Finding aid for the Donald Randolph papers

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Title: Donald Randolph papers
Collection number: 2125
Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 1.75 linear ft.
Date (bulk): Bulk, 1935-1957
Date (inclusive): 1930-1979
Abstract: Donald Randolph was a stage, film, television, and radio actor. The collection includes two scrapbooks of programs and clippings documenting a number of projects in which Randolph was involved, photographs, and a small amount of ephemera, correspondence, and writings by Randolph.
Language of Materials: English
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.
Creator: Randolph, Donald

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Donald Randolph papers (Collection 2125). Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

Provenance/Source of Acquisition

Gift of Stanley Waxman, August 1993.

Biography/History

Donald Randolph was born in 1906 in Cape Town, South Africa. At the end of his second year of college, he began working for a mattress firm in Chicago, and in his spare time he joined a small theatrical group called the Dill Pickle Club. After moving to Los Angeles, Randolph began acting in 1926, landing a part in the west coast production of “Desire Under the Elms.” His next connection was with the San Bernardino Broadway Players, appearing in a large number of plays throughout California. In 1928 he became the leading man for the Fulton Stock Company in Oakland, California, where he appeared in thirty plays in one season.
Randolph moved to the east coast to pursue his growing career. He first joined the Jessie Bonstelle Stock Company in Detroit; he then made his Broadway debut in 1932 in "Fatal Alibi," in which he played the family butler. He subsequently appeared in more than 35 Broadway shows in featured and starring roles.
In 1937 Randolph joined Maurice Evans' Shakespearian Company and for three seasons played Bolingbroke in "Richard III," Horatio in "Hamlet" and the Earl of Worcester in "Henry IV." For his performance as Bolingbroke, he earned him a New York critics honor as the best supporting actor on Broadway between 1937 and 1940.
Other productions followed, most notably “Angel Street” and in 1941 Randolph appeared with Gertrude Lawrence in the acclaimed "Lady in the Dark."
During World War II, Randolph entertained the troops in the Mediterranean under the USO. For eight months he directed and performed in “Blithe Spirit,” which also starred Annabella, and for this contribution he received a Civilian Service Emblem.
In 1946, Randolph returned to the Broadway stage in the starring role of "Life With Father," one of the longest-running Broadway hits in the history of the American theater. After one year, he left Broadway and went to Hollywood where he pursued a film career, appearing in numerous motion pictures, including "Mask for Lucretia, ""Bride of Vengeance," "The Silver Chalice," "The Khyber Patrol," "The Rawhide Years" and "Gunsmoke." In between films, he also appeared in television soap operas and sit-coms, as well as occasional stage appearances in Southern California.
Randolph served for many years on the board of the Screen Actors Guild and in 1985 he received a Resolution of Commendation for having served more than 20 years on the board of trustees of the SAG-Producers pension and health plans.
Donald Randolph died on March 16, 1993 in Los Angeles, California. Biographical information provided by donor Stanley Waxman, in 1993.

Scope and Content

The collection consists of two scrapbooks, photographs, and a small amount of material from professional affiliations related to the career of actor Donald Randolph. The two scrapbooks represent Randolph’s career from the 1930s-1950s and consists of clippings, programs, and ephemera. The photographs are mostly stills from theatre and film productions. There are 3 typescript writings that appear to be dramatizations, one written by Randolph; and a small number of items representing Randolph’s professional affiliations including

Organization and Arrangement

The collection is arranged into the following series:
  • 1. Photographs
  • 2. Scrapbooks and Ephemera
  • 3. Scripts
  • 4. Professional Affiliations.

UCLA Catalog Record ID

UCLA Catalog Record ID: 7163093 

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Randolph, Donald -- Archives
Actors--United States--Archives.

Container List

 

Photographs. no date, ca. 1930s-1950s.

Language of Material: English

Scope and Content

The series consists of production stills, a small number of headshots, and what appears to family and/or personal photographs. The series is arranged into four subseries: Personal Photographs, Stage Projects, Motion Picture Projects, Radio Projects, and Unidentified Projects. The bulk of the stills represent stage and film projects in which Randolph was involved, such as the stage productions of The Heiress, Lady in the Dark, and Life with Father, and the films Bride of Vengeance, Cowboy, and Under the Gun . Also included are photographs of others inscribed to Randolph. The files are arranged alphabetically within each subseries.
 

Personal Photographs.

Box 1, Folder 21

Photographs. (no date, ca. 1920s-1940s,1979).

Language of Material: English

Scope and Content

Appears to be personal and/or family related.
Box 1, Folder 22

Photographs of others that are inscribed to Randolph. (no date, 1940, 1945).

Language of Material: English
 

Stage Projects. (no date, 1944, 1946-1947).

Box 1, Folder 1

Angel Street. (no date, 1944).

Language of Material: English
Box 1, Folder 2

Blithe Spirit. (no date, 1944).

Language of Material: English
Box 1, Folder 3

Green Beetle (The). (no date).

Language of Material: English
Box 1, Folder 4

Heiress (The). (no date).

Language of Material: English
Box 1, Folder 5

I Like It Here. (no date).

Language of Material: English
Box 1, Folder 6

Lady in the Dark. (no date).

Language of Material: English
Box 1, Folder 7

Life with Father. (no date, 1946-1947).

Language of Material: English
Box 1, Folder 8

Maurice Evan's Theater Company. (no date).

Language of Material: English
Box 2, Folder 2

Naked Genius (The). (no date).

Language of Material: English
Box 1, Folder 9

Ten Nights in a Bar Room. (no date).

Language of Material: English
Box 1, Folder 10

Stars Weep (The). (1947).

Language of Material: English
 

Motion Picture Projects. (no date, ca. 1940s-1950s).

Box 2, Folder 1

Bride of Vengeance. (no date).

Language of Material: English
Box 1, Folder 11

Bride of Vengeance. (no date, 1948).

Language of Material: English
Box 1, Folder 12

Cowboy. (1957).

Language of Material: English
Box 1, Folder 13

Fourteen Hours. (no date).

Language of Material: English
Box 1, Folder 14

Gambling House. (no date).

Language of Material: English
Box 1, Folder 15

Golden Horde (The). (no date).

Language of Material: English
Box 1, Folder 16

Purple Mask (The). (1954).

Language of Material: English
Box 1, Folder 17

Rogues of Sherwood Forest. (1946).

Language of Material: English
Box 1, Folder 18

Under the Gun. (no date).

Language of Material: English
 

Radio Projects. (1950-1951).

Box 1, Folder 19

Armed Forces Radio Service. (1950-1951).

Language of Material: English
 

Unidentified Projects. (no date).

Box 1, Folder 20

Headshots of Randolph. (no date).

Language of Material: English
Box 1, Folder 21

Unidentified Performances. (no date).

Language of Material: English
 

Scrapbooks and Ephemera. (no date, 1935-1958).

Language of Material: English

Scope and Content

The series consists of 2 scrapbooks and a small amount of ephemera representing Randolph’s career from the 1930s-1950s. The scrapbooks contain of an assortment of clippings, programs, and other ephemera. The ephemera includes posters for Blithe Spirits, a placard for Second Threshold, and articles from The Stars and Stripes Armed Forces daily newspaper. There is no particular arrangement to the series.
Box 2, Folder 6

Scrapbook. (1935-1947).

Language of Material: English

Scope and Content

Mainly news paper clippings and programs representing project in which Randolph was involved.
Box 2, Folder 7

Scrapbook. (1946-1958).

Language of Material: English

Scope and Content

Mainly news paper clippings and programs representing project in which Randolph was involved.
Box 1, Folder 24

Blithe Spirit programs and posters. (no date, ca. 1940s).

Language of Material: English
Box 1, Folder 25

Il Resto del Carlino (Italian news publication). (1945).

Language of Material: English
Box 1, Folder 26

Lady in the Dark program. (no date).

Box 2, Folder 5

Life with Father - Seagram's Gin advertisement. (1946).

Language of Material: English

Scope and Content

May be from Life Magazine.
Box 1, Folder 27

Maurice Evans programs. ca. 1930s.

Language of Material: English
Box 2, Folder 4

Second Threshold placard. (no date).

Language of Material: English
Box 1, Folder 28

Second Threshold London review proof. (1952).

Language of Material: English
Box 1, Folder 29

Stars and Stripes (The) news publication articles. (1945).

Language of Material: English
Box 2, Folder 3

Walt Disney's Dumbo sheet music. (1941).

Language of Material: English
 

Scripts Material. (no date).

Language of Material: English

Scope and Content

The scripts material includes: Murder By Genius, a short dramatization of Miracle of the Fifteen Murderers by Randolph; a satirical melodramette titled Midsummer Night's Nightmare, and Double Exposure adapted from a yarn by Jack Dolph. The series is arranged alphabetically by title.
Box 1, Folder 30

Double Exposure adapted from a yarn by Jack Dolph. (no date).

Language of Material: English
Box 1, Folder 31

Midsummer Nights Nightmare satirical melodramette. (no date).

Language of Material: English
Box 1, Folder 32

Murder By Genius by Randolph. (no date).

Language of Material: English

Scope and Content

Short dramatization of Miracle of the Fifteen Murderers.
 

Professional Affiliations. (no date, 1961-1963).

Language of Material: English

Scope and Content

The Professional Affiliations series consists of certificates, correspondence, and ephemera that highlight Randolph’s participation in professional organizations including the Masquers Club and the Screen Actors Guild. The series is arranged alphabetically by folder title.
Box 1, Folder 33

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences member certificate. (no date).

Language of Material: English
Box 1, Folder 34

Actor's Fund of America certificate. (no date).

Language of Material: English
Box 1, Folder 36

Masquers (The) photographs. (no date).

Language of Material: English
Box 1, Folder 37

Masquers (The) programs. (1961-1963).

Language of Material: English
Box 2

Masquers (The) photograph (rolled). (no date).

Language of Material: English
Box 1, Folder 38

Masquers (The) [writings by Randolph]. (no date).

Language of Material: English
Box 1, Folder 35

Screen Actor's Guild Producers Pension Fund letters written by Randolph. (no date).

Language of Material: English