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Redd Foxx scripts

Call Number: JWJ MSS 242

Scope and Contents

The collection include scripts used by Redd Foxx on the television show Sanford and Son from all six seasons of the show. Some of the scripts include Redd Foxx’s annotations. Also included are sheet music, some of which were used for Sanford and Son and other Redd Foxx performances. The dates listed for the scripts are the dates in which the scripts were created.


  • Majority of material found within circa 1953-1976


Language of Materials

The materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Redd Foxx scripts is the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from Walter Rueben, Inc. on the Edwin J. Beinecke Fund, 2019.


The scripts are arranged in alphabetical order.


2.71 Linear Feet (7 boxes)

Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

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Biographical / Historical

Redd Foxx, television actor, was born John Elroy Sanford on December 9, 1922 in St. Louis, Missouri. He grew up on Chicago’s South Side. He began his career performing on radio shows and performing standup comedy. From 1972 to 1977, he starred in Sanford and Son. The show was based on a BBC television show Steptoe and Son and adapted by Norman Lear and Bud Yorkin. In 1977, Foxx left the show to star in a variety show, which was canceled in 1977. Foxx returned to television as Sanford in 1980 in the spinoff Sanford, which lasted two seasons. He starred in the Redd Foxx Show in 1986 and in the show The Royal Family in 1991. While in rehearsals for The Royal Family, Foxx had a heart attack and died at the age of 68.

Monika Lehman

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