Hattie and Sam McDaniel papers

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Hattie and Sam McDaniel papers
Date (inclusive): 1900-1957
Collection number: 89
Creator: McDaniel, Hattie McDaniel, Sam
Extent: 1 linear feet of papers.
Repository: Margaret Herrick Library. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Languages: English

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Preferred Citation

Hattie and Sam McDaniel papers, Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Edgar J. Goff, 1977-1996


Hattie McDaniel was an African-American actress active in film from 1932 to 1949. She earned an Academy Award for her supporting role in GONE WITH THE WIND (1939). Samuel Rufus McDaniel was an actor active in film from 1929 to 1960.

Collection Scope and Content Summary

The Hattie and Sam McDaniel papers span the years 1900-1957 and encompass 1.0 linear foot. The material concerning Hattie McDaniel consists of a childhood spelling book and a Christmas card from the late 1940s, as well as a small amount of publicity and several certificates honoring her after her death. In addition, there are more than 400 transcription discs for "The Beulah Show," starring Hattie McDaniel as Beulah in 15-minute radio serializations. The bulk of the material in the papers relates to the actor and entertainer Samuel Rufus McDaniel, the brother of Hattie McDaniel. Included are film, television, and radio scripts, as well as a scrapbook. The photograph series includes photographs of Hattie, Sam and Etta McDaniels documenting their personal lives and professional careers.


Arranged in the following series: 1. Production files; 2. Television files; 3. Radio files; 4. Subject files; 5. Personal photographs

Indexing Terms

McDaniel, Hattie , 1895-1952--Archives
McDaniel, Sam , 1886-1962--Archives