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Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Correspondence and printed material

Unsorted correspondence and printed material

Photographs

University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Walter Winchell Papers



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Winchell (Walter)
Title: Walter Winchell Papers
Dates: 1928-1993 (bulk 1930s-1960s)
Abstract: Walter Winchell (1897-1972) was an influential print and broadcast journalist who pioneered the gossip column genre. Collection consists of correspondence with notable people of the time and from Winchell's fans. Collection also includes clippings, photographs, and one piece of sheet music.
Accession No.: 2006-070
Extent: 8 feet
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Walter Winchell (1897-1972) gained acclaim as a journalist and gossip columnist with a career spanning five decades. He contributed a column to the New York Daily Mirror for over 30 years, as well as hosting radio and television broadcasts (ABC, CBS, and NBC). Winchell’s early career was marked by his public criticism of pro-fascists in America and strong condemnation of the rise of the Nazi Party in Germany. He also expressed support for the Democratic Party and President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Mixed with political opinion and commentary was Winchell’s trademark entertainment news and “gossip,” where he gained a reputation as being frank and fiery.

After World War II, Winchell became increasingly concerned with the spread of Communism and voiced support for Senator Joseph McCarthy and the “Red Scare” investigations. With the passing of the McCarthy era Winchell slowly faded from the public eye.

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Scope and Contents

Collection consists of correspondence with notable people in news, entertainment and government; and, letters from fans who appealed to Winchell to use his influence for their causes. Many of the letters bear Winchell’s handwritten comments or directions to Rose Bigman, his secretary. Collection also includes clippings, photographs, and one piece of sheet music.

Most of the material is arranged in alphabetical order by the recipient or the topic covered. An intermediary owner of the collection had moved some papers from their original folders. These are found after the alphabetical listing as “Unsorted correspondence and printed material.” There is some overlap between the alphabetical and unsorted groups.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted access.

Use Restrictions

Unrestricted use.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Winchell, Walter, 1897-1972.
Subjects
Journalism
Journalists
Gossip columnists

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Related Material

Forms part of the Media History Collection.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Walter Winchell Papers, 1928-1992 [bulk, 1930s-1960s], Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Catherine Best and Emily Preece, October 2009.

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Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Correspondence and printed material

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4Zg40 "A" Miscellaneous, 1941-1968
ABC-TV, general, 1945-1958
ABC-TV, "The Headliners," 1946, 1964
ABC-TV, "The Street," 1964-1966
Abraham Lincoln columns, 1947
Acapulco News, 1964
Actors and Actresses, 1946-1962
Actors Equity, 1932, 1937
Actors Fund of America, 1933, 1949
America First Committee, 1941
American Broadcasting Lawsuits, 1939-1955
American Christian Palestine Committee [regarding Yusif El-Bandak], 1949
American Guild of Variety Artists, 1941
American Home Products, 1964
American International, "Wild in the Streets," 1967-1968
American Labor Magazine, 1968
American Peace Mobilization, 1941
American Seamen, 1933
American Tobacco Company, 1932
Amitone, 1968
Amvets (American Veterans of World War II), 1967-1968
Anastasia (Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna), 1939
Anderson, John, 1939-1943
Andrew Jergens Co., 1945
Anti-Defamation League, 1940, 1946, 1967-1968
Antioch Chamber of Commerce, 1933
Army, 1945
Arnold , Dorothy (disappeared Dec. 12, 1910), 1935
Articles, undated
Asher, Court, 1945
Atom Bomb, 1945-1946
Auchincloss, James L., 1964
Authors, 1929-1968
Axis Sally (Mildred Gillars), 1947-1949
"B" Miscellaneous, 1933-1967
Bananas, Joe, 1964-1965
Bandak, Yusif El, 1949-1950
Bankers Casualty of Chicago, 1959-1960
Barton, Andrew, 1968-1969
Baxter, David, 1945
Beacon, Tony, 1937
Beaten, David (TV shows), 1967
Bennett, Constance, 1939-1940
Berger, Meyer (article in Scribner's magazine), undated
Bergerac, Jacques, 1964
Bergman, Ingrid, 1950, 1959
Beverage Times, 1945
Beverly Hills Citizen News (Greenberg-Heyler), 1968
Biddle, Attorney General 1944
Biederman, Les, 1964-1968
Bigman, Rose [notes Winchell], undated
Bilbo, Sen. Theodore, 1945-1947
Billingsley, Sherman (Stork Club), 1937-1967
"Billy" ["When I Walk I Always Walk with Billy," song by James Kendis], 1939
Birthday Party, 1967
Bissel, Pelham St. George, III, 1934
Blue Network, 1944-1945
Blue Star Mothers of America, 1943-1948
Bob Hope dinner, 1947
Bon Ami, 1959
Boston Herald Traveler, 1967-1968
Bowles, Chester, 1946-1949
Boxing, 1964-1968
Bradford, Robert (true story for movie), 1957
Bravest and Finest, 1967
British Information Services, 1941-1951
Broadway Alien, 1941
Broadway Stars, Inc., 1956-1964
Brown, Wilson, 1949
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4Zg41 Buchalter, Louis "Lepke", 1939-1960
Synopsis of Lepke case
Busby Productions, 1968-1969
Business, 1932-1950
Business Men, 1968
Byline Ball Speech, 1967
Byrnes, James F. [copy of letter to President Truman], 1949, 1952
"C" Miscellaneous, 1924-1962
Cadillac, 1947-1969
Caen, Herb, 1958
Caesar, Irving, 1942-1943
California State Federation of Labor Picket Line, 1957
California, 1932, 1935, 1953, 1962-1968
Cameron, W.J., 1940-1941
Campbell Soup Company, 1968
Canada, 1944
Cannon, Jack, 1962, 1967
Cannon, Jimmy, 1934-1952
Capehart, Sen. Homer E., 1955
Capone, Al, 1931-1939
Carroll, Luke, 1962-1967
Cartoonists, 1964
Cassidy, John F., 1942
Castle, Paul (singer), undated
Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS), 1943
Chamberlain, Prime Minister Neville, 1939
Chambers, Whittaker, 1945-1948
Chicago Daily News, 1942
Christian Front, 1940-1942
Christians, George 1934
Christmas and New Year columns, 1955-1968
Christmas Seal, 1936-1937
CIO has not denounced communism, 1946
Clark, Tom (Attorney General), 1946-1948
Close, Upton, 1944-1951
Coast Guard, 1945, 1955
Coffin, Tris, 1947
Cohen, William [also known as William Cahn], 1945-1955
Coll, Vincent "Mad Dog", 1960-1964
College Association for Public Events and Services [CAPES], San Francisco, 1968
College Humor [magazine], 1930-1939
Colliers, 1948-1956
Columbia Features, 1964, 1968
Columbia University, 1968
Columbus Day Celebration, 1962
Communism, 1940-1962
Como, Perry, [The Perry Como Show], 1956
Composers, 1941-1957
Condon, Glenn, 1934-1938
Confidential [magazine], 1955-1967
Congressional Records of Winchell columns, 1958
Congressmen, 1937-1951
Conrad, Earl, 1968
Contracts
ABC, 1951-1955
Mutual, 1941-1956
Stasny Music Corporation, 1960-1964
Miscellaneous, 1943-1957
Conventions, 1964,1968
Copyrights, 1936
CORE [Congress of Racial Equality], 1964
Cosmopolitan [Hearst magazine], 1951-1957
Costello, Frank, 1950-1959
Coughlin, Father Charles E., 1934-1940
Coward, Noel, 1957
Cox, Congressmen E. E., 1943
Cox, James [or Joseph], 1943-1956
Crawford, Rheba (Salvation Army), 1962-1965
Crime, 1932-1955
Crosby, Larry, 1966
Crum, Bartley, 1948-1949
Cuba, 1940-1949
Cummings, Robert, 1955
Cuneo, Ernest, 1939-1968
Dafoe, Dr. Allan Roy, 1934-1935
de Rochemont, Louis, 1940
Dentist, 1943-1966
Dies, Martin, 1943
Entertainers, 1954, 1957
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4Zg42 "F" Miscellaneous, 1933-1968
Facts Forum, 1954
Facts [newspaper], 1944
Faggen, Jay, 1939-1967
Fairchild, John, and Women's Wear Daily, 1967
Fan-Fare [magazine], 1935
Farley, Frank, 1934-1935
Farragut College and Technical Institute, 1947
Farrell, Frank, 1945-1959
Father Andre [Penachio], 1960-1962
Fay, Frank, 1945-1947
F. B. I., 1940
F.B.I. [television series], 1965
Federal Theatre, 1939
Ferguson, Elsie, 1929
Film Daily [newspaper], 1967-1968
Fire Department, 1942, 1967
Fires, undated
Fish, Hamilton, 1947
Fitts, Burton, 1938
Flaherty, Vincent, 1956-1959
Florida Southern College, 1958-1959
Florists Telegraph, 1933-1935
Flynn, Erroll, 1943-1944
Food Giant Markets, 1968
Forster, Arnold, 1944-1968
Fort Wayne newspaper, 1943-1944
Fortune, Ed and Grace, 1939-1940
Fowler, Gene, 1942
Foy, Brian, 1964-1969
Franklin, Art, 1947-1948
French, Marjorie (and Fritz Zarb-Mizzi), 1938-1938
Friends of Democracy, 1942-1943
Front Page Broadcast, 1937
Fulbright, Sen. J. William, 1955
Fuller, John Frederick, 1945
George S. May Co., 1941-1943
George Washington Carver Award, 1947-1962
German Bund, 1939-1942
Girl Friday, 1957
Gyson, Sam, 1952
"H" Misc., 1933-1970
Habe, Hans (author), 1946
Halsey, Margaret, 1944
Hammer, Armand, 1958
Hammond, Percy, 1936
Hanrahan, Ed, 1967-1968
Harlem Herald, 1940
Harris, Robin Curley, 1960-1962
Hart, Merwin K., 1949-1950
The Hartmans, 1947
Hartmann, A. C., 1934
Hartwell, Dickson, 1947
Hauptmann, Bruno (and Lindbergh kidnapping), 1930-1967
Hayakawa (Language in Action), undated
Healy, Judge Leo, 1940-1946
Hellinger Award, 1934, 1960-1970
Hendrickson, Robert, 1944
Hess, Donna, 1968
Hicktown, 1940
Hill & Knowlton, Inc., 1958
Hilton Advertising Agency (Clearwater Bank), 1969
Hines, William, 1963-1964
Hit Songs From Flop Shows Research, 1954-1955
Hitler, Adolf, 1933-1935
Hoffa, James, 1965
Hoffman, Clare, 1941-1946
Hoffman, Gov. Harold, 1935-1936
Holford, Clyde, 1935, 1950-1967
Holland, Elmer, 1943-1944
Hollenbeck, Don, 1947
Holliday, Judy, 1952
Hollister, Paul, 1939-1940
Hollywood, 1955
Holt, Rush D., 1944
Holtzmann, Fanny [regarding Gen. Morgan], 1946
Home Show, 1956
Hoover, J. Edgar, 1968
Hosiery- Velon yarn, 1946
The Hour, [bulletin], 1939-1942
Hughes, Howard, 1968
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4Zg43 Israels, Joseph, 1930-1931
Kefaufer Committee, Rudolf Halley, attorney, 1951
Kitner, Robert, 1949-1952
Klan, 1942
"L" Misc., 1942-1968
Lachmann, Marc, 1934, 1941
LaGuardia, Mayor, 1934-1943
Lambertson, Congressman William. P., 1943
Lane, Myles, 1952-1953
Lardner, John, undated
Lasher, Samuel, 1936
Lasky, Victor, 1955-1963
Lavan, Jerry, 1957, 1968
Lawsuits, 1940-1966
Ledger Syndicate, 1968
Lee, Canada, 1949
Letters sent to editors, undated
Levin, Meyer, undated
Levy, Edward G., abstract, 1939-1940
Lewis, Fulton, Jr., 1940-1949
Lewis, Jerry D., 1962, 1966
Lewis, Joe E., 1955-1957
Lewis, John L., 1940, 1946
Liberty [magazine], 1941-1942
Lippman, William (ketchup bottle incident at Lindy’s), 1942
Lloyd's of London Insurance, 1958
Loeb, William, newspapers, 1968
London Daily Mail, 1940
Long, Huey, 1944
Look [magazine], 1939-1962
Lorant, Stefan, undated
Los Angeles Herald Examiner, 1964–1968
Los Angeles Times Syndicate, 1967
Lowenstein, David, undated
Luce, Henry, 1937-1951
Luciano, Lucky, 1962-1967
Lundeen, Sen. Ernest, 1940-1942
Lurie, Lou, 1962-1968
"M" Miscellaneous, 1946-1968
M.G.M., 1941
MacArthur, Douglas, 1951
Magnuson, Sen. Warren G., 1947-1964
Malaxa, Nicolae, 1951-1952
Maloney, Russell, 1938
Maloney, William Power, 1942-1943
Manhattan College, 1956
Mann, F. Allen, 1958
Marci, Benedicto, 1950-1954
Marine Corps, 1946-1949
Marinoni, Antonio and Passarelli, Luigi, 1940
Marshall, Mr. [telegram from Douglas R. Grant], undated
Martin, Darrell, 1944
Martin, Herb, 1967
Martin, Margaret (murder case), 1940
Martin, Quinn, 1934-1967
Marty, Syra (actress from Germany), 1964
Matchabelli, Prince Georges, 1932
Mattson, Charlie (kidnapping), 1937
Mauchenheim, Egon Karl Freiherr von, and Margarete, 1940
Maurer, Doctor D. W., 1940
Mayer, Milton, 1942
"Mc" and "Mac" Miscellaneous, 1961-1968
McCarthy, Joe, 1951-1955
McCrary, Tex 1941-1949
McFadden, Benarr and Mary, 1967-1968
McGuire Sisters, 1963-1965
McIntosh, Alan C., 1967
McNaboe, Sen. John, 1940
McNair, Barbara, 1956-1968
McNaught Syndicate, Inc., 1963-1968
McWilliams, J., 1939-1945
Medicare, [Winchells’s account], 1967
Mehnert, Klaus, 1940
Melard, H. J. M (producer of Bay of Pigs film), 1963-1964
Mercouri, Melina, 1967
Metropolitan Daily, 1963
Miami Beach, 1940-1945
Miami Herald, 1961-1968
Miller, Arthur, 1956
Miller, William Burke, threats, 1937
Mirror Promotion, 1929-1959
Miscellaneous, 1939-1963
Miss-A-Meal Campaign, 1933-1939
Monroe, Marilyn, 1961-1968
Montana Liberal, 1939
Moore, Philip, 1938
Moran, Mildred Hardenbergh, 1939
Morell, Parker, 1941
Morgan, Sir Frederick, 1946
Morgan, Helen, 1941, 1957
Morning Telegraph, 1968
Mortimer, Lee, 1947-1961
Mutual Broadcasting Conventions, 1968
National Workers League, 1941-1942
Nazis, 1933-1947
New York [City] Schools, 1949
New York Daily Mirror, 1941
Newspapers, 1929-1968
Office of Censorship, 1943
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4Zg44 Pearson, Drew, 1941-1958
Pegler, Westbrook, 1949
Photographer [Stephen McNult], undated
Political, 1933-1965
Producers, undated
Publishers, 1930-1968
Raft, George, 1934-1937
Roosevelt, Mrs. Franklin [letter from Christian Mobilizers meeting], 1940
Rose, Billy (Aquacade Scandal), 1939
“S” Miscellaneous, 1937-1969
Sacks, Manie, 1956-1957
Saints and Sinners, 1958
Sakellariou, Admiral Alexander, 1945
San Diego Union, 1962-1968
San Francisco Conference, 1945
Santa Monica Outlook, 1962
Sarnoff, Robert, 1956
Sato, Ruth, 1934-1942
Sberna, Charles, 1942-1946
Schine, G. David, 1963-1967
Schine, Myer and David, 1946-1968
Schipa, Tito, 1937-1948
Schoenfeld, Dudley, 1936
Schuster and Lepke, 1939
Schuster, M. Lincoln [Simon and Schuster], 1931-1940
Screen Actors Guild, 1937-1965
Seaboard Drug Company, 1952-1958
Sears, Jean, 1935-1936
Secretary of Defense, 1963
Securities Exchange Commission, 1938
Seger, Gerhart, 1944
Senators, 1948-1951
Shaw, Stan, 1935-1937
Shattuck Company, Frank G. [The Schrafft’s Stores], 1934-1938
Shea, Donald, 1943-1944
Sheen, Fulton J., 1940-1945
Shelley, H. Michael, 1941
Shepard, Elaine, 1961-1965
Sheppard, Dr. Sam, 1955-1967
Showacre Commercials, 1968
Sidor, Karol, 1950
Silicosis, 1939
Simon and Schuster Publishers, 1928-1964
Simon, Sheridan, 1962-1969
Singer, Kurt, 1946
“Single Room Furnished,” (Jayne Mansfield film), 1968
Smith, B. J. , 1968
Smith Davis & Co., 1947
Smith, Earl E. T. (testimony regarding Cuba), 1960-1961
Smith, Gerald K., 1945
Smith, Lt. Patrick, 1945
Smith, Merriman, 1967
Smythe, Edward James, 1943-1949
Sobel, Bernard, 1937
Sokolsky, George, 1946-1955
Solzer, Bill, 1942-1943
Spivak, John L., 1939-1940
Spot Productions, 1967
Spy (or Traitor) TV format, 1962
St. Moritz Hotel, 1958
Stadsklev, Rev. C. O., 1943-1944
Statler, Suzie, 1969
Statue of Liberty, 1962
Steele, Larry, 1951, 1964-1968
Stephans, Mira, 1940-1941
Stern, Bill, 1941
Strikebreakers, undated
Stuart, Lyle, 1951-1964
Styles, Hal, 1944
Subversive Influence Educational Process, 1953
Sullivan, Ed, 1964
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4Zg45 Survey of Home Reading of New York City Newspapers, 1935
Swanson, Gloria [regarding remark about Lana Turner], 1958
Symphonic Radio and Electronic Corp., not dated
Television quiz shows, 1959
Television show, 1955-1964
Time [magazine], 1947
Transport Workers Union, 1946
U. S. S. Squalus, 1939
Walter Winchell Narrates The Headliners (Story Lines), 1942
War, 1942-1945
Waterbury, Ruth, 1933
Wethan, Frederic, 1949
William Morris Agency, 1935-1968
Winchell , Walter [personal], 1933-1968
Winchell, Walter [script by Tom Everett], 1938
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4Zg45 Correspondence of intermediary owner of collection, 1992-1993
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4Zg46 Sheet music, "There's a Lull in My Life," 1937

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Unsorted correspondence and printed material

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4Zg45 1929-1939, 1955
1930-1936
1930-1967
1932-1939, 1967-1968
1932-1952
1932-1968
1934-1968
1934-1969
1936-1967
1937-1939
1940-1942
1940-1945
1940-1947
1943-1945
1946-1949
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4Zg46 1950-1953
1950-1959
1954-1959
1959-1968
1960-1964

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Photographs

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3S36 Walter Winchell, Republican National Convention, San Francisco, July, 1964
Walter Winchell, photographed by Don Pack undated
Walter Winchell with Lauren Bacall and two men, November, 1944
Walter Winchell receiving award from San Diego Police Officers Association, August, 1964
Walter Winchell with Nick Blair and Molly, 1934
Walter Winchell playing golf, 1951
Walter Winchell, from College Confidential [movie], 1960
Walter Winchell, at birthday party, 1967
Walter Winchell serving coffee inside Salvation Army Emergency Canteen, 1968
The Stork Club, interior with newspaper front page on display, 1955
New York Hitler Headquarters, 1932
Kappa Tau Alpha Dinner, Los Angeles Press Club, 1964
George P. Hunt and Frank Farrell, undated
Marilyn Monroe's funeral, 1962

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