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Finding Aid for the Paul Hartman Papers, 1935-1965
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  • Administrative Information
  • Biography
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  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Paul Hartman Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1935-1965
    Collection number: 1456
    Creator: Hartman, Paul, 1904-1973
    Extent: 8 boxes (4.0 linear ft.) 12 oversize boxes
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Abstract: Paul Hartman (1910-1973) was born in San Francisco, California. He was a dancer, actor, magician and singer appearing in vaudeville, the theater, film and television. The collection contains correspondence, scrapbooks, photographs, diaries, clippings, programs, sheet music, books, pamphlets, and memorabilia of Paul Hartman and family members.
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

    Restrictions on Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Advance notice required for access.

    Additional Physical Form Available

    A copy of the original version of this online finding aid is available at the UCLA Department of Special Collections for in-house consultation and may be obtained for a fee. Please contact:
    • Public Services Division
    • UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections
    • Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
    • Box 951575
    • Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
    • Telephone: 310/825-4988 (10:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m., Pacific Time)
    • Email: spec-coll@library.ucla.edu

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Frances Hartman, 1976.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Paul Hartman Papers (Collection 1456). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 1720390 


    Paul Hartman was born in 1910 in San Francisco, California; studied dancing with his aunt, Flora Norris; made stage debut at age of six weeks at the Tivoli Opera House, San Francisco, and first speaking role in the same theater in Johnny Comes Marching Home (1912); graduated from University of California at Berkeley; became dancer, actor, magician and singer; married dancer, actress, and singer Grace Barrett; they appeared in vaudeville in the act, Hartman and Barrett, and toured the Far East, Europe and the United States; in New York, they played at the Empire Room of the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel and the Plaza Hotel, and appeared at the Dorchester in London; Paul Hartman made his Broadway debut in Ballyhoo of 1932, going on to play Alexander Throttlebottom in Of thee I Sing (1952), Cap'n Andy in Show Boat (1956), and Hines in The Pajama Game (1957); appeared in five films, including Inherit the Wind (1960); appeared in television programs, including The Hartmans at Home, The Twilight Zone, Have Gun Will Travel, The Lucy Show, The Ed Sullivan Show, and I've Got a Secret; received the Lambs Award for his contribution to the American theater (1958); he died on October 2, 1973.

    Scope and Content

    Collection contains correspondence, scrapbooks, photographs, diaries, clippings, programs, sheet music, books, pamphlets, and memorabilia of dancer, actor, magician and singer Paul Hartman. Materials also relate to his wife, dancer, actress and singer Grace Barrett Hartman; their son Ted Hartman, a sketch writer; and Paul's father, Ferris Hartman, owner and director of Ferris Hartman Comic Opera Company.

    Organization and Arrangement

    Arranged in the following series:
    1. Photograph albums (Boxes 1,3,6-7,9).
    2. Dance descriptions notebook (Box 1).
    3. Magic and illusion: the Tarbell system (Box 2).
    4. Scrapbooks (Boxes 3,10-17).
    5. Correspondence (Boxes 4,7).
    6. Diaries (Box 5).
    7. Memorabilia (Boxes 7-8).
    8. Contracts (Box 8).
    9. Sheet music (Boxes 8,19-20).
    10. Phonograph records (Box 9).
    11. Programs and magazines featuring the Hartmans (Box 18).

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Hartman, Paul, 1904-1973--Archives.
    Hartman, Grace Barrett, 1907-1955--Archives.
    Hartman family--Archives.
    Hartman, Ferris--Archives.
    Hartman, Ted--Archives.
    Actors--United States--Archival resources.
    Photograph albums.