Series III: Scripts, 1919-1996
Scope and Contents
The radio scripts, for the most part, were written for Theatre Guild on the Air, which was broadcast from 1945 until 1953, and sponsored by the United States Steel Corporation. Scripts for a particular broadcast may include those marked as drafts, for rehearsals, and “as broadcast.” Many of the scripts were adapted from stage plays by the original playwright or by an adapter. Additional scripts within this subseries include those written for the BBC Saturday Night Theatre, the Philco Radio Hall of Fame, and the World War II-era Writer’s War Board Scripts for Soldiers and Sailors.
The majority of television scripts represent programs created for the Theatre Guild’s television series, The United States Steel Hour (1953-1963). Many of the scripts were developed specifically for television, although a number of adapted stage plays were produced. Scripts for each title may include typescript, rehearsal, and/or “as telecast” versions. The subseries also includes a small number of scripts produced for broadcasts other than The United States Steel Hour.
Conditions Governing Access
Boxes 1267-1269, 1289-1292, 1303, 1319, and 1328-1333 are restricted pending preservation treatment.
Boxes 1483-1490 (audiovisual materials): Restricted fragile. Reference copies may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.
Art 1570-1572, 1599: Restricted fragile. For further information consult the appropriate curator.
Box 1597: Restricted fragile. Reference surrogates have been substituted in the main files. For further information consult the appropriate curator.
Broadside 1598: Restricted fragile. For further information consult the appropriate curator.
124.49 Linear Feet (299 boxes)
Language of Materials
From the Collection: English
- From the Collection: Theatre Guild
- From the Collection: Helburn, Theresa, 1887-1959
- From the Collection: Langner, Lawrence, 1890-1962
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