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Burl Ives papers

Title
Burl Ives papers, 1913-1975.
Author
Ives, Burl, 1909-1995.
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Details

Additional Authors
  • Amory, Cleveland.
  • Ives, Burl, 1909-1995.
Description
25 lin. ft. (49 boxes)
Subjects
Genre/Form
  • Galley proofs.
  • Photographs.
  • Scores.
  • Scrapbooks.
  • Motion picture plays.
  • Television scripts.
Access (note)
  • Collection is open to the public. Library policy on photography and photocopying will apply. Advance notice may be required.
Location of Other Archival Materials (note)
  • Music Division, Library of Congress.
Biography (note)
  • Although perhaps best remembered for his work on Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, the multitalented folk singer Burl Ives (1909-1995) also achieved considerable success as a recording artist, actor, and author.
Indexes/Finding Aids (note)
  • Collection guide available in repository and on internet.
Call Number
*T-Mss 1965-001
OCLC
NYPG06-A195
Author
Ives, Burl, 1909-1995.
Title
Burl Ives papers, 1913-1975.
Restricted Access
Collection is open to the public. Library policy on photography and photocopying will apply. Advance notice may be required.
Summary
The Burl Ives papers contain mainly professional files, pertaining to all aspects of his career. Production files, scrapbooks, photographs, scripts, publicity files, and publications (including galleys of Ives' autobiography, The Wayfaring Stranger) are represented in this collection. The majority of the materials date from Ives' most active period during the 1950s and 1960s. His music career is covered more fully here than his acting career. One of the highlights of this collection is the Photographic History, which contains images of Ives at various points in his life with extensive identifications. Another of the collection's strengths are the histories of many of the songs and albums, and occasionally the plays and films, which provide useful background information. Copies of Ives' recordings, as well as films from the short-lived television series, OK Crackerby, have been separated from the collection and cataloged as individual items.
Biography
Although perhaps best remembered for his work on Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, the multitalented folk singer Burl Ives (1909-1995) also achieved considerable success as a recording artist, actor, and author. Born in Hunt City Township, Illinois, Ives learned American folk songs at an early age, accompanying himself on the guitar and the banjo. After three years at Eastern Illinois State College, he embarked on a cross-country trip to collect traditional folk songs. In 1933, Ives moved to New York, where he attended both Julliard and New York University, studying acting and voice. He made his Broadway debut with a small role in The Boys from Syracuse (1938), appeared in This is the Army (1942), and later earned a major role in Walter Kerr's folk music revue, Sing Out, Sweet Land! (1944), for which he won a Donaldson Award. Ives' singing career also built steadily through radio appearances and a recording contract with Decca. As a recording artist, he promoted American folk songs and produced an impressive catalogue of hits, including Blue Tail Fly (1949), Lavender Blue (1949), and A Holly Jolly Christmas (1964). Ives would continue to record music in a wide array of genres, including children's albums. He made his film debut as a singing cowboy in Smoky (1946), but his breakthrough role came with the Disney film, So Dear to My Heart (1949). Ives' stage career flourished during the 1950s, culminating in his role as Big Daddy in Tennessee Williams' Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1955). This performance proved Ives' ability as a serious actor and it led to more prestigious film work, including East of Eden (1955) and The Big Country (1958), for which he won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. He also worked steadily in television during the 1950s and 1960s, most notably as a voice actor in the animated holiday special, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964), and eventually starred in his own situation comedy, OK Crackerby! (1965), created by Cleveland Amory. In later life, Ives continued to make recordings, as well as act in film and television, but slowed his pace, settling in Anacortes, Washington, where he remained until his death.
Location of Other Archival Materials
See also the Burl Ives collection in the Music Division, Library of Congress.
Indexes
Collection guide available in repository and on internet.
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Occupation
Actors.
Folk singers.
Added Author
Amory, Cleveland.
Ives, Burl, 1909-1995. Wayfaring stranger.
Research Call Number
*T-Mss 1965-001
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