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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Important Information for Users of the Collection
  • Biography
  • Collection Scope and Content Summary
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Jean Hersholt papers
    Date (inclusive): 1916-1956
    Date (bulk): 1920s-1940s
    Collection number: 246
    Creator: Hersholt, Jean
    Extent: 7.5 linear feet of papers. 2 linear feet of photographs.
    Repository: Margaret Herrick Library. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
    Languages: English

    Important Information for Users of the Collection


    Available by appointment only.

    Publication rights

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the Margaret Herrick Library. Researchers are responsible for obtaining all necessary rights, licenses, or permissions from the appropriate companies or individuals before quoting from or publishing materials obtained from the library.

    Preferred Citation

    Jean Hersholt papers, Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Mrs. Jean Hersholt and the Motion Picture and Television Fund, 1956-1982


    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.

    Collection Scope and Content Summary

    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 photographs.


    Arranged in the following series: 1. Production files; 2. Scrapbooks; 3. Photographs

    Indexing Terms

    Hersholt, Jean , 1886-1956--Archives.