Collection ID: M.89

Collection context

Summary

Date:
1910-2007
Abstract:
The Rosalind Russell files include various personal and professional documents collected by Russell. The collection mainly is composed of photographs, depicting Russell's childhood as well as her professional career, such as headshots. The collection also includes movie posters from movies such as "Wonderful Town" and "Aunt Mame". Interesting to note is a folder on the various properties the Russell family owned throughout Waterbury.
Extent:
2.8 Linear Feet and 2manuscript boxes and 2 flat oversized boxes
Language:
English .

Background

Rules or conventions:
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Scope and Content:

The Rosalind Russell files contain documents from 1910-2007 and undated. The collection is divided into three series. The first, Personal Files, includes scrapbooks, articles, and biographical accounts. The second, Photographs, includes various photographs from Russell's childhood as well as professional life. Professional Career includes movie posters, CDs, and magazines from Russell's movie and Broadway career.

The Rosalind Russell files include various personal and professional documents collected by Russell. The collection mainly is composed of photographs, depicting Russell's childhood as well as her professional career, such as headshots. The collection also includes movie posters from movies such as "Wonderful Town" and "Aunt Mame". Interesting to note is a folder on the various properties the Russell family owned throughout Waterbury.

Biographical / Historical:

Rosalind Russell was born in Waterbury, Ct on June 4th in 1907. Russell's father was an attorney, and her mother was a teacher. The Russell's had seven children, Rosalind being the fourth. They lived on Country Club Road. Russell attended Catholic schools, attending Rosemont College in Rosemont, Pennsylvania and Marymount College in Tarrytown, New York. Her parents were not approving of her becoming an actress and wanted her to become a teacher. However, after graduating college she acted in summer stock and joined a repertory company in Boston.

Russell began her career as a fashion model and was in many Broadway shows. She also worked a job at a stock company for seven months at Saranac Lake, New York, and then Hartford, Connecticut. Afterward, she moved to Boston, where she acted for a year in a theater group. In the early 1930s, Russell moved out to Los Angeles. She was hired by Universal Studios, however left because she was unhappy with their leadership and felt humiliated on set. Russell then signed a contract with MGM, under them she starred in "Evelyn Prentice" and comedies such as "Forsaking All Others" and "Four's a Crowd". From then on Russell was a leading lady in Hollywood, she starred in many more movies and won four Academy Award nominations.

Russell suffered from rheumatoid arthritis and because of this she founded the Rosalind Russell Medical Research Center for Arthritis. Congress made a grant to support her work in 1979 and had a congressional appointment to the National Commission on Arthritis. Russell died of breast cancer on November 28, 1979. She has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. After her death her autobiography "Life is a Banquet" was written by Chris Chase.

Arrangement:

The collection is arranged naturally into three series: Personal Files, Photographs, and Professional Materials.

Access

LOCATION OF THIS COLLECTION:
63 Prospect St
Waterbury, CT, USA
CONTACT:
(203) 753-0381
scrawford@mattmuseum.org