Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Academy Awards production records

Abstract

The Academy Awards production records (dated 1952-1953; 0.19 cubic feet; 14 folders) comprise notes, scripts, clippings, correspondence, and sheet music that document the production and planning for the 25th Academy Awards presentation.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Academy Awards production records
Extent
0.19 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Actors.
Award presentations (Motion pictures).
Awards.
Celebrity.
Letters.
New York (N.Y.)
Scripts.
Sheet music.
Arrangement
Collection retains its original order. Where possible original folder names were retained. The Wade Hall Collection of American Letters has been processed into discrete collections based on provenance.
Finding Aid Author
Sarah Coblentz
Preferred Citation
2009ms132.0372: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Academy Awards production records, 1952-1953, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
The 25th Academy Awards, held March 19, 1953, was a first in many rights. It was the first Academy Awards to be broadcast live on national television, the first to be held in Hollywood and New York City simultaneously, and the first where Best Picture, Best Director, and all four acting Oscars went to six different films. The show's script was written by Richard Breen, produced by Johnny Green (1908-1989), and directed by Bill Bennington (1914-2010). The show's Hollywood host was Bob Hope (1903-2003) and the New York City host was Conrad Nagel (1897-1970). Presenters at the show included Ronald Reagan, Frank Capra, Walt Disney, and Greer Garson.
American Letters collector Wade Hall (1934-2015) was a native of Union Springs, Alabama. Starting in 1962, he lived in Louisville, where he taught English and chaired the English and Humanities/Arts programs at Kentucky Southern College and Bellarmine University. He also taught at the University of Illinois and the University of Florida. He held degrees from Troy State University (B.S.), the University of Alabama (M.A.), and the University of Illinois (Ph.D.). He served for two years in the U.S. Army in the mid-fifties. Dr. Hall was the author of books, monographs, articles, plays, and reviews relating to Kentucky, Alabama, and Southern history and literature. His most recent books include A Visit with Harlan Hubbard; High Upon a Hill: A History of Bellarmine College; A Song in Native Pastures: Randy Atcher's Life in Country Music; and Waters of Life from Conecuh Ridge.
Scope and Content
The Academy Awards production records (dated 1952-1953; 0.19 cubic feet; 14 folders) comprise notes, scripts, clippings, correspondence, and sheet music that document the production and planning for the 25th Academy Awards presentation. The notes include comments on hosts, emcees, staging of the show, and the script for the evening. There are two final scripts included in the collection, both written only days prior to the show, and these include breaks for commercials, times for music spots, and when the show will change between Hollywood and New York City. The correspondence includes official Academy letters sent to nominees, guests, and presenters; invitation acceptance replies, and the acceptance of Bob Hope to be the host. The sheet music is of some of the songs used in the show.
The Academy Awards production records are part of the Wade Hall Collection of American letters, which includes correspondence and diaries from all over North America covering the time period of the Civil to Korean Wars. The materials were collected by Wade Hall and document everyday men and women.

Restrictions on Access and Use

Conditions Governing Access
Conditions Governing Access Collection is open to researchers by appointment.
Use Restrictions
The physical rights to the materials in this collection are held by the University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.

Contents of the Collection

Introduction and closing script for radio coverage of 25th annual Academy Awards for Paul Douglas, 1953

  • Box WH-18, folder 1
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Pre-broadcast speech and cut-in instructions for Conrad Nagel, 1953

  • Box WH-18, folder 2
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Production notes and meetings schedule, 1953

  • Box WH-18, folder 3
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Stage, lighting, etc... notes, 1953

  • Box WH-18, folder 4
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Meetings (notes) New York attendees and tentative Scientific or Technical Awards recipients, 1953

  • Box WH-18, folder 5
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Cast, final - possible , 1953

  • Box WH-18, folder 6
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25th Academy Awards final script, 1953 March 14

  • Box WH-18, folder 7
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25th Academy Awards final reroutined script, 1953 March 16

  • Box WH-18, folder 8
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Past winners and nominations , 1953

  • Box WH-18, folder 9
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Correspondence , 1953

  • Box WH-18, folder 10
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Directory, program committee , 1953

  • Box WH-18, folder 11
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Nominations for 25th Academy Awards, 1953

  • Box WH-18, folder 12
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Songs used in 25th Academy Awards presentation, 1953

  • Box WH-18, folder 13
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24th Annual Academy Awards Presentation program, 1952 March 20

  • Box WH-18, folder 14
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