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Papers, 1945-1969

Davidson, David, 1908-1985

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  • Format Mixed Materials; Sound Recordings
  • Physical Details
    • 9.6 c.f. (24 archives boxes) and
    • 6 disc recordings
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  • Papers of a novelist and writer for motion pictures and television. Davidson's career as a dramatist began during the era of live television drama, and the collection includes correspondence, notes, and scripts for anthologies such as Alcoa Hour (NBC), Armstrong Circle Theatre (CBS and NBC), Elgin Hour (ABC), Ford Theatre (NBC), Kraft Television Theatre (NBC), Motorola TV Hour (ABC), Playhouse 90 (CBS), Studio One (CBS), and United States Steel Hour (CBS), and for such later series as The Defenders (ABC), FDR (ABC), and Saints and Sinners (NBC). Of particular interest are the materials on The Ship That Wouldn't Die: The USS Franklin, an NBC special for which Davidson won a Screen Writers Guild award in 1970, and his resumes of the writing and production of each teleplay.
  • Correspondence, research material, notes, and scripts pertain to a number of documentary films; of special interest here are five films written for the U.S.I.A. on such topics as the Warren Commission and the Vietnam War. Also included are typescripts of three novels based on his post-war experiences with the Office of Inter-American Affairs in Germany, Great Britain, and Latin America and scripts and research materials on "We Have Landed on the Moon," a recorded history of the U.S. space program.


  • Presented by David Davidson, New York, N.Y., 1962-1966.
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