The Resource Earl Hamner, Jr. papers

Earl Hamner, Jr. papers

Earl Hamner, Jr. papers, 1938-2013
Earl Hamner, Jr. papers
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  • Papers, 1938-2013, of Earl Hamner, Jr. (1923-2016), including books, clippings, correspondence, DVD's, newsletters, photographs, publicity, film, radio, and television scripts and screenplays, speeches, subject files, and videotapes, relating to his career in the entertainment industry, most notably as creator and writer of the television series "The Waltons" and "Falcon Crest."
  • The subject files include biographical material, miscellaneous correspondence (2003-2012), early writings, information on Hamner receiving the Literary Lifetime Achievement Award from the Library of Virginia, interviews, photographs, publicity, and speeches
  • The books, motion pictures, television, and other works series contain annotated drafts and final versions of many of Hamner's works, including "Aesop's Fables," "Appalachian Autumn," "The Avacado Drive Zoo," "Charlotte's Web," "Falcon Crest," "Generous Women," "Goodnight John-Boy," "Heidi," "The Homecoming," "Morningstar/Eveningstar," "Murder in Tinseltown," "Odette: A Goose of Toulouse," "The Ponder Heart," "Spencer's Mountain," "White Otter," and "You Can't Get There From Here," as well as numerous episodes of "The Twilight Zone" and "The Waltons." There are exploratory notes, step outlines, cast and set lists, rehearsal and shooting schedules, correspondence, publicity, and reviews. In additon, there is material relating to ideas and proposals for books, motion pictures, and televison by Hamner that were not produced or published. This series also includes information on Walton's Mountain Museum, located in Hamner's hometown of Schulyer, Virginia. This series is organized alphabetically by name of the work
  • The collection contains books in hard copy that were written by Hamner, including "The Avacado Drive Zoo," "Fifty Roads to Town," "From Walton's Mountain to Tomorrow," "Generous Women," "Good Night John-Boy," "The Homecoming," "Odette: A Goose of Toulouse," "Spencer's Mountain," and "You Can't Get There From Here." There are foreign language versions of some of the works. Also, there are copies of books in which Hamner contributed stories or essays. This series also includes books by associates of Hamner, including cast members of The Waltons, and others. Finally, there are numerous works related to the Appalachian Mountains, Blue Ridge Mountains, and Virginia
  • Many of Hamner's works were issued on videotape and DVD. The collection contains a complete set of "The Waltons" and "The Twilight Zone." There are also copies of "Charlotte's Web," "Heidi," "The Homecoming," and "Spencer's Mountain." There is also a copy of the grand opening ceremony of Walton's Mountain Museum in 1992, and an interview with Hamner conducted by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Foundation in 2003 for their Archive of American Television series
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Biographical or historical data
Earl Henry Hamner, Jr. was born in Schuyler, Nelson County, Virginia on 10 July 1923. He is the son of Earl Henry Hamner, Sr. and Doris Marion Gianinni. He attended the University of Richmond, and then served in the army during World War II. Following the war, Hamner worked for WMBG Radio in Richmond. He then briefly attended Northwestern University. In 1948, he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a major in broadcasting from the College of Music of the University of Cincinnati , and was employed as a writer for WLW. In 1949, Hamner moved to New York City, and worked as a radio and television writer until 1960. He married Jane Martin on 16 October 1954 in New York City. In 1960, Hamner moved to Hollywood to pursue film writing. His novel "Spencer's Mountain" was made into a movie in 1961. He also wrote episodes for "The Twilight Zone" and "CBS Playhouse" and was chosen to do a film version of the children's book "Charlotte's Web." In 1970, Hamner wrote a television special based on his novel "The Homecoming." The special became the inspiration for the series "The Waltons," which ran from 1972 to 1981. He also worked on many other television shows, and wrote and produced the pilot episode of "Falcon Crest." Afterwards, he formed a production company with Don Sipes. Most recently, Hamner has written numerous books, including "Goodnight John-Boy" (2002), "The Twilight Zone Scripts of Earl Hamner" (2003), "Generous Women" (2006), and "Odette: A Goose of Toulouse." (2011). Hamner died in Los Angeles, California on 24 March 2016.
Cataloging source
Earl Hamner, Jr. papers
  • The Library of Virginia
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Governing access note
Earl Hamner retains royalty rights to the following works: "The Driftwood Arrangement," "Foundations," "Goodnight John-Boy," and "Odette: A Goose of Toulouse," as well as stage royalty rights to "Spencer's Mountain." In additon, Hamner retains rights to all income generated from any of these works, as well as any income accrued for any donated work during his lifetime
Immediate source of acquisition
Hamner, Earl, Jr.
Organization method
Organized into the following series: I. Subject Files. II. Books, Motion Pictures, Television, and Other Works. III. Books (Hard Copy). IV. Videotapes and DVD's.
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Type of unit
15.925 cu. ft. (31 boxes)

Library Locations

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