All In The Family mss., 1977-1978

Papers of Norman Lear, 1977-1978, at the Lilly Library, Indiana University

Finding aid created by Mary McSparran

Creator: Lear, Norman, 1922-
Title: All In The Family mss.
Collection No.: LMC 1012
Dates: 1977-1978

Quantity: 2 Linear Feet

Quantity: 2 boxes

Abstract: The All in the Family mss., 1977-1978, consists of drafts of scripts for ten episodes of the television series All in the Family , produced by Norman Lear, 1922-.
Location: Lilly - Stacks
Language: English .
Repository: Lilly Library
1200 E. Seventh St.
Bloomington, Indiana 47405-5500
Business Number: 812-855-2452

Biographical Note

Norman Lear, 1922-, was born in New Haven, Connecticut. Before he entered the film industry, he briefly attended Emerson College, then joined the US Army Air Force to serve during World War II. After the war, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue a media career. After working as a comedy television writer in the fifties and sixties, Lear began directing writing and directing films such as a Divorce American Style (1967) and Cold Turkey (1971). He shot a few pilot episodes for a sitcom, which eventually aired in 1971 as All in the Family (1971-1979) on CBS. All in the Family told the story of a working class family, starring Carroll O'Connor as Archie Bunker, a World War II veteran and blue-collar worker. The show addressed contemporary social issues such as racism, sexuality, war, and women's health. It won several Emmy awards throughout the 1970s. The show ran for nine seasons and sparked a spin-off sitcom called Archie Bunker's Place . Lear went on to direct the series Steptoe and Son (1962-1974). He was also involved in social advocacy movements and founded the progressive group People for the American Way in 1980.

Scope and Contents

This collection contains material related to a white supremacist hate group.

The All in the family mss., 1977-1978, primarily consists of drafts of scripts for ten episodes of the television series All in the Family , produced by Norman Lear. The ten episodes are: "Archie Gets the Business, Part Two"; "Edith's Fiftieth Birthday, Parts One and Two"; "Archie's Grand Opening"; "Archie and the Ku Klux Klan"; "The Commercial"; "Aunt Iola's Visit"; "Mike's New Job"; "The Dinner Guest"; and "The Stivics Go West." There are also research materials and story conference notes for the "Edith's Fiftieth Birthday" episodes and story conference notes for "Archie and the Ku Klux Klan."


This collection is arranged following original order.


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Preferred Citation

[Item], All In The Family mss., Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchase: 1981

Collection Inventory

box 1
Archie Gets the Business - part 2
box 1
Edith's Fiftieth Birthday - part 1
box 1
Edith's Fiftieth Birthday - part 2
box 1
Archie's Grand Opening
box 2
Archie and the Ku Klux Klan - part 2 -notes
box 2
The Commercial - Drafts, f.2.
box 2
Aunt Iola's Visit - Drafts, f.1
box 2
Aunt Iola's Visit - Drafts, f. 2
box 2
Mike's New Job
box 2
The Dinner Guest
box 2
The Stivics Go West