Louella Parsons scrapbooks and photographs

Special Collections
Margaret Herrick Library © 2014

Descriptive Summary

Title: Louella Parsons scrapbooks and photographs
Date (inclusive): 1915-1961
Collection number: 236
Creator: Parsons, Louella
Extent: 18.4 linear feet of papers. 2.5 linear feet of photographs.
Repository: Margaret Herrick Library. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Languages: English

Important Information for Users of the Collection


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Preferred Citation

Louella Parsons scrapbooks and photographs, Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Harriet Parsons, 1966, with additions from Evelyn Farney, 1983


Louella Parsons was an American gossip columnist best known for her influential, long-running syndicated column on Hollywood personalities.

Collection Scope and Content Summary

The Louella Parsons scrapbooks and photographs span the years 1915-1961 and encompass 20.9 linear feet. The 61 scrapbook volumes contain thousands of columns she wrote over six decades. There are also biographical clippings on Parsons and coverage of her various radio programs. Some of the scrapbooks are extremely fragile and access may be limited. The photograph series consists of 870 items. There are photographs of Parsons with film personalities, portraits of Parsons, and documentation of her activities, including radio broadcasts and travel.


Arranged in the following series: 1. Scrapbooks; 2. Biography photographs

Indexing Terms

Parsons, Louella O. (Louella Oettinger) , 1881-1972--Archives.