Finding aid for the House Peters papers LSC.2149

Initial processing by Michele James with assistance from Julie Graham. Finding aid prepared by Kelly Besser, 2021.
UCLA Library Special Collections
Online finding aid last updated 2021 January 6.
Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
Box 951575
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575

Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
Title: House Peters papers
Creator: Peters, House
Identifier/Call Number: LSC.2149
Physical Description: 0.2 Linear Feet (1 box)
Date (inclusive): circa 1914-2000
Abstract: Actor House Peters, Jr., was the son of actors House Peters and Mae King Peters. The collection consists of two scrapbooks and an autobiographical book about Peters, Jr.
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 of Material: English .

Restrictions on Access

COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], House Peters Papers (Collection Number 2149). Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

Provenance/Source of Acquisition

House Peters, Jr.

UCLA Catalog Record ID

UCLA Catalog Record ID: 7163134 


House Peters, Jr. was born in 1916 in New Rochelle, NY to silent film actor House Peters and actress Mae King Peters. He grew up in Beverly Hills, California, studying drama at Beverly Hills High School. During World War II, he served in the Army Air Corps. Peters was known for his supporting work as an actor in both film and television, appearing alongside Roy Rogers and Gene Autry. He appeared in the films The Day the Earth Stood Still, The Dakota Kid, and Rebel Without a Cause as well as in the television series Perry Mason, Gunsmoke, and Lassie. He was best known for being the first actor to play Mr. Clean in a series of television commercials that ran throughout the late 1950s and early 1960s. After his retirement in the late 1960s, he published an autobiography titled Another Side of Hollywood: An Autobiography. Peters died October 1, 2008, in Woodland Hills, CA.

Scope and Content

The collection consists of two scrapbooks and an autobiography related to the career of actor House Peters, Jr. and his actor-father, House Peters. Each scrapbook contains a small number of images, (mostly photocopies of photographs) and photocopies of clippings. The autobiography is titled, Another Side of Hollywood: An Autobiography by Actor House Peters, Jr.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Actors -- United States -- Archives
Peters, House