Papers of a journalist and writer of short stories, novels, screenplays, and teleplays. Included are scripts primarily relating to his television work, non-theatrical writings, and correspondence. Although Katkov has written for many dramatic television series, most of these programs are represented only by scripts for single episodes. Larger files are present, however, for Ben Casey (ABC), 87th Precinct (NBC), The Loner (CBS), Maya (NBC), The Outlaws (NBC), Slattery's People (CBS), The Virginian (NBC), and Wanted: Dead or Alive (CBS).
Screenplays consist almost entirely of outlines and proposals for unproduced works, the exceptions to this being multiple script drafts for It Happened to Jane (Col., 1959) and Strangers When We Meet (Col., 1960). Non-theatrical writings include a manuscript and related materials for The Fabulous Fanny (1953), Katkov's biography of Fanny Brice; multiple drafts of the novel Eric Mattson (1964); and short stories and columns for the New York World-Telegram and the North American Newspaper Alliance. There are also four boxes of biographical materials and informative correspondence made up of both incoming and outgoing letters about personal and business matters.
Presented by Norman Katkov, Los Angeles, California, 1969.