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Guide to the Jack Sydow papers
1933-2001 (bulk dates 1942-1945)

New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West
New York, NY 10024
Phone: (212) 873-3400

© 2011 New-York Historical Society

Collection processed by Audrey Belanger

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on August 16, 2012
Description is in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Scope and Content Note

This collection of photographs, correspondence, and documents spans the majority of Jack Sydow's life. The bulk of the collection is from 1942-1945 when Sydow was serving in the military in World War II and acting in the traveling soldier show Hump Happy. The WWII portion of the collection contains letters Sydow wrote to his family, photographs, articles, and other documents relating to Sydow's travels and shows. The rest of the collection spans Sydow's adult life with a heavy focus on his theater career, and includes personal and stage photographs, play ephemera, and song books.


The collection is arranged in two series.

Series I: World War II, includes photographs and documents from Sydow's life while enlisted.

Series II: Life and career, includes photographs and documents from Sydow's life and career outside the military.