USC to house Tartikoff correspondence

4,000-piece collection encompasses speeches, letters to talent

Brandon Tartikoff’s collection of correspondences is being donated to USC’s School of Cinematic Arts by his widow, Lilly, the school announced Monday.

Dating from 1979 to 1992, the 4,000 pieces in the collection range from personal to professional, including speeches, presentations and letters to then-new talkshow host David Letterman.

USC alumnus George Lucas encouraged Lilly Tartikoff to share her husband’s collection.

“Brandon would be delighted to know that his papers were being made available to SCA students,” she said in a statement. “He was in many ways a teacher himself, and loved sharing his experiences in this business with others coming up the ranks.”

Tartikoff passed away in 1997 from Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Over the course of 12 years as programming chief in NBC, he helped develop skeins including “The Cosby Show,” “Miami Vice” and “The Golden Girls.”