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Guide to the Radio Entertainers and Announcers Collection
1937-1945
(Bulk 1942-1943)
 PR 95

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New York, NY 10024
Phone: (212) 873-3400


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Collection processed by Lauren Gilbert

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on January 05, 2012
Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

 
Title: The Radio Entertainers and Announcers Collection
Dates [inclusive]: 1937-1945 (Bulk 1942-1943)
Abstract: Photographs depicting popular radio performers during World War II, often engaged in war conservation efforts.
Quantity: 2.52 Linear feet (Approximately 1,500 photographs)
Location note: Department of Prints, Photographs, and Architectural Collections
Call Phrase: PR 95

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Scope and Content Note

This collection features roughly 1, 500 publicity photographs of wartime radio personalities, including Fred Allen, Jack Benny, Edgar Bergen, and Abbott and Costello. The entertainers are often pictured promoting war conservation and recycling, or broadcasting from bases around the world. ABC, CBS, NBC, WOR-Mutual, and WEVD are among the networks represented. NBC "Helpmate" actors are pictured purchasing war bonds above their regular quotas; in the drive to sell war bonds, the actors bought bonds each time the Allies bombed Berlin. There is also a series of photographs showing radio employees picking up short wave communications at the "listening post," which were then transmitted to the News Room. Overall, this collection documents the impact not only of radio on troop morale but also of the war itself on home front entertainment.

Arrangement

The photographs are organized alphabetically by entertainer, and then by subject. Entertainers with 3 or more photographs were assigned their own folder. A complete list of entertainers is available in the Department of Prints, Photographs, and Architectural Collections.

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Allen, Fred, 1894-1956
  • Allen, Gracie, 1902-1964
  • Ameche, Don
  • Aot, Bud
  • Barton, Vera
  • Benny, Jack–1894-1974
  • Bergen, Edgar, 1903-1978
  • Borge, Victor
  • Brice, Fanny
  • Burns, George, 1896-
  • Cantor, Eddie, 1892-1964
  • Copland, Aaron, 1900-
  • Costello, Lou
  • Crosby, Bing, 1904-1977
  • Dragonette, Jessica
  • Durante, Jimmy
  • Erickson, Louise
  • Fitzgerald, Ella
  • Francis, Arlene
  • Gardner, Ed, 1901-1961
  • Godfrey, Arthur, 1903-1983
  • Goodman, Benny, 1909-
  • Haenschen, W. Gus (Walter Gustave), 1889-1980
  • Hayes, Helen, 1900-
  • Hersholt, Jean, 1889-1956
  • Hope, Bob, 1903-
  • Ives, Burl, 1909-
  • Jessel, George, 1898-1981
  • Jolson, Al, d. 1950
  • Kyser, Kay
  • Lawrence, Marjorie, 1908-
  • Loy, Myrna, 1905-
  • McCambridge, Mercedes
  • Oliver, Edna May, 1883-1942
  • Pons, Lily, 1898-1976
  • Roosevelt, Eleanor, 1884-1962
  • Shore, Dinah, 1917-1994
  • Skelton, Red, 1913-
  • Smith, Kate, 1907-1986
  • Stewart, James, 1908-
  • Stone, Ezra, 1917-
  • Waring, Fred, 1900-
  • Welles, Orson, 1915-
  • Zyne, Murray

Document Type

  • Gelatin silver prints
  • Photographs
  • Portraits

Subject Organizations

  • American Broadcasting Company
  • Columbia Broadcasting System, inc.
  • National Broadcasting Company, inc.--Radio-Recording Division
  • WEVD (Radio station : New York, N.Y.)
  • WOR (Radio station : New York, N.Y.)

Subject Topics

  • Comedians–United States–Portraits
  • Radio actors and actresses
  • Radio broadcasting–United States
  • Radio in propaganda–United States
  • Singers–United States–Portraits
  • World War, 1939-1945--Mass media and the war
  • World War, 1939-1945–Propaganda
  • World War, 1939-1945–War work

Occupation(s)

  • Actors
  • Announcers
  • Conductors (musicians)
  • Musicians
  • Performing artists
  • Singers

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Administrative Information

Provenance

Gift of Thomas Calvin Linn, New York Times reporter, Dec. 16 1942 and Sep. 15 1943

Access Restrictions

Open to qualified researchers.

Photocopying undertaken by staff only. Limited to 30 photocopies per day per person. Suitability of the original for photocopying is at the discretion of the staff. Neither blueprints nor tracings can be copied under any circumstances. Duplication of large-format items will be done by the house photographer. See Print Room guidelines for details.

Use Restrictions

Permission to reproduce any Print Room holdings through publication must be obtained from

Rights and Reproductions
The New-York Historical Society
Two West 77th Street
New York, NY 10024

Phone: (212) 873-3400 ext. 282
Fax: (212) 579-8794

The copyright law of the United States governs the making of photocopies and protects unpublished materials as well as published materials. Unpublished materials created before January 1, 1978 cannot be quoted in publication without permission of the copyright holder.

Preferred Citation

This collection should be cited as The Radio Entertainers and Announcers Collection, PR 095, Department of Prints, Photographs, and Architectural Collections, New-York Historical Society.

Related Material at The New-York Historical Society

Other World War II-era material in the Department of Prints, Photographs, and Architectural Collections includes WWII Recruiting and Civilian Defense Posters in the Poster File (PR 055), prints in the Subject File (PR 068), and photographs in the John Albok Photograph Collection (PR 001) and World War II Photograph Collection (PR 076).

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Container List

Entertainers and Announcers, Alphabetical List

Scope and Contents note

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Adams, Franklin - Astaire, Fred
1942 Apr. 1-1943 Mar. 16
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Abbott, Bud and Costello, Lou
1942 Sep. 23-1942 Dec. 18
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Ace Goodman and Jane
1948 Oct.
Box: 1 Folder : 4 Allen, Arthur, and Fennelly, Parker
1942 Dec. 15-1943 Mar. 16
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Allen, Fred
1942
Box: 1 Folder : 6 Allen, Mel
1942
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Ameche, Don
1942
Box: 1 Folder : 8 Baker, Jack - Boland, Mary
1942 Jun. 26-1943
Box: 1 Folder : 9 Bonura, Zeke - Byrne, Barry
1941-1943
Box: 1 Folder : 10 Barber, Red
1942
Box: 1 Folder : 11 Barlow, Ernesta
1942
Box: 1 Folder : 12 Barton, Vera
1942
Box: 1 Folder : 13 Bauer, Charita
1942
Box: 1 Folder : 14 Beck, Jackson
1942-1943 Jan. 19
Box: 1 Folder : 15 Bellauer, Harry
1942
Box: 1 Folder : 16 Benny, Jack
1942 Mar. 11-1943 Jan. 26
Box: 1 Folder : 17 Bergen, Edgar
1942 Jan. 14-1943 Mar. 9
Box: 1 Folder : 18 Bernie, Ben
1941 Sep. 9-1942
Box: 1 Folder : 19 Black, Frank
1942-1943 Mar. 2
Box: 1 Folder : 20 Borge, Victor
1942 Aug. 8-1943
Box: 1 Folder : 21 Breneman, Tom
1942-1943
Box: 1 Folder : 22 Brice, Fanny
1940 Nov. 1-1942 Nov. 10
Box: 1 Folder : 23 Burns, Bob
1942 Oct.-1943 Mar. 23
Box: 1 Folder : 24 Burns, George and Allen, Gracie
1942-1943
Box: 1 Folder : 25 Byron, Ed
1942
Box: 2 Folder : 26 Cabanne, Mimi - Coelho, Olga
1942 Jul. 31-1943 Mar. 3
Box: 2 Folder : 27 Colbert, Regina - Curtin, Joseph
1942 Oct. 7-1943
Box: 2 Folder : 28 Cantor, Eddie
1942-1943 Mar. 30
Box: 2 Folder : 29 Close, Upton
1942 Mar. 3-1942 Nov. 3
Box: 2 Folder : 30 Copland, Aaron
1942-1943
Box: 2 Folder : 31 Correll, Charles and Gosden, Freeman
1942-1943
Box: 2 Folder : 32 Courtney, Diane
1942 Sep. 21-1943
Box: 2 Folder : 33 Crosby, Bing
1942-1943
Box: 2 Folder : 34 Crosby, Bob
1942
Box: 2 Folder : 35 Cugat, Xavier
1942-1943
Box: 2 Folder : 36 Damon, Les - Dinsdale, Shirley
1941 Mar. 6-1943 Feb. 23
Box: 2 Folder : 37 Dodson, Jon - Dutton, Laura Deane
1942 Mar. 3-1943 Mar. 16
Box: 2 Folder : 38 Day, Dennis
1942
Box: 2 Folder : 39 Dinning Sisters, The
1942 Aug. 5-1943 Apr. 6
Box: 2 Folder : 40 Donald, Peter
1942
Box: 2 Folder : 41 Dragonette, Jessica
1942
Box: 2 Folder : 42 Dudley, Paul
1942-1943
Box: 2 Folder : 43 Eddy, Nelson - Everett, Harry
1942 Jun. 26-1943 Mar. 23
Box: 2 Folder : 44 Edwards, Ralph
1942 Sep. 8-1943 Jan. 26
Box: 2 Folder : 45 Ellis, Dellie
1942
Box: 2 Folder : 46 Erickson, Louise
1942
Box: 2 Folder : 47 Evans, Dale
1942 Sep. 25-1942 Dec. 21
Box: 2 Folder : 48 Farrell, Jimmy - Fuller, Barbara
1942 Feb. 4-1943 Mar. 9
Box: 2 Folder : 49 Fennelly, Parker
1942-1943 Feb. 16
Box: 2 Folder : 50 Francis, Arlene
1942-1943 Feb. 23
Box: 2 Folder : 51 Fridell, Vivian
1942 Jul. 9-1943
Box: 3 Folder : 52 Garbell, Rosemary-Gwenn, Edmund
1942 Jun.-1943 Apr. 13
Box: 3 Folder : 53 Gardner, Ed
1942 Mar.-1943
Box: 3 Folder : 54 Gerson, Betty Lou
1942 Jul. 21-1943 Apr. 6
Box: 3 Folder : 55 Godfrey, Arthur
1943
Box: 3 Folder : 56 Godwin, Earl
1942-1943
Box: 3 Folder : 57 Goodman, Al
1942-1943
Box: 3 Folder : 58 Goodman, Benny
1942
Box: 3 Folder : 59 Grey, Nan
1942-1943 Jan.
Box: 3 Folder : 60 Hackett, Bobby-Henry, Bill
1942 Mar. 12-1943 Sep.
Box: 3 Folder : 61 Hern, Art-Husing, Ted
1941 May 19-1943
Box: 3 Folder : 62 Haenschen, Gus
1942 Jan.
Box: 3 Folder : 63 Hawk, Bob
1941 Dec. 31-1942 Jul. 1
Box: 3 Folder : 64 Hayes, Helen
1942 Jul.-1943 Sep.
Box: 3 Folder : 65 Hershfield, Harry
1942 Oct. 7-1943 Feb. 2
Box: 3 Folder : 66 Hersholt, Jean
1942
Box: 3 Folder : 67 Higby, Mary Jane
1942 Dec. 15-1943 Mar. 22
Box: 3 Folder : 68 Hill, Patricia
1942-1943
Box: 3 Folder : 69 Hookey, Bobby
1942-1943 Feb. 9
Box: 3 Folder : 70 Hope, Bob
1942
Box: 3 Folder : 71 Houston, Josephine
1942-1943
Box: 3 Folder : 72 Hulick, Budd
1942-1943
Box: 3 Folder : 73 Ives, Burl
1942
Box: 3 Folder : 74 Jagger, Dean-Jordan, Joyce
1942 Jul. 21-1943 Mar. 22
Box: 3 Folder : 75 James, Harry
1942
Box: 3 Folder : 76 Jessell, George
1942 Jan.
Box: 3 Folder : 77 Jolson, Al
1942 Oct.-1943
Box: 3 Folder : 78 Jordan, Jim and Marian
1942 Feb. 2-1943 Feb. 23
Box: 4 Folder : 79 Kallen, Kitty-Kilty, Jack
1942 Apr. 6-1943 Mar. 22
Box: 4 Folder : 80 King, Pete-Kupfer, Kurt
1942 Aug.-1943 May
Box: 4 Folder : 81 Kaye, Sammy
1942 Sep. 25-1943, Jan.
Box: 4 Folder : 82 Kelk, Jackie
1942 Apr. 25-1942 Aug.
Box: 4 Folder : 83 Kilpack, Bennett
1942 Oct.
Box: 4 Folder : 84 Klowden, Nina
1942 Dec. 28-1943 Feb. 16
Box: 4 Folder : 85 Kummer, Eloise
1942 Sep. 14-1943 Jan. 4
Box: 4 Folder : 86 Kupperman, Joel
1942-1943
Box: 4 Folder : 87 Kyser, Kay
1942
Box: 4 Folder : 88 Lake, Arthur-Leinsdorf, Erich
1941 May 15-1943 Apr. 20
Box: 4 Folder : 89 Leonard, Lillian-Lyon, Priscilla
1942 Jan. 7-1943 Aug.
Box: 4 Folder : 90 Lawrence, Marjorie
1943
Box: 4 Folder : 91 Leibert, Dick
1942 Apr. 1-1942 Dec. 21
Box: 4 Folder : 92 Lester, Jerry
1942
Box: 4 Folder : 93 MacCormack, Franklyn-Menser, C.L.
1942 Feb. 25-1943 Mar. 31
Box: 4 Folder : 94 Michael, Mary-Music Maids and Phil, The
1941 Jun. 9-1943 Mar. 2
Box: 4 Folder : 95 McCambridge, Mercedes
1942 Sep. 16-1943 Mar. 2
Box: 4 Folder : 96 McClain, Jimmy
1942 Sep. 8-1943 Jan. 19
Box: 4 Folder : 97 McEvoy, J.P.
1942
Box: 4 Folder : 98 McLaughlin, Don
1942-1943
Box: 4 Folder : 99 Melton, James
1942 Mar.-1943 Apr.
Box: 4 Folder : 100 Mercer, Mary Ann
1942 Feb. 25-1942 Dec. 8
Box: 4 Folder : 101 Merrick, Margaret
1942-1943 Jan.
Box: 4 Folder : 102 Millay, Edna St, Vincent
1942 Sep. 30-1948 Dec. 28
Box: 4 Folder : 103 Moore, Garry
1942
Box: 4 Folder : 104 Moore, Grace
1942 Jul. 1-1943 Sep.
Box: 4 Folder : 105 Morgan, Frank
1942
Box: 4 Folder : 106 Moylan Sisters, The
1942
Box: 5 Folder : 107 Nash, Clarence-Novak, Frank J.
1942 Mar. 30-1943
Box: 5 Folder : 108 Neil, Marcia
1942 Oct. 14-1943 Apr. 20
Box: 5 Folder : 109 Neumayer, Marilou
1942-1943
Box: 5 Folder : 110 Obeler, Arch-Owens, Ruth
1942 Oct. 7-1943 Feb. 16
Box: 5 Folder : 111 O'Keefe, Walter
1942
Box: 5 Folder : 112 Oliver, Edna May
1942
Box: 5 Folder : 113 Parker, Frank-Providnia, Zina
1942 Mar. 10-1943 Mar. 16
Box: 5 Folder : 114 Paige, Raymond
1942-1943
Box: 5 Folder : 115 Palmer, Eileen
1942 Jul. 29-1943 Feb. 2
Box: 5 Folder : 116 Patton, Mary
1942 Aug. 25-1943 Mar. 9
Box: 5 Folder : 117 Peabody, Eddie
1942-1943
Box: 5 Folder : 118 Peaker, Ada Beth
1942 Mar. 3-1943 Mar. 23
Box: 5 Folder : 119 Peary, Harold
1941 Aug. 31-1943 Jan. 26
Box: 5 Folder : 120 Persons, Fern
1942 Oct. 27-1943 Mar. 30
Box: 5 Folder : 121 Pons, Lily
1942-1943
Box: 5 Folder : 122 Porter, Roy
1942
Box: 5 Folder : 123 Putnam, George F.
1942-1943 Mar. 30
Box: 5 Folder : 124 Raffetto, Michael-Robb, Stuart
1942 Jun. 22-1943 Apr. 20
Box: 5 Folder : 125 Robinson, Edward G.-Ryder, Alfred
1942 Jan.-1943 Mar. 16
Box: 5 Folder : 126 Riggs, Tommy
1942-1943 Mar. 23
Box: 5 Folder : 127 Robinson, Bartlett
1943
Box: 5 Folder : 128 Ross, Lanny
1942-1943
Box: 5 Folder : 129 Ryan, Patricia
1942-1943
Box: 5 Folder : 130 Sacco, Charles-Smith, Viola
1942 Feb. 25-1943 Apr. 13
Box: 5 Folder : 131 Smolen, Vivian-Steele Sisters, The
1942 Mar. 10-1943
Box: 5 Folder : 132 Stevens, Julie-Swinney, Josephine
1941-1943 Apr. 6
Box: 5 Folder : 133 Seymour, Anne
1942 Jul. 29-1943 Jan. 19
Box: 5 Folder : 134 Shaw, Hollace
1942-1943 Mar. 18
Box: 5 Folder : 135 Shayon, Robert Louis
1942 Jul.
Box: 5 Folder : 136 Sherman, Ransom
1942 Jan. 9-1943
Box: 5 Folder : 137 Shore, Dinah
1942-1943
Box: 5 Folder : 138 Simms, Ginny
1942 Sep. 8-1943 Apr. 6
Box: 5 Folder : 139 Singleton, Penny
1942-1943
Box: 5 Folder : 140 Skelton, Red
1942 Oct. 14-1943 Jan. 4
Box: 5 Folder : 141 Smith, Kate
1942-1943
Box: 5 Folder : 142 Stern, Bill
1942-1943
Box: 5 Folder : 143 Stewart, Jimmy
1942
Box: 5 Folder : 144 Stone, Ezra
1942-1943
Box: 5 Folder : 145 Stoopnagle, Colonel
1943
Box: 5 Folder : 146 Swarthout, Gladys
1942-1943
Box: 6 Folder : 147 Tamiroff, Akim-Tuttle, Lurene
1942 Feb. 25-1943 Mar. 23
Box: 6 Folder : 148 Templeton, Alec
1937 Jun. 19-1942
Box: 6 Folder : 149 Terry, Renee
1943 Apr.
Box: 6 Folder : 150 Thomas, John Charles
1942 Aug.-1943
Box: 6 Folder : 151 Thompson, Bill
1942
Box: 6 Folder : 152 Uncle Arnold-Unger, Stella
1942-1943
Box: 6 Folder : 153 Valdes, Miguelito-Voorhees, Donald
1942 Feb. 2-1943 Apr. 6
Box: 6 Folder : 154 Walpole, Helen-Worth, Betty
1942 Feb.-1943 Mar. 16
Box: 6 Folder : 155 Waring, Fred
1942-1943 Apr. 20
Box: 6 Folder : 156 Welles, Orson
1941 Sep. 5-1942 Sep.
Box: 6 Folder : 157 Widmark, Dick
1942-1943
Box: 6 Folder : 158 Williams, Florence
1942 Sep. 23-1943 Feb. 16
Box: 6 Folder : 159 Willson, Meredith
1942
Box: 6 Folder : 160 Winkler, Betty
1942 Feb. 25-1943 Jan. 26
Box: 6 Folder : 161 Wismer, Harry
1942-1943
Box: 6 Folder : 162 Wood, Helen
1942
Box: 6 Folder : 163 Woods, Lesley
1942-1943
Box: 6 Folder : 164 Yates, Dorothy-Young, Russ
1942 Mar. 11-1943
Box: 6 Folder : 165 Zyne, Murray
1942

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Subject List

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 6 Folder : 166 Broadcasting Equipment and Technology
1942
Box: 6 Folder : 167 CBS Listening Post
1942
Box: 6 Folder : 168 Goodwin's Gym
1942
Box: 6 Folder : 169 Shows
1942-1943
Box: 6 Folder : 170 Miscellaneous (captions, press releases)
1943 Feb. 10, undated
Box: 6 Folder : 171 Unidentified
1942-1943

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