Guide to the Arthur Peterson papers, 1940-1987

Arthur Peterson C0027


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George Mason University

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USA

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Descriptive Summary

Repository George Mason University. Special Collections and Archives.
Creator Arthur Peterson, 1912-1996
Title Arthur Peterson papers
Date 1940-1987
Physical Characteristics 12 linear feet (33 boxes)
Abstract Collection contains materials relating to Peterson's long acting career. Types of materials include scripts to his television, film, and stage roles, correspondence, and props used by Peterson.
Collection number C0027
Language English

Biographical Information

Arthur Peterson played character and supporting roles on stage, television, and feature films. On television, fans of the series Soap (1977-1981), a spoof on soap operas, may remember Peterson as the Major. Born in North Dakota, Peterson first obtained a degree in theater from the University of Minnesota before becoming a professional actor with the Federal Theater Project. Peterson made his media debut in 1936 with a regular role on the radio serial The Guiding Light. During WWII, Peterson fought within General Patton's third regiment. Upon his discharge, Peterson appeared in the ABC network's first situation comedy, That's O'Toole. Peterson's stage work included appearances in such plays as Inherit the Wind. His film credits include Return to Peyton Place (1961), Born Wild (1968), the television movie Rollercoaster (1977), and Just Pals (1982). Peterson spent 1981 to 1991 touring the country with his wife in a Pasadena Playhouse production of The Gin Game. When the play's long run ended, Peterson retired from acting. He passed away on October 31, 1996.

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Scope and Content

Collection contains materials relating to Peterson's long acting career. Types of materials include scripts to his television, film, and stage roles, correspondence, and props used by Peterson.

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Arrangement

This collection is arranged alphabetically by subject and production title.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Collection is open to research.

Use Restrictions

There are no restrictions.

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Related Material

Special Collections and Archives also holds many other theatre collections.

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Index Terms

Persons:

Peterson, Arthur, 1912-1996.

Subjects:

Situation comedies (Television programs)
Television programs--United States.
Theater--United States.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Arthur Peterson papers, Collection #C0027, Special Collections and Archives, George Mason University Libraries.

Acquisition Information

Collection donated by Lorraine Brown in 1992

Processing Information

Processed by Special Collections and Archives staff. EAD markup completed in March 2009 by Eron Ackerman and Jordan Patty.

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Contents List

Arthur Peterson Collection
Box Folder
1 1 Fergi Goes Inc., Film 1, Final Draft 5/18/77
3 Fergi Diversifies, Third Draft, Film 2 5/16/77
4 Soap, Retape], Part 1, [and Part 2], First Draft 10/1/76 - 3/31/77
5 Soap, Part One, Final Draft 2/19/77 - 4/2/77
6 Soap, Part Two, Final Draft 3/2/77
7 Soap, Episode 2, Second Draft 6/27/77
8 Soap, Episode 2, Final Draft 7/18/77
includes Rehearsal Schedule for this episode
9 Soap, Episode 3, First Draft 6/30/77
10 Soap, Episode 3, Final Draft 7/23/77
11 Soap, Episode 4, First Draft 7/8/77
12 Soap, Episode 5, Final Draft 8/8/77
Box Folder
2 1 Soap, Episode 6, First Draft 7/21/77
2 Soap, Episode 7, Final Draft 8/20/77
3 Soap, Episode 8, First Draft 8/22/77
4 Soap, Episode 8, Final Draft 8/27/77
5 Soap, Episode 10, First Draft 9/7/77 - 9/8/77
6 Soap, Episode 12, First Draft 9/28/77
7 Soap, Episode 13, First Draft 10/6/77
8 Soap, Episode 14, First Draft 11/7/77
9 Soap, Episode 15, Final Draft 11/26/77
10 Soap, Episode 16, First Draft 11/14/77
11 Soap, Episode 16, Final Draft 12/5/77
Box Folder
3 1 Soap 17 - First Draft 11/24/77
2 Soap 19 - Final Draft 12/31/77
3 Soap 21 - First Draft 1/26/78
4 Soap 22 [includes a note to cast regarding casting call times and actors daily sheet for 2/6/78]
5 Soap 23 [ - Final Draft 2/25/78
6 Soap 24[ - First Draft and Final Draft 3/2/78 and 3/4/78
7 Soap - First Draft 3/9/78
8 Soap 26 First Draft 7/7/78
note indicates "revised but not final"
9 Soap 26 - Final Draft 7/14/78
includes rehearsal schedule
10 Soap 26A Final Draft 7/7/78
11 Soap 27 First Draft 7/27/78
3 copies: Arthur Peterson's, Jennifer Salt and Diana Canova
10 Soap 27 Final Draft 7/29/78
Box Folder
4 1 Soap 28 Final Draft 8/12/78
2 Soap 28 Final Draft 8/10/78
3 Soap 29 Fianla Draft 8/17/78
4 Soap 29 Final Draft 8/19/78
5 Soap 30 First Draft 8/24/78
6 Soap 30 Final Draft 8/26/78
7 Soap 31 First Draft 9/7/78
8 Soap 31 Final Draft 9/9/78
9 Soap 32 First Draft 9/14/78
10 Soap 32 Final Draft 9/16/78
11 Soap 33 First Draft 9/21/78
contains 2 copies Peterson's and Dinah Manoff's copy as well
12 Soap 33 Final Draft 9/23/78
Box Folder
5 1 Soap 34 First Draft 10/5/79
2 Soap 34 Final Draft 10/11/78
2 copies
3 Soap 35 10/16/78
4 Soap 35 Final Draft 10/18/78
2 copies including prop copy
5 Soap 36 First Draft 10/30/78
2 copies: 1 prop, signed by ? Peterson's character not included
6 Soap 36 Final Draft 10/31/78
3 copies
Box Folder
6 1 Soap 37 First Draft 11/6/78
4 copies
2 Soap 37 Final Draft 11/8/78
2 copies
3 Soap 39 First Draft 11/22/78
prop copy
4 Soap 40 12/4/78
5 Soap 40 Final Draft 12/6/78
6 Soap First Draft 12/11/78
Soap 41 contains Scenes from 39, 40 and 41
7 Soap 41 12/13/78
Contains scenes from 39, 40 and 41
Box Folder
7 1 Soap 43 First Draft 1/8/79
3 copies, 1 copy contains revisions dated 1/9/78
2 Soap 43 Final Draft 1/10/78
2 copies
3 Soap 44 First Draft 1/15/79
2 copies
4 Soap 44 Final Draft 1/17/79
3 copies
5 Soap 45 First Draft 1/29/79
6 Soap 45 Final Draft 1/31/79
2 copies
7 Soap 46 First Draft 2/5/79
8 Soap 46 Final Draft 2/7/79
Box Folder
8 1 Soap 47 First Draft 2/12/79
2 Soap 47 Final Draft 2/14/79
2 copies
3 Soap 48 Final Draft 7/18/79
4 Soap 48 First Draft 7/11/79
5 Soap 49 First Draft 7/13/79
Also contains "pre-shoot" for episodes 50 and 51
6 Soap 49 Final Draft 7/27/79
2 copies
7 Soap 51 Final Draft 8/15/79
also contains post-shoot for 49 and 50, pre-shoot for 52 and 54
9 Soap 52 8/22/79
10 Soap 53 Final draft 8/29/79
also contains post-shoot for 51 and 52, pre-shoot for 54
11 Soap 54 First Draft 9/7/79
also contains post-shoot for 53 and pre-shoot for 55 and 56
12 Soap 54 9/12/79
also contains post-shoot for 53 and pre-shoot for 55 and 56
Box Folder
9 1 Soap 56 First Draft 9/24/79
3 copies
2 Soap 56 Final Draft 9/26/79
also contains post-shoot for 55 and pre-shoot for 57
3 Soap 58 Final draft 10/17/79
also contains post-shoot for 57 and pre-shoot for 59
4 Soap 58 First Draft 10/15/79
also contains post-shoot for 57 and pre-shoot for 59
5 Soap 61 First Draft 11/5/79
also contains Post shoot for 60; 2 copies
6 Soap 61 Final Draft 11/7/79
2 copies; also contains post-shoot for 60 and pre-shoot for 62
7 Soap 62 First Draft 11/26/79
2 copies; also contains post-shoot for 61
8 Soap 62 Final Draft 11/28/79
2 copies; also contains post-shoot for 61
Box Folder
11 1 Soap 68 First Draft 2/25/80
2 Soap 68 Final Draft 2/27/80
2 copies; includes pre-shoot for 70
3 Soap 69 First Draft 3/3/80
2 copies; includes post-shoot for 68
4 Soap 69 Final Draft 3/5/80
includes post-shoot for 68 and pre-shoot for 70
5 Soap 70 Final Draft 3/12/80
2 copies: includes post-shoot for 69
6 Soap 71 Revised Draft 7/16/80
includes pre-shoot for 72
7 Soap 71 Final Draft 7/16/80
2 copies; contains per-shoot for 72
8 Soap 72 First Draft 7/21/80
contains post shoot for 71 and pre-shoot for 73
9 Soap 72 Second Draft 10/6/80
contains post shoot for 71 and pre-shoot for 73
10 Soap 72 Final Draft 10/15/80
contains post shoot for 71 and preshoot for 73
Box Folder
12 1 Soap 73 First Draft 10/13/80
contains preshoot for 74
2 Soap 73 Final Draft 10/22/80
contains preshoot for 74
3 Soap 75 First Draft 10/21/80
contains preshoot for 77
4 Soap 75 Final Draft 10/29/80
postshoot for 74
5 Soap 76 First Draft 11/3/80
6 Soap 76 Final Draft 11/5/80
7 Soap 77 First Draft 11/10/80
2 copies
8 Soap 77 Final Draft 11/12/80
9 Soap 80 First Draft 12/8/80 2 copies; 1 copy contains revisions dated 12/9
10 Soap 80 Final Draft 12/10/80
2 copies
Box Folder
13 1 Soap 81 First Draft 12/15/80
post shoot for 80
2 Soap 81 Final Draft 12/17/80
3 Soap 83 Final Draft 1/14/81
4 Soap 84 Final Draft 1/21/81
preshoot for 85
5 Soap 84 First Draft 1/19/81
6 Soap 85 First Draft 2/2/81
includes preshoot for 86
7 Soap 85 Final Draft 2/4/81
preshoot for 86
8 Soap 87 First Draft 2/9/81
4 copies
9 Soap 87 Final Draft 2/11/81 post shoot for 85 and 86
Box Folder
14 1 Soap 88 First Draft 2/17/81
includes post shoot for 83
2 Soap 88 Final Draft 2/19/81
3 Soap 90 First Draft 3/9/81
post shoot for 88 and 89
4 Soap 90 Final Draft 3/11/81
contains post shoot for 88 and 89 and pre shoot for 92
5 Soap 91 First Draft 3/18/81
contains post shoot for 88 and 89 and pre shoot for 92
6 Soap 92 Final Draft 3/27/81
includes post shoot for 91
7 Soap 92 First Draft 3/23/81
includes post shoot for 91
Box Folder
15 1 General Hospital # 86 4/21/69
2 General Hospital # 87 4/22/69
3 General Hospital # 90 4/25/69
4 General Hospital # 91 4/28/69
5 General Hospital # 92 4/28/64
6 General Hospital # 96 5/5/69
2 copies
7 General Hospital # 101 5/12/69
8 General Hospital # 102 5/12/64
9 General Hospital # 102 5/14/69
10 General Hospital # 104 5/15/69
11 General Hospital # 105 5/16/69
12 General Hospital # 105 5/16/69
13 General Hospital # 107-HSP-69 5/20/69
14 General Hospital # 107-HSP-64 5/19/64
2 copies
Box Folder
16 1 General Hospital 112-HSP-69 5/27/69
2 copies
2 General Hospital 113-HSP-69 5/28/69
3 General Hospital 115-HSP-69 5/30/69
4 General Hospital 116-HSP-69 6/2/69
5 General Hospital #117-HSP-69 6/3/69
6 General Hospital #118-HSP-69 6/4/69
2 copies
7 General Hospital #119-HSP-69 6/5/69
8 General Hospital #120-HSP-69 6/6/69
2 copies
9 General Hospital #121-HSP-69 6/9/69
3 copies; 1 copy has penciled revisions
10 General Hospital #123-HSP-69 6/11/69
2 copies: 1 copy has pencil revisions
11 General Hospital #125-HSP-69 6/13/69
12 General Hospital #126-HSP-69 6/16/69
2 copies; 1 copy has pencil revisions
13 General Hospital #131-HSP-69 6/23/69
2 copies
Box Folder
17 1 Adam- 12; "Training Division" 9/12/73
2 Adventures In Paradise; The Dream Merchant 1/17/62 and 1/9/62
2 copies; one is the Revised Final Draft(1/17/62) the other is the Final Draft(1/9/62) also includes "call sheet"
3 The Adversaries; The Whole World is Watching 11/18/68
4 Are You Listening?
5 Atta Boy, Mama
6 Baal (Sandheim Version) 6/75-7/75
Actor's Alley Equity Workshop production
7 Barney Miller; "Quarantine" Final Draft 7/25/76
8 Barney Miller; "Shanghaied" Final Draft 11/26/79
9 Bewitched; "We're In For A Bad Spell" (#3949) 4/26/65
10 Bewitched; "Sam and the Soap Box Derby" 7/20/66
11 The Big Valley; "Palms of Glory" 9/964
Box Folder
18 1 The Bionic Woman; "Jaimes Sheild", Pt.2
2 The Blake Will Case Pt. III
3 Bonanza; "Blessed Are They"
4 Bonanza; "The Trackers" 10/20/67
5 Bonanza; "The Clarion" 12/10/68
6 Born Wild 5/22/68
7 Branded; "Rules of the Game 12/9/64
8 Breaking Point: "Glass Flowers Never Drop Petals" 11/19/63
9 California, Number One
10 Call Holme 11/29/71
11 Candida
12 Cicero; A Tragedy of Ancient Rome
Box Folder
19 1 Day In Court (153)
2 Day in Court # 184-DIC-61
3 Day in Court#944 5/17/62
4 Day in Court #946 5/21/62
5 Day in Court #950
6 Death Valley Days: "The Other Side of the Mountain" 7/25/67
2 copies and Shooting Schedule
7 Death Valley Days; "The Lone grave" 7/13/67
8 Death Valley Days: "Along came Mariana" 10/18/66
9 Defiance County #3431 1/2/62, 1/4/62 and 1/8/62
10 Dennis The Menace; "The Little Judge" 7/2/62
11 Dennis The menace: San Diego Safari #4800 1/17/62
12 The Detectives; "Act of God" 10/16/61
13 The Detectives:" three Blind Mice' 12/24/61
14 The Donna Reed Show; Who's Rockin' The Partnership 7/21/63
15 Dr.Kildare; "The Exploiters" 8/8/63
Box Folder
20 1 The Eleventh Hour: "Why am I Grown so Cold 11/23/62
2 Faith for Today, Westbrook Hospital; The Choice 11/4/76
3 Faith for Today, Westbrook Hospital: Rachel's Homecoming" 9/25/79
4 The Farmer's Daughter; "Sleeping Beauty Revisited" 3/31/65
5 Father Murphy: "The Rockets' Red Glare" 8/24/82
includes 9 cast call sheets
6 The Felony Squad; Ordeal By Terror 8/16/67
7 For the Defense: "The Green Man" 5/7/81
8 Getting Married
Script does not show date. However, rehearsal Schedule is dated 11/5/79
9 Ghost Town 4/3/61
Includes a letter from the author, Jesse L. Lasky Jr, to "Arthur and Norma" forwarding the script for a possible student production.
10 Gilligan's Island; "Smile You're on Mars Camera" 6/16/65
11 Gomer Pyle - USMC: "Hit and Write" 9/16/68
includes shooting schedule
12 Going My Way; "One Small Unhappy Family" 6/25/62
13 The Good Life --pilot script 11/18/70
14 The Greatest Show On Earth: "Man In A Whole" 12/15/63
Box Folder
21 1 The Great Northfield, Minnesota Raid 12/1/70
2 The Guns Of Will Sonnett; Meeting At Devil's Fork
3 Green Acres: "The Beeping Rock" 12/30/69
4 Gunsmoke; "Old Man"
5 Gunsmoke; "Hung High"
6 Gunsmoke; "A Man A Day" 10/16/61 - 10/23/61
7 Gunsmoke;"The Raid (part 1) 2 copies 6/10/65
8 Gunsmoke; "Champion of The World" 2 copies 7/14/66
21 Hazel; "Bonnie Boy" 11/12/64
10 Heartache 5/11/76
11 Heartache House
Box Folder
22 1 The Home Front Heroes (2 copies) 3/28/75
2 The House (pages 7-12)
3 "How To Give An Order" motion picture for the National Safety Council 7/23/53
4 I Dream of Jeannie; "My Master, The Great Caruso" 9/9/66
5 Infamous (from the Broadway play, The Children's Hour) 5/23/61
6 Invitation to a Gunfighter 6/7/63
7 Iron Horse; "Volcano Wagon' 11/29/66
Box Folder
23 1 The Jeffersons; "The Longest Day" 0618 1/14/80
2 The Jeffersons; "Once Upon A Time" 3/5/80
3 The Jeffersons #0923;"The Wheel of Forever" 3/26/83
4 Joel Forrester; Act of Violence #183317 11/19/75
5 Judd For the Defense "To Love and Stand Mute (includes 3 copies and Call Sheets) 8/24/67
6 Just Pals 3/31/82
7 The Lawyer 12/21/64
Box Folder
24 1 Love For Love (2 copies)
2 Love on A Rooftop; "Who Was That Husband I Saw You With?" 11/3/66
3 Lux Video Theatre; "It Grows on Trees" 3/17/55
4 The Madwoman of Chaillot script published in "Theatre Arts", 11/49 11/49
5 Magnificent Heritage
6 Mannix; "The End of the Rainbow" 6/25/68
7 Mannix; "Fear I to Fall" with revisions 1 copy with revisions plus 1 Final Draft, 8/26/68 8/28/68
8 Marcus Welby, M.D.; "Chid of Silence" 6/4/74
9 Married - With Children - audition pages 1987
10 Mary Tyler Moore Show; "My Son The Genius 6/18/76
Box Folder
25 1 Maude; " The New House Keeper" 2 copies, shooting schedule 7/17/74
2 Maude;; "Music Hath Charm" 10/16/73
3 Mayberry R.F.D.; "Emmett and the Ring" 11/12/69
4 Medical Center: "Family Practice Man" 12/16/71
5 Most Wanted; The Death Dealer" 2/2/77
6 Mr. Smith Goes to Washington; Pilot Film
7 Mr. Smith Goes to Washington; The Kid From Brooklyn
8 My Favorite Martian; "Stop or I'll Steam" 12/9/64
9 My Friend Tony; The Shortest Courtship" includes shoot schedule 1/8/69
10 My Three Sons; "Dear Robbie" 6/11/63
11 The Name of the Game; "Shine On, Shine On, Jesse Gil" 8/12/68
12 The New Breed; "The All American Boy" 10/26/61
13 The New Perry Mason; "The Case of the Wistful Widower" 8/17/73
14 Nick Carter; "Where is Ivy Duncan" 12/10/71
Box Folder
26 1 Outlaws; "A Bit of Glory" 10/26/61
2 Peer Gynt by Henrik Ibsen
3 Peer Gynt by Henrik Ibsen
second copy
4 Perry Mason; "The Case of the badgered Brother" 5/9/63
5 Peyton Place #159 10/13/65
6 Peyton Place #161 10/14/65
7 Peyton Place #166 1/10/66
8 Peyton Place #178 2/7/66
9 Peyton Place #204 4/11/66
10 Peyton Place #238 6/30/66
11 Peyton Place #264 8/30/66
13 Point Blank 11/2/61
Box Folder
27 1 Private Benjamin; "Give Me Liberty" Part 1 Shooting schedule and Call Sheet 10/2/81
2 Private Benjamin; "Give Me Liberty" Part 2 10/3/81
3 Private Benjamin;"Reds (And Blues)" 2/22/82
Revised Final Draft, 2/22/82; Final Draft 2/17/82
4 Private Benjamin; "Profiles in Courage" 2/26/82
5 Profiles in Courage, "Frederick Douglass 9/24/64
6 Profiles in Courage, "Mary S. McDowell" 6/11/64
7 Profiles in Courage, "Oscar W. Underwood" 2/12/64
8 The Rear Guard 4/7/75
9 Rhubarb 11/4/66
10 The Rimers of Eldritch
11 Ripcord 2/25/63
12 The Rockford Files; "Where's Houston?" 12/5/75
13 Roller coaster 9/8/76
14 Room 222; "I've got The Hammer, If you've Got The Thumb" 8/3/73
Box Folder
28 1 Run For Your Life; "Collision" 8/30/67
2 The Second Hundred Years; "Lukes First Christmas in A Long Time" 7/21/67
3 The Second Hundred Years; "Just Pay The Two Dollars" 8/28/68
4 Shane; "Blue Organdy" 8/19/66
5 Slattery's People; "Choice of the Party" 7/20/64
6 Slattery's People; "What Became of The White Tortilla 9/3/64
7 Slattery's People; "Question: What Time Is The Next Band-Wagon" 2/17/65
8 The Spell 11/12/76
9 Starsky and Hutch; "Savage Sunday" 7/3/75
10 Straightaway; "Full Circle" 11/6/61
11 Teachers Only; "Take the Money and Run" 1/12/83
Box Folder
29 1 That Girl; "This Piggy Had a Ball 2/1/67
2 That Girl; " A Muggy Day in Central Park" 6/20/68
3 These Are Your Years (2 copies; presented by Medical College of South Carolina) 9/14/67
4 The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
5 Trapper John MD; "Candy Doctor" 2 copies 2/4/82
6 The Untouchables (The Seekers); "Elegy" 8/17/62
7 The Untouchables;"Doublecross" 11/5/62
8 Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea; "Hot Line" 8/11/64
9 The Waltons; "The Carnival" includes Shooting Schedule 7/11/72
10 The Young Marrieds 6/24/65
Box Folder
30 1 Radio Scripts "The Big Hand", 1/21/52; The Eternal Light, "And Two Walked Backwards", 3/27/55 1/21/52 and 3/27/55
2 Niagara
3 American Red Cross Scripts 20 scripts 1940 - 1957
4 Harold Clurman's Theatre Reviews in The New Republic 1951 - 1957
5 Shape of the Future, GMU, Yearbook page 195 contains a picture of Mr. Peterson in "The Gin Game", 11/11/83 1984
6 A Former Gotham Girl 12/12/78
7 "18 Again" [note from Peterson indicates he auditioned but did not perform in film] 8/17/87
8 My Little Boy
9 Miscellaneous
Box
31 Prop: Tropicana glass bottle
Box Folder
32 1 Bumper Sticker; "Let Jessica Live"
2 Prop: Hats [6 hats: black beret made in France sold by Van Duke Hatters of New York; Gray cap with black bill; Navy baseball cap; Army military Hat warn by Peterson in his role as Major on Soap; Tan hat barret-shaped made by Broadstreet's; Black cap with small bill]
Box
33 Props [4 brimmed hats: beige Knox Twenty purchased at Miller Bishop, Durham NC; brown Dobbs fedora purchased at Joe Balson, Chicago, IL; black fedora, Desmond's Southern CA; gray fedora purchased at Lee hats, NY lining no longer attached to hat]
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