Scope and arrangement
The Lucille Kallen Papers consists of correspondence, personal papers, financial papers, scripts, book drafts, publication materials, clippings, scrapbooks, and some photographs. Much of the materials contained here concerns Lucille Kallen’s professional life as a writer of radio, theater, and television, and novels; however, there is some personal correspondence and personal papers included within the collection.
The materials give insight into Lucille Kallen’s place within the history of the development of American television and comedy forms as well as into the process of working writers. Materials include original scripts for 1949s Admiral Broadway Review, 1950s Your Show of Shows, and 1960s Bell Telephone Hour, among others, as well as original contracts, programs, photographs, and clippings. Many of the scripts and textual materials are annotated. The book drafts especially, depict Kallen’s writing process of handwriting her text on yellow legal pads and then leaving the transcription and typing to a hired typist. She also edited her texts by hand.
The Lucille Kallen papers are arranged in twelve series:
- 1946-19991.5 boxes
This series contains personal and professional correspondence from Kallen’s friends, fans, and business associates. It references all stages of her career from her beginnings in radio to her published novels. Notable correspondents include Imogene Coca, and Mel Tolkin. In the 1980s, Kallen frequently corresponded with Captain Bill Trefny of the Sanibel Island Police in reference to C. B. Greenfield: The Piano Bird and Lt. Colonel Myron Donald, USAF in reference to C. B. Greenfield: A Little Madness. These reference correspondents appeared to grow into lasting friendships. Several folders contain fan mail regarding her various publications. Most correspondence referencing specific projects is filed with the appropriate projects. Some folders contain correspondence from Lucille Kallen.
- 1938-19991 box
This series contains materials concerning aspects of Lucille Kallen’s personal and business life that did not directly interact with her writing. Materials include contracts and correspondence with individual lawyers as well as financial statements and Kallen’s divorce papers. Similar materials directly relating to specific projects have been filed with those projects.
- 1945-19761.5 boxes
This series contains materials related to Lucille Kallen’s career in radio. It includes scripts and correspondence related to specific projects. Many scripts exist without documentation noting if they were ever produced.
- 1949-19878 boxes
This series contains materials related to Lucille Kallen’s career in television from her start with the Admiral Broadway Revue and Your Show of Shows to her work on The Bell Telephone Hour to her final television project, Dr. Joyce Brother’s Living Easy. Materials include scripts, correspondence, contracts and publicity materials related to specific projects. Correspondence and annotation often provides insight into the direction of the creation of the project. Not all of these projects were submitted or produced.
- 19770.5 box
This series contains materials related to Lucille Kallen’s adaptation of Norma Klein’s novel, Mom, the Wolfman, and Me. It also contains a script for a potential film to star Imogene Coca and Sid Caesar.
- 1937-19797.5 boxes
This series contains materials pertaining to Kallen’s involvement in various theatrical presentations. These include materials produced for the Tamiment Playhouse, Broadway and regional theaters.
- 1962-199719 boxes
In 1963, Lucille Kallen began a career as a published author. Her first short story, Tangled Web, was published in Co-ed magazine. Her first novel, Outside There Somewhere was published in 1964. Discouraged by the lack of publicity her novel received, Kallen did not write another novel until 1979s Introducing C. B. Greenfield. This mystery, the first of five Greenfield novels, was nominated for The American Book Award for 1979. The Greenfield novels were well received by fans and critics. During the 1990s, Kallen created numerous drafts of a never published novel, Sacred Bull. Her final novel, Fannie DeWitt was never completed. Kallen wrote her manuscripts longhand in pencil on lined paper and paid a typist to type her drafts. She kept the corrections and revisions that marked the evolution of her manuscripts from the original pages of notes to the edited printers copies.
- 1969-19861 box
This series contains articles, interviews, and speeches that Lucille Kallen contributed to between 1969-1999. It also contains written sketches that do not appear to correspond to specific projects or productions.
- 1982-19997 folders
This series contains clippings that Lucille Kallen kept which could not be filed with specific projects. This includes clippings that refer to the C. B. Greenfieldseries as a whole. Additional clippings concern projects of her various co-workers and friends.
- 1948-19901 box
This series contains photographs that were not contained in scrapbooks. Most are personal photos; however some concerning specific projects were filed here due to size considerations that did not allow for them to be filed with the project.
- 1939-19923 boxes
Lucille Kallen kept several scrapbooks. Most contained a combination of clippings, photographs, publicity material, and ephemera. The later scrapbooks were disassembled and arranged according to contents. The earliest scrapbooks were unable to be disassembled; instead, clippings were photocopied and filed with the pages in sequence. A reference scrapbook that contained only newspaper clippings was photocopied in entirety.
- 1961-19641 box and 1 folder
This series consists of two items: the film shooting script for the Chrysler Show-Go Round World’s Fair Show in 1964 and a 1961 title scroll that appears to be for The United States Steel Hour - Private Eye, Private Eye.