The Milton Geiger Papers document Geiger's writing career from 1938, particularly the creative development and research behind his scripts. The collection also documents the business workings of the radio and television industries through correspondence and legal documents between Mr. Geiger, the networks, studios, and his agents. Several of the scripts, especially the movie scripts, were probably never produced. Unless indicated otherwise by the Series heading, the documents in this collection are scripts. The collection has been divided into ten series: Correspondence (1938-1973), Legal Documents (1939-1963), Motion Picture Plays (1961-1966), Musical Theater (1943), Radio Plays (1938-1971), Research (1932-1962), Short Stories (1960), Sound Recordings (1966-1969), Television Plays (1949-1967), and Theater (1957-1966).
Series I, Correspondence, includes documentation of Geiger's professional relationships in the early radio and television industries. With the exception of the first three files which are arranged chronologically, the remaining file folders are interfiled alphabetically by creator or addressee. When known, the agency, person, show title and subject are included in the file heading. Personal names are listed last name, first name and filed by last name. Some significant correspondence groupings are "Edwin Booth," "Fan Mail," and "One Special for Doc." The series is filed alphabetically by correspondent.
Series II, Legal Documents, includes such legal documents as box office statements, contracts, and financial data. Of particular note are the box office statements for the California productions of Edwin Booth. The series is filed alphabetically.
Series III, Motion Picture Plays, consists of movie scripts and related materials. It includes multiple drafts and versions of some scripts, as well as co-authored scripts. The series is filed alphabetically by title.
Series IV, Musical Theater, consists of musical theater scripts. The series is filed alphabetically by title.
Series V, Radio Plays, includes Geiger's commercial scripts for County Seat, ABC Presents, Clap Hands, the Four Star Playhouse, Lux Radio Theater, Show Globes, and others. There are also his scripts for the Armed Forces Radio and Television Service, Federal Civil Defense Administration, the New York War Fund, and a chapter on writing for radio entitled "How Do They Get That Way." The series is filed alphabetically by title.
Series VI, Research, includes background articles, news clippings, and notes on Geiger's particular interests. There is extensive material on the Octopus. Research materials directly associated with a script are grouped next to that script. The series is filed alphabetically.
Series VII, Short Stories, includes short stories penned by Geiger, some of which also appear as scripts in other parts of the collection. His co-authored stories with Dorothy Geiger and Robert Metzler are also included. The series is filed alphabetically by title.
Series VIII, Sound Recording Transcripts, includes transcriptions from a series of works Geiger wrote to accompany programs on the history of American popular music, "Hear the USA," which were narrated by Lorne Greene.
Series IX, Television Plays, documents Milton Geiger's involvement with the early television industry on the west coast. Scripts which exist in other media versions such as "The Misery Mule" and "The Highlander" are included. The series is filed alphabetically by title.
Series X, Theater, primarily consists of Geiger's records and scripts for Airport and Edwin Booth. Edwin Booth was widely produced with performances at California State University, Northridge (1964), Cleveland Play House (1965), and the College of the Desert in Palm Springs (1971). A young Richard Dreyfuss appeared in the 1965 production at the CBS Repertoire Theatre. The series is filed alphabetically by title.