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Mary Wickes Papers

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Scope and Contents

Administrative Information

Detailed Description

Stage Career

Film Career

Television Career

Photographs and Scrapbooks

Washington University

University of California, Los Angeles Material

Professional Correspondence

Personal and Professional Material

Genealogical

Personal Effects

Personal Library

Audio-visual Material

Oversized Material



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Mary Wickes Papers, 1908-1996 | WUA University Archives

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Collection Overview

Title: Mary Wickes Papers, 1908-1996Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1930-1996

ID: WUA/04/wua00062

Primary Creator: Wickes, Mary (1910-1995)

Extent: 47.0 Linear Feet

Arrangement:

This collection is divided into twelve series as follows:

Series 1: Stage Career

Series 2: Film Career

Series 3: Television Career

Series 4: Photographs and Scrapbooks

Series 5: Washington University

Series 6: University of California, Los Angeles Material

Series 7: Professional Correspondence

Series 8: Personal and Professional Material

Series 9: Genealogical

Series 10: Personal Effects

Series 11: Personal Library

Series 12: Audio-visual Material

Series 13: Oversized Material

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The material in this collection is both personal and professional material that covers much of Mary Wickes’ life from her family life to school days through her long and active acting career.  Much of the material was kept it its original groupings and arrangement, thus some material pertaining to certain subjects may appear in two or more series.

Here you can find the transcript of Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton's speech given April 16, 1998 at the dedication of the Isabella and Frank Wickenhauser Memorial Library Fund for Television, Film, and Theater Arts.

Here you can find "In the Draft of an Open Mind," Mary Wickes' Inaugural Adele Chomeau Starbird Memorial Lecture Graham Chapel, Washington University, given April 12, 1988.

Collection Historical Note

Mary Wickes was born Mary Isabella Wickenhauser in St. Louis, Missouri on June 13, 1910.  She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Washington University in St. Louis in 1930.  She received the Distinguished Alumni Citation from Washington University in 1955.  Later she was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Arts Degree from Washington University in 1969.  Wickes was an actress who had a long career on stage, in film, and on television in performances including Oklahoma!, Sister Act, and The Father Dowling Mysteries.  She died in Los Angeles, California on October 22, 1995.

Administrative Information

Repository: WUA University Archives

Accruals: Accruals are interfiled within the collection.

Access Restrictions:

Personal correspondence of Mary Wickes is closed until 2027 by request of the Trustee of the Mary Wickes Estate.

The production stills in the Mary Wickes Papers are copyrighted works. The copyrights are held by the original creators and their successor agencies, not the estate  of Mary Wickes or Washington University. We will do everything we can to make photographs from the collection accessible to researchers while observing the copyright laws pertaining to photographs in the collection.

Use Restrictions:

Users of the collection must read and agree to abide by the rules and procedures set forth in the Materials Use Policies.

Providing access to materials does not constitute permission to publish or otherwise authorize use. All publication not covered by fair use or other exceptions is restricted to those who have permission of the copyright holder, which may or may not be Washington University.

If you wish to publish or license Special Collections materials, please contact Special Collections to inquire about copyright status at (314) 935-5495 or spec@wumail.wustl.edu. (Publish means quotation in whole or in part in seminar or term papers, theses or dissertations, journal articles, monographs, books, digital forms, photographs, images, dramatic presentations, transcriptions, or any other form prepared for a limited or general public.)

Acquisition Method: This material was donated to the University Archives by the Estate of Mary Wickes in 1997. Additional material was donated in 2018 by M. Gregory Richards.

Preferred Citation: [Item description]. From the [collection title, series, box, folder]. University Archives, Washington University in St. Louis.

Processing Information: Processed by Archives Staff in 1997. Updated by Sonya Rooney in 2009. Updated by Sarah Schnuriger in January 2019.

Finding Aid Revision History: This finding aid was entered into Archon by Hannah Barg in June 2012. Updated by Sarah Schnuriger in January and November 2019.


Box and Folder Listing


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[Series 1: Stage Career],
[Series 2: Film Career],
[Series 3: Television Career],
[Series 4: Photographs and Scrapbooks],
[Series 5: Washington University],
[Series 6: University of California, Los Angeles Material],
[Series 7: Professional Correspondence],
[Series 8: Personal and Professional Material],
[Series 9: Genealogical],
[Series 10: Personal Effects],
[Series 11: Personal Library],
[Series 12: Audio-visual Material],
[Series 13: Oversized Material],
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Series 13: Oversized MaterialAdd to your cart.
Includes photographs, film stills, posters, costume templates, as well as materials related to Mary Wickes' family.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Theater PostersAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Oklahoma, 1979Add to your cart.
17 x 24 inches
Folder 2: Theater PostersAdd to your cart.
Item 1: St. Louis Municipal Opera Season, 1964Add to your cart.
13 x 20 inches
Item 2: San Francisco American Conservatory Theatre Season, 1972-1973Add to your cart.
16 x 24 inches
Item 3: Detective Story, 1984Add to your cart.
14 x 22 inches
Item 4: Déclassée, 1935Add to your cart.
14 x 22 inches
Item 5: Wonderful Town, 1975Add to your cart.
14 x 22 inches
Folder 3: Theater PostersAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Dancing in the Streets, 1943Add to your cart.
14 x 22 inches
Folder 4: Theater PostersAdd to your cart.
Item 1: On Approval, 1949Add to your cart.
14 x 22 inches (2 copies)
Item 2: Juno and the Paycock, 1974-1975Add to your cart.
14 x 22 inches
Item 3: The Great Sebastians, 1957Add to your cart.
13.5 x 22 inches
Item 4: Skylark, 1939-1940Add to your cart.
14 x 22 inches
Item 5: The Late Christopher Bean, 1949Add to your cart.
14 x 22 inches
Item 6: The New Radio Edition of Transit News Little Theatre of St. Louis PlayersAdd to your cart.
14.5 x 23 inches
Folder 5: Lobby CardsAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Private Buckaroo Lobby Card, 1942Add to your cart.
11 x 14 inches
Item 2: Rhythm of the Islands Lobby Card, 1943Add to your cart.
11 x 14 inches
Folder 6: Mary Wickes Costume TemplateAdd to your cart.
Item 1: 1 costume templateAdd to your cart.
16 x 22 inches
Item 2: 1 costume template with explanation, instructions for useAdd to your cart.
12 x 22 inches
Folder 7: Mary Wickes PhotographsAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Mounted set of 3 pictures of Mary Wickes in a policeman’s costume, No dateAdd to your cart.
16 x 20 inches
Folder 8: PosterAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Painted Poster (Unidentifiable)Add to your cart.
(torn) 16 x 20 inches
Folder 9: Drawing - Blake WhiteAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Ink Drawing by Blake WhiteAdd to your cart.
11.5 x 15 inches
Folder 10: Mary Wickes PhotographAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Photograph of Mary WickesAdd to your cart.
13 x 17 inches
Folder 11: Alumni Citation and Honorary DegreeAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Honorary Degree Diploma of Mary Wickes, June 9, 1969Add to your cart.
Item 2: Alumni Citation of Mary Wickes, February 19, 1955Add to your cart.
Item 3: Photo of Mary Wickes receiving her honorary degreeAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: AutographsAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Oklahoma Poster with the signatures of Agnes de Mille, William Hammerstein, and one unknownAdd to your cart.
Item 2: Bette Davis signed posterAdd to your cart.
Item 3: Lucille Ball signed posterAdd to your cart.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Hunchback of Notre Dame ArtworkAdd to your cart.
Item 1: 4 sketches of gargoyles from the Disney filmAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: PhotographAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Matted Photo of Group (unidentified)Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Wickes Costume Template InstructionsAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Copy of template, June 1, 1970Add to your cart.
Item 2: Aunt Eller Costume Design, Poster of the costume design of Aunt Eller (as played by Mary Wickes) in the musical OklahomaAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Film StillsAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Man Who Came to DinnerAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Film StillsAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Father MalachyAdd to your cart.
2 items
Folder 6: Film StillsAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Circle of the Day and Gabbler the Nun, 1960Add to your cart.
2 items
Folder 7: Film StillsAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Mary Poppins, 1949Add to your cart.
6 items
Folder 8: Film StillsAdd to your cart.
Item 1: St. Louis Little TheaterAdd to your cart.
4 items
Folder 9: ScriptAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Mystery CycleAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: PhotographsAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Mary Wickes headshotAdd to your cart.
3 items
Folder 11: PhotographsAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Autographed headshots (Unidentified)Add to your cart.
2 items
Folder 12: PhotographsAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Unidentified cast including Mary WickesAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: CertificatesAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Acknowledgment to Wickes by National Academy of Television Arts and SciencesAdd to your cart.
Item 2: Grade School certificates for father (Frank August Wickenhauser) and mother (Mary Isabella Shannon)Add to your cart.
2 items
Item 3: Marriage certificate for grandparents (James G. Shannon and Mollie M. Thomas), 1883Add to your cart.
Folder 14: NewspaperAdd to your cart.
Item 1: 1910 St. Louis Post-Dispatch Newspaper [fragile condition]Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Framed PhotographAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Framed photograph of poster exhibit by Jules ChéretAdd to your cart.
Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Script / Shop DrawingsAdd to your cart.
Item 1: One World at a Time, No dateAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Production StillsAdd to your cart.
4 items
Box 4Add to your cart.
Folder 1Add to your cart.
Item 1: Postcards from the Edge jacketAdd to your cart.
Item 2: Father Dowling sweatshirtAdd to your cart.
Box 5Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Sister Act 2 backpackAdd to your cart.
Box DR 01.12Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Civil War Muster Rolls, Company "J" of the 117 Regiment, Illinois Infantry Volunteers, John R. Thomas, Captain, April 1864Add to your cart.
Box DR 01.13Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Wooden CutoutsAdd to your cart.
5 items

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[Series 1: Stage Career],
[Series 2: Film Career],
[Series 3: Television Career],
[Series 4: Photographs and Scrapbooks],
[Series 5: Washington University],
[Series 6: University of California, Los Angeles Material],
[Series 7: Professional Correspondence],
[Series 8: Personal and Professional Material],
[Series 9: Genealogical],
[Series 10: Personal Effects],
[Series 11: Personal Library],
[Series 12: Audio-visual Material],
[Series 13: Oversized Material],
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