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Coleman Luck, Jr. Papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: SC-041

Scope and Contents

The Coleman Luck Collection (SC-41) provides a look at the process of free-lance and contracted writing for television and screenplay. Mr. Luck's materials show a project's journey from a simple concept, to an outline, treatment, research, first draft, revisions, final manuscript, and finally to the screen. This collection contains a wide variety of materials including correspondence, periodical clippings, manuscripts and video tapes. The bulk of the material dates from 1984-present. The arrangement of the collection is primarily chronological, though the professional written work is filed alphabetically. All correspondence is filed chronologically when possible with a section of the business correspondence arranged alphabetically.

Personal notes and business memoranda are filed separately with undated material at the end or merged alphabetically (business).

Periodical clippings are divided into three categories. First, are the files which Mr. Luck called "general interest." These contain a wide array of articles, usually connected in some way with the arts and entertainment industry. The other categories concern "The Equalizer," "Gabriel's Fire," and "Matrix" television series. Clippings were copied for preservation reasons.

The business material of "The Equalizer," "Gabriel's Fire," and "Matrix" series help to give a behind-the-scenes look at a television production. Budget reports detail a variety of costs, from building leases to actor salaries. The production information provide day-to-day shooting and script schedules. The production material is arranged alphabetically, while the budget material is arranged chronologically.

Any written material, or projects not printed as a script are filed under "Potential Projects." These materials are arranged alphabetically. An attempt was made to arrange each project's papers in start-to-finish order, but this was not always possible.

The bulk of the Coleman Luck Collection concentrates in the manuscripts of the collection. The first such series contains manuscripts written by or associated with Coleman Luck. These manuscripts are arranged alphabetically as are the rest of the manuscripts in the collection.

"Equalizer" script material was received both in loose-leaf form and three-ring binders. Items in binders were removed to folders with this fact noted in the container list. The "Gabriel's Fire" series contains files concerned with writers of the show as well as manuscripts. The "Matrix" and "Otherworld" series manuscripts follow. It is in the manuscripts of these four series that one can best see the process behind Mr. Luck's production as the manuscripts are present in drafts, revisions, etc.

The section of the collection containing secondary material is also rather large. It contains articles, concepts, scripts, subject files, and talent files. These files while not directly connected to Coleman Luck are related to his line of work. These files are arranged alphabetically within each subseries.

Interviews are also an included series in this collection. Other materials in the Coleman Luck collection include computer disks, a record album, books, and a large number of audio and video cassettes. The video cassettes detail the filming process behind Mr. Luck's productions.


  • Created: 1978-2020
  • Other: Majority of material found in 1984-2002
  • Other: Date acquired: 1988


Conditions Governing Access

MCA contracts may be accessed only with the author's permission or that of his estate. A few individual files are also restricted and are noted as such in the container list.

Conditions Governing Use

Duplication may be restricted if copying could cause damage to items.


118 boxes

51 Linear Feet

Language of Materials


Arrangement Note

The collection is arranged by series with folder level control.

Source of Acquisition


Method of Acquisition

Special Collections secured an agreement to receive Luck's materials in 1988.

Other Descriptive Information

The Coleman Luck Collection includes the working materials of this contemporary television and screenwriter. His work on the network television series "The Equalizer", "Gabriel's Fire", and "Mantis", as well as independent projects are documented in this collection.

Coleman Luck, Jr. Papers
Buswell Library Special Collections Staff
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Roman Script

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

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