Scope and arrangement
The Scott Schechter Collection of Judy Garland and Liza Minnelli materials contains both original documents that Schechter created as well as purchased documents regarding Garland and Minnelli. Files consist of correspondence, scrapbooks, photographs, lists, newsletters, fan club material, advertisements, press releases/kits, manuscripts, music, posters, souvenir programs and ephemera.
The bulk of the correspondence is mostly to Schechter, dating from the 1980s and 1990s, and is from other fans of Garland and Minnelli. The Garland letters are photocopies. The Minnelli correspondence is notes between her and Schechter. Photographs are primarily copies of studio publicity shots for movies that Garland and Minnelli starred in although there are copies of photographs of concert performances. Snapshots of both Garland and Minnelli were bought by Schechter and tend to be unidentified in both place and date. There are also personal photographs depicting Garland and her family and friends. Please note that the publicity stills are not originals from the studios.
Schechter created the scrapbooks between the years 1975-1984. Each year's scrapbook contains clippings about Garland and/or Minnelli that were published and collected during that particular year. The scrapbooks are bound. Newsletters are from Judy Garland and Liza Minnelli fan clubs. The following titles are represented in the collection: Rainbow Review (1964-2005); Garlands for Judy (1995-2008); The Garland Gazette (1956-1966); The Garland News (1964-1968); Limelight on Liza (1965-1995) and many others. There is also music from The Judy Garland Show, some of the songs contain parts. Posters are for movies and concerts of Judy Garland and Liza Minnelli. Some of the posters are quite large (27" x 40"). These have been removed from the collection and are housed separately. Ephemera is wide-ranging with magnets, buttons, key rings, paper dolls and standees, fan magazines and decorative cases of various sizes. Souvenir programs are mostly from Liza Minnelli concerts and Broadway performances.
Collection is arranged alphabetically by format.