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Finding Aid of the Lillian Bronson papers

Finding aid prepared by Rebecca Hirsch, 2010

Collection processing and creation of the finding aid was funded by the generous support of the National Historic Publications and Records Commission.

Summary Information

Repository
USC Libraries Special Collections
Creator
Bronson, Lillian, 1902-1995
Title
Lillian Bronson papers
Collection no.
0126
Date [inclusive]
1940-1950
Extent
1.0 Linear feet, 1 box
Language
English
Textual materials [Box]
1
Abstract
This collection contains ephemera, correspondence, and clippings documenting the career of stage and film actress Lillian Bronson (1902-1955). Bronson appeared in more than eighty films and was Fonzi’s grandmother on the television show Happy Days.

Preferred Citation

[Box/folder# or item name], Lillian Bronson papers,Collection no. 0126, Special Collections, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.

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Biographical Note

Lillian Bronson was born in 1902 in Lockport, New York. She attended the Lockport Union High School, where she acted in a play directed by her English teacher. With her teacher's encouragement, Bronson studied dramatics at Bryn Mawr in Pennsylvania, and then attended the University of Michigan. She acted first in plays on Broadway and then began a screen career. She was in more than 80 feature films, including Camille with Lillian Gish, The Hucksters with Clark Gable, Spencer's Mountain with Henry Fonda, and Family Honeymoon with Claudette Colbert. Her work in television included the role as Fonzi's grandmother on Happy Days. She died August 3, 1995, at Laguna Beach, California.

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Scope and Content

This collection includes clippings of stage reviews, correspondence, ephemera, theater programs, and a prompt book.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

USC Libraries Special Collections
2010
Doheny Memorial Library 206
3550 Trousdale Parkway
Los Angeles, California, 90089-0189
213-740-5900
specol@usc.edu

Conditions Governing Access

COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE: Advance notice required for access.

Conditions Governing Use

The collection contains published materials; researchers are reminded of the copyright restrictions imposed by publishers on reusing their articles and parts of books. It is the responsibility of researchers to acquire permission from publishers when reusing such materials. The copyright to unpublished materials belongs to the heirs of the writers. Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.

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Controlled Access Headings

Genre(s)

  • Clippings
  • Correspondence
  • Ephemera
  • Programs

Personal Name(s)

  • Bronson, Lillian, 1902-1995 -- Archives

Subject(s)

  • Actresses--United States--History--20th century--Archival resources
  • Theater--United States--History--20th century--Archival resources

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Collection Inventory

Series 1:  Correspondence 

Box
1
Folder
1

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Series 2:  Theater Programs 

Box
1
Folder
2

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Series 3:  Prompt Books 

Box
1
Folder
3

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Series 4:  Ephemera 

Box
1
Folder
4

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Series 5:  Clippings 

Box
1
Folder
5-6

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