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Finding Aid for the Joe Granby papers, 1908-1960s, (bulk dates ca. 1908-1929 and 1940s)
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  • Restrictions on Access
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  • Preferred Citation
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Organization and Arrangement
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  • Title: Joe Granby papers
    Collection number: 1931
    Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 3 flat boxes
    Date (bulk): Bulk, 1940-1949
    Date (inclusive): 1908-1960s, (bulk 1908-1929), (bulk 1940s)
    Abstract: Joseph Granby was an American actor whose career spanned the early-1900s to the 1960s. During that time he was involved in vaudeville, theater, film, radio, and television. The collection consists of photographs, scrapbooks, theater programs, playbills, and a small amount of script material related to Granby's career.
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.
    Creator: Granby, Joe, 1885-1965

    Restrictions on Access

    Open for research. STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UC Regents. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Sumner Granby, 1981.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Joe Granby Papers (Collection 1931). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.


    There is very little biographical information available about Joseph Granby. Most of the facts below were gathered from Granby's papers. Joseph Granby (also known as Joe) was born in 1885 and appears to be from Boston, Massachusetts. He was an actor involved in theater, motion pictures, radio, and television. His career was launched at the Castle Square Theatre in Boston in 1905. He appeared on Broadway in productions such as The Claw, Lally (1927), and Hawk Island (1929). Granby was also active in vaudeville on the Keith and Orpheum circuits. He regularly performed on radio and was known for his role as Black Barney in the science-fiction series Buck Rogers. He also played the roles of Lothar on Mandrake the Magician and Lestrade on Sherlock Holmes. His motion picture credits include Kismet (1944), The Barkleys of Broadway (1949), Joan of Arc (1950), and Written on the Wind (1956) among others. He made the transition to television on programs such as Fireside Theatre and Lux Video Theatre. Granby died in Hollywood, California, on September 29, 1965.

    Scope and Content

    The collection consists of photographs, scrapbooks, clippings, theater programs, playbills, and a very small amount of script material related to the career of actor Joseph Granby. The bulk of the photographs include theater and motion picture stills, headshots, and portrait-like shots of Granby. The three scrapbooks represent Granby's early career and consist of clippings, theater programs, and playbills, a small number of photographs, and ephemera. The scripts represent a very small quantity of motion picture and radio projects in which Granby may have been involved or had an interest in, such as script pages for a radio performance of It's a Wonderful Life (1947) and screenplays for Invasion U.S.A. and Written on the Wind (1957). Notably absent from the collection is a broader representation of scripts related to Granby's radio work on Buck Rogers, Sherlock Holmes, and Mandrake the Magician as well as scripts related to Granby's performances on stage, in motion pictures, and on television.

    Organization and Arrangement

    Arranged in the following series:
    1. Series 1. Photographs
    2. Series 2. Scrapbooks
    3. Series 3. Printed Material
    4. Series 4. Scripts

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 6940980 

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Granby, Joe, 1885-1965 - Archives.
    Actors--United States--Archives.
    Publicity photographs.
    Theater programs.