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Billie Burke papers

 Collection
Identifier: 2114

Scope and Contents

This collection contains the papers of American actress Billie Burke (1885-1970) including 50 radio scripts, 3 television scripts, lobby cards for three films (1917-1919), press clippings, three scrapbooks, and photographs including personal photographs and 240 production stills from films. Among the photographs are four studio photographs of director Dorothy Arzner (Box 1, Folder 5).

Dates

  • 1907 - 1955

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

Advance notice required for access.

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Cinematic Arts Library at cin@usc.edu. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Cinematic Arts Library 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.

Rights Statement for Archival Description

Finding aid description and metadata are licensed under an Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) license.

Biographical / Historical

Billie Burke (1885-1970) was an American actress known for her theater work on Broadway, in radio, and in films. She was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for her performance in Merrily We Live (1938) and performed as Glinda the Good Witch of the North in the film The Wizard of Oz (1939). She was married to Broadway producer Florenz Ziegfield Jr. and they had one daughter: Patricia Ziegfeld Stephenson (1916-2008).

Extent

5.6 Linear Feet (5 boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

This collection contains the papers of American actress Billie Burke (1885-1970) including 50 radio scripts, 3 television scripts, lobby cards for three films (1917-1919), press clippings, three scrapbooks, and photographs including personal photographs and 240 production stills from films.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Patricia Stephenson, June 1974.

Processing Information

Some processing by USC students in 2019 as part of the "Piloting a Shared Practice for Accessible Archival Descriptions" Dean's Challenge Grant. Additional description by Diann Benti in 2021.

Title
Finding aid for the Billie Burke papers
Status
Completed
Author
Diann Benti
Date
2010
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the USC Libraries Cinematic Arts Library Repository

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