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Finding Aid for the Carolyn Jones Papers, 1953-1965
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Carolyn Jones Scripts
    Date (inclusive): 1953-1965
    Collection number: 131
    Creator: Jones, Carolyn
    Extent: 10 boxes (5.0 linear ft.)
    Abstract: Actress Carolyn Jones was best known for her role as the ghoulish Morticia in the television series The Addams Family. The collection consists of scripts and scrapbooks related to her acting career.
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Performing Arts Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library, Performing Arts Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Advance notice required for access.

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library, Performing Arts Special Collections. 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 a Peter Bailey-Britton; 1984.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Carolyn Jones Scripts (Collection 131). Performing Arts Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.


    Jones was born in Amarillo, TX, Apr. 28, 1929. She attended Pasadena Community Playhouse in Pasadena, CA (1950). She made her stage debut in the 1940s followed by her television debut in 1951. She gained popularity in the mid-1960s in the role of Morticia in popular The Addams family television series. Her film credits include, Desiree (1954), The Seven Year Itch (1955), The Tender Trap (1955), The Bachelor Party (1957), for which she was nominated for an Oscar for her supporting role, and Majorie Morningstar (1958). She died Aug. 3, 1983 in Hollywood, CA.

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of television and motion picture scripts related to the career of actress Carolyn Jones. Includes 18 bound volumes of motion picture scripts including, The Bachelor Party, Desiree, Marjorie Morningstar, The Seven Year Itch, and The Tender Trap, and 6 bound volumes of scripts for the television series The Addams family (1964-65). Also includes 3 scrapbooks and clippings documenting the career of Jones (1955-78).

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.


    Jones, Carolyn--1929-1983--Archives.
    Actress--United States--Archival resources.

    Genres and Forms of Material

    television scripts.
    Film scripts.