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Burke (Billie) papers
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  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition
  • Biographical / Historical
  • Preferred Citation
  • Processing Information
  • Scope and Contents
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Rights Statement for Archival Description

  • Contributing Institution: USC Libraries Cinematic Arts Library
    Title: Billie Burke papers
    Creator: Burke, Billie, 1885-1970
    Identifier/Call Number: 2114
    Physical Description: 5.6 Linear Feet 5 boxes
    Date (inclusive): 1907-1955
    Abstract: This collection contains the papers of American actress Billie Burke (1885-1970) including 50 radio scripts, 3 television scripts, lobby cards for three films (1917-1919), press clippings, three scrapbooks, and photographs including personal photographs and 240 production stills from films.
    Language of Material: English.

    Conditions Governing Access

    Advance notice required for access.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Patricia Stephenson, June 1974.

    Biographical / Historical

    Billie Burke (1885-1970) was an American actress known for her theater work on Broadway, in radio, and in films. She was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for her performance in Merrily We Live (1938) and performed as Glinda the Good Witch of the North in the film The Wizard of Oz (1939). She was married to Broadway producer Florenz Ziegfield Jr. and they had one daughter: Patricia Ziegfeld Stephenson (1916-2008).

    Preferred Citation

    [Box/folder no. or item name], Billie Burke papers, Collection no. 2114, Cinematic Arts Library, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.

    Processing Information

    Some processing by USC students in 2019 as part of the "Piloting a Shared Practice for Accessible Archival Descriptions" Dean's Challenge Grant. Additional description by Diann Benti in 2021.

    Scope and Contents

    This collection contains the papers of American actress Billie Burke (1885-1970) including 50 radio scripts, 3 television scripts, lobby cards for three films (1917-1919), press clippings, three scrapbooks, and photographs including personal photographs and 240 production stills from films. Among the photographs are four studio photographs of director Dorothy Arzner (Box 1, Folder 5).

    Conditions Governing Use

    All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Cinematic Arts Library at ctlibarc@usc.edu. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Cinematic Arts Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

    Rights Statement for Archival Description

    Finding aid description and metadata are licensed under an Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) license.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Actors -- California -- Los Angeles -- Archival resources
    Motion picture actors and actresses -- United States -- Archival resources
    Motion pictures -- Archival resources
    Radio -- Archival resources
    Clippings
    Film stills
    Lobby cards
    Photographs
    Scrapbooks
    Burke, Billie, 1885-1970 -- Archives
    Arzner, Dorothy, 1900-1979 -- Photographs