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Paul Muni papers,

Title
Paul Muni papers, circa 1920-1967.
Author
Muni, Paul, 1895-1967.
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Box 1Mixed materialSupervised useAvailable*T-Mss 1967-005 Box 1Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 2Mixed materialSupervised useAvailable*T-Mss 1967-005 Box 2Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 3Mixed materialSupervised useAvailable*T-Mss 1967-005 Box 3Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 4Mixed materialSupervised useAvailable*T-Mss 1967-005 Box 4Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 5Mixed materialSupervised useAvailable*T-Mss 1967-005 Box 5Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 6Mixed materialSupervised useAvailable*T-Mss 1967-005 Box 6Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 7Mixed materialSupervised useAvailable*T-Mss 1967-005 Box 7Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 8Mixed materialSupervised useAvailable*T-Mss 1967-005 Box 8Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 9Mixed materialSupervised useAvailable*T-Mss 1967-005 Box 9Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 10Mixed materialSupervised useAvailable*T-Mss 1967-005 Box 10Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre

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Description
4 lin. ft. (10 boxes)
Subjects
Genre/Form
  • Photoprints.
  • Scrapbooks.
Access (note)
  • Collection is open to the public. Library policy on photography and photocopying will apply. Advance notice may be required.
Source (note)
  • Bella Muni
Biography (note)
  • Paul Muni (Mehilem Weisenfreund), actor of stage and screen, was born in Austria on September 22, 1895.
Language (note)
  • Some material is in Yiddish.
Indexes/Finding Aids (note)
  • Finding aid available in repository and on the Internet.
Processing Action (note)
  • Arranged and described
Call Number
*T-Mss 1967-005
Author
Muni, Paul, 1895-1967.
Title
Paul Muni papers, circa 1920-1967.
Restricted Access
Collection is open to the public. Library policy on photography and photocopying will apply. Advance notice may be required.
Summary
The Paul Muni papers span the years 1920 through 1967 and consist of correspondence, photographs, clippings, scrapbooks, personal papers and writings documenting his career as an actor of stage and screen. The correspondence contains letters from many notables of the day and often discuss Muni's political and professional opinions. Correspondents include: Maxwell Anderson, Sherwood Anderson, Rex Beach, Noel Coward, Albert Einstein, Lion Feuchtwanger, John Golden, Arthur Hopkins, Helen Morgan, Dick Powell, Billy Rose and Blanche Yurka. Personal papers contain many programs and personal photographs as well as a notebook written by Muni in Hebrew or Yiddish and a sketch of him by Staats Cotsworth. Scrapbooks in the collection are primarily clippings with reviews and articles about Muni and his roles in plays and movies. However three of the scrapbooks document trips taken by him and his wife to Paris, Vienna and Israel. Other items of note include autographed photographs from friends and a photograph of Muni with Amelia Earhart on the set of THE WOMAN I LOVE.
Biography
Paul Muni (Mehilem Weisenfreund), actor of stage and screen, was born in Austria on September 22, 1895. Muni's early career on the American stage was in the Yiddish theater where he acted under the name Muni Weisenfreund. His first role was in the production TWO CORPSES AT BREAKFAST in 1908. During the years 1908 through 1926 he toured in Yiddish theater productions becoming a member of the Yiddish Art Theatre in 1918. Paul Muni married Bella Finkel an actress of the Yiddish theater on May 8, 1921.
In 1926 he played Morris Levine in the play WE AMERICANS followed in 1927 by the play FOUR WALLS. In 1929 he began using the name Paul Muni. Plays he starred in after that date include COUNSELLOR-AT-LAW, KEY LARGO, A FLAG IS BORN, THEY KNEW WHAT THEY WANTED, DEATH OF A SALESMAN and INHERIT THE WIND for which he won a Tony Award. Muni was also a successful motion picture actor, appearing in many notable Hollywood films including SCARFACE, I AM A FUGITIVE FROM A CHAIN GANG, BLACK FURY, DR. SOCRATES, THE STORY OF LOUIS PASTEUR, for which he won an Oscar in 1936, THE GOOD EARTH, THE WOMAN I LOVE, THE LIFE OF EMILE ZOLA, WE ARE NOT ALONE, COMMANDOS STRIKE AT DAWN and THE LAST ANGRY MAN.
Paul Muni had a great interest in the plight of European Jews and this can be seen in the correspondence with his friends and professional contacts. He starred in Ben Hecht's pageant A FLAG IS BORN which rallied support for Israel. Paul Muni died in California on August 25, 1967.
Language
Some material is in Yiddish.
Indexes
Finding aid available in repository and on the Internet.
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Occupation
Actors.
Added Author
Anderson, Maxwell, 1888-1959.
Beach, Rex, 1877-1949.
Cotsworth, Staats, 1908-1979.
Coward, Noël, 1899-1973.
Crawford, Cheryl, 1902-1986.
Earhart, Amelia, 1897-1937.
Einstein, Albert, 1879-1955.
Feuchtwanger, Lion, 1884-1958.
Golden, John, 1874-1955.
Hopkins, Arthur, 1878-1950.
Powell, Dick, 1904-1963.
Rose, Billy, 1899-1966.
Anderson, Sherwood, 1876-1941.
Morgan, Helen, 1900-1941.
Warner, Harry Morris, 1881-1958.
Yurka, Blanche.
Research Call Number
*T-Mss 1967-005
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