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Jack Benny papers, 1930-1974
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  • Conditions Governing Use and Reproduction
  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Provenance/Source of Acquisition
  • Preferred Citation
  • UCLA Catalog Record ID
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Organization and Arrangement

  • Title: Jack Benny papers
    Collection number: 134
    Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 58.5 linear feet (105 boxes, 6 cartons, and 9 oversize boxes)
    Date: 1930-1974
    Abstract: Benjamin Kubelsky (1894-1974) was born in Chicago. He began his career as a violinist and turned to comedy in 1918. He was a successful vaudeville performer, actor and radio personality. The collection consists of radio and television scripts, photographs and production stills, personal and business records for the years 1935-1955 as well as magazines containing Benny articles, memorabilia, and awards.
    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.
    Creator: Benny, Jack, 1894-1974

    Conditions Governing Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to UCLA Library 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.

    Conditions Governing Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. All requests to access special collections materials must be made in advance through our electronic paging system using the request button located on this page.

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    • Gift of Jack Benny, 1967.
    • Gift of Joseph Fischer, 1970.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Jack Benny Papers (Collection 134). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 709333 


    Benjamin Kubelsky was born on February 14, 1894 in Chicago; raised in Waukegan, Illinois; began career as a violinist; turned to comedy in 1918, first as Ben K. Benny, then Jack Benny; became successful vaudeville performer during the 1920s, playing the Palace in New York City; married Sadye Marks (professionally known as Mary Livingstone) in 1927; made film debut in 1929, radio debut in 1932, television debut in 1950; became concert artist in 1956 and made frequent fund-raising appearances; died in Los Angeles, December 26, 1974.

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of materials relating to the career of comedian Jack Benny. Includes radio and television scripts, photographs and production stills, personal and business records for the years 1935-1955, magazines containing Benny articles, memorabilia, and awards.

    Organization and Arrangement

    Arranged in the following series:
    1. Radio scripts (Boxes 1-42).
    2. Television scripts (Boxes 42-57).
    3. Tapes (Boxes 58-63).
    4. Photographs (Boxes 64-79, 81).
    5. Personal appearance materials 1948-1956 (Box 80).
    6. Personal papers, correspondence, contracts (Boxes 82-98).
    7. Serials (Boxes 90, 99).
    8. Memorabilia, awards (Boxes 100-116).
    9. Lucky Strike program scripts bound volumes (Boxes 117-120).

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Benny, Jack, 1894-1974--Archives.
    Comedians--United States--Archives.
    Radio plays.
    Television plays.