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Finding Aid for the Ed Wynn Papers, 1920-1938 bulk 1931-1938
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Ed Wynn Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1920-1938 bulk 1931-1938
    Collection number: 1181
    Creator: Wynn, Ed, 1886-1966
    Extent: 1 box (0.5 linear ft.) 24 oversize boxes
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Abstract: Born Isaiah Edwin Leopold, Ed Wynn (1886-1966) was a successful New York vaudeville comic headliner by the age of 17. He appeared in Ziegfeld follies, wrote and produced his own shows on Broadway (1920s and 1930s), and appeared in television and films (1950s and 1960s). The collection consists of Wynn's scrapbooks, clippings and ephemera, and sheet music documenting his career in Broadway theater and radio productions.
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library, Department of 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.

    Restrictions on Access

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

    Additional Physical Form Available

    A copy of the original version of this online finding aid is available at the UCLA Department of Special Collections for in-house consultation and may be obtained for a fee. Please contact:
    • Public Services Division
    • UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections
    • Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
    • Box 951575
    • Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
    • Telephone: 310/825-4988 (10:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m., Pacific Time)
    • Email: spec-coll@library.ucla.edu

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Keenan Wynn, 1968.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Ed Wynn Papers (Collection 1181). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

    Biography

    Born Isaiah Edwin Leopold, November 9, 1886 of European immigrants in Philadelphia; entered show business at 15; became successful New York vaudeville comic headliner by 17; appeared in Ziegfeld follies; wrote and produced his own shows on Broadway in 1920s and 1930s, featuring songs by Rodgers and Hart, Sammy Fain, and other well-known composers, and billing himself as The perfect fool, featuring his lisp, giggle, fluttering hands, outlandish costumes and inventions, and outrageous puns; starred on radio as Texaco fire chief in 1930s; suffered nervous breakdown late 1930s; returned to Broadway in 1940s; appeared in television and films through 1950s and 1960s in both comic and dramatic roles; father of Keenan Wynn; died of cancer in Beverly Hills on June 19, 1966.

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of scrapbooks, clippings and ephemera, and sheet music documenting Wynn's career in Broadway theater and radio productions. Includes sheet music by Sammy Fain and score to Simple Simon by Rodgers and Hart.

    Organization and Arrangement

    Arranged in the following series:
    1. Scrapbooks (Boxes 2-13, 24-25).
    2. Sheet music (Boxes 9, 13-23).
    3. Memorabilia (Box 1).

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Wynn, Ed, 1886-1966--Archives.
    Comedians--United States--Archival resources.
    Musical theater--United States.
    Scrapbooks.
    Song sheets.
    Hart, Lorenz, 1895-1943.
    Rodgers, Richard, 1902- .
    Fain, Sammy, 1902- .