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  • Restrictions on Access
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  • Acquisition Information
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  • Organization and Arrangement

  • Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
    Title: Jack Albertson papers
    Creator: Albertson, Jack
    Identifier/Call Number: PASC.0291
    Physical Description: 14.5 Linear Feet (23 boxes and 7 shoe boxes)
    Date (inclusive): 1946-1988
    Date (bulk): 1960-1980
    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.
    Physical Location: Stored off-site. All requests to access special collections material must be made in advance using the request button located on this page.
    Language of Material: Materials are in English.

    Restrictions on Access

    Open for research. All requests to access special collections materials must be made in advance using the request button located on this page.

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical objects belong to UCLA Library Special Collections. All other 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). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Mrs. Wallace Albertson, 2004

    Processing Information

    Collections are processed to a variety of levels depending on the work necessary to make them usable, their perceived user interest and research value, availability of staff and resources, and competing priorities. Library Special Collections provides a standard level of preservation and access for all collections and, when time and resources permit, conducts more intensive processing. These materials have been arranged and described according to national and local standards and best practices.
    Processed by Norma Vega and Julie Graham.

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 5224999 


    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

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Entertainers -- United States -- Archives.
    Actors -- United States -- Archives