Joe Hyams papers

Joe Hyams papers

Dates: 1934-1980

Collection includes scrapbooks, manuscripts, research materials, screenplays, photographs, art books, and audio tape written by Joe Hyams during the course of his career. Works represented in the collection include "Bogie", "Field of Buttercups", "Mislaid in Hollywood", "The Spiral of Reform", "Zen in the Martial Arts", "Bogart and Bacall", and "The Pool". Audio tape interviews include conversations with Marlon Brando, Ava Gardner, Peter Sellers, Jerry Lewis, Elizabeth Taylor, Humphrey Bogart, and Lauren Bacall.

  • Extent: 9 oversize boxes (7.25 linear ft.). -- 3 media boxes (2.25 linear ft).. -- 6 boxes (3 linear ft.). -- 9 cartons (9 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Hyams, Joe
  • Call Number: MSS 1479
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; Arts & Communications Archives; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602;
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
Languages and Scripts
Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Joe Hyams papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: MSS 1479; Joe Hyams papers; Arts and Communications; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 1479, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Donated by Joe Hyams in 1982 and 1983.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Joe Hyams; 1982 and 1983.
Other Finding Aids
File-level inventory available online.
Subject Terms
Bacall, Lauren, 1924-; Bogart, Humphrey, 1899-1957; Hyams, Joe--Archives; Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; Fiction--20th century; Hollywood (Los Angeles, Calif.); Journalism; Journalism--California--Los Angeles; Journalism--New York (State)--New York
Genre / Form
Audiocassettes; Books; Letters; Manuscripts; Microfilms; Photographs; Scrapbooks
Appraisal Information
Arts and Communications
Finding Aid ID Number
Finding Aid Title
Hyams (Joe) papers
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Karen Glenn, Amanda Clark, student processors; John M. Murphy, curator
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2013-11-13T14:55-0700
Finding Aid Language
Biographical Info:

Biographical History

Joseph Hyams (1923-2008) was a newspaper columnist and writer in California.

Newspaperman, writer, and Hollywood columnist Joseph Hyams was born in Boston, Massachusetts, on June 6, 1923. At the age of six, he was encouraged by his aunt to develop his writing talent. In those early years, also, Joe was an admirer of Orson Welles whom he imitated to improve his pronunciation. He attended simultaneously both Boston and Harvard universities and was enrolled briefly at the University of Kentucky.

He joined the Army during World War II and was assigned to a labor battalion in the South Pacific, but en route to his destination in New Guinea, he was fortunately reassigned to the Army News Bureau, and hence, as he later reminisced, "My fate was sealed." His first assignment was to cover a USO show where he met Bob Hope, Chill Wills, and Robert Taylor. Following his stint in the Army, Hyams was a reporter with the New York Herald Tribune. Beginning in 1951--and for the next twenty-two years--he was assigned to cover Hollywood as a feature columnist, and became familiar with such Hollywood luminaries as Humphrey Bogart, Marlon Brando, Marilyn Monroe, and other stars.

Hyams was married to Elke Sommer for seventeen years, during which he devoted his time to sixteen books, among them Bogie: A Biography of Humphrey Bogart (1966), My Life With Cleopatra (1968), and Bogart and Bacall (1975). Hyams moved from Los Angeles to Penrose, Colorado in 2005. He passed away in Denver on November 8, 2008.

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