Western Teleplays Collection
Scope and Contents
Series I, Bat Masterson contains 138 scripts from 1958-1961. They have been organized by episode number which ranges from 1B through 107B. More than a dozen episodes are represented by multiple drafts, but there are no scripts present for episodes 35B, 72B, 74B or 95B. The scripts for nearly every episode contain revised pages (which typically include the date of their revision), and many of the scripts are heavily annotated "cutting scripts" which reflect the final editing of the episode before it was broadcast.
Series II, Gunsmoke , consists of seventeen scripts from 1966-1975. The bulk of the scripts are dated between July 1973 and February 1975. As the Gunsmoke scripts do not include an episode number, they have been organized by date of last noted revision.
Series III, Little House on the Prairie , contains scripts for thirty-eight episodes from 1974-1982. The first thirty-three scripts are arranged by episode numbers. The earliest numbered episode is #3 which is dated July 8, 1974. The bulk of the series falls between episode #59 (April 30, 1976) and episode #200 (January 7, 1982). Five unnumbered and undated scripts for Little House on the Prairie episodes are arranged alphabetically by title after the numbered episodes.
The box and folder list which follows includes the title of each episode (including earlier versions where so indicated on the script), the date of the final noted revisions for each script, the kind of script represented (e.g. draft, revised draft, cutting, etc.), and the names of any writers, directors, and producers that were identified in the script.
Conditions Governing Access
Conditions Governing Use
Immediate Source of Acquisition
March 2019 Acquisition: purchased from Royal Books on the Frederick W. and Carrie S. Beinecke Fund for Western Americana, 2019.
8.25 Linear Feet (17 boxes)
Language of Materials
A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog
- Guide to the Western Teleplays Collection
- Under Revision
- by George Miles
- July 1994
- Description rules
- Beinecke Manuscript Unit Archival Processing Manual
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.
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