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Finding Aid for the Jack Albertson Papers ca. 1959-ca. 1980
PASC 291  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Restrictions on Access
  • Restrictions on Use and Reproductions
  • Preferred Citation
  • UCLA Catalog Record ID
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Jack Albertson Papers,
    Date (inclusive): ca. 1959-ca. 1980
    Collection number: PASC 291
    Creator: Albertson, Jack 1910-1981
    Extent: 18 boxes (9 linear ft); 7 shoe boxes (3 linear ft)
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Performing Arts Special Collections
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1490
    Abstract: Jack Albertson had a successful career on the stage, television and motion pictures. The collection consists of scripts, joke files, and printed ephemera related mostly to his work on television and in motion pictures.

    Restrictions on Access

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

    Restrictions on Use and Reproductions

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library, Performing Arts 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.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Jack Albertson papers (Collection PASC 291). Performing Arts Special Collections, University of California, Los Angeles.

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 5224999 

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Mrs. Wallace Albertson, 2004


    Jack Albertson was born in Malden, MA, in 1910. He started his show business career as a vaudeville dancer and became straight man to such comics as Milton Berle, Bert Lahr and Bert Wheeler. Early in his career Albertson formed a partnership with Phil Silvers, and convinced that he would never become a great dancer, he concentrated on comedy. He found notoriety when he stepped in for Eddie Foy in a Broadway revival of The Red Mill (1946).
    Albertson was known for his radio work on Just Plain Bill and The Jack Albertson Comedy Show. He appeared in Broadway plays such as Top Banana, The Cradle Will Rock, Show Boat, Boy Meets Girl, The Sunshine Boys (for which he received a Tony Award nomination for Best Actor), and The Subject was Roses (for which he won a Tony for Best Supporting Actor). Albertson's film credits include Man of a Thousand Faces (1957), Lover Come Back (1962), The Flim-Flam Man (1967), and The Poseidon Adventure (1972).
    He has a long list of television credits that include Chico and the Man, probably Albertson's most known television role, and one for which he received an Emmy for his performance as Ed Brown, "the Man"--Chico's boss. Other television credits includes a recurring role on Ensign O'Toole and Grandpa Goes to Washington and guest appearances on Bachelor Father, Hollywood Television Theatre, Ironside, Marcus Welby, M.D, Margie, and Name of the Game, among others. Albertson is one a few entertainers to win the triple crown of entertainment: a Tony, an Oscar, and an Emmy. Albertson died of cancer in Hollywood Hills, CA, Nov. 25, 1981.

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of scripts, joke files, printed ephemera, and other memorabilia related to the career of actor and entertainer Jack Albertson. The bulk of the collection is comprised of script files including material from a number of various projects including Jack Albertson or submitted to him for consideration, such as Ensign O'Toole, Flim Flam Man, Grandpa Goes to Washington, The Name of the Game, and Pete and Gladys, among others. There two only scripts from Chico and the Man, probably Albertson's most known television role. Also of note is the absence of materials for the Days of Wine and Roses, The Posiden Adventure, and Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.
    Also included in the collection is a small amount of awards and honors presented to Albertson as well as clippings, drawings, and printed ephemera collected by him. Additionally, there are manuscript pages for what appears to be a book about Bob Hope that may have been submitted to Albertson. Also included in the collection is small group of caricature like drawings and photographs related Paul and Grace Hartman, close friends and colleagues of Albertson.

    Organization and Arrangement

    The collection is organized into the following series:
    • Series 1. Awards, Honors, and Certificates
    • Series 2. Drawings
    • Series 3. Joke Files and Sketches
    • Series 4. Photographic materials
    • Series 5. Printed Material
    • Series 6. Series 6. Publications
    • Series 7. Script Files
    • Series 8. Paul and Grace Hartman Collection

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.


    Actors --United States --Archival resources
    Albertson, Jack, 1910-1981 -- Archives
    Entertainers--United States--Archival resources