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Trench coat worn by Imogene Coca in "modest stripper" act

User:
Coca, Imogene  Search this
Measurements:
overall: 52 in x 25 in; 132.08 cm x 63.5 cm
Object Name:
coat
coat, Overcoat worn by Imogene Coca on "Your Show of Shows"
coat, worn by Imogene Coca on "Your Show of Shows"
Date made:
before 1950
1950-1954
Subject:
Comedy  Search this
Comedians  Search this
Television  Search this
ID Number:
2010.0137.01
Accession number:
2010.0137
Catalog number:
2010.0137.01
See more items in:
Cultural and Community Life: Entertainment
Popular Entertainment
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1396975

Groucho Marx Collection

Artist:
Benton, Thomas Hart, 1889-1975  Search this
Collector:
Marx, Groucho (Julius Henry), 1890-1977 (comedian)  Search this
Names:
Four Nightingales  Search this
Marx Brothers  Search this
Paramount Pictures  Search this
RKO Pictures (studio)  Search this
Three Nightingales  Search this
United Artists  Search this
Warner Brothers  Search this
Marx, Chico  Search this
Marx, Harpo  Search this
Palmer, Minnie  Search this
Extent:
12 Cubic feet (39 boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Personal papers
Photographs
Motion pictures (visual works)
Photographic prints
Scrapbooks
Sheet music
Correspondence
Place:
Hollywood (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Date:
1911-1978
Scope and Contents:
Series 1: Correspondence, 1932-1977 is arranged alphabetically by correspondent. In 1965, Marx gave the Library of Congress a portion of his correspondence with well-known personages. The majority of the correspondence in this collection dates from the post World War II era (Marx's early correspondence is located at the Library of Congress.) This series includes correspondence from well-known persons, fans, admirers and friends. There is an extensive amount of correspondence with the screenwriter Nunnally Johnson. The series includes letters concerning public relations, Walt Disney caricatures of the Marx Brothers, The Grouchophile permission letters, unidentified correspondence and one letter from Chico Marx to Gummo Marx.

Series 2: Publications, Manuscripts and Print Articles by Marx, 1930-1958, undated is arranged chronologically with circa and undated material placed before the book manuscripts. This series contains written material by Groucho Marx excepting scripts and sketches. The series includes articles written by Marx for national magazines, various speeches and manuscripts for three of Marx's books.

Series 3: Scripts and Sketches, 1939-1959, undated, is arranged alphabetically with television scripts and sketches placed before full-length movie and theatre scripts. This series contains television, motion picture and theatre scripts and sketches, monologues, and related written material pertaining to works starring or featuring Marx. It also contains scripts for the one theatrical play written by Marx, A Time for Elizabeth.

Series 4: Scrapbooks, 1923-1978 is arranged chronologically and contains sixteen scrapbooks spanning Marx's career from his first Broadway success, I'll Say She Is to the year after his death. Of particular interest are the early scrapbooks for the Marx Brothers career, a scrapbook spanning the years 1934-1958 complied by Marx himself for his daughter Melinda, a photographic scrapbook compiled by the staff of Life magazine documenting a 1963 magazine layout of Marx and his then wife Eden Hartford Marx. There is also a scrapbook devoted to Chico Marx's brief career as a bandleader in the mid-late 1940s.

Series 5: Music,circa 1930-1975, undated is arranged alphabetically and includes original music manuscripts written by Marx and songs for Marx's shows and motion pictures and unidentified manuscripts perhaps written by Marx, his friends, his daughter Melinda or her music teacher. It also includes commercially produced sheet music purchased by Marx, copies of songs featured in Marx's motion pictures, music from "Minnie's Boys the theatrical production based on the Marx Brothers and their mother, an autographed copy of "Stay Down Here Where You Belong" by Irving Berlin, songs written by Marx published commercially, and Marx's copy of a collection of songs by Gilbert and Sullivan.

Series 6: Publicity, ca. 1911-1977 contains theatre programs, motion picture reviews, newspaper clippings both foreign and domestic, record album covers, a book cover and one poster of the Marx Brothers. There are items related specifically to Chico Marx. This series is arranged chronologically.

Series 7: Artwork and Photographs, 1911-1976, undatedis arranged according to subject matter and includes artwork, features cartoons and caricatures of the Marx Brothers by various artists including the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer art department and Hirschfield, sketches of the Marx Brothers by Sheila Smith, Peggy Jacobs, Bridget Crowe and Mark E. Williams (all probably fans of the Marx Brothers), various candid photographs, publicity photographs and studio portraits of Marx, his brothers, his immediate family, correspondence and related images and photographic negatives and transparencies.

Series 8: Personal and Family Documents, 1925-1975, undated contains documents relating to Marx's personal life and his brothers Chico Marx, Harpo Marx, and his daughter Melinda. Of particular interest is Marx's copy of the transcript of his divorce deposition from Eden Hartford Marx, two proclamations from the City of Los Angeles and a portfolio cover made for him by his daughter Melinda. This series is arranged chronologically.

Series 9: Audiovisual, 1929-1970 includes home movies of Groucho, brothers Harpo and Chico, and Groucho's wife and children as well as film and kinescope copies of television programs featureing Groucho as the star or guest.
Arrangement:
The collection is organized into 9 series.

Series 1: Correspondence,1932-1977

Series 2: Publications, Manuscripts, and Print Articles by Groucho Marx, 1930-1958, undated

Series 3: Scripts and Sketches, 1939-1959, undated

Series 4: Scrapbooks, 1923-1978

Series 5: Music, circa 1930-1975, undated

Subseries 5.1: Original Music Manuscrpts

Subseries 5.2: Commercially Produced Sheet Music and Collections

Series 6: Publicity, circa 1911-1977

Series 7: Artwork and Photographs, 1911-1976, undated

Subseries 7.1: Artwork

Subseries 7.2: Photographs

Subseries 7.3: Photographic Negatives and Transparencies

Series 8: Personal and Family Documents, 1925-1978, undated

Series 9: Audiovisual

Subseries 9.1: Moving Images

Subseries 9.2: Sound Recordings
Biographical / Historical:
One of 20th century America's most enduring comics and cultural icons was Groucho Marx. Julius Henry Marx, better known as Groucho, was born in New York City on October 2, 1890. He was the third of five sons born to Minna and Samuel Marx. Minna's brother, Al Shean, was a part of the well-known vaudeville team, Gallagher and Shean.

The Marx family consisted of five boys: Leonard (Chico), Arthur (Harpo), Julius (Groucho), Milton (Gummo) and Herbert (Zeppo). The family lived in the Yorkville section of New York City. Groucho had a high soprano singing voice and his first job was singing in the choir of an Episcopal church. He joined Gus Hall and his vaudeville troupe when he was eleven. Groucho attended P.S. 86 but never went beyond the 7th grade. Minna organized the Three Nightingales with Groucho, Gummo and a girl singer. The girl was eventually replaced by a boy tenor and Harpo joined the troupe. The name of the group was changed to The Four Nightingales. Minnie acted as the group's manager. The group became known as the Marx Brothers with everyone except Gummo taking part in the act. The family moved to Chicago ca. 1904 where their grandfather lived.

The brothers toured the South and Midwest performing a vaudeville skit called, "Fun in Hiskule". It is noted that the comedy act began in Nacogdoches, Texas. The Marx Brothers first big success came in 1919 with their vaudeville act entitled "Home Again". In 1920, they were booked into the Palace Theatre in New York City and played there for thirteen months. They were later banished from the circuit due to a contract violation - they had accepted employment without Albee's permission. Groucho married Ruth Johnson on February 4th, 1920 and divorced her in July 1942. They had one daughter, Miriam and one son, Arthur born in 1921.

In 1923, they toured with the show, "I'll Say She Is", a collection of vaudeville routines that Groucho had written in collaboration. The show ran on Broadway for thirty-eight weeks. On December 8, 1925, the brothers (using their nicknames professionally for the first time) opened on Broadway in "The Cocoanuts". The play was written expressly for them by George S. Kaufman and Morris Ryskind with music by Irving Berlin. The brothers made a silent film circa 1924 called "Humor Risk" but it was never released. "Animal Crackers" opened on October 23, 1928. It was in this show that Groucho created one of his most famous characters, Captain Spaulding, the African explorer. Groucho was by this time paired with Margaret Dumont, stooge and foil, whom Groucho claimed never, really understood the Marx Brothers comedy.

On the strength of their success in "The Cocoanuts", they were signed to a film contract. In 1929, they made the film version of "The Cocoanuts" while performing "Animal Crackers" on the stage. Their mother, Minna Marx died the same year. The following year they starred in the film version of "Animal Crackers". Both films were made in New York City. In 1931, Groucho moved to Hollywood where The Marx Brothers made thirteen films. The brothers signed with Paramount Pictures and made "Monkey Business" (1931), "Horsefeathers" (1932) and "Duck Soup" (1933) while at the studio. In 1933, Zeppo left the troupe and Samuel Marx died.

In February 1934, Groucho and Chico teamed up in a radio program called, "Flywheel, Shyster and Flywheel", about characters who were comic lawyers. In March 1934, they replaced Ethel Waters on a weekly radio series sponsored by the American Oil Company. In 1935, the brothers starred in "A Night at the Opera" for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, a film produced by Irving Thalberg and a sequel, "A Day at the Races" (1937). In addition to working for MGM, the brothers starred in "Room Service" (1938) for the RKO studio.

The brothers discontinued the act in September 1941 but reunited for the film "A Night in Casablanca" (1946) and "Love Happy" (1949). Groucho found work as a solo artist making films for RKO, Warner Brothers and Paramount. In March 1943, the Pabst Blue Ribbon Brewery sponsored a half-hour variety show on CBS starring Groucho. Groucho married his second wife, Catherine "Kay" Gorcey in July 1945, they had one daughter Melinda. They divorced in 1951. Groucho continued to guest on many radio shows and continued to be at his peak when ad-libbing. John Guedel created "You Bet Your Life" for Groucho in October 1947. The show aired over the ABC radio network. It moved to CBS and in 1950 it was purchased by NBC and ran on television until 1961. The show ran for a total of four years on radio and eleven years on television. Groucho won radio's Peabody Award as best comedian on radio in 1948; an Emmy award in 1951; and the Motion Picture Daily Annual TV poll from 1951-1954.

Groucho was also musical. He played the guitar, but never as part of his shows. He was also an author and a playwright. He wrote the stage play, "A Time for Elizabeth", in 1948 with Norman Krasna. The play ran for eight days on Broadway but had longer runs in summer stock. In July 1954, Groucho married his third and final wife Eden Hartford. They divorced in December of 1969. In 1967, Simon and Schuster published excerpts from letters Groucho had donated to the Library of Congress in 1965. The book was entitled The Groucho Letters. Groucho authored other books, Groucho and Me (1959) his autobiography, The Secret Word is Groucho (1976) with Hector Arce and The Grouchophile (1976).

Groucho retired in 1961 but in 1972 with the help Erin Fleming, his companion and manager since 1969, he toured in a solo act. The show entitled, "An Evening with Groucho" played Carnegie Hall in New York City in May 1972. Groucho was made a Commander of the French Order of Arts and Letters at the Cannes Film Festival in 1972. In 1974, Groucho received an honorary Academy Award (Oscar) for the contribution of the Marx Brothers to the art of film. Marx died on August 19th, 1977.
Provenance:
Collection donated by Julius H. (Groucho) Marx, through the Estate of Groucho Marx, August 5, 1987.
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research. Reference copies of audiovisual materials must be used.
Rights:
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.
Topic:
Comedians -- 1920-1970  Search this
Entertainment  Search this
Radio comedies  Search this
Comedy  Search this
Theater  Search this
Radio programs  Search this
Vaudeville  Search this
Television programs  Search this
Genre/Form:
Personal papers
Photographs -- 20th century
Motion pictures (visual works)
Photographic prints
Scrapbooks
Sheet music
Correspondence -- 1930-1950
Citation:
Groucho Marx Collection, 1911-1978, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0269
See more items in:
Groucho Marx Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0269
Additional Online Media:

Highlights from Phyllis Diller Laughs

Recording artist:
Diller, Phyllis  Search this
Manufacturer:
Verve  Search this
Physical Description:
vinyl (overall material)
cardboard (overall material)
ink (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 7 in; x 17.78 cm
Object Name:
Sound Recording
Place made:
United States: New York, New York City
Date made:
1961
Subject:
Comedians  Search this
Radio  Search this
Comedy  Search this
Credit Line:
The Sam DeVincent Collection of American Sheet Music
ID Number:
2000.3053.2532
Label number:
EPV 5074
Nonaccession number:
2000.3053
Catalog number:
2000.3053.2532
See more items in:
Cultural and Community Life: Entertainment
Popular Entertainment
Phyllis Diller
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1025519
Additional Online Media:

This Morning's Business: "Radio Comedy in Commercial Production"

Collection Creator:
Jones, Caroline Robinson, 1942-2001 (advertising executive)  Search this
Extent:
1 videocassettes (vhs)
Container:
Box 119, Item AC0552-OV0059
Type:
Archival materials
Moving Images
Videocassettes (vhs)
Date:
1989 April 6
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
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.
See more items in:
Caroline R. Jones Papers
Caroline R. Jones Papers / Series 7: Audiovisual Materials / 7.3: Videotapes / 7.3.4: Television Programs
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0552-ref1224

Warshaw Collection of Business Americana Subject Categories: Radios

Creator:
Warshaw, Isadore, d. 1969  Search this
Extent:
2.44 Cubic feet (consisting of 4.5 boxes, 1 folder, 5 oversize folders, 2 flat boxes (partial), 1 map case folder.)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Business ephemera
Business letters
Publications
Receipts
Business cards
Trade literature
Logs (records)
Sales catalogs
Print advertising
Ephemera
Catalogs
Advertising mail
Commercial catalogs
Invoices
Trade cards
Technical reports
Trade catalogs
Advertising
Manuals
Reports
Manufacturers' catalogs
Commercial correspondence
Catalogues
Printed materials
Illustrations
Bulletins
Technical manuals
Printed material
Transcripts
Letterheads
Printed ephemera
Advertisements
Advertising cards
Radio scripts
Correspondence
Advertising fliers
Business records
Date:
1893-1992
Summary:
A New York bookseller, Warshaw assembled this collection over nearly fifty years. The Warshaw Collection of Business Americana: Accounting and Bookkeeping forms part of the Warshaw Collection of Business Americana, Subseries 1.1: Subject Categories. The Subject Categories subseries is divided into 470 subject categories based on those created by Mr. Warshaw. These subject categories include topical subjects, types or forms of material, people, organizations, historical events, and other categories. An overview to the entire Warshaw collection is available here: Warshaw Collection of Business Americana
Scope and Contents:
The radio category contains material primarily related to radio company products, radio broadcasts and programs, technical documentation on the use of radios, and material documenting the effect of radio on modern life. The bulk of the material covers sales catalogues and advertisements, though no complete records for single companies are present.

The radio broadcast transcripts and programs include fictional or anecdotal stories, transcripts of contests, interviews, or speeches, and notifications about future broadcasts.

Literature concerning the effect of radio on modern life includes brief radio historiographies, discussions about the need for advanced education for the radio field, and documentation of the use of radio in leisure time or in rural life. Additional publications address the uses and effects of radio during times of war. While no extensive documentation exists on any one topic, the publications may provide general histories of the radio with snapshots of specific facets of radio history.
Arrangement:
Radio is arranged in three subseries.

Business Records and Marketing Material

Genre

Subject
Forms Part Of:
Forms part of the Warshaw Collection of Business Americana.

Series 1: Business Ephemera

Series 2: Other Collection Divisions

Series 3: Isadore Warshaw Personal Papers

Series 4: Photographic Reference Material
Provenance:
Radio is a portion of the Business Ephemera Series of the Warshaw Collection of Business Americana, Accession AC0060 purchased from Isadore Warshaw in 1967. Warshaw continued to accumulate similar material until his death, which was donated in 1971 by his widow, Augusta. For a period after acquisition, related materials from other sources (of mixed provenance) were added to the collection so there may be content produced or published after Warshaw's death in 1969. This practice has since ceased.
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research. Some items may be restricted due to fragile condition.
Rights:
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.
Topic:
Radio -- History  Search this
Radio -- Receivers and reception  Search this
Radio  Search this
Radio -- Transmitters and transmission  Search this
Radio -- Apparatus and supplies  Search this
Radio broadcasting  Search this
Radio broadcasts  Search this
Radio in politics  Search this
Radio advertising  Search this
Radio -- Receivers and reception -- Design and construction  Search this
Radio audiences  Search this
advertising -- Business ephemera  Search this
Consumer goods -- Catalogs  Search this
Periodicals  Search this
Broadcast advertising  Search this
Radio comedies  Search this
Broadcasting  Search this
Broadcasting -- United States  Search this
War  Search this
Retail trade  Search this
Radio programs  Search this
Transmission of culture  Search this
Radio -- 1930-1940  Search this
Radio -- Antennas  Search this
Genre/Form:
Business ephemera
Business letters
Publications -- Business
Receipts
Business cards
Trade literature
Logs (records)
Sales catalogs
Print advertising
Ephemera
Catalogs
Advertising mail
Commercial catalogs
Invoices
Trade cards
Technical reports
Trade catalogs
Advertising
Manuals
Reports
Manufacturers' catalogs
Commercial correspondence
Catalogues
Printed materials
Illustrations
Bulletins
Technical manuals -- 20th century
Printed material
Transcripts
Letterheads
Printed ephemera
Publications
Advertisements
Advertising cards
Radio scripts
Correspondence
Advertising fliers
Business records
Citation:
Warshaw Collection of Business Americana Subject Categories: Radios, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0060.S01.01.Radios
See more items in:
Warshaw Collection of Business Americana Subject Categories: Radios
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0060-s01-01-radios

Ed Jackson "Book of Radio Personalities" Scrapbook

Creator:
Jackson, H. Edwin, 1907-1989  Search this
Donor:
Smith, Annette  Search this
Smith, Annette  Search this
Names:
Mills Brothers.  Search this
Allen, Gracie  Search this
Ameche, Don  Search this
Astaire, Fred  Search this
Benny, Jack, 1894-1974  Search this
Bergen, Edgar  Search this
Brice, Fanny  Search this
Burns, George, 1896-  Search this
Cantor, Eddie, 1892-1964  Search this
Crosby, Bing, 1904-1977  Search this
Durante, Jimmy  Search this
Durbin, Deanna  Search this
Eddy, Nelson, 1901-1967  Search this
Froman, Jane, 1907-1980  Search this
Jolson, Al, d. 1950  Search this
Lillie, Beatrice  Search this
Livingston, Mary  Search this
Meredith, Burgess, 1907-1997  Search this
Nelson, Ozzie  Search this
Oakie, Jack, 1903-1978  Search this
Skinner, Cornelia Otis, 1901-  Search this
Vallée, Rudy, 1901-1986  Search this
Whiteman, Paul, 1890-1967  Search this
Woollcott, Alexander, 1887-1943  Search this
Wynn, Ed, 1886-1966  Search this
Extent:
1 Cubic foot (1 box )
Container:
Box 1
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Photographs
Clippings
Publicity photographs
Scrapbooks
Signatures (names)
Date:
1933-1941.
Summary:
H. Edwin Jackson created this scrapbook of radio stars while living in Chicago, Illinois during the Great Depression.
Scope and Contents:
One homemade scrapbook created and compiled by H. Edwin Jackson. The book contains photographs, some autographed, news clippings, and commercially printed reproductions of photographs of numerous radio and entertainment personalities from 1933 forward. The arrangement of the book and its artwork was the creation of Jackson. Many pages have photographs and/or news items of additional personalities associated with the featured personality.

Subjects include: The Mills Brothers, Ruth Etting, Fred Allen with Portland Hoffa and Jack Smart, Lanny Ross, Phil Baker, Ireene [?] Wicker, The Pickens Sisters, Raymond, Knight, Clara (Louise Starkey), Lu (Isobel Carothers) n' Em (Helen King), Phil Harris and Leah Ray, Vera Van, George Burns and Gracie Allen, Gladys Swarthout, Jeanie Lang, Myrt and Marge, Helen Jepson, Jack Benny and Mary Livingston, Deanna Durbin, Helen Morgan, Jimmy Durante, Alexander Woolcott, The Boswell Sisters, Edwin C. Hill, Cornelia Otis Skinner, Paul Whiteman, Jessica Dragonette, Dave Rubinoff, Little Jackie Heller, Joe Penner, Mildred Bailey, Olga Albani, Vivienne Segal, Ed Wynn, Beatrice Lillie, Burgess Meredith, Dorothy Page, Bing Crosby, Rosa Ponselle, Stoopnagle and Budd, Grace Moore, Frank Crumit and Julia Sanderson, Frances Langford, Conrad Thibault, Ozzie Nelson and Harriet Hilliard, Bobby Breen, Jack Pearl, The Big Show, Olsen (Ole Olsen) and Johnson (Chick Johnson), Ramona, Rudy Vallee, The Easy Aces, Annette Hanshaw, Ben Bernie, Alice Faye, Charles Winninger, Ray Perkins, Eddie Cantor, Irene Rich, The Weiner Minstrels, Frank Parker, Jane Froman, Walter O'Keefe, James Melton, Al Jolson, Donald Novis, Morton Downey, The First Nighter (Charles P. Hughes), Lawrence Tibbett, Fred Astaire, Abe Lyman, Ethel Shutta, Fanny Brice, Joe Cook, Ken Murray, Jack Oakie, Tony Wans, Fred Waring's Pennsylvanians, Bob Burns, Don Ameche, Nelson Eddy, Ted Bergman, Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy.
Arrangement:
Collection is arranged into one series.
Biographical / Historical:
H. Edwin Jackson (1907-1989) was born in Union City, Indiana, the youngest of three children. Jackson's interest in entertainment personalities began early. His father was engaged in real estate and through a land swap acquired The Star Theater in Union City, one of the town's three theaters. The Star was a mid-size theater with a screen and stage. The Jacksons ran The Star as a family business. Jackson was the assistant projectionist to his older sister Mary Elizabeth and he and his father were the janitors. The Star showed silent movies starring such personalities as William S. Hart, Douglas Fairbanks, Sr., Charlie Chaplin, and Wallace Reid. During the influenza epidemic of the teens the theater closed. The family eventually sold The Star, and Jackson went to work as an assistant projectionist at The Grand, Union City's largest and most modern movie house.

When Jackson graduated from high school, the family moved to Chicago, Illinois. The Jackson family's first radio was "The Freshman" and the family eventually owned an Atwater Kent. Jackson became an avid radio fan listening to local Chicago stations WKYW, WENR, and WBBM as well as the national radio networks. Some of Jackson's favorite shows were The Shadow, Amos n' Andy and the Lux Radio Theater. Jackson was laid off from his job in 1933 and spent a great deal of his time listening to radio. His mother gave him money to purchase materials to make a scrapbook of radio and entertainment personalities. He began his book in January 1933, entitling it "Ed Jackson's Book of Radio Personalities." Jackson wrote to many of the personalities he featured in his scrapbook asking for autographed photographs which he put into the book along with clipped photographs and other items of interest from magazines and newspapers, radio show ticket stubs, and programs. Jackson included comics, singers, commentators (both news and social), and stars of popular radio programs. He revised/repaired the book in January, 1982 but Jackson did not detail his revisions.

Jackson was employed by the Lindberg Steel Treating Co. in Melrose Park, Illinois, for thirty years. He married Louise LaJeunesse in 1935 and had two children. Louise died in 1947, and Jackson married Eugenia McDougald in 1951. At the time of his death in December 1989 he was living in Walden, New York.

Sources

Oral History by H. Edwin Jackson, Archives Center Control File

Memorial Obituary for Edwin Jackson, The Newburgh News, December 14, 1989.

Bello, Paul. "Local scrapbook to be displayed at the Smithsonian". Times Community Papers, May 17, 2006.

E-mail message from Annette Smith to Cathy Keen, June 2, 2009.
Related Materials:
Materials in the Archives Center

George H. Clark Collection Radioana Collection, 1880-1950 (NMAH.AC.0055)

Warshaw Collection of Business Americana: Radio, Motion Pictures, 1896-1963 (NMAH.AC.0060)

National Bureau of Standards Radio Collection, 1917-1933 (NMAH.AC.0217)

Jean Clairmook Radio Scrapbook, 1930-1932 (NMAH.AC.0674)
Provenance:
Donated to the National Museum of American History, Archives Center by Annette L. Smith (H. Edwin Jackson's daughter) in June, 2004.
Donated to the Archives Center by Edwin Jackson's daughter, Ms. Annette Smith.
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Rights:
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.
Topic:
Radio comedies  Search this
Celebrities -- 1930-1940  Search this
Radio programs  Search this
Radio -- 1930-1940  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs -- Black-and-white photoprints -- Silver gelatin -- 1930-1950
Clippings -- 1930-1950
Publicity photographs
Scrapbooks -- 20th century
Signatures (names)
Citation:
Ed Jackson "Book of Radio Personalities" Scrapbook , 1933-1941, Archives Center, National Museum of American History. Gift of Annette Smith.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0861
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0861

Jack Benny and the golden age of American radio comedy / Kathryn H. Fuller-Seeley

Author:
Fuller-Seeley, Kathryn  Search this
Subject:
Benny, Jack 1894-1974  Search this
Physical description:
xiii, 373 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Place:
United States
Date:
2017
Topic:
Radio comedies--History and criticism  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1092948

Rawhide 2 [sound recording] / [by Max Ferguson]

Performer:
Ferguson, Max 1924-2013  Search this
Physical description:
1 phonograph record : analog, 33 1/3 rpm ; 12 in
Culture:
British-Canadian  Search this
British  Search this
English  Search this
Canadians  Search this
Type:
Phonograph records
Place:
Canada
Date:
1955
1940-1950
Topic:
Radio comedies  Search this
Radio programs  Search this
Parody  Search this
Satire  Search this
Local number:
FLP 70921
Folkways 3872
Restrictions & Rights:
Restrictions on access
See more items in:
Folkways Records Collection 1948-1986
Data Source:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_231984

Radio Programme. No. 2 [sound recording] : Rawhide (a satire) / Max Ferguson

Performer:
Ferguson, Max 1924-2013  Search this
Physical description:
1 phonograph record : analog, 33 1/3 rpm ; 12 in
Culture:
British-Canadian  Search this
British  Search this
Canadians  Search this
Type:
Phonograph records
Place:
Canada
Date:
1957
1940-1950
Topic:
Radio comedies  Search this
Radio programs  Search this
Parody  Search this
Satire  Search this
Local number:
FLP 70926
Folkways 3862
Restrictions & Rights:
Restrictions on access
See more items in:
Folkways Records Collection 1948-1986
Data Source:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_231989

Rawhide. No. 3 [sound recording] / conceived and told by Max Ferguson

Performer:
Ferguson, Max 1924-2013  Search this
Album cover design:
Clyne, Ronald 1925-2006  Search this
Physical description:
1 phonograph record : analog, 33 1/3 rpm ; 12 in
Culture:
British-Canadian  Search this
British  Search this
Canadians  Search this
Type:
Phonograph records
Place:
Canada
Date:
1959
1940-1950
Topic:
Radio comedies  Search this
Radio programs  Search this
Parody  Search this
Satire  Search this
Local number:
FW03873
Folkways 3873
Restrictions & Rights:
Restrictions on access
See more items in:
Folkways Records Collection 1948-1986
Data Source:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_231990
Additional Online Media:

Communities of the air : radio century, radio culture / edited by Susan Merrill Squier

Author:
Squier, Susan Merrill  Search this
Physical description:
viii, 318 p. ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
2003
Topic:
Radio broadcasting--Social aspects  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_716338

The best of old time radio. Starring Lucille Ball [sound recording]

Title:
Starring Lucille Ball
Lucille Ball
Author:
Tollin, Anthony  Search this
Ball, Lucille 1911-1989  Search this
Hope, Bob 1903-2003  Search this
Denning, Richard 1914-1998  Search this
Abbott, Bud 1895-1974  Search this
Costello, Lou  Search this
Conried, Hans  Search this
Stevens, Mark 1916-  Search this
McIntire, John  Search this
Skelton, Red 1913-1997  Search this
Radio Spirits, Inc  Search this
Physical description:
4 sound cassettes (6 hr.) : analog
Type:
Sound recordings
Date:
2000
1942
P2000
Topic:
Radio programs  Search this
Radio comedies  Search this
Radio plays, American  Search this
Call number:
ptp 000158
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_603800

The best of old time radio. Starring Lucille Ball [sound recording]

Title:
Starring Lucille Ball
Lucille Ball
Author:
Tollin, Anthony  Search this
Ball, Lucille 1911-1989  Search this
Hope, Bob 1903-2003  Search this
Denning, Richard 1914-1998  Search this
Abbott, Bud 1895-1974  Search this
Costello, Lou  Search this
Conried, Hans  Search this
Stevens, Mark 1916-  Search this
McIntire, John  Search this
Skelton, Red 1913-1997  Search this
Radio Spirits, Inc  Search this
Physical description:
6 sound discs (6 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Type:
Sound recordings
Date:
2000
1942
P2000
Topic:
Radio programs  Search this
Radio comedies  Search this
Radio plays, American  Search this
Call number:
disc 000298
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_603802

The best of old time radio. Starring Jack Benny [sound recording]

Title:
Starring Jack Benny
Jack Benny
Author:
Tollin, Anthony  Search this
Benny, Jack 1894-1974  Search this
Livingstone, Mary  Search this
Harris, Phil 1904-1995  Search this
Anderson, Eddie 1905-1977  Search this
Varden, Norma  Search this
Allen, Fred 1894-1956  Search this
Rains, Claude 1889-1967  Search this
McCambridge, Mercedes  Search this
Burns, George 1896-1996  Search this
Allen, Gracie 1902-1964  Search this
Benederet, Bea  Search this
Kearns, Joseph 1904-1962  Search this
Day, Dennis 1917-1988  Search this
DeMille, Cecil B (Cecil Blount) 1881-1959  Search this
Radio Spirits, Inc  Search this
Physical description:
6 sound discs (6 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Type:
Sound recordings
Date:
1999
1938
P1999
Topic:
Radio programs  Search this
Radio comedies  Search this
Call number:
disc 000299
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_632857

The best of old time radio. Starring Jack Benny [sound recording]

Title:
Starring Jack Benny
Jack Benny
Author:
Tollin, Anthony  Search this
Benny, Jack 1894-1974  Search this
Livingstone, Mary  Search this
Harris, Phil 1904-1995  Search this
Anderson, Eddie 1905-1977  Search this
Varden, Norma  Search this
Allen, Fred 1894-1956  Search this
Rains, Claude 1889-1967  Search this
McCambridge, Mercedes  Search this
Burns, George 1896-1996  Search this
Allen, Gracie 1902-1964  Search this
Benederet, Bea  Search this
Kearns, Joseph 1904-1962  Search this
Day, Dennis 1917-1988  Search this
DeMille, Cecil B (Cecil Blount) 1881-1959  Search this
Radio Spirits, Inc  Search this
Physical description:
4 sound cassettes (6 hrs.) : analog
Type:
Sound recordings
Date:
1999
1938
P1999
Topic:
Radio programs  Search this
Radio comedies  Search this
Call number:
ptp 000159
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_632867

Radio reader : essays in the cultural history of radio / edited by Michele Hilmes and Jason Loviglio

Author:
Hilmes, Michele 1953-  Search this
Loviglio, Jason  Search this
Physical description:
xv, 569 p. : ill. ; 26 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
2002
Topic:
Radio broadcasting--History  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_682787

Old time radio. Special edition favorites [sound recording]

Title:
Special edition favorites
Author:
Bogart, Humphrey 1899-1957  Search this
Bacall, Lauren 1924-2014  Search this
Lauck, Chester 1902-1980  Search this
Goff, Norris 1906-  Search this
Wright, Ben 1915-1989  Search this
Thomas, H (Hugh) Dr  Search this
Kipling, Rudyard 1865-1936 Drums of the fore and aft  Search this
Physical description:
1 sound disc (74 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Type:
Sound recordings
Place:
United States
Date:
1994
P1994
Topic:
Radio plays, American  Search this
Radio comedies  Search this
Call number:
disc 000193
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_546872

Old time radio. Special edition favorites [sound recording]

Title:
Special edition favorites
Author:
Bogart, Humphrey 1899-1957  Search this
Bacall, Lauren 1924-2014  Search this
Lauck, Chester 1902-1980  Search this
Goff, Norris 1906-  Search this
Wright, Ben 1915-1989  Search this
Thomas, H (Hugh) Dr  Search this
Kipling, Rudyard 1865-1936 Drums of the fore and aft  Search this
Physical description:
1 sound cassette (74 min.) : analog
Type:
Sound recordings
Place:
United States
Date:
1994
P1994
Topic:
Radio plays, American  Search this
Radio comedies  Search this
Call number:
ptp 000107
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_546982

Old time radio. Comedy & laughter [sound recording]

Title:
Old time radio. Comedy and laughter
Comedy & laughter
Comedy and laughter
Author:
Amari, Carl  Search this
Talbot, Bruce  Search this
Tollin, Anthony  Search this
Benny, Jack 1894-1974  Search this
Burns, George 1896-1996  Search this
Allen, Gracie 1902-1964  Search this
Abbott, Bud 1895-1974  Search this
Costello, Lou  Search this
Ameche, Don  Search this
Langford, Frances  Search this
Bergen, Edgar 1903-1978  Search this
Bendix, William 1906-1964  Search this
Jordan, Jim 1896-1988  Search this
Jordan, Marian 1897-1961  Search this
Peary, Harold 1908-1985  Search this
Tetley, Walter  Search this
Arden, Eve 1912-1990  Search this
Berle, Milton  Search this
Gardner, Ed 1901-1963  Search this
Shermet, Hazel  Search this
Ball, Lucille 1911-1989  Search this
Denning, Richard 1914-1998  Search this
Physical description:
4 sound discs (ca. 5 hrs.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Type:
Sound recordings
Place:
United States
Date:
1997
1945
P1997
Topic:
Radio comedies  Search this
Radio plays, American  Search this
Call number:
disc 000195
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_547335

Old time radio. Comedy & laughter [sound recording]

Title:
Old time radio. Comedy and laughter
Comedy & laughter
Comedy and laughter
Author:
Amari, Carl  Search this
Talbot, Bruce  Search this
Tollin, Anthony  Search this
Benny, Jack 1894-1974  Search this
Burns, George 1896-1996  Search this
Allen, Gracie 1902-1964  Search this
Abbott, Bud 1895-1974  Search this
Costello, Lou  Search this
Ameche, Don  Search this
Langford, Frances  Search this
Bergen, Edgar 1903-1978  Search this
Bendix, William 1906-1964  Search this
Jordan, Jim 1896-1988  Search this
Jordan, Marian 1897-1961  Search this
Peary, Harold 1908-1985  Search this
Tetley, Walter  Search this
Arden, Eve 1912-1990  Search this
Berle, Milton  Search this
Gardner, Ed 1901-1963  Search this
Shermet, Hazel  Search this
Ball, Lucille 1911-1989  Search this
Denning, Richard 1914-1998  Search this
Physical description:
4 sound cassettes (ca. 5 hrs.) : analog, Dolby processed
Type:
Sound recordings
Place:
United States
Date:
1997
1945
P1997
Topic:
Radio comedies  Search this
Radio plays, American  Search this
Call number:
ptp 000109
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_547336

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