Rod Serling Papers, 1943-1971

Summary Information

Title: Rod Serling Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1943-1971

  • Serling, Rod, 1924-1975
Call Number: U.S. Mss 43AN; SC 1053; Tape 318A; Micro 1010; AB 855; WCFTR Lot A87; WCFTR Lot A88

Quantity: 32.0 c.f. (80 archives boxes and 1 folder), 1 reel of microfilm (35mm), 2 tape recordings, 1 film, and 15 photographs

Wisconsin Historical Society Archives / Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research
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Archival Locations:
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Papers of Rod Serling, a television and motion picture writer best known for his tales of the supernatural. Included are correspondence, scripts, speeches and articles, reports, press releases, and clippings. Half of the collection consists of files on his produced and unproduced writings for television, motion pictures, radio, and the theater. Coverage of Twilight Zone (CBS), for which Serling was also executive producer, and anthologies such as Armstrong Circle Theatre (NBC), Bob Hope's Chrysler Theatre (NBC), Climax (CBS), Kraft Television Theatre (NBC), Lux Video Theatre (NBC), Playhouse 90 (CBS), Studio One (CBS), and United States Steel Hour (CBS) is most complete. Particularly noteworthy in the Playhouse 90 files are revisions of his Emmy Award-winning teleplays “A Town Has Turned to Dust” and “Requiem for a Heavyweight.” With the motion picture material is Serling's screenplay for the 1962 Columbia film version of the latter work. Among the other motion pictures represented are Planet of the Apes (20th Century-Fox, 1968) and Seven Days in May (Paramount, 1964). The remainder of the collection is made up of subject files and correspondence. The range of topics varies from discussions of Serling's practice of the writer's craft to marketing of his ideas and scripts, production difficulties (primarily censorship and violence on the air), his teaching and public speaking, financial records, and fan mail.

Language: English

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