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Finding Aid for the Albert Lewin papers, 1938-1991
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Description
Albert E. Lewin was a comedy writer whose career spanned from the 1930s to the 1990s. His numerous credits include a mixture of productions from radio, television, motion pictures, and stage. The collection consists of script and production files as well as small amount of business files, correspondence, sound recordings and printed material related to his career.
Background
Albert E. Lewin was born on July 29, 1916 in New York City, New York. Lewin attended the Art Institute of Chicago and Los Angeles Valley College. He developed an early interest in comedy writing working as a cartoonist and comic artist for Colliers, Satevepost, and other magazines. He began writing for radio in 1938, writing jokes for Billy House's Wrigley Laughliner on the Columbia network. He contributed to radio programs working with a variety of talent including Don Ameche, Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy, Bing Crosby, Victor Borge, Tommy Riggs, Judy Canova, Ransom Sherman, Charles Ruggles, Carmen Miranda, Greer Garson, and Martha Raye among others. During World War II, Lewin served in the military and fought in France and Germany for five and a half months. He then served with the American Forces Network of the Armed Forces Radio Service where he wrote and directed programs with Mickey Rooney, Jack Benny, and Bob Hope. Following the war he continued working in radio contributing to shows such as The Eddie Cantor Show, The Chase and Sanborn Program, Scattergood Baines, and The Tommy Riggs Show, among others.
Extent
53 boxes (26.5 linear feet)7 shoe boxes (3 linear ft.)
Restrictions
Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library, Performing Arts Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.
Availability
COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact the UCLA Library, Performing Arts Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.