Guide to the Jean Stapleton Papers
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Summary
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.1424
Creators:
Stapleton, Jean, 1923-2013
Dates:
1906-2014, undated
Languages:
English
Collection is in English.
Physical Description:
10 Cubic feet
Repository:
Collection documents the personal life and professional career of American theatre and film actor Jean Stapleton.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The collection consists of papers documenting Stapleton's long career in film, on stage, and on screen. Contents include correspondence from fans and from VIPs; awards and honorary degrees; scrapbooks and photograph albums; papers relating to her career, such as publicity photographs, scripts, sheet music, audiovisual materials; subject files Stapleton kept on topics relating to her roles; papers relating to Stapleton's mother, Marie Stapleton, an opera singer; articles and clippings, and a 16 mm film.
The collection documents Stapleton's long stage, film, and television career, as well as her philanthropic activities. These materials consist primarily of photographs and photograph albums, scripts, sheet music and scores, costume and set designs, programs and posters, awards and honorary degrees, and subject files Stapleton kept on topics relating to her roles.
The collection is arranged into four series. Series one, Production Materials, contains a substantial amount of materials relating to her acting career and the many roles she played on the stage, in film and on television. Series two consists of materials relating to regional theatres. Series three includes Stapleton's personal papers. Series four contain materials relating to the singing career of Marie Stapleton Murray who was the mother of Jean Stapleton.

Arrangement
Arrangement
Collection arranged into four series.
Series 1, Production Materials, 1939-2007, undated
Series 2, Regional Theatre, 1941-1989, undated
Series 3, Personal Papers, 1930-2014, undated
Subseries 3.1, Correspondence, 1950-2000, undated
Subseries 3.2, Activism and Awards, 1930-2010, undated
Subseries 3.3, Personal Memorabilia and Photographs, 1952-2014, undated
Subseries 3.4, Publications, 1971-2001
Series 4, Marie Stapleton Murray, 1906-1914, undated

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
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Administration
Processing Information
Collection processed by Alexandra Asal, Eva Buchanan-Cates, Katie DeFonzo, and Stephanie Haeg, interns, Franklin A. Robinson, Jr., Archives Specialist, 2017; supervised by Vanessa Broussard Simmons, 2017.
Author
Vanessa Broussard Simmons and Emily Woessner
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The collection was donated to the Archives Center by Pamela Putch in 2017.

Using the Collection
Preferred Citation
Jean Stapleton Papers, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open for research.
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.

Related Materials
The papers of Jean Stapleton's husband, William Putch, mainly his thirty years of work at the Totem Pole Playhouse, were acquired in July 2017 by the Carnegie Mellon University Archives in Pittsburgh.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Television Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Theater Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Actors Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Correspondence Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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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