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Descriptive inventory for the Irv Kupcinet papers, 1929-ca. 2003

Irv Kupcinet papers

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Descriptive inventory for the Irv Kupcinet papers, 1929-ca. 2003

Prepared by Mitchell Oxford and Kendra Hay; ed. by Peter T. Alter and Rachel Juris, 2010.
Processed with funding provided by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
  
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Chicago History Museum, Research Center
1601 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60614-6038
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E-mail: research@chicagohistory.org
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Collection Overview +/-

Title: Irv Kupcinet papers, circa 1929-2003 (inclusive)
Creators: Irv Kupcinet
Esther Kupcinet
Chicago Sun-Times
Dates: circa 1929-2003 (inclusive)
Accession number: 2004.0110
Bib number: 00145766
Call numbers: MSS Lot K
MSS AlphaV K
0MM-126
Size:10.5 linear ft. (17 boxes, including 11 v.; 1 pkg.)
84 v.
3 sound recordings
1 video recording
Language of material:Collection is written in English.

Provenance statement:

Materials were a gift of Jerry Kupcinet (accession #: 2004.0110).

Terms governing use:

All rights owned by the donor, including copyright, were deeded to Chicago Historical Society. Copyright may be retained by the creators of items, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law, unless otherwise noted.

Restriction(s):

To consult the sound or video recordings, it is necessary to use a copy, not the original (and to have a copy made if one is not available).

Advance appointment with special permission required to view one volume of celebrity birthday greetings (2002).

Please cite this collection as:

Irv Kupcinet papers (Chicago History Museum) plus a detailed description, date, and box/folder number of a specific item.

Additional Materials +/-

Related material:

Related materials at Chicago History Museum, Research Center, include the Irv Kupcinet collection of sound recordings (1984.0139).

Separated material:

Seperated materials at Chicago History Museum, Research Center, include the Cartoons and broadsides of Irv Kupcinet (2004.0110) and photographs in the Image File.

Collection Summary +/-

Biographical materials, correspondence, financial and legal documents, manuscripts, newsletters, press releases, newspaper clippings, scrapbooks, photographs, and other papers of Irv Kupcinet, a Chicago journalist, author, radio and television personality, and civic leader. The majority of the collection relates to Kupcinet's work as a columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times and as host of a television talk show. Personal scrapbooks consisting of newspaper clippings and correspondence, as well as the papers of Kupcinet's wife Esther Kupcinet (Essee), also are found in the collection. Additional topics include Kup's philanthropic support for the Purple Heart Cruise, the Weizmann Institute of Science, B'nai B'rith, and other public service programs and organizations.

Biographical/Historical Note +/-

Irv Kupcinet (1912-2003) was a Chicago journalist, author, radio and television personality, and civic leader. Kupcinet began working for the Chicago Times (later the Chicago Sun-Times) in 1935 as a sports reporter. From 1943 to 2002, Kupcinet wrote a daily column under his by-line containing celebrity gossip and political news, which became known as "Kup's Column" in 1948 and eventually was syndicated to newspapers across the country. He also created a weekly television talk show called "At Random" (later known as "Kup's Show") that aired from 1959 until 1986, and won fifteen Emmy awards and a Peabody award. Kupcinet was involved in philanthropic causes, including founding the Purple Heart Cruise, and was a supporter of Jewish organizations, such as B'nai B'rith, the Jewish United Fund, and the Weizmann Institute of Science.

Catalog Subject Headings +/-

Subjects:
American newspapers--Illinois--Chicago--Sections, columns, etc
Broadcasting--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
Celebrities--United States--Biography
Chicago sun-times
Jews--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
Journalists--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
Persons:
Kupcinet, Esther
Kupcinet, Irv--Archives
Organizations:
Chicago sun-times--Employees
Genre/Form:
Autobiographies
Autograph albums
Autographs (manuscripts)
Correspondence
Financial records
Legal documents
Manuscripts for publication
Newsletters
Newspaper clippings
Photographic prints
Photographic prints--Color
Press releases
Scrapbooks
Sound recordings
Videocassettes
Geographic:
Chicago (Ill.)--Politics and government--20th century
Chicago (Ill.)--Social life and customs--20th century
Israel--Description and travel--20th century

Organization and Arrangement of Collection +/-

The collection is arranged in four series.

Click on heading to view series description.

Series 1. Scrapbooks, 1937-1996 (box 1-3 and 81 unboxed volumes)
Series 2. Organization files, ca. 1940-ca. 2003 (box 4-7)
Series 3. Professional papers, 1943-2002 (box 8-13 and 2 unboxed volumes)
Series 4. Personal and biographical materials, 1929-2003 (box 14-17 including sound and video tapes; 1 pkg., 1 vol.)

About This Finding Aid +/-

Creation: Finding aid encoded by Conrad Remington using Oxygen editor, 2017.
Language: Finding aid is written in English.
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