Papers of Hal Kanter (1918- ), a writer-producer-director of numerous television comedies. Included are scripts, correspondence and fan mail, contracts, production files, and ratings. Among the best represented series which Kanter created, wrote, produced, or directed are All in the Family (CBS), Bob Hope's Chrysler Theatre (NBC), Chico and the Man (NBC), George Gobel Show (NBC), Jimmy Stewart Show (NBC), Julia (NBC), Valentine's Day (ABC), and numerous specials and Academy Award presentations. Writings for other media include correspondence, drafts, and promotion for his novel Snake in the Glass (1971); scripts for radio programs such as ABC's Beulah Show; and scripts for The Children's Hour (UA, 1962), Let's Make Love (20th Century-Fox, 1960), Once Upon a Horse (Universal, 1958), Pocketful of Miracles (Para., 1961), and eight other motion pictures.
Also present are general correspondence and files on various professional organizations and committees of the Democratic Party. Of special interest are Kanter's scripts for Democratic telethons, 1972-1974, and materials on campaign groups supporting Eugene J. McCarthy and George S. McGovern.
Also included are cartoons drawn and collected by Kanter. The subjects covered by Kanter's cartoons include the military, crime, and people in hard luck situations. Also included are two cartoons drawn by John A. Ruge.
Portions presented and portions placed on deposit by Hal Kanter, Encino, California, 1972 and 1977.