Kuper, Jack (1932- )

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The Jack Kuper collection includes manuscripts, correspondence, printed materials, professional materials, legal materials, video materials, photographs, and artwork. 

The collection includes manuscripts for books, short stories, articles, television, film, plays, radio, and more.

Collected book manuscripts include Child of the Holocaust (autobiography; Doubleday, 1968), After the Smoke Cleared, and The Messenger.

Collected short story manuscripts include “Alfred the Musician,” “The Angel on Elm Street,” “Blindman’s Bluff,” “Fishke the Waiter,” “The Half-Breed: Barbon,” “Voice-Over,” “The Wedding,” and “Why?”.

Collected article manuscripts include “Snapshots of a Trip to Poland” and “This is a Recorded Announcement,” as well as articles by other authors.

Collected television scripts include “Dawn,” “A Fast Buck,” “Girl in the Window,” “It Happened in Kensington Market,” “The Last Warm Day,” “Lost in a Crowd,” “The Magician of Lublin,” “The Man in the Railway Station,” “Neon Dreams,” “The Police,” “On a Streetcar,” “Search for an Enemy,” “Street Music,” “Sun in My Eyes,” “Two from King Street,” and “The Wounded Soldier.”

Collected film scripts include Disguise, Offbeat, and RUN!

Collected play scripts include “The Glasses,” “The Number,” “Song of the Shtetel,” “A Stone in Nowhere,” and “Sun in My Eyes.”

Collected radio manuscripts include “Bontsha the Silent,” “The Last Warm Day,” “The Palace,” and “Street Music.”

Additional manuscript items include various eulogies and speeches given by Kuper between 1998 and 2005.

Correspondence in the collection (1950-2006) consists of letters, cards and postcards. Items pertain largely to Kuper’s literary career, documenting exchanges with agents and publishers, although occasional letters from friends and fans are also present. Notables include Elie Wiesel, Jerzy Kosinski, Yuri Suhl, Yves Berger, Azriel Eisenberg, Norman Jewison, Simon Wiesenthal, and Evelyn Keyes.

The collection’s personal memorabilia includes two school reports and scholarship presented to Kuper from Central Technical School (1950), as well as a certificate of trees planted in Yatir, Israel in memory of Helena Pejzak.

Printed materials are constituted by Kuper’s contributions to StarTVWeek, Stimulus, Marketing, and The Globe and Mail; programs of plays in which Kuper appeared; assorted page and galley proofs; and reviews and publicity items regarding Child of the Holocaust, Lost in a Crowd, Sun in My Eyes, and The Wounded Soldier. Also present are posters, general biographical information, and a booklet entitled “The Art of the Self: Essays a Props STEPS, Jerzy Kosinski” (inscribed by Kuper).

Collected professional materials concern Kuper Productions and consist of include promotional flyers; a biography of Kuper and the founding of Kuper Productions; a packet of informational documents and quotes; and budget materials.

Legal materials include a change of name document of Kuper and his family; a Polish passport, an identification card, and an immigration identification card for J. Kuperblum. Legal materials concerning Kuper’s professional life include television and book contracts (1959-91) and a certificate of copyright registration “A Stone in Nowhere.”

The collection’s video materials are recorded on VHS cassettes and include titles such as “A Day in the Warsaw Ghetto,” “Shtetl,” and “Who Was Jerzy Kosinski.”

Also present is a photograph of the Warsaw Ghetto used in the film, alongside a photo of Kuper himself. 

Original graphics composed by Kuper for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation may be of particular interest.

Notable Figures
1. Kuper, Jack
Associated Subjects
1. Literary Collections Subject Guide
2. Theatre and Film Subject Guide
3. Radio Subject Guide
4. Jewish Studies Subject Guide
5. Television Subject Guide
6. Television film
7. Motion picture industry
8. Television writers
9. Television authorship
10. Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)
11. Photographs