Adams, Joey (1911-1999)
Scope:
The Joey Adams collection contains manuscripts, photographs, correspondence, printed material, audio recordings, film, and memorabilia. The material covers every aspect of Adams’ life as a humorist and entertainer.

The manuscripts include drafts and proofs of Adams’ Son of Encyclopedia of Humor (Bobbs-Merrill, 1970), The Speaker’s Bible of Humor (Doubleday, 1972), The God Bit (Mason and Lipscomb, 1974), and Joey Adams' Ethnic Humor (Manor, 1977). The manuscript for The God Bit includes photocopied responses from noted individuals, including Ralph D. Abernathy, Billy Graham, Bob Hope, Coretta Scott King, Norman Vincent Peale, and Bishop Fulton J. Sheen.

The photographs cover Adams’ personal and professional life, and number about 460 total. They include Adams on the State Department Tour (1961-1962), and accepting an honorary Doctorate of Letters from Chung-Au University, Korea (1969).

The correspondence dates from 1961 to 1970. Many letters are from notable humorists, including Jack Benny, George Burns, Skitch Henderson, Neil Simon, and Henny Youngman. Other noted entertainers include Pearl Bailey and Joan Crawford. Also represented in the correspondence are various important public figures: Jacob Javits, Hubert Humphrey, Lyndon B. Johnson, Robert F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr., Coretta Scott King, and Nelson A. Rockefeller.

The printed items include numerous magazines with articles by Adams and newspaper clippings mentioning Adams, including a group about Adams and Sukarno. In addition, there are various items regarding the American Guild of Variety Artists, including souvenir booklets (1961-1969) and material about the Youth Fund and the McClellan Committee (1962).

The audio recordings consist of reel-to-reel tapes and long-playing records. The records include four albums recorded by Adams, Cindy and I, Crazy Mixed Up Conversation: Joey Adams with Al Kelly (1954), Jewish Folk Songs, and The Laugh of the Party. The tapes include Adams and Jackie Mason (1969) and Adams’ acceptance speech at Chung-Au University, Korea.

The film is a recording from CBS Television titled “Person to Person: Joey Adams.”

The memorabilia includes numerous awards, including a certificate of appreciation from Robert F. Wagner, a trophy for Adams’ appearances on behalf of the Golden Slipper Club, and a certificate of honor from the New York Journal-American (1950). Other memorabilia includes a photocopied score to the song “The Borscht Belt,” by Adams and Henry Tobias, and a pamphlet titled “The History of the Collection of Humor, 1929-1969.”
Notable Figures
1. Adams, Joey, 1911-1999
Associated Subjects
1. Theatre and Film Subject Guide
2. Radio Subject Guide
3. Humor, Comedy, and Satire Subject Guide
4. Comedians -- United States
5. Authors, American
6. Actors -- United States
7. Celebrities -- United States
8. American wit and humor.
9. Motion picture industry – United States
10. Stand-up comedy – United States
11. Motion picture actors and actresses -- United States
12. American literature--20th century
13. Photographs