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Mark Tinker St. Elsewhere Collection

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Biographical History

St. Elsewhere was a weekly television drama series produced by MTM Enterprises which originally ran on NBC from October 26, 1982 to May 25, 1988. The series was set in a decaying urban teaching hospital called St. Eligius Hospital in Boston's South End neighborhood. The hospital's nickname, "St. Elsewhere," is medical industry slang for poor hospitals that serve patients not wanted by the more prestigious institutions. As a medical drama, St. Elsewhere dealt with serious issues of life and death, though episodes also included a substantial amount of black comedy. The show ran for six seasons and 137 episodes.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Mark Tinker St. Elsewhere Collection contains Scripts and production notes for the complete run of the show, with 137 scripts and six sets of production notes, one for each season. The four-digit production number for each episode is given in parentheses ( ).

Arrangement of the Collection

The collection is arranged in order by season and, within each season, by air date. Production notes can be found at the beginning of each season.


Access Restrictions:

The collection is currently CLOSED. It will reopen in May of 2020.

The majority of our archival and manuscript collections are housed offsite and require advanced notice for retrieval. Researchers are encouraged to contact us in advance concerning the collection material they wish to access for their research.

Use Restrictions:

Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

Related Material

Special Collections Research Center has a number of television-related collections. Please refer to the SCRC Subject Index for a complete listing.

Subject Headings


Tinker, Mark.

Associated Titles

St. Elsewhere (television series)


Popular culture.
Television -- Production and direction.
Television -- United States.
Television series -- United States.

Genres and Forms

Notes (documents)
Scripts (documents)


Television producers and directors.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Mark Tinker St. Elsewhere Collection,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Gift of Mark Tinker, director of the series.

Table of Contents

Scripts and production books