TV HALL OF FAME™
Guests at the TV Hall of Fame™ will travel through a decade-by-decade journey through a TV land that allows them to explore the social impact of television programming and the reciprocal influence of American TV and popular culture.
The TV Hall of Fame™, with its 125,000 original, annotated scripts, is undoubtedly the definitive library of American radio and television scripts and related material. Our mission statement is simple yet lofty: To have an original script (or rundown, including all revisions) from every written episode of every television and radio production from the beginnings of broadcasting in the 1920's through to the current popular shows of today - basically, to accumulate a comprehensive history of the two media for the first eighty-five years of their existence.
Unfortunately, historians have often considered broadcasting a by-product of the film industry, and we are aware of no institution that has endeavored to do what we are doing. There are some fine libraries with film script inventories (most notably at USC and UCLA) and even other libraries that have carefully selected television and radio scripts. Yet, there is no focused effort anywhere to accumulate a complete television and radio script archive. Even the Museum of Television and Radio is more concerned with preserving video and recorded copies of shows rather than the source material that we seek. It is our desire to archive the paper treasures that were part of the creation of our shared television and radio memories, and to celebrate the important achievements of broadcasting's pioneers. As a national library, TV Hall of Fame™ stands alone in its commitment and resources to do just that.
Over 4000 series totaling more than 125,000 scripts are represented in the archive - literally millions of pages of television and radio writing. We have obtained scripts from artists working in every field of the industry including Producers, Directors, Writers, Actors, Special Effects men and women...even past Presidents of the Writer's Guild. Featured are such diverse highlights as creator Buddy Arnold's scripts from The Texaco Star Theatre (aka The Milton Berle Show); Johnny Carson's scripts from The Tonight Show; Robert Keeshan's scripts from Captain Kangaroo; and head-writer Al Schwartz's incredible World War II era radio scripts from The Bob Hope Show. It is our intention that this library become the most important place for the serious study of television and radio. It is an amazing resource it is!
The American Radio and Television Script Library, which Fuller French owns, is the world’s most formidable repository of original and vintage scripts from radio and early television through to the present day (the golden age of radio was the 1920’s through the 1950’s and commercial TV began in the 1940’s). Some of the highlights include the scripts from DuMont’s Cavalcade of Stars which includes the origination of The Honeymooners; show creator Jess Oppenheimer’s annotated scripts from I Love Lucy; scripts from M*A*S*H, Cheers, All in the Family, Laugh In, Seinfeld, CSI, Law & Order, Friends, The Sopranos, Mad Men...the list goes on. Over 4200 series from every genre are represented in the collection that currently houses over 125,000 volumes, most of which were previously owned and annotated by the very actors, writers and artisans that pioneered the television medium. It is a comprehensive research library and it will anchor the premiere institution dedicated to the study of television.
Reading about TV in a book is one thing, but seeing firsthand stained script pages written at three o’clock in the morning in a crowded writer’s office featuring Lucille Ball’s hand-written scribbles is something else entirely. On these pages, history was made, a medium was born, and the ideals of Americans were transmitted all over the world.