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Papers, 1949-1981

Spies, Adrian, 1920-1998

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  • Format Mixed Materials; Videos, Slides, Films
  • Physical Details
    • 10.8 c.f. (27 archives boxes) and
    • 4 reels of film; plus
    • additions of 1.0 c.f
  • Finding Aids
    • Register to the processed portion


  • Papers of a writer for television and film, consisting of notes, synopses, scripts, scene breakdowns, correspondence, clippings, and miscellaneous writings. The majority of the collection focuses on his television and motion picture work and includes television programs such as Climax (CBS), Desilu Playhouse (CBS), Dr. Kildare (NBC), Robert Montgomery Presents (NBC), Studio One (CBS), The Walter Winchell File (ABC), The Bold Ones (NBC), Felony Squad (ABC), A Man Called Shenandoah (ABC), and Star Trek (NBC); and motion pictures such as Dark of the Sun and Guns for San Sebastian. Also included are many outlines and pilot scripts for other series. A file dealing with the Star Trek series includes several memoranda from Gene Roddenberry, the series creator, which offer general guidelines for writers who authored early scripts and which discuss topics such as the personalities of the running characters, sets, technological devices of the future, and storylines. The films are recordings of his award-winning teleplays "Edge of Truth" for Studio One and "Island in the City" for Climax.


  • The films in this collection also are cataloged individually.
  • Presented and placed on deposit by Adrian Spies, Beverly Hills, California, 1965-1969.
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