Sidney Skolsky papers

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Sidney Skolsky papers
Date (inclusive): 1928-1982
Collection number: 18
Creator: Skolsky, Sidney
Extent: 5 linear feet of papers. 0.5 linear feet of photographs.
Repository: Margaret Herrick Library. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Languages: English

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Preferred Citation

Sidney Skolsky papers, Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Estelle Skolsky, 1984; Steffi Sidney, 1993


Sidney Skolsky was a gossip columnist active in Hollywood from 1932 to 1982.

Collection Scope and Content Summary

The Sidney Skolsky papers span the years 1928-1982 and encompass 5.5 linear feet. The collection consists primarily of material on film personalities utilized by Skolsky in the preparation of his typewriter-written caricatures, known as tintypes. The material often includes a draft tintype prepared by the associated studio's publicity department, correspondence from the department, biographical data, Skolsky's carbon of the tintype, or a transcript of an interview conducted by a studio publicist. Other items include miscellaneous television and radio scripts, some correspondence (mostly photocopies), manuscripts of articles and columns by Skolsky, and scrapbooks containing Skolsky's columns. The photograph series consist of 356 vintage black-and-white photographs. These are group portraits of Sidney Skolsky with various film personalities.


Arranged in the following series: 1. Production files, subseries A-B as follows: A. Produced; B. Unproduced; 2. Correspondence; 3. Subject files (Column files); 4. Scrapbooks; 5. Photographs (Biography)

Indexing Terms

Skolsky, Sidney , 1905-1983--Archives.