- Collection ID:
Levine, Ken, 1950- (scriptwriter)
Alda, Alan (actor, scriptwriter)
Bull, Sheldon (scriptwriter)
Bloodworth, Linda (scriptwriter)
Davis, Elias (scriptwriter)
Community Life, Div. of, NMAH, SI
Greenbaum, Everett (scriptwriter)
Gelbart, Larry (television scriptwriter)
Hall, Karen (scriptwriter)
Isaacs, David (scriptwriter)
Klane, Robert (scriptwriter)
Koenig, Dennis (scriptwriter)
Science, Medicine and Society, Division of (NMAH, SI).
Marks, Laurance (scriptwriter)
Mumford, Thad (scriptwriter)
Place, Mary Kay (scriptwriter)
Rappaport, John (scriptwriter)
Reynolds, Gene (scriptwriter)
Wilcox, Dan (scriptwriter)
1950 - 1982
- Physical Description:
8.4 cubic feet
25 boxes, 1 map-folder
The television show M*A*S*H was initially broadcast from September 17, 1972 to February 28, 1983. It told the story of doctors and nurses assigned to a fictitious medical unit, the 4077th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital, based in Uijeongbu, Korea during the 1950-1953 war.
Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The collection includes the scripts from the television shows starting with the pilot episode and continuing through the eleven season run of 251 episodes. Also included are transcripts of over 50 interviews conducted by the writers and producers with former doctors and nurses that served in Mash units in Korea and Vietnam and soldiers who were patients in those units. These transcripts reveal the source of many of the story lines. There are a number of letters from viewers, mostly concerning their regret over the death of one of the characters, Lieutenant Colonel Henry Blake. Notes on Korean customs and the history of an actual Mash unit are included in the collection.
The collection is arranged into four series.
Series 1, Scripts, Storylines and Music Cue Sheets 1971-1982
Subseries 1.1, Scripts, 1971-1982
Subseries 1.2, Storylines and Music Cue Sheets, 1971-1982
Subseries 1.3, Script Notes 1973-1974
Series 2, Interviews of Mobile Army Surgical Hospital Personnel and Patients, 1973-1977
Series 3, Other Materials, 1970-1975, undated
Series 4, Photographic Materials, 1950-1970, undated
Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
The television show M*A*S*H was initially broadcasted from September 17, 1972 to February 28, 1983. It told the story of doctors and nurses assigned to a fictitious medical unit the 4077th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital, based in Uijeongbu, Korea during the Korean War, which took place from 1950-1953. It was based on a bestselling novel and Oscar winning movie of the same name and was hugely popular; the first showing of its last episode was one of the most watched television shows of all time. The series won numerous awards from the Writer's Guild, Director's Guild, and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (Emmys). It was billed as a comedy series, but the stories often emphasized the horror and futility of war. It began airing during the latter part of the Vietnam War and critics accused it of sparking anti-war and anti-military sentiment. The producers responded to such claims by stating that they could not do an honest job of portraying the war without that emphasis.
Processed by Frank R. Jenkins (volunteer), March 2004 and Emily Woessner (intern) 2017, revised by Katrina Schoorl (intern), January 2010, supervised by Vanessa Broussard Simmons, archivist.
Frank R. Jenkins and Vanessa Broussard Simmons
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Collection donated to the National Museum of American History Museum by Twentieth Century Fox, through Suzy Kalter on July 23, 1984.
Using the Collection
M*A*S*H Television Show Collection, 1950-1984, undated, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Materials in the Archives Center
Thomas Garvin Korean War Scrapbook (AC0756)
Series Four was transferred from the Division of Science, Medicine and Society on August 13, 2017.
Series One was transferred to the Archives Center from the Division of Community Life on March 4, 1986. Series Two and Three were transferred from the Division of Science, Medicine and Society on July 15, 2003. Series Four was transferred from the Division of Science, Medicine and Society on August 13, 2017.
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
P.O. Box 37012
Suite 1100, MRC 601
Washington, D.C. 20013-7012