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Finding Aid for the Jackie Cooper Papers, 1955-1989
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography
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  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Jackie Cooper Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1946-1964
    Collection number: 114
    Creator: Cooper, Jackie
    Extent: 18 boxes (7.5 linear ft.)
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Performing Arts Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-151735
    Abstract: Jackie Cooper has worked both in front of and behind the camera. He has had a successful film and television career. The collection consists of scripts from a variety of television productions as well as a small collection of motion picture scripts and manuscript pages from chapters of Cooper's autobiography.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Copyright has not been assigned to the Performing Arts Special Collections, UCLA. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Arts Special Collections Librarian. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Performing Arts Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

    Restrictions on Access

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

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Jackie Cooper Papers (Collection 114). Performing Arts Special Collections, University of California, Los Angeles.

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Gift, 1994.


    John Cooper, Junior was born in Los Angeles, California on September 15, 1921. As one of Hollywood's most popular child stars (1930s), he appeared in films such as The Champ (1931), The Bowery (1933), and Treasure Island (1934). In the 1940s, he started a successful television career as actor, producer, director, and executive and served as vice president in charge of TV program production at Columbia Pictures (1964-69). The winner of two Emmys, Cooper's numerous television credits include The People's Choice, The White Shadow, and M*A*S*H. He retired in 1989, though continued to contribute to the entertainment industry.

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of television and motion picture scripts related to the career of actor, director, and producer Jackie Cooper. The bulk of the collection is annotated scripts from a variety of television productions including the series The People's Choice (1955-58). Also includes a small collection of motion picture scripts and manuscript pages from chapters of Cooper's autobiography.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Cooper, Jackie,--1922---Archives.
    Actors--United States--Archival resources.
    Television producers and directors--United States--Archival resources.
    Scripts (documents).