- MacColl, James A., 1912-1956
- Call number
- 8-MWEZ + n.c. 28,327
- Physical description
- 5 lin. in. (1 box)
- Materials in English
- Preferred Citation
Papers, Billy Rose Theatre Division, The New York Public Library
- Billy Rose Theatre Division
- Access to materials
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The James A. MacColl collection contains correspondence, photographs, programs, scripts and other material documenting Mr. MacColl's career as a performer and a writer.
James A. MacColl was born in 1912 in New York City. He attended the Choate School, Wallingford College and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.
Mr. MacColl made his professional debut in ENCORE in the 1930s. He appeared in LIFE BEGINS AT 8: 40, BOY MEETS GIRL, THE MAN WHO CAME TO DINNER, TOO MANY GIRLS, THE DUCHESS MISBEHAVES and POLONAISE.
During World War II Mr. MacColl wrote dialogue and sketch material for THIS IS THE ARMY and was in both the stage and film versions.
Mr. MacColl wrote many specialty numbers, including lyrics and music, both for himself and others. He worked in night clubs both in America and abroad. Mr. MacColl died April 18, 1956.
Source of acquisition
The James A. MacColl Collection was donated to The Billy Rose Theatre Collection, The New York Public Library, January 1989, by the estate of Mr. MacColl's widow.
June 1989 (RS)
Using the collection
LocationBilly Rose Theatre Division
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center
40 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023-7498