Earl Wilson Collection, [ca. 1932]-1983

Earl Wilson Collection, [ca. 1932]-1983 :  

198 boxes of working papers, research files, celebrity photographs, clippings, and scrapbooks of the late Broadway columnist for the New York Post.

Journalist, gossip columnist and author, perhaps best known for his nationally syndicated column; graduated Ohio State University ('31). Wilson's column originated from the New York Post and ran from 1942 until 1983. His chronicling of the Broadway scene during the "Golden Age" of show business formed the basis for a book published in 1971, The Show Business Nobody Knows. He signed his columns with the tag line, "That's Earl, brother." His nickname was "Midnight Earl". In later years, the name of his column was changed to Last Night With Earl Wilson.

Research and interview notes, card files, correspondence, clippings, outlines, drafts, photos, etc. for articles, jokes, short stories, plays, novels and books on celebrities, entertainment, travel and humor. Includes 154 notebooks with clippings of Wilson's Broadway entertainment column for the N.Y. Post, It happened last night  (Oct. 1942-Apr. 1983); articles, clippings, etc. on annual entertainment awards such as the Oscars, Tonys, etc. (ca. 1961-1983), extensive files on individual celebrities (notes, articles, clippings, letters, etc.) arranged alphabetically by subject (e.g., Woody Allen, Sammy Davis, Rita Hayworth, Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, Debbie Reynolds, Elizabeth Taylor, Mike Todd and many others); a large collection of celebrity photographs. Also contains research material, correspondence and drafts for Wilson's book Sinatra—an Unauthorized Biography (1976).

Collection number: SPEC.TRI.EW.

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Gift of Earl Wilson, Jr.