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Jean Stapleton Papers

Creator:
Stapleton, Jean, 1923-2013  Search this
Extent:
10 Cubic feet (35 boxes, 4 map-folders)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Correspondence
Date:
1906-2014, undated
Summary:
Collection documents the personal life and professional career of American theatre and film actor Jean Stapleton.
Scope and Contents:
The collection consists of papers documenting Stapleton's long career in film, on stage, and on screen. Contents include correspondence from fans and from VIPs; awards and honorary degrees; scrapbooks and photograph albums; papers relating to her career, such as publicity photographs, scripts, sheet music, audiovisual materials; subject files Stapleton kept on topics relating to her roles; papers relating to Stapleton's mother, Marie Stapleton, an opera singer; articles and clippings, and a 16 mm film.

The collection documents Stapleton's long stage, film, and television career, as well as her philanthropic activities. These materials consist primarily of photographs and photograph albums, scripts, sheet music and scores, costume and set designs, programs and posters, awards and honorary degrees, and subject files Stapleton kept on topics relating to her roles.

The collection is arranged into four series. Series one, Production Materials, contains a substantial amount of materials relating to her acting career and the many roles she played on the stage, in film and on television. Series two consists of materials relating to regional theatres. Series three includes Stapleton's personal papers. Series four contain materials relating to the singing career of Marie Stapleton Murray who was the mother of Jean Stapleton.
Arrangement:
Collection arranged into four series.

Series 1, Production Materials, 1939-2007, undated

Series 2, Regional Theatre, 1941-1989, undated

Series 3, Personal Papers, 1930-2014, undated

Subseries 3.1, Correspondence, 1950-2000, undated

Subseries 3.2, Activism and Awards, 1930-2010, undated

Subseries 3.3, Personal Memorabilia and Photographs, 1952-2014, undated

Subseries 3.4, Publications, 1971-2001

Series 4, Marie Stapleton Murray, 1906-1914, undated
Biographical / Historical:
Jean Stapleton was born on January 19, 1923 in Manhattan, New York, New York, as Jean Murray. Her father was a billboard advertising salesman. Her mother was an opera singer, whose maiden name, Stapleton, she took as her stage name. Stapleton trained as an actor at the American Actors Company and the American Theatre Wing. She was a singer as well as a character actor and in 1949 found success as part of the cast of the national touring company of "Harvey." She would go on to act off-Broadway, on-Broadway, in film, and on television throughout her half-a-century career. Notable roles include Sister in "Damn Yankees," Sue in "Bells are Ringing," and Mrs. Strakosh in "Funny Girl." Her most famous role, however, was in Norman Lear's groundbreaking sitcom "All in the Family" where Stapleton portrayed the "dingbat," big-hearted wife, Edith Bunker. Playing opposite Carroll O'Connor's, Archie Bunker, Stapleton was lauded for her masterful portrayal. She won three Emmys and two Golden Globe awards. "All in the Family" ran from 1971 to 1984 and after the show ended Stapleton continued working on numerous projects. In 1989, she acted in Harold Printer's "The Birthday Party" and "Mountain Language," Lee Hoiby's "Bon Appétit" in 1991, and Horton Foote's "The Carpetbagger's Children" in 2002. She also appeared as guest characters in many television series.

In 1957 Stapleton married William Putch, operator of the Totem Pole Playhouse in Pennsylvania. They were married until his death in 1983. Stapleton never remarried. Jean Stapleton died May 31, 2013 of natural causes and is survived by two children, Pamela and John, and grandchildren.
Related Materials:
Materials at Other Organizations

Carnegie Mellon University Archives

The papers of Jean Stapleton's husband, William Putch, mainly his thirty years of work at the Totem Pole Playhouse, were acquired in July 2017.
Provenance:
The collection was donated to the Archives Center by Pamela Putch in 2017.
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.
Occupation:
Actors  Search this
Topic:
Television  Search this
Theater  Search this
Actresses  Search this
Motion pictures  Search this
Genre/Form:
Correspondence
Citation:
Jean Stapleton Papers, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.1424
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Jean Stapleton Papers
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep84c6144d7-8079-4676-89e1-d6d4904fcf17
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-1424
Online Media:

Personal Papers

Collection Creator:
Stapleton, Jean, 1923-2013  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1930-2014, undated
1930 - 2014
Scope and Contents:
Documents Stapleton's private life as well as her career. The series is divided into four subseries.

Subseries one, Correspondence, consists of the incoming and outgoing letters relating to Stapleton's career, private life and philanthropic work. In addition, there is some fan mail and two scrapbooks containing her correspondence, and greeting cards. The materials are arranged in chronological order.

Subseries two, Activism and Awards, include materials relating to Stapleton's work outside of her acting career. Stapleton was involved with organizations such as the National Women's Conference, the preservation of Eleanor Roosevelt's home, the Equal Rights Amendment, Pearl S. Buck Foundation, Women's Research and Education Institute, Legal Defense and Education Fund, and the Actor's Equity Association. In addition, throughout Stapleton's career she received numerous awards and honors including honorary degrees from Monmouth College, Emerson College, and Hood College. Other acknowlegments include the Kennedy Center Honors and Emmy Award; Women in Film Crystal Award; Female Entertainer of the Year Award from the Conference of Personal Managers East; National American Cable Entertainment Award; Managers East, Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Award; Box Office Blue Ribbon Award; Theatre Hall of Fame and the Congressional Arts Caucus Award. The materials are arranged in chronological order.

Subseries three, Personal Memorabilia and Photographs, include photographs of the Actors Equity Cultural Exchange trip to Russia, scrapbooks, obituaries of friends, press and studio photographs and, a caricature of Stapleton. The materials are arranged in chronological order.

Subseries four, Publications, consists primarily of newspaper clippings and magazine articles relating to her career. There is also a book about the television program All in the Family. The materials are arranged in chronological order.
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.
Collection Citation:
Jean Stapleton Papers, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.1424, Series 3
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Jean Stapleton Papers
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8fced85aa-c7e2-4ab9-8144-cfd4d463f1ed
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1424-ref379

Chair used by Edith Bunker in All in the Family

User:
Stapleton, Jean  Search this
Physical Description:
fabric (overall material)
metal (overall material)
wood (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 35 in x 25 in x 26 in; 88.9 cm x 63.5 cm x 66.04 cm
Object Name:
Chair
Date made:
around 1940s
Subject:
All in the Family {Television Program}  Search this
Television  Search this
Credit Line:
Gift of Tandem/TAT Productions
ID Number:
1978.2146.02
Accession number:
1978.2146
Catalog number:
1978.2146.02
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Culture and the Arts: Entertainment
Popular Entertainment
Highlights from the Culture and the Arts Collection
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746ac-51cc-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_670098
Online Media:

All in the Family 2nd Album record

Depicted (sitter):
Stapleton, Jean  Search this
Reiner, Rob  Search this
Maker:
Atlantic Recording Group  Search this
Physical Description:
vinyl (record material)
cardboard (cover material)
Measurements:
overall: 12 in x 12 in; 30.48 cm x 30.48 cm
Object Name:
record
album
Place made:
United States
Date made:
1972
Subject:
Television  Search this
ID Number:
2017.0150.35
Accession number:
2017.0150
Catalog number:
2017.0150.35
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Culture and the Arts: Entertainment
Popular Entertainment
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746b3-c521-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1888749
Online Media:

Donation by "All in the Family" Cast

Author:
Hofmeister, Richard K  Search this
Subject:
Lear, Norman  Search this
Reiner, Rob  Search this
Ripley, Sidney Dillon 1913-2001  Search this
Stapleton, Jean 1923-  Search this
Struthers, Sally  Search this
National Museum of American History (U.S.) (NMAH)  Search this
National Museum of History and Technology (U.S.)  Search this
Nation of Nations (Exhibition) (1976: Smithsonian Institution)  Search this
Physical description:
Color: Black and White; Size: 10w x 8h; Type of Image: Group, candid; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Photographic print
Group, candid
Date:
1978
Topic:
Secretaries  Search this
Artifacts  Search this
Celebrities and Dignitaries  Search this
Exhibitions  Search this
Gifts  Search this
Secretariats  Search this
Television  Search this
Standard number:
92-1711
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_8678

Donation by "All in the Family" Cast

Creator:
Hofmeister, Richard K  Search this
Uniform title:
All in the family (Television program)  Search this
Subject:
Lear, Norman  Search this
Reiner, Rob  Search this
Ripley, S. Dillon (Sidney Dillon) 1913-2001  Search this
Stapleton, Jean 1923-2013  Search this
Struthers, Sally  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Office of Public Affairs  Search this
National Museum of History and Technology  Search this
Physical description:
Gelatin silver prints; 8 x 10;
Type:
Black-and-white photographs
Date:
1978
September 19, 1978
Topic:
Special events  Search this
Local number:
SIA RU000371 [78-15379]
Restrictions & Rights:
No access restrictions Many of SIA's holdings are located off-site, and advance notice is recommended to consult a collection. Please email the SIA Reference Team at osiaref@si.edu
No Copyright - United States
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_398061

Alberta Cifolelli papers, circa 1944 -2010

Creator:
Cifolelli, Alberta, 1931-  Search this
Subject:
Goulet, Lorrie  Search this
Alfvén, Inger  Search this
Barker, James E.  Search this
Henderson, Alva  Search this
Hoffmann, Roald  Search this
Kuspit, Donald B. (Donald Burton)  Search this
Smith, Pat  Search this
Stanczak, Julian  Search this
Stapleton, Jean  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Video recordings
Interviews
Citation:
Alberta Cifolelli papers, circa 1944 -2010. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Women artists  Search this
Women painters  Search this
Women printmakers  Search this
Theme:
Lives of American Artists  Search this
Women  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)13354
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)252360
AAA_collcode_cifoalbe
Theme:
Lives of American Artists
Women
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_252360

Doctor Dolittle, script

Collection Creator:
Stapleton, Jean, 1923-2013  Search this
Container:
Box 6, Folder 13
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
undated
1997
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.
Collection Citation:
Jean Stapleton Papers, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
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Jean Stapleton Papers
Jean Stapleton Papers / Series 1: Production Materials
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8dd5f6270-48e1-4c68-bb4e-34e4f09165e1
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1424-ref100

Earnest in Love

Collection Creator:
Stapleton, Jean, 1923-2013  Search this
Container:
Box 7, Folder 1
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1983
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.
Collection Citation:
Jean Stapleton Papers, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
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Jean Stapleton Papers
Jean Stapleton Papers / Series 1: Production Materials
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep82ae11e42-f0dc-49d3-a4ba-5eb82199ea36
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1424-ref101

Eleanor Roosevelt, photographs

Collection Creator:
Stapleton, Jean, 1923-2013  Search this
Container:
Box 7, Folder 2
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1940-1949
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.
Collection Citation:
Jean Stapleton Papers, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
See more items in:
Jean Stapleton Papers
Jean Stapleton Papers / Series 1: Production Materials
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep884feb1e3-78ba-4212-ba8d-b96d56232fbc
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1424-ref102

Eleanor Roosevelt

Collection Creator:
Stapleton, Jean, 1923-2013  Search this
Container:
Box 7, Folder 3
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1950-1990
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.
Collection Citation:
Jean Stapleton Papers, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
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Jean Stapleton Papers
Jean Stapleton Papers / Series 1: Production Materials
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep806766559-b505-4a66-8487-7e5fbfc8e42b
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1424-ref103

Eleanor Roosevelt, newspaper clippings

Collection Creator:
Stapleton, Jean, 1923-2013  Search this
Container:
Box 7, Folder 4
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1962-1996
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.
Collection Citation:
Jean Stapleton Papers, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
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Jean Stapleton Papers
Jean Stapleton Papers / Series 1: Production Materials / Eleanor Roosevelt
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8dc00c5d4-6b52-425a-ad0a-3c20127bafaa
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1424-ref104

Eleanor Roosevelt

Collection Creator:
Stapleton, Jean, 1923-2013  Search this
Container:
Box 7, Folder 5
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1970 - 1979
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.
Collection Citation:
Jean Stapleton Papers, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
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Jean Stapleton Papers
Jean Stapleton Papers / Series 1: Production Materials / Eleanor Roosevelt
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8b4d80e10-d5ce-4414-95ee-a9f93583dd91
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1424-ref105

Eleanor Roosevelt

Collection Creator:
Stapleton, Jean, 1923-2013  Search this
Container:
Box 7, Folder 6
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1974-1975
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.
Collection Citation:
Jean Stapleton Papers, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
See more items in:
Jean Stapleton Papers
Jean Stapleton Papers / Series 1: Production Materials
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep82efb80bd-4ac0-4dda-834a-db4396fc5484
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1424-ref106

Eleanor Roosevelt, photographs

Collection Creator:
Stapleton, Jean, 1923-2013  Search this
Container:
Box 7, Folder 7
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1977
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.
Collection Citation:
Jean Stapleton Papers, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
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Jean Stapleton Papers
Jean Stapleton Papers / Series 1: Production Materials / Eleanor Roosevelt
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep83f86bb1d-4258-4dcc-ab18-ed7cc2e91f49
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1424-ref107

Eleanor Roosevelt

Collection Creator:
Stapleton, Jean, 1923-2013  Search this
Container:
Box 7, Folder 8
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1976 - 1984
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.
Collection Citation:
Jean Stapleton Papers, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
See more items in:
Jean Stapleton Papers
Jean Stapleton Papers / Series 1: Production Materials
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep85a4f93e7-3782-4b79-9715-6b34c1c3b98f
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1424-ref108

Eleanor: First Lady of the World

Collection Creator:
Stapleton, Jean, 1923-2013  Search this
Container:
Box 7, Folder 9
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1978
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.
Collection Citation:
Jean Stapleton Papers, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
See more items in:
Jean Stapleton Papers
Jean Stapleton Papers / Series 1: Production Materials
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8b88d127e-3d84-4e07-9a0e-d2d2f98d1dd1
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1424-ref109

Production Materials

Collection Creator:
Stapleton, Jean, 1923-2013  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
undated
1939-2007
Scope and Contents:
Comprises the largest portion of the collection and include press kits, photographs including production stills, costume and set designs, scripts and music scores, programs and posters, and magazine articles and newspaper clippings. These materials span a seventy-year period documenting the creative process for some of Jean Stapleton's most well-known work including the television show All in the Family and her role as Eleanor Roosevelt. The materials are arranged in alphabetical order by the name of the production.
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.
Collection Citation:
Jean Stapleton Papers, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.1424, Series 1
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Jean Stapleton Papers
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8e5cca689-d1fd-4037-8318-2f9fb9f6fe36
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1424-ref11

Eleanor: First Lady of the World, script

Collection Creator:
Stapleton, Jean, 1923-2013  Search this
Container:
Box 8, Folder 1
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1981
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.
Collection Citation:
Jean Stapleton Papers, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
See more items in:
Jean Stapleton Papers
Jean Stapleton Papers / Series 1: Production Materials
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep81f9ed1a8-783a-49c7-943c-338900eec654
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1424-ref110

Eleanor: First Lady of the World, fan mail

Collection Creator:
Stapleton, Jean, 1923-2013  Search this
Container:
Box 8, Folder 2
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1982 - 1984
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.
Collection Citation:
Jean Stapleton Papers, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
See more items in:
Jean Stapleton Papers
Jean Stapleton Papers / Series 1: Production Materials
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep801e5f16b-0f19-416a-974e-a20061693156
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1424-ref111

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