Guide to the Papers of Jay Wolf, Circa 1900 - 2009Manuscript MS-1208

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Guide to the Papers of Jay Wolf, Circa 1900 - 2009

Call Number:

Manuscript MS-1208

Collection Dates:

Circa 1900 - 2009

Size of Collection:

1 box (1.5 linear ft.)


Jay Wolf (1929-1976), theatrical and talent agent. Dartmouth Class of 1951. Papers consist of personal and professional correspondence and photographs as well as some material related to the painter (and Wolf's estate executor) Ian Hornak.

Access to Collection:


Use & Access

The materials represented in this guide may be accessed through the Rauner Special Collections Library at Dartmouth College. Rauner Library is located in Webster Hall. The materials must be used on-site and may not leave Rauner Library.

Rauner Special Collections Library is open to the public and in most cases no appointment is necessary. The exception is in the case of materials stored off site for which there may be a delay of up to 48 hours in retrieval. Please consult the Access to Collection statement below or contact Rauner Reference.

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Use Restrictions

Permission from Dartmouth College required for publication or reproduction.

Introduction to the Collection

The papers of Jay Wolf consist of personal and professional correspondence chronicling his time as a theatrical agent with the Frank Cooper Agency and General Artists Corporation in the 1960s, and as an independent casting and talent agent in the 1970s. Also included are family photographs and celebrity head shots with dedications to Wolf, as well as some material related to the painter Ian Hornak, who was Wolf's partner and the executor of his estate.

Gift of the Ian Hornak Foundation, Rosemary Hornak, Eric Ian Hornak Spoutz and Natasha (nee Gavroski) Hornak Spoutz.


Julius (Jay) Rosenthal Wolf was born on March 25, 1919. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1951. After graduation he went to New York and spent the next three years in publishing, public relations and advertising before he became a theatrical agent, first with the Frank Cooper Agency and then with General Artists, eventually becoming its vice-president. In 1968, Wolf moved into casting for films and television and at the time of his sudden death at age 47, was a casting consultant for ABC Television. Wolf died of a heart attack on June 11, 1976.

Series, Box & Folder List

Series 1, Papers, 1900s-2009

Contains personal and professional correspondence, photographs and some materials related to Ian Hornak.

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Box: 1, Dates: 1900s-2009

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Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, Photo album: 19th an early 20th century family photo album detailing the Rothchild, Rosenthal and Wolf families, undated
  • Folder: 2, Photographs: Jay Wolf family, Rosenthal branch , circa 1900
  • Folder: 3 , Photographs: Jay Wolf, circa 1930s-1970s
  • Folder: 4, Biographical Information on Jay Wolf, undated
  • Folder: 5 , Photographs: Actors, including William Shattner and Deborah Kerr, with dedications to Jay, undated
  • Folder: 6 , Correspondence: Letters of gratitude, personal and professional, 1952-1969
  • Folder: 7, Correspondence: Letters of gratitude, George Shaeffer, Compass Productions, 1961-1975
  • Folder: 8, Correspondence: Letters of gratitude, personal and professional, 1970-1976
  • Folder: 9, Correspondence: Personal: To Jay Wolf, 1955-1959
  • Folder: 10, Correspondence: Personal: To Jay Wolf, 1961-1969
  • Folder: 11, Correspondence: Personal: Daryl Hickman, 1960-1970
  • Folder: 12, Correspondence: Personal: Tim F. Casper, 1961-1962
  • Folder: 13, Correspondence: Personal: Ferg Gadzala, 1969
  • Folder: 14, Correspondence: Personal: Laura D. G. Miles, 1960s
  • Folder: 15 , Correspondence: Personal: Ian Bannon, 1961-1967
  • Folder: 16, Correspondence: Personal: Keir Dullea, 1961-1962
  • Folder: 17, Correspondence: Personal: Robert Osborn, 1962-1963
  • Folder: 18, Correspondence: Personal: Justin Hickman, 1965-1976
  • Folder: 19, Correspondence: Personal: John G. Heimann, 1968-1976
  • Folder: 20, Correspondence: Personal: To Jay Wolf, 1970-1976
  • Folder: 21, Correspondence: Personal: To Jay Wolf, undated
  • Folder: 22, Correspondence: Professional: To Jay Wolf, 1955-1969
  • Folder: 23, Correspondence: Professional: Sam Wanamaker, 1961-1962
  • Folder: 24, Correspondence: Professional:Pamela Frankau, 1962
  • Folder: 25, Correspondence: Professional: Mario H. Prizek, 1963
  • Folder: 26, Correspondence: Professional: Letter from Harold Prince, 1963
  • Folder: 27, Correspondence: Professional: Letter from Richard Burton, 1963
  • Folder: 28, Correspondence: Professional: Downtown Gallery, 1963-1967
  • Folder: 29, Correspondence: Professional: Paul Bertoya, 1963-1967
  • Folder: 30, Correspondence: Professional: Letter from Noel Coward, 1965
  • Folder: 31, Correspondence: Professional: Letter from Ossie Davis, 1968
  • Folder: 32, Correspondence: Professional: To Jay Wolf, 1970-1976
  • Folder: 33, Correspondence: Professional: Letter from Elia Kazan, 1975
  • Folder: 34, Correspondence: Professional: Letter from Anthony Perkins, undated
  • Folder: 35, Correspondence: Professional, undated
  • Folder: 36, Photograph: Ian Hornak with note to Jay, circa 1970
  • Folder: 37, Correspondence: Letters and cards addressed to Jay Wolf and Ian Hornak, 1971-1972
  • Folder: 38, Gallery Catalogues for Ian Hornak exhibitions, 1970s-2009
  • Folder: 39, Clippings: On Ian Hornak, undated
  • Folder: 40, Picture postcards advertising gallery showings by Ian Hornak, 1971-1991
  • Folder: 41, Correspondence: Ian Hornak regarding estate of Jay Wolf, 1976
  • Folder: 42, First day issue of envelope with stamps honoring the fine arts, framed and addressed to Jay Wolf, 1964
  • Folder: 43, Life Insurance policy for Jay Wolf, 1975
  • Folder: 44, Appraisal for the Estate of Julius R. Wolf, 1976
  • Folder: 45, Photographs of Jay Wolf's apartment on 26 East 63 Street in New York City (photocopies, originals scanned into WebDAV), circa 1970s
  • Folder: 46, Miscellaneous, 1930s-1975

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