Earl Wilson papers, 1936-1964

Wilson, Earl, 1907-1987

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  • Format Mixed Materials; Microforms; Photos, Drawings, Prints; Sound Recordings
  • Contributors
  • Physical Details
    • 16 reels of microfilm (35 mm) and
    • 331 disc recordings; plus
    • additions of 32 photographs
  • OCLC ocn173712959, ocn173701662
  • Finding Aids
    • Register


  • Papers of a Broadway columnist, writer, and radio commentator, including personal correspondence and letters from readers, newspaper and magazine columns, anecdotes and jokes, other writings and speeches, writings of Rosemary Wilson, photographs, and radio program recordings.
  • Includes Wilson's "It Happened Last Night" columns, 1946-1964; his "TV Guide" columns, 1955-1957; materials on his 1962 play, "Home cooking"; and scattered radio and television scripts. Recordings of "The Earl Wilson Show," 1945-1950, and "It Happened Last Night" feature interviews with actors, actresses, musicians, and other show business personalities.
  • Also in the collection are recordings of Wilson's appearances on other radio programs, and miscellaneous recordings of performers and of political figures including Adlai Stevenson, Anthony Eden, Charles F. Brannan, James Roosevelt, Jr. (1946), John L. Lewis (1940 speech), Tom C. Clark, and Adolf Hitler.
  • The processed portion of this series is summarized above, dates 1936-1964, and is described in the register. Additional accessions are described below.


  • Other than the recordings and photographs, this collection is available only on microfilm.
  • Original papers were destroyed after microfilming.
  • Presented by Earl Wilson, New York, N.Y., 1964.
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