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Finding Aid for the Jack Benny Papers, 1930-1974
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  • Administrative Information
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  • Organization and Arrangement
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Jack Benny Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1930-1974
    Collection number: 134
    Creator: Benny, Jack, 1894-1974
    Extent: 105 boxes (52.5 linear ft.) 6 cartons (6 linear ft.) 9 oversize boxes
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Abstract: Benjamin Kubelsky (1894-1974) was born in Chicago. He began his career as a violinist and turned to comedy in 1918. He was a successful vaudeville performer, actor and radio personality. The collection consists of radio and television scripts, photographs and production stills, personal and business records for the years 1935-1955 as well as magazines containing Benny articles, memorabilia, and awards.
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library 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 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 Library Special Collections for in-house consultation and may be obtained for a fee. Please contact:
    • Public Services Division
    • UCLA Library 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 Jack Benny, 1967.
    • Gift of Joseph Fischer, 1970.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Jack Benny Papers (Collection 134). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library.

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 709333 


    Benjamin Kubelsky was born on February 14, 1894 in Chicago; raised in Waukegan, Illinois; began career as a violinist; turned to comedy in 1918, first as Ben K. Benny, then Jack Benny; became successful vaudeville performer during the 1920s, playing the Palace in New York City; married Sadye Marks (professionally known as Mary Livingstone) in 1927; made film debut in 1929, radio debut in 1932, television debut in 1950; became concert artist in 1956 and made frequent fund-raising appearances; died in Los Angeles, December 26, 1974.

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of materials relating to the career of comedian Jack Benny. Includes radio and television scripts, photographs and production stills, personal and business records for the years 1935-1955, magazines containing Benny articles, memorabilia, and awards.

    Organization and Arrangement

    Arranged in the following series:
    1. Radio scripts (Boxes 1-42).
    2. Television scripts (Boxes 42-57).
    3. Tapes (Boxes 58-63).
    4. Photographs (Boxes 64-79, 81).
    5. Personal appearance materials 1948-1956 (Box 80).
    6. Personal papers, correspondence, contracts (Boxes 82-98).
    7. Serials (Boxes 90, 99).
    8. Memorabilia, awards (Boxes 100-116).
    9. Lucky Strike program scripts bound volumes (Boxes 117-120).

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Benny, Jack, 1894-1974--Archives.
    Comedians--United States--Archival resources.
    Radio plays.
    Television plays.