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Finding Aid for the Gene Roddenberry Star Trek Television Series Collection, 1966-1969
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  • Descriptive Summary
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Gene Roddenberry Star Trek Television Series Collection,
    Date (inclusive): 1966-1969
    Collection number: 62
    Origination: Roddenberry, Gene
    Extent: 41 boxes (18.0 linear ft.)
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Performing Arts Special Collections
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Shelf location: Held at SRLF. Please contact the Performing Arts 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 Arts Special Collections, UCLA. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Arts Special Collections Librarian. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Arts 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

    Gene Roddenberry Star Trek Television Series Collection, 1966-1969. (Collection 62). Arts Library Special Collections, Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.


    "Star Trek" debuted in 1966 and ran to 79 episodes; it started with low ratings, but the support of its audience and science fiction writers prevented its cancellation; the show was launched by Gene Roddenberry with a format similar to that of Wagon train, a weekly television program about pioneers traveling westward; over time Roddenberry and "Star Trek" acquired a following of loyal fans, known as "Trekkies"; "Star Trek" reruns in the late 1970s prompted the continued popularity of the series; Paramount pictures produced several "Star Trek" movies starring the original television series cast; Roddenberry created and became executive producer for another television series called "Star Trek : The Next Generation," which was set seventy-eight years after the final "Star Trek" episode.
    Eugene Wesley Roddenberry was born in El Paso, TX, Aug. 19, 1921; AA, Los Angeles City College, 1941; attended Univ. of CA, LA, Univ. of Miami, and Columbia Univ.; second lieutenant, US Army Air Forces, 1941-45; Pan American Airways, pilot, 1945-49; LA Police Dept., LA, CA 1949-53; started his career as television and motion picture creator, producer, and writer in 1953; president of Norway Production, Inc, (1962-); member of various professional organizations including the Writers Guild of America, West and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences; in addition to his television credits, he was involved with several "Star Trek" motion pictures; published "Star Trek : The Motion Picture" (1979), The making of "Star Trek : The Motion Picture" (1980), and "Star Trek : The First Twenty-Five Years" (1991); the recipient of numerous awards; died in LA, CA, Oct. 24, 1991.


    Arranged in the following series:
    1. Produced episodes
    2. Correspondence/general files
    3. Unproduced materials

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of material related to the television program, Star trek. Includes story outlines, treatments and various drafts of scripts, shooting schedules, cast lists, title sheets, photographic lists, budget reports, and memoranda.

    Access Points

    Roddenberry, Gene--Archives.
    Television producers and directors--Archival resources.
    Television writers--Archival resources.