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Robert Vincent Wright papers

Identifier: Ax 433

Scope and Contents

Series I contains synopses, outlines, and production copies of scripts for major television series including "Bonanza," "Dr. Kildare," "Maverick," "Mission Impossible," "Surfside," and "The Virginian." Series II contains Wright's screenplays and other writings, work of his family members, and family photographs and documents. Series III contains screenplays, unpublished and published literary works and personal statements, biographical information, newspaper clippings, correspondence, and photographs.


  • 1894-1994
  • Majority of material found within 1960 - 1980

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Robert Vincent Wright was born on May 11, 1919 in Seattle. He was a screen writer for television programs from 1961 to 1978. He died June 17, 2007 in Thousand Oaks, California of acute bronchitis and pneumonia.


3.5 linear feet (3 containers)

Language of Materials


Robert Vincent Wright (1919-2007) was a writer for various television programs in the 1960s and 1970s. The papers include screenplays, unpublished and published writing, biographical information, writings of family members, correspondence, and family photographs.

Collection is organized into the following series: Series I: Manuscripts for screenplays Series II: 2004 AcquisitionSeries III: 2010 Acquisition

Materials within this collection are arranged first by the initial acquisition(s) that were processed together as a whole and then by subsequent acquisition(s). This organization reflects the fact that the collection had been processed at one point in time and then more materials were acquired in increments over time. This organization is also based on the decision not to merge the various acquisitions and organize them into the whole at this point in time, given the fact that future accruals are anticipated and/or that this organization is deemed sufficient for access.

Researchers should note that materials within an acquisition overlaps and/or relates to material found in other acquisitions. For example, correspondence may be found in all number groupings. In order to locate all relevant material within this collection, researchers will need to consult each acquisition described in the detailed description of collection list below.

Researchers should also note that similar materials can be arranged differently in each acquisition, depending on how the material is organized upon receipt or during minimal processing. For instance, correspondence in an early acquisition may be arranged alphabetically, while correspondence in a later acquisition is arranged chronologically.

Collection processed by manuscripts staff.

This collection may have received a basic level of processing including minimal organization and rehousing. The initial acquisition(s) were processed and arranged as a whole and are reflected in the detailed description of collection list below. Subsequent acquisition(s) for the collection have not been merged or organized as a whole. Each subsequent acquisition is described separately in the contents list below. Folder titles appearing in the acquisition(s) below are based on those created by the creator or previous custodian. Titles have not all been verified against the contents of the folders. In some cases, staff supplied folder titles during initial processing. Description information is drawn in part from information supplied with the collection and initial surveys of the contents.

This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

Photo album missing

The Wright Family Photo Album was taken from the 2010 Accession and given number ph 203_061. It is currently missing.

Guide to the Robert Vincent Wright Papers
Complete Description
Finding aid prepared by Sam Bouchat, Cassandra A. Schmitt and Stephanie Kays
2010; 2013
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English

Repository Details

Part of the University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives Repository

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR 97403-1299 USA