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Collection Number: 04486

Collection Title: Paul Nickell Papers, 1948-1994, (bulk 1948-1969)

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Size 3.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 100 items)
Abstract Paul Nickell (28 December 1915-17 May 2000), worked as a director of early television dramas from 1948-1968. Nickell left television in 1968 to join the Department of Radio, Television and Motion Pictures at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he taught until his retirement in 1981. The collection contains television scripts annotated by Nickell over the course of his career as a director, scripts annotated for student productions, scripts sent to Nickell, mentions of Nickell in printed media, and motion picture film prints of television dramas directed by Nickell.
Creator Nickell, Paul.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
Use of film materials may require production of viewing copies.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Paul Nickell papers #4486, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from John Paul Nickell of Raleigh, North Carolina, in June 1987 (Acc. 87051) and June 2013 (Acc. 101798).
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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This collection chiefly contains television scripts, circa 1948-1968, annotated by Paul Nickell in the course of his career as a director of early television dramas. Additional materials include scripts from student productions during his time as a faculty member of the Department of Radio, Television and Motion Pictures at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, from 1968-1981, nonannotated scripts sent to him, mentions of Nickell's work in several printed media sources, and motion picture film prints of television dramas directed by Paul Nickell.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Annotated Television Scripts, 1949-1969, undated.

About 60 items

Arrangement: Chiefly arranged by date. Scripts for student productions are listed after undated professional productions.

Annotated television scripts, including professional and student productions.

Folder 1

"The Storm," 7 November 1948 #04486, Series: "1. Annotated Television Scripts, 1949-1969, undated." Folder 1

Folder 2

"The Storm," Sample Adaptation, 1949 #04486, Series: "1. Annotated Television Scripts, 1949-1969, undated." Folder 2

Folder 3

"The Dybbuk," 1 June 1949 #04486, Series: "1. Annotated Television Scripts, 1949-1969, undated." Folder 3

Folder 4

"Battleship Bismarck," 24 October 1949 #04486, Series: "1. Annotated Television Scripts, 1949-1969, undated." Folder 4

Folder 5-6

Folder 5

Folder 6

"Wuthering Heights," 1950 #04486, Series: "1. Annotated Television Scripts, 1949-1969, undated." Folder 5-6

Folder 7-8

Folder 7

Folder 8

"Coriolanus," 11 June 1951 #04486, Series: "1. Annotated Television Scripts, 1949-1969, undated." Folder 7-8

Folder 9

"The Deep Dark," 28 April 1952 #04486, Series: "1. Annotated Television Scripts, 1949-1969, undated." Folder 9

Folder 10

"I am Jonathan Scrivener," 1952 #04486, Series: "1. Annotated Television Scripts, 1949-1969, undated." Folder 10

Folder 11

"The Battler" Radio Workship of Ford Foundation Omnibus, 11 October 1953 #04486, Series: "1. Annotated Television Scripts, 1949-1969, undated." Folder 11

Folder 12

"1984," 1953 #04486, Series: "1. Annotated Television Scripts, 1949-1969, undated." Folder 12

Folder 13-14

Folder 13

Folder 14

"Cardinal Mindszenty, " 3 May 1954 #04486, Series: "1. Annotated Television Scripts, 1949-1969, undated." Folder 13-14

Folder 15

"The Death and Life of Larry Benson," 31 May 1954 #04486, Series: "1. Annotated Television Scripts, 1949-1969, undated." Folder 15

Folder 16

"Night of January 16th," WRAL and Raleigh Little Theater, January 1955 #04486, Series: "1. Annotated Television Scripts, 1949-1969, undated." Folder 16

Folder 17-18

Folder 17

Folder 18

"Uncle Ed and Circumstance," 10 October 1955 #04486, Series: "1. Annotated Television Scripts, 1949-1969, undated." Folder 17-18

Folder 19

"Dino," Studio One, 2 January 1956 #04486, Series: "1. Annotated Television Scripts, 1949-1969, undated." Folder 19

Folder 20

"The Pilot," 8 October 1956 #04486, Series: "1. Annotated Television Scripts, 1949-1969, undated." Folder 20

Folder 21-22

Folder 21

Folder 22

Ford Star Jubilee, "Twentieth Century," 1956 #04486, Series: "1. Annotated Television Scripts, 1949-1969, undated." Folder 21-22

Folder 23

Studio One, "Climax!," etc., 1957-1960 #04486, Series: "1. Annotated Television Scripts, 1949-1969, undated." Folder 23

Folder 24

"A Delicate Affair," Studio One Summer Theatre, 28 July 1958 #04486, Series: "1. Annotated Television Scripts, 1949-1969, undated." Folder 24

Folder 25

"The Road to Reality," tape, 25 September 1960 #04486, Series: "1. Annotated Television Scripts, 1949-1969, undated." Folder 25

Folder 26

"The Road to Reality," Daytime Soap ABC, 31 March 1961 #04486, Series: "1. Annotated Television Scripts, 1949-1969, undated." Folder 26

Folder 27

The Play of the Week, "The Wingless Victory," Maxwell Anderson, April 1961 #04486, Series: "1. Annotated Television Scripts, 1949-1969, undated." Folder 27

Folder 28

"The Farmer's Daughter," 4 October 1963 #04486, Series: "1. Annotated Television Scripts, 1949-1969, undated." Folder 28

Folder 29

Purex Special, "Child Molester," June 1964 #04486, Series: "1. Annotated Television Scripts, 1949-1969, undated." Folder 29

Folder 30

Purex Special, "Just a Housewife," July 1964 #04486, Series: "1. Annotated Television Scripts, 1949-1969, undated." Folder 30

Folder 31

"The Boys in the Band," incomplete, undated #04486, Series: "1. Annotated Television Scripts, 1949-1969, undated." Folder 31

Folder 32

"God's Trombones," undated #04486, Series: "1. Annotated Television Scripts, 1949-1969, undated." Folder 32

Folder 33

"The Last Cruise," incomplete, undated #04486, Series: "1. Annotated Television Scripts, 1949-1969, undated." Folder 33

Folder 34

Student Departmental Production, "Cox and Box", 1969 #04486, Series: "1. Annotated Television Scripts, 1949-1969, undated." Folder 34

Folder 35

Student Departmental Production, "Candida" #04486, Series: "1. Annotated Television Scripts, 1949-1969, undated." Folder 35

Folder 36

Student Departmental Production, "Funeral Flowers for the Bride" #04486, Series: "1. Annotated Television Scripts, 1949-1969, undated." Folder 36

Folder 37

Student Departmental Production, "The Lion in Winter" #04486, Series: "1. Annotated Television Scripts, 1949-1969, undated." Folder 37

Folder 38

Student Departmental Production, "The Twelve-Pound Look" #04486, Series: "1. Annotated Television Scripts, 1949-1969, undated." Folder 38

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About 40 items

Papers and films compiled by Paul Nickell. Papers include additional scripts, chiefly not annotated, and materials related to Nickell's directorial and teaching work. Motion picture films consist of 16mm reference prints of television dramas directed by Paul Nickell, including episodes of the Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS) television series Ford Star Jubilee, Pursuit, and Studio One.

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 2.2 Motion Picture Films, 1955-1958 and undated.

8 items

Arrangement: Alphabetical.

Processing infromation: Titles compiled from original containers.

Film F-4486/1

Ford Star Jubilee: "A Bell Jar for Adano," 1956: reel 1 of 3 #04486, Subseries: "2.2 Motion Picture Films, 1955-1958 and undated." F-4486/1

16mm motion picture film

1200 feet

Film F-4486/2

Ford Star Jubilee: "A Bell Jar for Adano," 1956: reel 2 of 3 #04486, Subseries: "2.2 Motion Picture Films, 1955-1958 and undated." F-4486/2

16mm motion picture film

1200 feet

Film F-4486/3

Ford Star Jubilee: "A Bell Jar for Adano," 1956: reel 3 of 3 #04486, Subseries: "2.2 Motion Picture Films, 1955-1958 and undated." F-4486/3

16mm motion picture film

1200 feet

Film F-4486/4

Pursuit: "Tiger on a Bicycle," 1958: reel 1 of 2 #04486, Subseries: "2.2 Motion Picture Films, 1955-1958 and undated." F-4486/4

16mm motion picture film

1100 feet

Film F-4486/5

Pursuit: "Tiger on a Bicycle," 1958: reel 2 of 2 #04486, Subseries: "2.2 Motion Picture Films, 1955-1958 and undated." F-4486/5

16mm motion picture film

1200 feet

Film F-4486/6

Studio One: "Manhattan Duet," 1956: reel 1 of 2 #04486, Subseries: "2.2 Motion Picture Films, 1955-1958 and undated." F-4486/6

16mm motion picture film

1200 feet

Film F-4486/7

Studio One: "Manhattan Duet," 1956: reel 2 of 2 #04486, Subseries: "2.2 Motion Picture Films, 1955-1958 and undated." F-4486/7

16mm motion picture film

1200 feet

Film F-4486/8

Studio One: "The Broken Spur" part 2, 1955 #04486, Subseries: "2.2 Motion Picture Films, 1955-1958 and undated." F-4486/8

16mm motion picture film

1200 feet

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Processing Information

Processed by: Roslyn Holdzkom, July 1987

Encoded by: ByteManagers Inc., 2008

Updated by: Mary Oliva and Anne Wells, May 2017

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