Gilbert Cates papers, 1954-1982

Cates, Gilbert, 1934-2011
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  • Format Mixed Materials; Microforms; Videos, Slides, Films; Sound Recordings
  • Physical Details
    • 34.4 c.f. (76 archives boxes)
    • 33 reels of film
    • 1 videorecording
    • 2 reels of microfilm (35 mm), and
    • 85 tape recordings; plus
    • additions of 1.0 c.f. and
    • 1 tape recording
  • OCLC ocn173704730
  • Finding Aids
    • Register to the processed portion


  • Papers of a producer-director who works in motion pictures, theater, and television. Present in varying quantities are diverse materials on production, distribution, promotion, and financing such as scripts, correspondence, fan mail, set designs, financial reports, and films. Motion picture files include material on an award-winning short subject, and on the feature-length films "I Never Sang for My Father" (Col., 1970), "Oh God, Book II" (Warner Bros., 1980), "Rings Around the World" (Col., 1966), and others. Television files include material on quiz shows, pilots, specials, and series. Most notable are the holdings on "After the Fall" (NBC), "Camouflage" (ABC), "Electric Showcase" (ABC), "Picture This" (CBS), and "To All My Friends on Shore" (CBS). Other files of scripts and correspondence pertain to Broadway productions including "I Never Sang for My Father" (1968), "You Know I Can't Hear You When the Water's Running" (1967), and other less successful productions.
  • The processed portion is summarized above and is described in the register. Additional accessions date 1974 and are described below.


  • The films in this collection also are being cataloged individually.
  • Portions available only on microfilm.
  • Portions presented by Gilbert Cates, Los Angeles, California, 1969, and portions placed on deposit, 1970-1982.
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