Guide to the Ed Jackson "Book of Radio Personalities" Scrapbook

Summary
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0861
Creators:
Jackson, H. Edwin, 1907-1989
Smith, Annette
Dates:
1933-1941.
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
1 Cubic foot
1 box
Repository:
H. Edwin Jackson created this scrapbook of radio stars while living in Chicago, Illinois during the Great Depression.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
One homemade scrapbook created and compiled by H. Edwin Jackson. The book contains photographs, some autographed, news clippings, and commercially printed reproductions of photographs of numerous radio and entertainment personalities from 1933 forward. The arrangement of the book and its artwork was the creation of Jackson. Many pages have photographs and/or news items of additional personalities associated with the featured personality.
Subjects include: The Mills Brothers, Ruth Etting, Fred Allen with Portland Hoffa and Jack Smart, Lanny Ross, Phil Baker, Ireene [?] Wicker, The Pickens Sisters, Raymond, Knight, Clara (Louise Starkey), Lu (Isobel Carothers) n' Em (Helen King), Phil Harris and Leah Ray, Vera Van, George Burns and Gracie Allen, Gladys Swarthout, Jeanie Lang, Myrt and Marge, Helen Jepson, Jack Benny and Mary Livingston, Deanna Durbin, Helen Morgan, Jimmy Durante, Alexander Woolcott, The Boswell Sisters, Edwin C. Hill, Cornelia Otis Skinner, Paul Whiteman, Jessica Dragonette, Dave Rubinoff, Little Jackie Heller, Joe Penner, Mildred Bailey, Olga Albani, Vivienne Segal, Ed Wynn, Beatrice Lillie, Burgess Meredith, Dorothy Page, Bing Crosby, Rosa Ponselle, Stoopnagle and Budd, Grace Moore, Frank Crumit and Julia Sanderson, Frances Langford, Conrad Thibault, Ozzie Nelson and Harriet Hilliard, Bobby Breen, Jack Pearl, The Big Show, Olsen (Ole Olsen) and Johnson (Chick Johnson), Ramona, Rudy Vallee, The Easy Aces, Annette Hanshaw, Ben Bernie, Alice Faye, Charles Winninger, Ray Perkins, Eddie Cantor, Irene Rich, The Weiner Minstrels, Frank Parker, Jane Froman, Walter O'Keefe, James Melton, Al Jolson, Donald Novis, Morton Downey, The First Nighter (Charles P. Hughes), Lawrence Tibbett, Fred Astaire, Abe Lyman, Ethel Shutta, Fanny Brice, Joe Cook, Ken Murray, Jack Oakie, Tony Wans, Fred Waring's Pennsylvanians, Bob Burns, Don Ameche, Nelson Eddy, Ted Bergman, Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy.

Arrangement
Arrangement
Collection is arranged into one series.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
H. Edwin Jackson (1907-1989) was born in Union City, Indiana, the youngest of three children. Jackson's interest in entertainment personalities began early. His father was engaged in real estate and through a land swap acquired The Star Theater in Union City, one of the town's three theaters. The Star was a mid-size theater with a screen and stage. The Jacksons ran The Star as a family business. Jackson was the assistant projectionist to his older sister Mary Elizabeth and he and his father were the janitors. The Star showed silent movies starring such personalities as William S. Hart, Douglas Fairbanks, Sr., Charlie Chaplin, and Wallace Reid. During the influenza epidemic of the teens the theater closed. The family eventually sold The Star, and Jackson went to work as an assistant projectionist at The Grand, Union City's largest and most modern movie house.
When Jackson graduated from high school, the family moved to Chicago, Illinois. The Jackson family's first radio was "The Freshman" and the family eventually owned an Atwater Kent. Jackson became an avid radio fan listening to local Chicago stations WKYW, WENR, and WBBM as well as the national radio networks. Some of Jackson's favorite shows were The Shadow, Amos n' Andy and the Lux Radio Theater. Jackson was laid off from his job in 1933 and spent a great deal of his time listening to radio. His mother gave him money to purchase materials to make a scrapbook of radio and entertainment personalities. He began his book in January 1933, entitling it "Ed Jackson's Book of Radio Personalities." Jackson wrote to many of the personalities he featured in his scrapbook asking for autographed photographs which he put into the book along with clipped photographs and other items of interest from magazines and newspapers, radio show ticket stubs, and programs. Jackson included comics, singers, commentators (both news and social), and stars of popular radio programs. He revised/repaired the book in January, 1982 but Jackson did not detail his revisions.
Jackson was employed by the Lindberg Steel Treating Co. in Melrose Park, Illinois, for thirty years. He married Louise LaJeunesse in 1935 and had two children. Louise died in 1947, and Jackson married Eugenia McDougald in 1951. At the time of his death in December 1989 he was living in Walden, New York.
Sources
Oral History by H. Edwin Jackson, Archives Center Control File
Memorial Obituary for Edwin Jackson,
The Newburgh News
, December 14, 1989.
Bello, Paul. "Local scrapbook to be displayed at the Smithsonian". Times Community Papers, May 17, 2006.
E-mail message from Annette Smith to Cathy Keen, June 2, 2009.

Administration
Processing Information
Processed by Franklin A. Robinson, Jr., archivist, August 2004; supervised by Vanessa Broussard Simmons, archivist. Finding aid revised September 2009.
Author
Franklin A. Robinson, Jr.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated to the National Museum of American History, Archives Center by Annette L. Smith (H. Edwin Jackson's daughter) in June, 2004.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated to the Archives Center by Edwin Jackson's daughter, Ms. Annette Smith.

Container
1

Using the Collection
Preferred Citation
Ed Jackson "Book of Radio Personalities" Scrapbook , 1933-1941, Archives Center, National Museum of American History. Gift of Annette Smith.
Conditions Governing Use
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open for research.

Related Materials
Materials in the Archives Center
George H. Clark Collection Radioana Collection, 1880-1950 (NMAH.AC.0055)
Warshaw Collection of Business Americana: Radio, Motion Pictures, 1896-1963 (NMAH.AC.0060)
National Bureau of Standards Radio Collection, 1917-1933 (NMAH.AC.0217)
Jean Clairmook Radio Scrapbook, 1930-1932 (NMAH.AC.0674)

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Photographs -- Black-and-white photoprints -- Silver gelatin -- 1930-1950 Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Clippings -- 1930-1950 Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Radio comedies Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Publicity photographs Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Celebrities -- 1930-1940 Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Radio programs Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Scrapbooks -- 20th century Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Radio -- 1930-1940 Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Signatures (names) Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Wynn, Ed, 1886-1966 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Whiteman, Paul, 1890-1967 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Vallée, Rudy, 1901-1986 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Woollcott, Alexander, 1887-1943 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Allen, Gracie Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Ameche, Don Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Astaire, Fred Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Benny, Jack, 1894-1974 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Bergen, Edgar Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Brice, Fanny Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Burns, George, 1896- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Cantor, Eddie, 1892-1964 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Durbin, Deanna Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Durante, Jimmy Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Froman, Jane, 1907-1980 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Meredith, Burgess, 1907-1997 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Eddy, Nelson, 1901-1967 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Crosby, Bing, 1904-1977 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Jolson, Al, d. 1950 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Livingston, Mary Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Skinner, Cornelia Otis, 1901- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Lillie, Beatrice Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Mills Brothers. Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Oakie, Jack, 1903-1978 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Nelson, Ozzie Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Smith, Annette Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
P.O. Box 37012
Suite 1100, MRC 601
Washington, D.C. 20013-7012
archivescenter@si.edu
http://americanhistory.si.edu/archives