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Joan Crawford papers,

Title
Joan Crawford papers, 1932-1976.
Author
Crawford, Joan, 1908-1977.
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Box 1Mixed materialSupervised useAvailable*T-Mss 2001-053 Box 1Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 2Mixed materialSupervised useAvailable*T-Mss 2001-053 Box 2Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 3Mixed materialSupervised useAvailable*T-Mss 2001-053 Box 3Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 4Mixed materialSupervised useAvailable*T-Mss 2001-053 Box 4Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre

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Description
1.68 lf (4 boxes)
Subjects
Genre/Form
  • Correspondence.
  • Papers.
  • Photographs.
Access (note)
  • Collection is open to the public. Library policy on photography and photocopying will apply. Advance notice may be required.
Biography (note)
  • Joan Crawford was a film star whose career spanned five decades, from silent movies onward, and who worked in many genres including drama, comedy, musicals, Westerns, and horror films, and who appeared on television as well.
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  • Finding aid available in repository and on Internet.
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  • Cataloged
Call Number
*T-Mss 2001-053
Author
Crawford, Joan, 1908-1977.
Title
Joan Crawford papers, 1932-1976.
Summary
The Joan Crawford papers contain correspondence, business and personal papers, personal notes and a few photographs. The majority of the collection dates from the 1960s and 1970s when Crawford's acting career was in decline. There are no scripts, and very little material pertaining to her Hollywood stardom. The bulk of the collection consists of personal correspondence, including notes for her secretaries. Business papers relating to the Pepsi Company confirm Crawford's ongoing relationship with the organization after the death of her husband Alfred Steele in 1959. Throughout the collection are items Crawford designated for her "treasure box," which tend to be personal notes containing kind words, or those written by particularly close friends. Insurance appraisals contain interesting information about Crawford's possessions, and the listings of her jewelry are especially thorough.
Restricted Access
Collection is open to the public. Library policy on photography and photocopying will apply. Advance notice may be required.
Biography
Joan Crawford was a film star whose career spanned five decades, from silent movies onward, and who worked in many genres including drama, comedy, musicals, Westerns, and horror films, and who appeared on television as well. While there is some question as to the year of her birth, the actress who became famous Joan Crawford was born under the name Lucille Fay Le Sueur in San Antonio, Texas. Entering films in 1925, Lucille was signed by the MGM Studio, where her name was changed. Joan Crawford's silent film appearances include SALLY, IRENE AND MARY (1925), THE UNKNOWN (1927) opposite Lon Chaney, and OUR DANCING DAUGHTERS (1928) in which she was hailed as the quintessential "flapper" of the era. Crawford's popularity grew in such talkies as RAIN (1932), GRAND HOTEL (1932), DANCING LADY (1933) with Clark Gable and Fred Astaire, and THE WOMEN (1939). A mid-career switch to Warner Brothers brought Crawford a Best Actress Academy Award for MILDRED PIERCE in 1945. Crawford's 1955 marriage to Pepsi-Cola CEO Alfred Steele coincided with her waning movie career, although the surprise hit WHATEVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE? (1962) brought new popularity in horror films. She appeared steadily on television during her later years, including a 1969 episode of NIGHT GALLERY directed by young Steven Spielberg. When Joan Crawford died in 1977 her age was given as 69, although she may have been in her early to mid 70s.
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*T-Mss 2001-053
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