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Finding Aid for the Rosalind Russell Papers, 1930-1970
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography
  • Organization
  • Scope and Content
  • Access Points

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Rosalind Russell Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1930-1970
    Collection number: 183
    Origination: Russell, Rosalind
    Extent: 68 boxes (28.4 linear ft.)
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Performing Arts Special Collections
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Shelf location: Held at SRLF. Please contact the Performing Arts Special Collections for paging information.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE: Advance notice required for access.
    Portions of this collection are restricted. Contact Performing Arts Special Collections Librarian for additional information.

    Restrictions on Use

    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 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.

    Preferred Citation

    Rosalind Russell Papers, 1930-1970. (Collection 183). Performing Arts Special Collections, Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.


    Rosalind Russell was born in Waterbury, CT, on June 4, 1912; attended Marymount College, NY, and American Academy of Dramatic Artists, NY; she made her film debut in "Evelyn Prentice" (1934); she played many dramatic roles until she found her place in comedies; her star status was confirmed with her role in "The Women" (1939); the winner of numerous awards, she was awarded the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award for her charity work in 1927; she was married to producer Frederick Brisson, who helped manage her career; among her many credits are: "Craig's Wife" (1936), "My Sister Eileen" (1942), "Sister Kenny" (1946), "Auntie Mame" (1958), and "Gypsy" (1962); she died of cancer, Nov. 28, 1976.
    Frederick Brisson was born in Copenhagen, Mar. 17, 1912; he began as assoc. producer and publicity man for his father, Carl Brisson; came to Hollywood and operated an advertising, publicity, and talent agency; served in the US Army Air Force during WWII as chief of radio propaganda and special consultant to the Secretary of War; he became a Broadway producer in the 1950s; his many film credits include: "Never Wave At A WAC," "The Pajama Game," "Damn Yankees," and "Under The Yum Yum Tree."


    Arranged in the following series:
    1. Scripts
    2. Clippings/programs
    3. Awards, dinners, honors
    4. Records/correspondence
    5. F.B. military.

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of scripts, clippings, pressbooks, scrapbooks, programs, photographs, awards, records, correspondence, and miscellaneous material related to the career of actress, Rosalind Russell. Also includes papers related to Frederick Brisson.

    Access Points

    Russell, Rosalind--Archives
    Actresses--Archival resources