following series:
    1. Television, film, and radio scripts ( Boxes 1-7, 15-17, 21-22).
    2. Twilight Zone Scripts (Boxes 8-9, 18).
    3. Twilight Zone Publications (18-20).
    4. Contracts and agreements (Boxes 7, 23).
    5. Correspondence (Boxes 10-14).

    Indexing Terms

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

    Subjects

    Serling, Rod, 1924- --Archives.
    Twilight Zone (Television program).
    Television writers--United States--Archival resources.
    Screenwriters--United States--Archival resources.

    Genres and Forms of Material

    Television plays.
    Film scripts.