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The Jackie Gleason Collection

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul>
Date: Fri, 14 Sep 2007 08:55:32 -0400
Archived: Fri, 14 Sep 2007 08:55:32 -0400
Subject: The Jackie Gleason Collection

Source: The University of Miami Richter Library, Florida, USA


August 25, 2006

The Jackie Gleason Collection


The exhibit features selected items from the Jackie Gleason
Collection of books, journals, periodicals, and publications
accumulated by this world famous entertainer related to

Gleason, a comedian, television star, and motion picture actor
of international acclaim, developed a deep and abiding interest
in parapsychology and its many components. Gleason's interest
grew from his inquisitive mind and sincere interest in the
topic. However, the collection is not the product of Gleason's
personal belief in the wide spectrum of phenomena represented by
the term "parapsychology."

Rather, the gathering of these materials represents the life-
long accomplishment of an individual who found the scholarly and
popular literature of parapsychology a fascinating and
entertaining subject. We know that Jackie Gleason cherished his
collection, and he selected titles with great care and added
generous gifts provided by friends. Marilyn Gleason, the widow
of Jackie Gleason, donated the collection to the University of
Miami Library in 1988.


The bookplate prepared for the Gleason Collection contains a
striking and memorable image. "The bookplate celebrates the
comic genius of a remarkable performer," and was designed by
Gleason during the 1950's. The stick figure depicted on the
bookplate holds the familiar pose Gleason used at the conclusion
of the monologue for his long-running television program. As
Gleason struck this pose, he uttered the familiar phrase, "And
Away We Go," a quote firmly established in the lexicon of
American popular culture.

For additional information on this bookplate, you may consult
Libraries and Culture: A Journal of Library History, Volume 28,
Number 2, Spring 1993, pp. 215-17.


The Jackie Gleason Collection includes approximately 1,700
volumes of books, journals, proceedings, pamphlets, and
publications in the field of parapsychology, and a lesser
quantity of titles relating to the entertainment industry. The
Gleason Collection includes both scholarly and popular works
published in the United States and abroad. Within the field of
parapsychology, the collection offers materials on such topics
as: witchcraft, folklore, extrasensory perception (ESP),
unidentified flying objects (UFOs), reincarnation, mysticism,
spiritualism, mental telepathy, the occult, ghosts,
clairvoyance, cosmology, demons, hypnosis, life after death,
mediums, psychical research, voodooism, and others.

Appropriate author, subject, and keyword searches using IBIS,
the University of Miami on-line public access catalog, will
locate relevant titles from the Gleason Collection. The titles
identified in this document are provided to illustrate the scope
and content of the Jackie Gleason Collection, and to introduce
the reader to a fascinating and stimulating field of literature,
popular culture, scientific investigation, and mystery.

This collection preview was prepared by William E. Brown, Jr.,
Lyn MacCorkle, and  Lissette Szwydky. 1998.


For more information on Gleason's interest in UFOs - see the
archived posts to UFO UpDates at:


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