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Fielden Farrington scripts

 Collection 0190-MMC

Fielden Ward Farrington (1909-1977) was an author, radio announcer, and long-time CBS staffer. This collection includes scripts and proposed scripts written by Farrington for the CBS Radio Mystery Theater, ABC radio's Theatre 5, ABC-TV's General Hospital, NBC radio's True Confessions, and NBC-TV's General Hospital and True Story. Materials in the collection date from the 1950s through the 1970s (although primarily from the 1970s), including Farrington's invoices and correspondence.


  • 1958-1976
  • Majority of material found within 1974-1976

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to the public and must be used in the Special Collections reading room. Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection.

Conditions Governing Use

Photocopies or digital surrogates may be provided in accordance with Special Collections and University Archives duplication policy.

Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs unless otherwise specified. It is the researcher's responsibility to secure permission to publish materials from the appropriate copyright holder.

Archival materials may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal and/or state right to privacy laws or other regulations. While we make a good faith effort to identify and remove such materials, some may be missed during our processing. If a researcher finds sensitive personal information in a collection, please bring it to the attention of the reading room staff.


1.5 Linear Feet (1 record storage container)

Biographical / Historical

Fielden Ward Farrington was an author, radio announcer and long-time CBS staffer. He was born July 4, 1909 in Clinton, Indiana and died July 8, 1977 in Bayville, New York at the age of 68.

Farrington began his radio career in 1929 at WBOW in Terre Haute as an announcer and copy writer. He worked at several Midwestern stations before moving to CBS in New York in 1940. He was often heard as the announcer for The Green Hornet, Just Plain Bill, We Love and Learn, and the long-running soap opera Romance of Helen Trent. In the late 1950s, he wrote scripts for True Story (on NBC television) and True Confessions (on NBC radio). In the mid-1960s, he wrote for the anthology Theater 5 (on ABC radio), one of the last original drama series on network radio. During the 1970s, he wrote many episodes of the CBS Radio Mystery Theater. He also wrote a great deal for ABC-TV’s General Hospital.

Farrington was also a novelist and short story writer. His first novel, The Big Noise, was published in 1946; his second, Street of Brass, in 1961. His best known novel, 1968’s A Little Game, was made into a television movie in 1971 by ABC. Farrington's Strangers in 7A was published in 1971 and made into a television movie in 1972 by CBS.

Custodial History

This collection was donated to the University of Maryland Libraries by Fielden Farrington's son Mark Farrington in October 2011.

Processing Information

Aside from some rough groupings of similar material, the collection came to the Libraries in no particular order. The processing archivist arranged materials by show title and date. All materials were rehoused in acid-free folders. The entire collection was re-boxed.

Guide to the Fielden Farrington scripts
Processed by Jen Wachtel and Jim Baxter
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Revision Statements

  • 2021-08-13: Jim Baxter re-wrote the collection abstract.

Library Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives

University of Maryland Libraries
Hornbake Library
4130 Campus Drive
College Park Maryland 20742