Finding Aid for the Jack Cole Papers, 1935-1975

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Finding Aid for the Jack Cole Papers, 1935-1975

Collection number: 172

UCLA Library, Performing Arts Special Collections



Los Angeles, CA

Contact Information

  • University of California, Los Angeles, Library
  • Performing Arts Special Collections, Room A1713
  • Charles E. Young Research Library, Box 951575
  • Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
  • Phone: (310) 825-4988
  • Fax: (310) 206-1864
  • Email: speccoll-paging@library.ucla.edu
  • URL: http://www2.library.ucla.edu/specialcollections/performingarts/index.cfm
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UCLA Library, Performing Arts Special Collections staff
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© 1998 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Jack Cole Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1935-1975
Collection number: 172
Origination: Cole, Jack
Extent: 6 boxes (2.5 linear ft.)
Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Arts Special Collections
Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
Shelf location: Held at SRLF. Please contact the Performing Arts Special Collections for paging information.
Language: English.

Administrative Information

Restrictions on Access

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Restrictions on Use

Copyright has not been assigned to the Performing Arts Special Collections, UCLA. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Arts Special Collections Librarian. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Arts Special Collections 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.

Preferred Citation

Jack Cole Papers, 1935-1975. (Collection 172). Performing Arts Special Collections, Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

Biography

John Ewing Richter was born Apr. 27, 1914 in New Brunswick, NJ; studied modern dance with Ruth St. Denis and Ted Shawn, ballet with Luigi Albertieri, and ethnic forms with La Meri and Mei Lan-Fang; performed as a Denishawn dancer under his real name and under the stage name, Jack Cole, 1930-32; joined (Doris) Humphrey/(Charles) Weidman Dance Group, 1932, making his Broadway debut in The School for Husbands, 1933; served as dance director for many major Hollywood Studios, but is most associated with Columbia Studios where he ran the Dance Workshop, 1944-48; well known for solos for Rita Hayworth in her "Put the Blame on Mame" strip in Gilda (1946) and for Marilyn Monroe in "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" (1953) and "Some Like It Hot" (1959); from 1939, Cole and his dance groups appeared regularly on television variety shows including Bob Hope specials throughout the 1950s, "The Perry Como Show" (1948-50 and 1955-59 seasons), and Sid Caesar's "Your Show Of Shows" (1950-54); numerous motion picture credits include "The Jolson Story" (1945) and "Three For The Show" (1955) and theater works "Candide" (London, 1959), "Donnybrook" (1961), and "Man of La Mancha" (1965); died Feb. 16, 1974 in Los Angeles, CA.

Organization

Arranged in the following series:
  1. Production records
  2. Photographs/personal/miscellaneous

Scope and Content

Collection consists of materials related to the life and career of dancer and choreographer, Jack Cole. Includes clippings, photographs, programs, research materials, correspondence, and biographical materials. Clippings, programs and photographs relate to night club performances, stage productions, and films in which Cole was involved including the "Rainbow Room," the musicals "Kismet" and "Magdalena," and the musical revue "Alive And Kicking."

Access Points

Cole, Jack, 1911---Archives.
Choreographers --United States --Archival resources.
Dancers --United States --Archival resources.


Container List

 

Production Records

 

ALIVE AND KICKING (stage prod.)

Box 1 , Folder 13

Photographs: scene shots and portraits/candid photographs (some cut and shaped for display purposes), incl. Marc Herstens, Gwen Verdon, Paul Olson, George Bockman, Marie Groscap, and Jack Miller, 1950s. 94 items.

Box 1 , Folder 14

Programs with correction sheets, 1950s. 9 items. - Clippings. - Correspondence: 22 telegrams.

 

ALLAH BE PRAISED! (stage prod.)

Box 1 , Folder  9

Program, 1948. - Clipping. - Correspondence: Card.

 

AMERICAN BALLET

Box 3 , Folder  8

Photographs: poses of dancers, incl. Marc Herstens, Edward Hedges, Freda Flyer, Mary Howard, and Erik Kristin. 27 items.

Box 6 , Folder  1

Photographs: Poses of dancers. 10 items. (oversize)

 

BOMARZO (stage prod.)

Box 2 , Folder  1

Programs and librettos, 1960s. 4 items. - Magazines with inserts. 2 items. - Opera season roster, 1969. - Clippings. - Photographs: photos depicting participation of J.C. 3 items.

Box 6 , Folder  3

Article. The New York Times Magazine, March 10, 1967. (oversize)

 

BONANZA BOUND (stage prod.)

Box 2 , Folder  2

Programs, incl. souvenir program, 1947-8. 4 items. - Clippings. - Photographs: scene shots, incl. Matilda Naaman. 8 items. - Correspondence: Telegram.

 

CARNIVAL AT FLANDERS (stage prod.)

Box 2 , Folder  4

Programs, 1958. 3 items. - Clippings. - Correspondence: 5 telegrams.

 

CHEZ PAREE (night club)

Box 2 , Folder  3

Photographs: incl. "Chino" Pozo, Harry Day, Ethel Harry, and George Martin, 1940s. - Clippings. - Flyer/advertisement.

 

CHU CHEM (stage prod.)

Box 2 , Folder  5

Clippings, 1966. - Program. - Photograph: portrait of J.C. in costume enclosed with letter. - Advertisement.

 

DANCE REPERTORY COMPANY

Box 3 , Folder  9

Performance list.

 

DONNYBROOK (stage prod.)

Box 2 , Folder  7

Programs, 1961. 2 items. - Clippings and advertisements. 24 items.

Box 6 , Folder  4

Scrapbook: incl. research materials (images) and clippings relating to Donnybrook. (oversize)

 

ESCADRILLE

Box 2 , Folder 10

Correspondence: Note. - Script.

Box 3 , Folder 12

Correspondence: Letters and contracts with attachments, 1970s, mainly associated with "Escadrille/Shooting the Bad Guys Down" script. 18 items. - Resume: David Holliday. - Review of Cleo Laine.

 

THE FARMER TAKES A WIFE (motion picture)

Box 1 , Folder  5

Photographs: stills and photographs depicting participation of J.C., 1953. 30 items.

 

FLORIDA PERFORMANCES (night clubs)

Box 3 , Folder 11

Photographs (some cut and shaped for display purposes), 1940s. 4 items. - Correspondence: 2 telegrams. - Clippings. - Membership card.

 

A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM (stage prod.)

Box 2 , Folder  6

Programs, incl. souvenir program, 1962. 4 items. - Clippings.

Box 6 , Folder  8

Clippings. (oversize)

 

GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES (motion picture)

Box 1 , Folder  6

Photographs: stills and photos depicting participation of J.C., 1953. 8 items.

 

HARKNESS BALLET

Box 3 , Folder 10

Clippings, incl. "Requiem for Jimmy Dean". - Programs, 1967.- Photographs. - Correspondence: Christmas card, 2 notes, 9 letters with attachments, Postcard, Registered mail receipt. - Call sheet. - Questionnaire. 2 copies. - Pamphelet. - Ticket.

 

THE I DON'T CARE GIRL (motion picture)

Box 1 , Folder  4

Photographs: stills and photographs depicting participation of J. C., 1953. 15 items.

 

KEAN (stage prod.)

Box 2 , Folder  8

Clippings, 1961. - Correspondence: Memorandum, Postcard. - Poster: jazz version of Kean. - Music scores: 1 folder and 5 items.

 

KISMET (stage prod.)

Box 1 , Folder 11

Photographs: scene shots and poses, incl. Alfred Drake, Doretta Morrow, Beatrice Kraft, Florence Lessing, Reiko Sato, Bonnie Evans, Patricia Dunn, and Joan Diener, 1954. 37 items. - Flyer/advertisement.

Box 2 , Folder 11

Clippings, incl. London prod., 1950s. - Correspondence: 6 telegrams, Memorandum, 2 notes. - Programs. 3 items.

Box 6 , Folder  6

Photographs: poses of Florence Lessing. (oversize)

Box 6 , Folder  7

Articles, with duplicates. 10 items. (oversize)

 

LAS VEGAS PERFORMANCES (night clubs)

Box 3 , Folder  7

Message card/advertisement. - Photograph. - Clipping.

 

MAGDALENA (stage prod.)

Box 2 , Folder  9

Photographs: scene shots (some cut and shaped for display purposes), incl. Nona Doggett, Libby Burke, Hugo Haas, and Irra Patina. Candid photographs of Heitor Villa-Lobos, Robert Wright, George Forrest, and Jose Brandao, 1948. 45 items.

Box 2 , Folder 12

Correspondence: 21 telegrams, 2 letters, incl. contract agreement, Note.

Box 3 , Folder  1

Revisions. 28 pages. - Staging directions/changes from Wright and Forrest. 18 pages. - Song synopsis, act I. 10 pages. - Script (portion). 4 pages.

Box 3 , Folder  2

Clippings. - Programs, incl. souvenir program. 3 items.

Box 6 , Folder  2

Clippings, 1948. (oversize)

 

MATA HARI (stage prod.)

Box 3 , Folder  4

Clippings, 1967-8. - Article and reprints with attached correspondence. 3 items. - Sponsorship page.

Box 6 , Folder  5

Article, Look Magazine, February 6, 1968. (oversize)

 

MEET ME AFTER THE SHOW (motion picture)

Box 1 , Folder  7

Photographs: stills, 1952. 7 items.

 

NIGHT CLUB PERFORMANCES, ETC.

Box 3 , Folder  6

Photographs and programs: incl. Anna Austin, Florence Lessing, Alice Dudley, Virginia Miller, Patricia McKee, Radio City Music Hall, May Wine (stage prod.), and Icaro (stage prod.). 20 items. - Clippings.

 

ON THE RIVIERA (motion picture)

Box 1 , Folder  8

Photographs: stills and photographs depicting participation of J.C., 1951. 21 items.

 

RAINBOW ROOM (night club)

Box 1 , Folder  1

Photographs: solitary poses of J.C. (some cut and shaped for display purposes), 1940s. 22 items.

Box 1 , Folder  2

Photographs: poses of J. C. with dancers (some cut and shaped for display purposes), incl. Alice Dudley, Beatrice Kraft, Evelyne Kraft, Anna Austin, and Florence Lessing, 1940s. 49 items.

Box 1 , Folder  3

Photographs: poses of other dancers (some cut and shaped for display purposes), 1940s. 15 items.

Box 3 , Folder  5

Clippings, 1948.

 

SLAPSY MAXIE (night club)

Box 3 , Folder  3

Correspondence: 1 letter, 2 telegrams, 2 notes, 1947. - Flyers/advertisements. 2 items. - Photographs: (some cut and shaped for display purposes), incl. Lena Horne and Carol Haney. 3 items. - Clippings.

 

THE THRILL OF BRAZIL (motion picture)

Box 1 , Folder 10

Photographs: stills, 1946. 23 items.

 

ZIEGFELD FOLLIES (stage prod.)

Box 1 , Folder 12

Photographs: scene shots incl. scene of "Wedding of a Solid Sender". 49 items. - Clipping.

 

Photographs/Personal/Miscellaneous

 

BALLETS RUSSES

Box 4 , Folder  1

Photographic negatives: images of Serge Diaghileff from books on Diaghileff and Ballets Russes. 5 items.

 

CATALOG OF BOOKS AND PICTURES ON DANCE

Box 4 , Folder  2

Xeroxed copies of parts one and two.

 

DANCE NOTES

Box 4 , Folder  3

Notebook pages of writings and sketches for dance. 23 pages.

 

ENTERTAINMENT HALL OF FAME AWARD

Box 6 , Folder  9

Award. - Correspondence: letter, 1975. (oversize)

 

CAROL HANEY

Box 5 , Folder  1

Photographs: Candid shots, poses, and portrait. 4 items.

 

HOUSE AND STUDIO

Box 6 , Folder 10

Photograph. - Architectural drawings. 3 items. (oversize)

 

INTERVIEWS ABOUT J.C.

Box 4 , Folder  4

Transcripts of interviews conducted by Glen Loney. [Restriction: Permission to quote must be obtained from G. Loney].

Box 5 , Folder  2

Interview: last interview by Jerome H. Delmater, 1973.

 

MUSIC

Box 6 , Folder 11

Sheet music (bound in folder) for "Four Spanish Dances Dating From The Epoch of Cervantes." (oversize)

 

PERSONAL PHOTOGRAPHS

Box 5 , Folder  4

Photographs: photos of scenes, pets, and people, incl. Anna Austin Crane, Marcus Blechman, Fannie Lessing, and Florence Lessing. 34 items.

 

PHOTOGRAPHS - J.C.

Box 5 , Folder  5

Portraits of J. C. (some cut and shaped for display purposes), incl. Rainbow Room portraits (1940s) and photograph of sketched portrait. 18 items.

Box 6 , Folder 12

Photographs, incl. from the Rainbow Room and British Building. 4 items. (oversize)

Box 6 , Folder 13

Portraits and detail of hands. 8 items. (oversize)

 

PHOTOGRAPHS - IDENTIFIED

Box 5 , Folder  6

Portraits of George Tobias, and Uday Shan-Kar and son.

 

PHOTOGRAPHS

Box 5 , Folder  7

Japanese performers, Van Damm Collection, New York Public Library. 14 items.

 

PHOTOGRAPHS - UNIDENTIFIED

Box 5 , Folder  8

Portraits and candid photographs. 9 items.

Box 6 , Folder 14

Portrait with autograph. (oversize)

 

RECORDS

Box 5 , Folder  9

Birth certificate (xerox). - Correspondence: 3 notes. - School records (xerox).

 

RESEARCH MATERIALS

Box 4 , Folder  5

Papers, clippings, correspondence, list of film materials available at various institutions. Compiled by Glenn Loney. (3 folders)

 

SCRAPBOOK

Box 5 , Folder 10

Xeroxed pages from scrapbook(s) [part of Glenn Loney's research]. 15 pages.

 

UDAY SHAN-KAR

Box 6 , Folder 15

Photographs: scene shots, poses, and candid photos of, and relating to, Uday Shan-Kar. 10 items. (oversize)

 

SKETCHES

Box 6 , Folder 16

Unsigned sketches on one page: Portrait, Figure drawing. (oversize)

 

WRITINGS ABOUT J.C.

Box 5 , Folder  3

Articles/manuscripts and note. 6 items.

Box 5 , Folder 11

Manuscript: "Going, Going, Gone" by Glenn Loney.

Box 5 , Folder 12

Manuscript: "A Work in Progress: Jack Ewing Richter a.k.a. Jack Cole" by Anna Austin Crane.

Box 5 , Folder 13

Manuscript: "Unsung Genius" by Glenn Loney. (3 folders)

Box 6 , Folder 17

Articles and covers, incl. duplicates. 6 items. (oversize)