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Archive Television Treasures

May 29, 2015 -
June 24, 2015

Read about this series in the Los Angeles Times.

UCLA Film & Television Archive continues its year-long 50th Anniversary commemoration with a curated selection of television treasures.  Television materials were among the first items to enter UCLA's moving image collections, and today UCLA Film & Television Archive holds one of the largest archival television collections in the U.S., with over 100,000 holdings documenting the entire course of American broadcast history, from the late 1940s to the present.  Embedded in this vast repository of 35mm prints, 16mm kinescopes and 2" video reels, are many rare, and, in some cases, unjustly forgotten titles, as well as popular programs and important landmarks of the medium.  Ranging from groundbreaking situation comedies to uncompromising social dramas, from variety to musical theater, and from vintage anthology programs to early iterations of the "reality" genre, these selections also include early glimpses of (then) newly emerging stars, such as Anne Bancroft, Robert Redford and Paul Newman, and provide high-profile showcases for beloved entertainers at the height of their fame, including Nat “King” Cole, Frank Sinatra and Dinah Shore.  Please join us for an extended look back at some of the most interesting, entertaining and illuminating television programs of the 20th century drawn from the Archive’s holdings.

Special thanks to: Dan Einstein, television archivist; Mark Quigley, manager, Research and Study Center—UCLA Film & Television Archive.