Scope and arrangement
The Nicholas Schaffner Papers are a collection of rock and roll music memorabilia. The focus is the British Invasion that occurred in the 1960s and 1970s, with the Beatles and the Rolling Stones at the forefront. Other bands and musicians to which Schaffner devoted his collection are David Bowie, The Kinks, Pink Floyd, T. Rex, and The Who. All of these bands are well represented through photographs. The Beatles are the emphasis of the publications and memorabilia series. This collection does not include Schaffner’s personal papers or any manuscript material from his writing career.
The Nicholas Schaffner papers are arranged in four series:
- 1964 - 1981, undated0.97 linear feet (2.3 boxes
This series consists of photographs Schaffner used in his books, in particular, The Beatles Forever and The British Invasion. The types of photographs range from promotional 8x10s distributed by record companies, and stills from movies, to snapshots taken by fans. There are also contact sheets of memorabilia; some of these images can be found as full-size photographs in the specific performer’s folder.
- 1964 - 1989, undated1.11 linear feet (2.67 boxes
There are four different categories in the publications series. The label commercial refers to periodicals that have a broad market, such as gossip or entertainment magazines. Other general interest publications can be found in the Oversized Materials series. Fan-produced comprises those publications both created by devoted fans, and those sold as souvenirs to fans. Programs, which are all souvenirs from various concert tours, and sheet music books, complete the series.
- 1964 - 19810.209 linear feet (1 box
The term memorabilia is used in this guide to define the rock music souvenirs and related items collected by Schaffner. Most of the memorabilia is Beatles-related, and includes an advertising booklet for A Hard Day’s Night, and examples of colorful Yellow Submarine merchandise. There is one folder of ephemera, which includes personal items such as receipts and three letters. More memorabilia can be found in the Oversized Materials series.
- 1964 - 1986, undated5.76 linear feet (6 boxes
This series includes oversized memorabilia, all of which is for the Beatles. Many of these items are three-dimensional, such as the Flip Your Wig board game. The other contents of this series are four photographs, one program, multiple publications, and three posters.