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Lois Nettleton papers

Identifier: MSS0013

Scope and Contents

This collection serves as a record of the life and work of Lois Nettleton and as a resource for those researching acting as a profession. The collection includes correspondence, press clippings, scripts (frequently annotated by Nettleton), call sheets for film and television, and programs for plays, photographs, videocassettes of performances and TV appearances, and memorabilia.


  • 1940-2008


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research use.

Biographical / Historical

Lois Nettleton was an actress from the Chicago area who had a long and varied career in theater, television and film from 1949 to 2006. She was born in Oak Park, Illinois in 1927. She attended the Goodman School of Drama in Chicago. She later moved to New York and attended the Actors Studio. In 1948, she won the Miss Chicago pageant and went on to compete in the Miss America pageant the same year. Her first professional acting role was her Broadway debut in "The Biggest Thief in Town" in 1949. From there, she went on to have an active theater career in the 1950s. . She continued to work in theater throughout her career, although her later roles tended more towards film and television. She was most prolific in television roles throughout the 1970s and 1980s. Highlights of her career included her performances as Maggie in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1970), and Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar named Desire (1973). She won a number of awards throughout her career, including two Emmys for The American Woman: Portraits of Courage (1976) and Insight: A Gun for Mandy(1982-1983). In 1977, she became the first female actor to be honored by the Masquers Club. Her last role was a TV movie, The Christmas Card in 2006 for which she won a CAMIE award. Lois Nettleton died on January 18, 2008.


18.5 Linear Feet (38 boxes)

Language of Materials



Organized into six series. 1. Personal and biographical; 2. Publications; 3. Productions; 4. Photographs; 5. VHS and other audio visual; 6. Memorabilia;

Arrangement specific to category.

Physical Location

3/39/A-B; 3/44/C

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession 2008.03; 2017.096

Processing Information

H. Fedchak 2009

Guide to Lois Nettleton papers
H. Fedchak 2009
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English

Repository Details

Part of the DePaul Special Collections and Archives Repository

John T. Richardson Library
2350 N. Kenmore Ave.
Room 314
Chicago Illinois 60614