Finding Aid for the Dick Powell Papers, 1930-1945

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Finding Aid for the Dick Powell Papers, 1930-1945

Collection number: 1163

UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections

Manuscripts Division



Los Angeles, CA
Processed by:
Charlotte Payne, Summer 1976
Encoded by:
Caroline Cubé
Online finding aid edited by:
Josh Fiala, October 2003
© 2003 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Dick Powell Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1930-1945
Collection number: 1163
Creator: Powell, Dick, 1904-1963
Extent: 9 boxes (4.5 linear ft.) 5 oversize boxes
Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Dept. of Special Collections.
Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
Abstract: Dick Powell (1904-1963) made his film debut in 1932 and was featured in Warner Brothers musicals during the 1930s. He made the transition to dramatic roles in the 1940s, then became a producer-director in the 1950s. The collection consists of books of clippings concerning Powell's career in show business from 1925 to 1945. The majority of the scrapbooks were compiled and presented to Powell by his fans.
Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
Language: English.

Administrative Information

Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

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Restrictions on Access

COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Advance notice required for access.

Provenance/Source of Acquisition

Gift of June Allyson, 1975.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Dick Powell Papers (Collection 1163). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

Biography

Born as Richard E. Powell on November 14, 1904 in Mountain View, Arkansas; former band vocalist, instrumentalist, and occasional MC, made film debut, 1932; featured in Warner Brothers musicals in 1930s; made transition to dramatic roles, particularly private-eye heroes, in 1940s; became producer-director in 1950s and president of Four Star Television production company; married to Joan Blondell and June Allyson; died in 1963.

Scope and Content

Collection consists of books of clippings concerning Powell's career in show business from 1925 to 1945. The majority of the scrapbooks were compiled and presented to Powell by his fans.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Powell, Dick, 1904-1963--Archives.
Motion picture actors and actresses--Archival resources.
Scrapbooks.


Container List

Box 1

Snapshots of June Allyson and Glenn Alfred Maxwell.

Box 1

“Songs of Romance,” Dick Powell songbook.

Box 1

Pictorial material on Dick Powell in Cornered (1945).

Box 1

Magazine clippings on Powell.

Box 1

Sheet music for “Devil and the Deep Blue Sea.”

Box 1

Photographic slides of the Powell/Allyson family.

Box 2

[Card files for individuals and businesses].

Oversize Box 3

Scrapbook: Clippings from Powell's work as master of ceremonies, Circle Theater, Indiana, 1926-1928.

Oversize Box 3

Scrapbook: Publicity for Powell as master of ceremonies at Enright and Stanley Theaters, Pittsburgh, 1930-1932.

Oversize Box 3

Scrapbook: Advertisements for theaters with a few of Powell's typed dialogue notes.

Oversize Box 3

Scrapbook: Dick Powell.

Oversize Box 3

Scrapbook: Dick Powell, ca. 1932-1935. Compiled by Dot Martin.

Oversize Box 4

Scrapbook: Dick Powell, ca. 1937. Compiled by Sid Dannenburg.

Oversize Box 4

Scrapbook: Dick Powell and Joan Blondell, ca. 1943.

Oversize Box 4

Scrapbook: Dick Powell and June Allyson, ca. 1945.

Oversize Box 5

Scrapbook: June Allyson, ca. 1945. Compiled by Marvin Hershkovitz.

Oversize Box 5

Magazine cover for Sunday Mirror, March 23, 1947.

Oversize Box 5

June Allyson photo.

Oversize Box 5

Lion's Roar magazine, November 5, 1945.

Oversize Box 5

Scrapbook: June Allyson. Compiled by Ruth Polonksy.

Oversize Box 5

Scrapbook: Dick Powell, ca. 1930.

Oversize Box 6

Scrapbook: Dick Powell publicity clippings, advertising, sheet job offers, 1925-1933. Compiled by Dick Powell.

Oversize Box 6

Scrapbook: Dick Powell publicity in Pittsburgh, humor columns written by Powell, ca. 1930. Compiled by Dick Powell.

Oversize Box 6

Scrapbook: Dick Powell and Joan Blondell, ca. 1935.

Oversize Box 6

Scrapbook: Dick Powell, 1932-1933.

Abstract: Includes autograph inscriptions.
Oversize Box 7

Scrapbook: Powell, Blondell, Allyson.

Abstract: Includes a church program from Little Rock, Arkansas, listing Powell as a soloist.
Oversize Box 7

Scrapbook (fragment): Powell clippings, ca. 1931, including his divorce from Mildred Maud.

Oversize Box 7

Scrapbook: Dick Powell, 1932-1933. Compiled by Ruth Polonksy.

Oversize Box 8

Scrapbook: Dick Powell and Joan Blondell, 1937.

Oversize Box 9

Scrapbook: Dick Powell, 1930[?]-1937.

Abstract: Includes clippings on Blondell, recordings, stills. Inscribed to “Dick Powell of stage, screen and radio, as we watched him - Kitty, Earle and Dick.”