The Jean Hersholt papers span the years 1916-1956 (bulk 1920s-1940s) and encompass approximately 9.5
linear feet. The collection contains scripts, clippings, pressbooks, programs, scrapbooks, and
photographs. The scrapbooks make up the bulk of the collection. The 25 volumes contain magazine and
newspaper clippings, including reviews, news items, and articles relating to the actor's career. Topics
include the Dr. Christian radio series; the Motion Picture Relief Fund, including the establishment of
the Motion Picture and Television Fund Country House; and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and
Sciences. The photograph series consists of prints of motion picture production, biography, and subject
Jean Hersholt was a Danish-born actor active in American films from 1915 to 1955. After emigrating to
the United States in 1914, he went on to become a leading character actor in the 1920s. He received
special awards from the Academy in 1939, 1948, and 1949 for his service to the motion picture industry,
including his leadership of the Motion Picture Relief Fund. The Academy's Jean Hersholt Humanitarian
Award is named in his honor.
7.5 linear feet of papers.
2 linear feet of photographs.
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